The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0367  Wednesday, 25 June 2008

From:       Philippa Ballantine <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:       Wednesday, 25 Jun 2008 20:16:43 +1200
Subject:    New Zealand Author Takes on the Bard

Wellington, New Zealand
23 June 2008


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 
for interviews and comment, and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can 
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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