Shane Gilchrist

Bird watcher

Bird watcher

Dunedin biologist Lloyd Spencer Davis' latest book is on one of his favourite subjects: the bird that swims like a fish, writes Shane Gilchrist.

Penguins dressed for success

Penguins dressed for success

Penguins might be regarded as cute, comedic characters because of the bumbling manner in which they walk, but these birds have been shaped not by the air or land, but by the sea.

No more a roving

No more a roving

From The Unicorn to Drunken Sailor, the Irish Rovers' set-list is long and varied, just like the group's half-century career, writes Shane Gilchrist.

Chansons and chanteuse

Chansons and chanteuse

David Bowie, Judy Collins, Tom Jones, Dionne Warwick ... many have been influenced by the songs of Belgian Jacques Brel. Add to the list Micheline Van Hautem, who is preparing to summon the spirit of her late compatriot, writes Shane Gilchrist. 

Unclouded memories

Unclouded memories

Tim Finn's latest work is a personal, theatrical and, of course, musical reflection on what it means to be Pakeha in New Zealand. As the esteemed songwriter tells Shane Gilchrist, sometimes you have to look back to know who you are now. 

Rocky relations

Rocky relations

Dunedin writer Laurence Fearnley, who this week released her latest novel, Reach, discusses motivations and maritime minutiae with Shane Gilchrist.

Blues coach

Blues coach

One in five New Zealand adolescents or teens will suffer from a depressive disorder by the time they're 18. So let's do something about it, says John Kirwan, who discusses parental concerns and the importance of "stepping up'' with Shane Gilchrist.

Gateways into past lives

Gateways into past lives

From prostitutes to missionary wives, gold-miners to magicians, Auckland-based songwriter Rachel Dawick's album The Boundary Riders traces a range of women from the Victorian period whose names are largely unrecorded in history books.

Tuatara tale a tell-all

Tuatara tale a tell-all

The tuatara may be regarded as a national treasure but don't call it a living fossil, biologist Alison Cree tells Shane Gilchrist.

Challenging the reader

Challenging the reader

Port Chalmers novelist Jackie Ballantyne likes difficult characters, even if they do take time to flesh out, writes Shane Gilchrist.