About Graham Reid


Graham John Claverhouse Reid was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and educated in New Zealand.

He is a graduate of Auckland University with a catch-all degree with papers in Chinese Philosophy, Italian (language, film and literature), Art History, English and American literature, and the sciences (Zoology and Botany). 

He speaks conversational French and Italian. 

In the early Eighties he founded and edited his own magazine ("Passages ... a magazine of Jazz and Elsewhere" (entered in the Alexander Turnbull Library archive), frequently presented national and international radio programmes, and for five years in the late Eighties/early Nineties was the New Zealand correspondent for America's prestigious music Bible Billboard magazine.

As a freelance writer -- while teaching English and Art History to scholarship level at Glenfield College in Auckland -- he had, after 1997 when he left teaching, feature articles and short stories published in Metro magazine, and wrote on the arts for the Listener.

Then most notably, after teaching at Glenfield College and freelance work, he was invited to become a senior feature writer at the New Zealand Herald [the biggest and most important newspaper in the country].

He was a frequent award-winning writer for the paper (see awards below) and sometimes worked on difficult and dangerous assignments as much as politically important ones. 

In the late Eighties he was on the steering committee which brought the first Womad festival to New Zealand. 

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 Gavin Ellis as a "true renaissance man".

large_9781869417093Graham has also written on architecture and design for magazines devoted to those arts; has designed book and album covers; and worked extensively in presenting radio programmes on the music and visual arts.

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 in difficult and dangerous circumstances.

He has travelled extensively through Europe, Asia, Scandinavia 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 his first 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 socio-political website www.publicaddress.net as well as a number of 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. Recent work 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.

This book, as with its predecessor, has sold out after three re-prints.

Graham has taken to posting the stories at Travels in Elsewhere to share them with readers. His writing covers art, architecture, encounteres and history as well as real and engaged cultural encounters beyond the tourism travel writing which infects New Zealand "travel writers".

Graham is an experienced public speaker who is frequently interviewed on radio, television and in print about media, music, travel and the arts.

He has had a weekly radio programme Sidestreets on Kiwi FM as well as interview slots on Radio New Zealand's Concert programme and was a regular guest on Karyn Hay's programme on Radio Live until she left the station in 2017.

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

volume_media_edm_800x500pxSince 2009 he has been a lecturer in contemporary music, songwriting analysis, New Zealand music and New Zealand Music Industry Studies at the University of Auckland in the School of Music.

In 2014  -- at the invitation of Prof Robert Constable of the University of Auckland --  he was involved in the academic panel tasked with 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 award-winning and exceptionally popular exhibition -- Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa -- ran for more than six months from October 2016 and was the first major overview of New Zealand popular music to mounted in the country. Graham's role was 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. And advised on the Auckland South spin-off exhibition in South Auckland.

For four and half years from 2013, in addition to his academic and writing commitments, he was also a care-giver for the New Zealand musician/Arts Laureate Chris Knox following Chris' stroke in 2009. 

His research and work has been cited in numerous local and international academic journals, books and papers. 

In 2018 he was nominated by a number of former university students and music industry figures for the inaugural Music Teacher of the Year award at the NZ music awards (but because he did not teach the requisite teaching hours he was inelligible).

He has interviewed and conducted Q&A sessions before public audiences with the internationally acclaimed writers Pico Iyer and Bill Bryson; and musicians Nick Cave, Paul Kelly, Steven Wilson, Marlon Williams and Bernie Griffen. 

He continues to write for audioculture and mentor unversity music students, for many of whom he finds internships (which is beyond the socpe of his university employment remit). 

His wide-ranging musical and intellectual interests are represented, in part, at www.elsewhere.co.nz

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 and travel writing awards to concentrate on academic work and other projects.

He continues to travel however and those stories have appeared in various mainstream magazines and newspapers, and at Elsewhere