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Win yourself a copy of ‘When Running Made History’

The latest Canterbury University Press (CUP) publication, When Running Made History takes the reader through the evolution of running over 60 years – from minority sport to booming world movement – all from the first-hand perspective of world-class runner, journalist and Emeritus Professor, Roger Robinson.

His eye-witness account offers new insights into running and its significance beyond sport, with modern mass gatherings promoting goodwill and inclusivity, affirming communal values in a book New Zealand Olympic medallist Nick Willis describes as “a front-row seat to running’s most inspiring and historic moments, with New Zealand in a major role”.

This is a social history as much as a history of sport and Roger Robinson’s compelling, witty, beautifully written narrative will appeal to a wide readership.

Roger’s account of the global rise of women’s running is the best I’ve ever seen. I’m honoured that my win in the New York Marathon and Lorraine Moller’s in the Avon Marathon are central to his story.’
Allison Roe MBE, winner and record-breaker, Boston and New York City Marathons

Runners and spectators alike will relate to the theme of running as a form of celebration, commemoration or catharsis. Its publication is timely as Christchurch prepares to host the sixth annual Run to Remember on 24 February.

To be in to win a copy of When Running Made History, answer the following question:

  • What was Roger Robinson’s role at the Christchurch Commonwealth Games?
    Find a hint here>

Please email your answer to universitypress@canterbury.ac.nz by 12 noon Wednesday 20 February.

The winner will be drawn at random and announced in Intercom | Pā mai tō reo on Friday 22 February.

How you can WIN the best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand


The latest Canterbury University Press (CUP) publication, Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand, showcases carefully chiseled works that are provocative, tender and endlessly surprising, composed with precision in a form where every word counts.

Edited by leading Aotearoa New Zealand flash fiction writers Michelle Elvy, Frankie McMillan and James Norcliffe, this pioneering collection of short short works includes flash fiction, prose poetry and haibun from 165 emerging and established authors such as Bill Manhire, Selina Tusitala Marsh and Michele Leggott.

“In flash fiction, something small can be powerful; an individual’s imagination can be set free. It is a language-driven form, either subtle or fiery. Experimental in its very nature; it will surprise time and again. And it’s an equal opportunity form: new writers are as likely to shine as experienced writers,” co-editor Michelle Elvy explains.

Bonsai will be launched at the close of WORD Christchurch Festival this Sunday 2 September, 6.30pm at Scorpio Books, Christchurch. All staff and students welcome.

With book design by award-winning Aaron Beehre, Bonsai is a beautifully produced volume. Purchase your own copy of Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand from UBS (University Bookshop), or go in the draw to win a copy by answering the following question.

  1. How many stories are there in the Bonsai collection? Find a hint, here.

Please email your answer to universitypress@canterbury.ac.nz by 12 noon Wednesday 5 September. The winner will be drawn at random and announced in Intercom | Pā mai tō reo on Friday 7 September.

‘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: universitypress@canterbury.ac.nz 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!

2018 PANZ Book Design Awards: three CUP books shortlisted

Canterbury University Press (CUP) is delighted to share the news that three of its 2017 titles have been shortlisted in the PANZ 2018 Book Design Awards, one of them in three categories.

The books are:

New China Eyewitness: Roger Duff, Rewi Alley and the art of museum diplomacy (Categories: Best Illustrated Book, Best Cover and Best Typography): Designer: Aaron Beehre

Blood Ties: New and selected poems 1963-2016 (Category: Best Non-Illustrated Book). Designers: Aaron Beehre and Gemma Banks

The Long Dream of Waking: New perspectives on Len Lye (Category: Best Cover). Designer: Alice Bonifant

The designers we work with go above and beyond to help us create books as beautiful objects, and we’d like to thank all of them. We congratulate Aaron, Gemma and Alice and wish them all the best in the Awards Finals on 26 July.

Note – on the PANZ site you can ‘look inside’ the books by clicking on the cover. Alternatively, come into UBS on campus to look at, and get a feel for, the real deal.