BY LANI WENDT YOUNG
Radio New Zealand, 2018
EXCERPT: There is a great and spacious building standing tall on a hill looking out to the distant ocean. A castle. Its white walls are built high and strong; they hold back the tangle of forest that threatens to encroach on its territory. Its looming gates are impenetrable. They open only for those with the right credentials. Sentries atop its walls trumpet the promise of accolades, influence, and maybe even a fat royalties cheque for all who enter?
It has a tower with a beacon that shines through night and day. Its light beckons, promising safety, security and success. It says: ‘I know the way. I see what you can’t. I know what you don’t. Follow me and I will guide you.’ It’s an unregulated wilderness out there and nobody knows what they’re doing, but those within the castle walls know the way. They see what you can’t. They know what you don’t.
Or do they?
Go to the RNZ website for the full interview, full article and downloadable version https://www.rnz.co.nz/programmes/nz-book-council-lecture/story/2018716087/lani-wendt-young-on-how-the-digital-era-is-changing-writing-and-reading-for-the-better