TOP WRITERS RADIO SHOW
The Top Writers Radio Show began its fifth season on Fresh FM Radio on 15 August 2020. The six programmes go out fortnightly, being first broadcast on Saturday at 4 pm and then the following Tuesday at 1 pm.
Each programme features Gaelynne Pound interviewing a local writer, covering their influences, style, writing tips, future projects, and some music that has inspired or influenced them.
The dates of upcoming programmes and the writers being interviewed are:
10 & 13 October: Ian Trafford on Into the Unknown, his grandfather's WW1 diaries
24 & 27 October: TBC
If you miss the shows when they are broadcast, you can listen to the complete podcasts, which are uploaded to this website a couple of days after the second broadcast.
Listen here to the 2020 shows
Show One: 15 August with Carol Don Ercolano on her poetry and two children's books
Show Two: 29 August with Chris Stuart on her debut novel, For Reasons of their Own
Show Three: 12 September with Robyn Prokop on her recently published books
Show Four: 26 September with Dana Wensley on PEN (NZ) and freedom of expression
Listen here to the 2019 shows
Show One: 3 August with Marianne Castle on her recent book Two Dogs, One Bone
Show Two: 17 August with Holly Dunn on her picture book Moth
Show Three: 31 August with Garrick Batten on his different writing styles
Show Four: 14 September with Karen Stade on her book Driven by the Wind
Show Five: 28 September with Chrissie Ward on copy editing and proofreading
Show Six: 12 October with Ray Caird on his book Blood of the Flax
Listen here to the 2018 shows
Show One: 19 May with Cat Woodward on lyric poetry
Show Two: 2 June with Wendy Scott on books for younger readers
Show Three: 16 June with Marion Day on children's picture books
Show Four: 30 June with Sheila Kennard on her book Sky Full of Stars
Show Five: 14 July with Emily Larkin on her historical romances
Show Six: 28 July with Rachael Craw on her Spark sci-fi trilogy and new book The Rift.
Listen here to the 2017 shows
Show One: 8 April with Gaelynne Pound on her play writing
Show Two: 21 April with Bonnie Etherington on her novel The Earth Cries Out
Show Three: 8 May with Bruce Gilkison on Walking With James Hogg
Show Four: 20 May with Amy Hindley on her memoir Not a Leg to Stand On
Show Five: 3 June with Alan Carter on his crime novel Marlborough Man
Show Six: 17 June with Belinda Mellor on her Silvana series of fantasy novels
Show Seven: 26 August with Fiona Summerfield on being a freelance writer
Show Eight: 9 September with Paul Maunder on his writing, including for film & theatre
Show Nine: 23 September with Emma Stevens on her memoirs of life in Alaska
Show Ten: 7 October with John Ewan on writing family history
Show Eleven: 21 October with David Briggs on his novel The Direction of Our Fear
Show Twelve: 4 November with Sally Astridge on her children's novel Time Twins
Listen here to the 2016 shows
Show One: 23 April with Panni Palásti on her memoir Budapest Girl.
Show Two: 7 May with Sue Perkins on her fantasy novel Zaeyen
Show Three: 21 May with Geoffrey Waring on his novel Deer Keeper.
Show Four: 4 June with Annika Ohlson-Smith on the anthology Ripples.
Show Five: 18 June with Jean Gorman on The Lionheart Chronicles.
Show Six: 2 July with Christine Leunens on her novel A Can of Sunshine.
Most of the programmes broadcast between 2016 and 2018 included a PEN section from Dana Wensley, who was the PEN (NZ) representative for freedom of speech until 2020, focusing on a different author or issue. Some of these are available as separate podcasts on the NZSA national website here
Fresh FM is a Community Access radio station which can be heard on 104.8 in Nelson-Tasman, 95.0 in Takaka and 88.9 in Blenheim. It also operates in the inner Nelson City area on 107.2.