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CUP author in the CBD

Many people will be familiar with Phantom Billstickers’ creative campaigns – sometimes they even give stuff away via their billboards, from drinks and food to creative writing. Phantom Billstickers are a staunch supporter of Aotearoa New Zealand writers and Canterbury University Press is always delighted when our authors’ works are chosen to bring the arts to the public in this way.

This month a story by Frankie McMillan, ‘Wrestling with the Octopus’, from her brilliant collection The Father of Octopus Wrestling, hit the streets in Christchurch. It’s one of four in Phantom Billstickers’ poetry poster campaign, and you can see Frankie’s poster at 323 Barbadoes St in the CBD. This link will show you exactly where, and also guide you to the other posters.

Frankie McMillan’s Poetry on the Streets Poster (Phantom Billstickers)

Julie King 1945 – 2018

It was with great sadness that we learnt of the death of Julie King earlier this week. 

Julie came to from England to teach art history at UC, and made an important contribution to the art history of Aotearoa New Zealand, curating nationally touring exhibitions and researching and writing about many aspects of art.

Her book Olivia Spencer Bower: Making her own discoveries was published by CUP in 2015 and has proved popular with a wide audience, just as Julie had hoped and intended. 

We were privileged to work closely with Julie on this book, which she was determined to complete in spite of various challenges thrown up by the 2010/11 earthquakes.

While Julie was serious and professional about her commitments as an author, she had a lightness of spirit that made her a pleasure to work with, and above all it was Julie’s generosity and warmth that we will remember.

Catherine Montgomery, CUP Publisher

Philip Simpson walking and talking in ‘Necessary Traditions Festival’

CUP is delighted to share the news that Philip Simpson, author of much-loved Dancing Leaves: The Story of New Zealand’s Cabbage Tree, Tī Kōuka (Canterbury University Press, 2000),  is participating in two events at the Rekindle Necessary Traditions Festival on Wednesday 14th November this week. Follow the links below for more information:

  • a walk in Riccarton Bush, 1pm to 3pm, ‘Walk with renowned botanist & author in the heart of the city in Pūtaringamotu Riccarton Bush. This is an extraordinary opportunity to experience Philip’s depth of knowledge & love of the species found in this ancient part of the landscape.’
  • a talk at the Arts Centre, 6.30pm, ‘This presentation The Waitaha/Canterbury heritage of Tī kōuka and Tōtara outlines the natural occurrence of cabbage trees and totara in the Canterbury region. It examines how the sequence of iwi have utilized both resources, and how Pakeha who followed did likewise. Finally it looks at the present day situation, how nature is responding and how people are managing the resource that remains.’


New CUP book offers insight into New Zealand’s greatest 20th-century philosopher

Canterbury University Press (CUP) is pleased to announce the publication of a new book by Associate Professor Mike Grimshaw, Arthur Prior – ‘A Young Progressive’: Letters to Ursula Bethell and to Hugh Teague 1936–1941.

Arthur Prior studied theology at Otago, but he lectured in philosophy at Canterbury University College. He invented ‘tense logic’ while he was at Canterbury during the years 1949–54 and is regarded as New Zealand’s greatest 20th-century philosopher.

Author Mike Grimshaw has previously published on unknown Prior notebooks and on Prior’s work on James Joyce. For this volume he took on the considerable challenge of transcribing, annotating and editing Prior’s letters to Ursula Bethell (who called him one of her ‘young progressives’) and to his cousin, Hugh Teague. Along with Mike, CUP would like to acknowledge and thank the staff at Macmillan Brown Library archives, where the letters to Ursula Bethell are held, for all their support and assistance.

Providing context to the annotated letters in this volume, Mike covers Prior’s journey from theology to philosophy, and his marriage with ‘the versatile Clare Hunter’ (an epithet earned through her debating society skills) with whom he travelled to Europe in 1937. Jack Copeland, Distinguished Professor and Head of Philosophy, provides the Introduction in which he concludes:

‘Arthur’s bohemian interlude in Europe and its aftermath in New Zealand … was a critical period in his development, the crucible in which the mature thinker was formed. His letters in this volume … chronicle a substantial part of that fascinating period’.

Copies are available from UBS on campus or from CUP’s online catalogue.

‘Beyond Manapouri’ is launched by Minister for the Environment

CUP’s new book Beyond Manapouri: 50 years of environmental politics in New Zealand by Catherine Knight was launched on Thursday 14 June by Minister for the Environment Hon David Parker at Vic Books Pipitea, Wellington, a mere stone’s throw from the Beehive.

Minister Parker’s engaging launch speech combined personal reminiscences with a fascinating insider’s-view appraisal of Catherine Knight’s analysis and commentary.

Among the audience were some of Catherine’s family, friends, and former colleagues from her Ministry of Environment days, members of the Philipp Family Foundation, which had supported the publication, and representatives from Ngati Kauwhata, part of whose story is told in the book’s chapter about the strengthening voice of Maori in resource management.

Catherine’s response to Minister Parker’s speech was warmly received, she was kept busy signing copies for some time afterwards and has already received a number of invitations to speak about the book.

You can purchase your own copy of Beyond Manapouri from UBS (University Bookshop), or go in the draw to win a copy by answering the following question.

Q: What was the title of Catherine Knight’s previous book published by CUP in 2016? Hint here>

Please email your answer to: by 12 noon Wednesday 27 June. The winner will be drawn at random and announced in Intercom | Pā mai tō reo on Friday 29 June.

CUP is happy to confirm a Q&A event with Catherine Knight will be held on campus at UBS in the early evening of Tuesday 14 August. More details to follow!