The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0367 Wednesday, 25 June 2008
Date: Wednesday, 25 Jun 2008 20:16:43 +1200
Subject: New Zealand Author Takes on the Bard
Wellington, New Zealand
23 June 2008
AWARD NOMINATED NEW ZEALAND AUTHOR TAKES ON THE BARD
New Zealand artists have been taking the entertainment world by storm over the
past few years, and the trend continues with Sir Julius Vogel Award* nominated
author Philippa Ballantine. Fourteen episodes into her free serialized audio
production, Pip continues to place in iTunes' Top 50 Literature listings her
tale of manipulative goddesses, friendly Tricksters and William Shakespeare.
Through the exciting new medium of podcasting, Chasing the Bard has accrued over
30,000 downloads in the three months since its debut.
After loaning her voice to other podcast novels such as _Murder at Avedon
Hill_, _Metamor City_, and the lead role as Askana Moldarin in _Morevi:
Remastered_, Pip now brings her novel, _Chasing the Bard_, to life. This dark
fantasy takes William Shakespeare into the midst of his own midsummer
nightmare, where a dark goddess plots to use his bardic powers to save her world
whether he wants to or not. This ambitious project features an international
voice cast of other podcasting personalities. "Podcasting is very exciting this
way as it is an instant connection with the world. I am proud to be a literary
voice for New Zealand, but I'm also having a lot of fun with my friends from
around the world."
_Chasing the Bard_ is a free podcast of the complete novel and also includes new
scenes and commentary from the author herself about the novel and its
production. The podcast is available on iTunes, at Podiobooks.com, or directly
through www.chasingthebard.com. Its sequel, _Digital Magic_, will be released
from Dragon Moon Press on August 8, 2008 as part of the "Double Trouble" promo
alongside American podcaster and author Tee Morris' _The Case of the Pitcher's
Pendant: A Billibub Baddings Mystery_. Both authors intend to use podcasting to
send their books to the top of Amazon's charts. Philippa Ballantine is available
find the podcast and further information on the writer at www.pjballantine.net
* Sir Julius Vogel Award
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Sir Julius Vogel Awards are awarded each year at the New Zealand National
Science Fiction Convention to recognise achievement in New Zealand science
fiction, fantasy, horror, and science fiction fandom. They are commonly referred
to as the Vogels.
The awards are named for Sir Julius Vogel, a prominent New Zealand journalist
and politician, who became Prime Minister of New Zealand in the 1870s. He also,
in 1889, wrote what is widely (though possibly erroneously) regarded as New
Zealand's first science fiction novel, _Anno Domini 2000 - A Woman's Destiny_.
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