The Open Book presents Sir James Wallace Scholarship recipients

On Sunday The Open Book in Ponsonby hosted the Sir James Wallace Scholarship recipients (for most promising manuscript) reading excerpts from their work. And I happened to be there. The event was emceed heroically by Paula Morris (who was recovering from some sort of evil lurg). Featuring: Tom Romeo, Rachel O’Connor, Cybon Ang, Angelique Kasmera, Rosetta Allan, Simon Comber and Josie Shapiro.

It’s such a great book store. Go have a look if you are in the area.

IGPS: Intergenerational Income Persistence


Jan O. Jonsson and Carina Mood presented research about generational income inequality. Despite all income brackets on the whole doing better than their parents, if we have richer parents we are more likely to do better out of our education in terms of income. However, when comparing Sweden, the U.K. and the U.S. (Sweden having much lower correlation between parental/child income and the U.S. and U.K. having a bigger gap), it seemed that the bigger gap was not attributable to education, and instead was a direct result of the income itself. Unfortunately this means that we can’t just fix the education system advantage to reduce inequality but well done Sweden on having an education system, according to the figures, that is more likely to increase income mobility.

Dylan Horrocks and Sarah Laing @ Manawatu Writers’ Festival

Dylan Horrocks and Sarah Laing spoke about the gruelling process of comic making.

It was a very pleasant day. I drove home, since Dylan had driven us up there and Google Maps decided that I needed to see more of the country.

I didn’t actually drive in the middle of the road but have decided not to photoshop the picture to correct it.

I Can’t Draw Hera Lindsay Bird… and I’ve tried

There’ll probably be no comic this week. But in light of my latest failure to draw Hera Lindsay Bird, I decided to create a mash-up all my pictures of her in one place.

Here is the latest attempt in full:


IIML on Mondays: Tina Makereti in conversation with Lawrence Patchett

“We still exhibit humans,” says Tina Makereti, “What fiction allows us to do is look at it – if we do commodify humans.” Creepy and incisive decolonisation thoughts. Makereti’s new book, The Imaginary Lives of James Poneke, is out soon.