Charmian Smith

No place like home

No place like home

Claire Barton's experience studying music and performing in Dunedin gave her an advantage over other emerging singers in London, the mezzo-soprano tells Charmian Smith.

WINE REVIEWS: Rose

WINE REVIEWS: Rose

Rose is a versatile summer wine, good with most foods - from turkey and ham to salads and fish. This batch of roses were deliciously refreshing.

Passion bears fruit

Passion bears fruit

While Frances Hodgkins may be the best known of Dunedin's painters of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, her contemporary Grace Joel also had a distinguished career in London and Paris. Charmian Smith talks to Joel Schiff, author of Grace Joel: An impressionist portrait.

Buyer's Guide New Zealand Wines 2015: 'Growing sense of optimism'

Buyer's Guide New Zealand Wines 2015: 'Growing sense of optimism'

Essential for wine lovers, Michael Cooper's annual Buyer's Guide New Zealand Wines 2015 (Upstart Press), now in its 23rd edition, is more upbeat than in recent years.

Cookbooks

Cookbooks

Fans of 2012 Masterchef winner Chelsea Winter will want to check out her new cookbook, Everyday delicious (Random House).

BBQ Reds

BBQ Reds

A simple, fruity red with lots of flavour is ideal for barbecues. Try some of these.

Object lessons

Object lessons

This month marks the bicentenary of the arrival of the first Pakeha to settle permanently in New Zealand, in the Bay of Islands in Northland. Charmian Smith talks to Dr Angela Middleton about her new book, Pewhairangi: Bay of Islands Missions and Maori 1814-1845.

Putting art in the frame

Growing up in Dunedin in the 1930s and '40s, Gary Blackman was fascinated by art, although his career was in science and teaching at the University of Otago.

Chapters and verse

Chapters and verse

This year's Burns Fellow at Otago University came to writing by a circuitous route. Charmian Smith talks to Irish-born writer Majella Cullinane.

Among the vines of Nelson

Among the vines of Nelson

When Tranja Fry of Fossil Ridge Wines in Nelson produced some of her own freshly roasted macadamia nuts and a flowering stalk from one of the trees behind the vineyard restaurant, it struck me that Tasman Bay has a remarkably mild climate for the South Island.