About Graham Reid


Graham Reid was born in Scotland and educated in New Zealand. He is a graduate of Auckland University with a catch-all degree of papers in Chinese Philosophy, Italian, Art History, English and American literature, and the sciences.

In the early Eighties he founded and edited his own magazine ("Passages ... a magazine of jazz and elsewhere"), frequently presented radio programmes, and was for five years the New Zealand correspondent for America's Billboard magazine.

As a freelance writer -- while teaching English and Art History to scholarship level -- he had feature articles and short stories published in Metro, and wrote on the arts for the Listener. Most notably he was a senior journalist at the New Zealand Herald for 17 years from the late Eighties.

Because of his wide personal interests and his ability to file stories on everything from international politics to the arts and pop culture (as well as writing restaurant, film, book and music reviews) Graham was described by the Herald's editor-in-chief as a "true renaissance man".

large_9781869417093Graham has also written on architecture and design, has designed book and album covers, and worked extensively in presenting radio programmes.

In 2003 he won the prestigious Media Peace Award for his articles on the volatile politics of the Solomon Islands where he spent two weeks. He has travelled extensively through Europe, Asia and the United States for both work and pleasure.

He left the New Zealand Herald in 2004 to pursue freelance opportunities and to travel more.

In 2005 Graham wrote a book of travel stories published by Random House, Postcards from Elsewhere which won the Whitcoulls Travel Book of the Year award in 2006.

In addition to freelance writing, lecturing in journalism and music, and speaking engagements, he also contributed to the highly regarded and award-winning website www.publicaddress.net as well as a number of other international travel websites.

51ZF_KrA_TLHis arts, music and travel writing has appeared in The Listener, the Herald, Art News, Idealog, Life and Leisure, Weekend magazine, the Herald on Sunday, Real Groove, Let's Travel, Stack and elsewhere. His recent work has also appeared in The Australian.

In mid 2009 Graham published a second travel book, The Idiot Boy Who Flew through Public Address Books which won the Reader's Choice prize at the 2010 Cathay Pacific travel writing awards.

The book has subsequently sold out after three re-prints. Graham has taken to posting the stories at Travels in Elsewhere to share them with readers. 

Graham is an experienced public speaker who is frequently interviewed on radio, television and in print about media, music, travel and the arts. He had a weekly radio programme Sidestreets on Kiwi FM as well as continuing interview slots on Radio New Zealand's Concert programme and most recently as a regular guest on Karyn Hay's programme on Radio Live.

He has mentored a number of writers (fiction and non-fiction) and is a regular guest lecturer at MAINZ in Auckland, he has also written a number of release-sheet biographies for New Zealand musicians, and judged various music and journalism awards. 

volume_media_edm_800x500pxHe currently lectures in contemporary music, songwriting analysis, New Zealand music and New Zealand Music Industry Studies at the University of Auckland in the School of Music, and was involved in the restructuring of the University of Canterbury's music department degree programme in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquakes.

In early 2015 he was contracted to be the content advisor for a major music project at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

That exhibition -- Volume: Making Music Music in Aotearoa -- will run for six months from October 2016 and is the first major overview of New Zealand popular music to mounted in the country. Graham's role has been to write the foundation document of the content to be included (artists, narratives, genres) and also to advise on images, video and musical content, and to fact check labels and content.

He undertook this major research and advisory project in addition to his lecturing, radio and writing commitments.

JOURNALISM AND WRITING AWARDS

1995

Finalist, Qantas Media Awards (all round creative endeavour, newspaper)

1997

Finalist, Qantas Media Awards (all round excellence in arts writing, newspaper)

1998

Asia 2000 Media Travel Award (for travel in Japan)

1999

Finalist, Qantas Media Awards (best arts feature, newspaper)

2000

Finalist, New Zealand Travel Writer of the Year (best article about the travel industry)

2001

Asia 2000 Media Travel Award (for travel in Taiwan)

2002

Winner, Qantas Media Awards (best tourism and travel story, newspaper)

Finalist, Qantas Media Awards (best govt, diplomacy and foreign affairs story, newspaper)

Finalist, Qantas Media Awards (best arts story, newspaper)

2003

Premier Award, Media Peace Awards (print medium)

Winner, Qantas Media Awards (best arts column, newspaper)

Finalist, Qantas Media Awards (best arts feature, newspaper)

Winner, Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards (newspaper)

Finalist, Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards (newspaper)

2004

Winner, Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards (newspaper)

Finalist, Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards (magazine)

Runner-Up Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards (travel writer of the year)

2005

Finalist, Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards (best article about a journey)

2006

Winner, Whitcoulls TravCom travel book of the year (Postcards From Elsewhere)

2008

Recipient of international journalist's grant by Seoul Metropolitan Government for travel to Korea.

2009

Winner, Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards (newspaper)

2010

Winner, Whitcoulls Readers Choice award for The Idiot Boy Who Flew at Cathay Pacific Travel Media awards

Winner, best story about Britain or Ireland, Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards 

In 2011 Graham ceased to enter journalism or travel writing awards to concentrate on academic work and other projects. He continues to travel however and those stories appear in various magazines and newspapers, and appear at Elsewhere.