Writing

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In 2016, I wrote “What Are You Playing At?” and “Where Do You Find Yourself?” – pieces on digital literature and community outreach – for The Writing Platform. I’ve also been a regular columnist for Library As Incubator.

In May 2016, I wrote “Hit The Library, Get A Drink, Start A Riot” for Fairfax Media’s The Vocal.

My online game A Tear in Flatland appeared in the July 2015 edition of The Lifted Brow – you can play it at the Brow website now.

You can buy the 2015 Library Innovation Toolkit from ALA Editions – I co-wrote the chapter on youth outreach with Tracie Mauro.

Pushing the Limits: Play, Pressure, and Public Librarianship‘ (PDF) appeared in the May 2015 issue of British library magazine CILIP Update. Another CILIP Update piece, ‘Crisis and Consequence‘ (PDF), explored librarians’ responses to the earthquakes which struck Christchurch, New Zealand in 2010-11.

My review of Nick Sousanis’ Unflattening was in the May 2015 Brooklyn RailI’d previously reviewed Nnedi Okorafor’s Young Adult novel Akata Witch for the Rail, and interviewed Nnedi about her work.

In January 2015, I wrote on Hasbro’s Transformers for The Cultural Gutter, a Canadian website devoted to disreputable art. I previously wrote a piece for them commemorating the life of the late Ernest Borgnine.

I wrote about Auckland Libraries’ Dark Night Burlesque Festival for the Backtalk column in the July 2014 issue of US Library Journal.

‘Less Like a Lesson, and More Like an Adventure: Learning, Libraries, and the Zombie Apocalypse’ appeared in the 2013 volume of the American journal Reference and User Services Quarterly. Thanks to the wonders of open access, you can read a proof copy of the article for free here.

‘Why Are Zombies So Good For Libraries?’ appeared on the School Library Journal’s media literacy blog Connect the Pop in June 2013.

‘Finnish Lessons for Kiwi Schools?’, my article on the Finnish education system, appeared in the September 2012 New Zealand Education Gazette.

The July/August 2012 edition of Australasian Science magazine featured my piece on scientists who have tattoos of their own research.  I also wrote about science tattoos and Carl Zimmer’s book Science Ink for Australian National University’s ScienceWise magazine.

I’ve written articles on gender and pop culture for Role/Reboot – a January 2012 review of the American TV show Justified, and a February 2012 piece on elementary schooling and the comic book Daredevil.

In Manhattan, I covered World Read Aloud Day (March 2011) and the First New York Kids’ Food Festival (January 2012) for NYC news site DNAInfo, creating text and pictures.

From 2011-2012, I wrote for the New Zealand Education Gazette on comics and education. Find out more via the comicsedu tag on my site.

My article on education initiatives in the UK cafe trade appeared in the February 2011 Essential Cafe magazine.

I’ve written on Austria for the Insight series of travel guides. I contributed to the 6th Insight Guide to Austria and co-wrote the original Insight SmartGuide to Salzburg. My academic work on the history of Austria includes an article for the journal Central Europe, ‘Vienna 1900 as Lieu-de-mémoire’, and reviews for East European Jewish Affairs.

From 2007-2008 I reviewed gigs by up-and-coming bands for the BBC’s in-house blog Ariel. 

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