Young Writers

Young writersThe Christchurch School for Young Writers continues to produce quality collections of writing by some extremely talented young people from all over New Zealand. The Polar Bear Ward is the seventh in the Re-Draft competitions and series of books and it’s heartening to see the “virtuousity and variety” of these poems and stories by pupils from Year 9 to Year 13.

These young writers have produced creative, intelligent and exciting work across a wide range of themes; much of it quite dark but with some lighter moments. Curmudgeons who despair for the future of the English language should be cheered by the skill on display here – creative writing is  not only alive, it’s being done well.

William Morris and the Pattern groupies

William MorrisNot long now till all you pattern/textile lovers get a real treat.
From 4th March to 29th June 2008 the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu will exhibit Morris & Co. The World of William Morris, the largest collection of the famous furnishings ever seen in New Zealand.

We’ve produced a backgrounder to Morris & Co.  if you want to do some investigation into the man and his work.

Morris is also revered for the Kelmscott Chaucer, perhaps one of the most beautiful books ever produced.

WallpaperIf you want to explore the world of pattern and textile design further, there are some wonderfully illustrated books to explore. Wallpaper by Lachlan Blackley is filled with modern genius, and it has links to the designers’ web sites so you can go even further down the design rabbit hole.

A movie was made recently about Australian textile designer Florence Broadhurst. She was quite an extraordinary character:

By the time of her death in 1977 Florence Broadhurst had lived and worked in Australia, Asia, and England; performed professionally on stage; been befriended by royalty; exhibited her paintings; and started an internationally successful wallpaper company whose success was based upon her own designs. She also found time to run a trucking company, start up a dress salon, play marbles with a strong competitive streak and agitate for women’s rights.

Librarians in smocksSee more books on wallpaper, textile design and textile designers.

The library has a bond with Morris & Co design – our smocks are styled with his patterns from Sanderson.