Speech New Zealand Booklist
The following are books that have been recommended by a range of New Zealand Registered Speech Teachers. They are personal recommendations and are not necessarily endorsed by Speech New Zealand or its Trustees.
English Text Books
Barnard, Robert. (1994). A Short History of English Literature. 9780631190882
A concise “easy to read” texts for teens studying different genre. A basic test which sets the scene for deeper study.
Payne, Tom. (1997). The A-Z of Great Writers. 9781858338149
Brief thumbnail sketches of authors’ lives, including several foreign and some lesser known. Includes photos and list of works. Covers 396 works – English, European, American, International.
Strum, Terry (ed.) (1998). The Oxford History of New Zealand Literature in English. 9780195583854
Most comprehensive and authoritative literary history of New Zealand. Extensive bibliography, chapters on History, Poetry, Novel, Drama, Short Story.
Claybourne, Anna and Treays, Rebecca. (1996). The World of Shakespeare. 9780746024546
A delightful overview of Shakespeare’s time and his major plays with simple synopses – illustrated.
McAllister, Angela. (2018). A Stage Full of Shakespeare Stories.9781786031143.
A wonderful, accessible introduction to the stories.
Williams, Marcia. (2000). Mr William Shakespeare’s Plays: Seven Plays. 9781406323344
Comic book – Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Winter’s Tale, Julius Caesar, The Tempest – fun, and good overview.
Andrews, Richard and Gibson, Rex (eds.) Hamlet. (1998). 9780521434942
One of the Cambridge School series (most of Shakespeare’s plays are covered). Arises out of research and development of the Shakespeare and Schools project. Includes running synopsis and explanation of words.
Bloom, Harold. (1994) Shakespeare – The Invention of the Human. 9780521434942
Argues that Shakespeare, our greatest and wittiest writer, invented ‘humanity’ as we know it. Covers all the plays, provocative interpretation reveals how Shakespeare will continue to explain us – rich in asides.
Clark, Sandra. (1993). The Hutchinson Shakespeare Dictionary. 9780099913207
An A-Z Guide to Shakespeare’s Plays, Characters and Contemporaries.
Cook, Judith. (1980). Women in Shakespeare. 9780245536311.
Helpful insight to major female characters in the work of William Shakespeare. Commentary contrasts and compares the roles. Background reading to successful understanding and performance.
Gill, Richard. (1998). Mastering Shakespeare. 9780333698730
This book supplies detailed studies of important scenes from Shakespeare’s most popular plays.
Trewin, J.C. (2013). The Pocket Companion to Shakespeare’s Plays. 9780753724514
A synopsis of each play with characters, story, performance notes, film notes. Includes Shakespeare’s life, poems, glossary. Valuable reference work.
Berry, James (ed.) (2003). Poems to Read Aloud. 9780753456880
Lovely categories including “magical”and “mirthful”; also has poems from many countries. Useful for choosing poems for performance.
Bornholdt, Jenny; O’Brien, Gregory;& Williams, Mark (eds.) (1998). An Anthology of New Zealand Poetry in English. 9780195584370
A diverse collection of New Zealand poetry spanning more than a century. Major poets are acknowledged, along with a range of unique poets encompassing a range of styles and forms.
Foster, John. (2000). I’m in a Mood Today – Poems about Feelings. 9780192762306
Collection of poems involved with feelings including being in a bad mood, family, relationships, bullying, dyslexia, sulking, caring, loneliness, left out – etc. etc.
Johnston, Andrew &Marsack, Robyn (2009). Twenty Contemporary New Zealand Poets. 9781857549768
Poetry from 1986 onwards.
Other poetry books
Crew, Gary & Smith, Craig. (1998). Troy Thompson’s Excellent Peotry Book. 9780987082701
Fun, colourful book. Teacher’s assignment on one page, “Troy’s” work on the other. A good introduction to poetry styles.
Green, Paula & Ricketts, Harry. (2010). 99 Ways Into New Zealand Poetry. 9781869791780
Lively and accessible introduction to New Zealand poetry.
Hill, David. (1984). On Poetry: Twelve Studies of Work by New Zealand poets. 9780868636610
Informative text on twelve poets and their verse. An old but valuable book.
Schmidt, Michael. (2000). Lives of the Poets. 9780375706042
Poets grouped from Chaucer to 1998. Good life background and good analysis of poets’ works.
Stallworthy, Jon. (2005). An Anthem for Doomed Youth: Twelve Solider Poets of the First World War. 9781845292218
Tells the story of the lives and works of twelve major soldier poets from WWI.
Strand, Mark & Boland, Eavan. (eds.) The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms. 9780375706042
Looks at poetic forms; gives history and explanations of each form; offers a selection of exemplars.
Theatre and Drama
Boagey, Eric. (1996). Starting Drama. 9780713526813
Speaks directly to the younger students giving a helpful guide as a text and encouragement to delve further – an excellent “starting point”.
Adler, Stella. (1990) The Technique of Acting. 9780553349320
Guide to the technique of acting taught in Adler’s studio with exercises and examples.
Barkworth, Peter. (1991). About Acting. 9780413661104
Covers acting techniques through preparation, rehearsals, actor homework, performance, filming and loads more. Includes interviews with well-known actors. Detailed contents and useful index. Easy to follow, extremely practical and useful material.
Berry, Cecily. (1987). The Actor and His Text. 9780684189376
Loaded with ideas of how to bring text to life. Examples mainly drawn from Shakespeare but these adapt to verse or other modern scripts. Both practical and academic.
Burton, Bruce. (2011). Living Drama. 9781442533882
Improvisation and Drama Exercises. History of Drama.
Crawford, Jerry L., Hurst, Catherine & Lugering, Michael (2010). Acting in Person and in Style. 9781577666646
Designed to assist developing actors at university level. Part I rooted in principles of Stanislavsky. Parts II and III theatre history and specialisation of style.
Hornbrook, David (ed.) (1998). On the Subject of Drama. 9780415168823
Challenging ideas on modern theatre techniques.
Morrison, Malcolm. (1995). Classical Acting. 9780713640472
The acting process, research, movement, voice, for classical drama.
Rodenberg, Patsy. The Actor Speaks: Voice and the Performer. 9780312295141
Full of ideas and inspiration to extend vocal ability in relation to text.
Acting and Directing
Evans, Cheryl & Smith, Lucy. Acting & Theatre. 9780746006993
Many aspects of theatre are covered in this basic, highly illustrated book. It explains a little history, how actors train, and a range of activities for the actors.
Banks, R.A. and Marson, Pauline (ed.). (1998). Drama and Theatre Arts. 9780340711781
Discusses dramas period by period, within historical context, plus chapters on creating drama and analysing drama.
Bernard, Ian. (1998). Film and Television Acting. 9780240803012
Methodically examines the techniques of acting for camera and shows how they differ from stage acting.
Catron, Louis E. & Shattuck, Scott. The Director’s Vision: Play Direction from Analysis to Production. 9781478611257
Play Direction from Analysis to Production. A textbook, which includes practical exercises. Can be used as a full guide or dipped into for inspiration or reference.
Hartnoll, Phyllis. (2012). The Theatre: A Concise History. 9780500204092
Development of the theatre covered in detail with colourful illustrations. Clear, easy to read text.
Hodge, Francis. (2015). Play Directing: Analysis, Communication and Style. 9780205571246
Information, practical know-how, ideas, inspiration, along with exercises that could be used in classroom or studio – or for self-development.
Hunter, Gwen & Priest, Elizabeth. (1997). Greek Drama. 9780582879850
Good resume of Greek drama with follow-up research exercises.
Novak, Elaine Adams. (1985). Styles of Acting: A Scenebook for Aspiring Actors. 9780138587963
Creative tools for looking at styles of acting from Greeks to modern experimental. Contains a brief overview of major playwriting, acting and production styles (then and now) along with scenes.
Rudlin, John. (1994) Commedia Dell’Arte. 9780415047708
An illuminating account of Commedia’s origins plus a practical step-by-step guide to use Commedia techniques in performance.
Atkins, Greg. (1993). Improv! A Handbook for Actors. 9780435086275
An extensive collection of 150 exercises to liberate spontaneity, enhance creativity and encourage students to think quickly on their feet.
Bernardi, Philip. (1992). Improvisation Starters. 9781558702332
Nine hundred starters – great for when the creative process dries up. Good for role plays, storytelling as well. Easily adapted.
Jackson, Paul Z. (1998). Impro Learning. 0566079283
Training book drawing on sources as diverse as theatre, accelerated learning, sports, co-operative games and psychology. Makes training creative, flexible, spontaneous.
Matthews, Steve. (1998). Getting into the Act: Communication Through Drama. 9780477014007
Contains over 200 drama and action games, divided into areas; e.g. icebreakers, trust, etc.
Pierse, Lyn. (1997). Theatre Sports Down Under. 9780646238616
A great guide for coaches and players of Theatre Sports.
Theodorou, Michael. (1990). Ideas That Work in Drama. 9780748702251
Ideal for secondary school drama teaching. Ages suggested for stimulating springboard ideas.
Anthologies of Speeches
Burnet, Andrew (ed.) (2016). 50 Speeches that Made the Modern World. 9781473640948
A celebration of the most influential and thought-provoking speeches that shaped the modern world.
Copeland, Lewis, Lamm, Laurence W. & McKenna, Brian (eds.) (1999). The World’s Great Speeches.9780486409030
278 Speeches from 230 Speakers
Coughlin, Debbie. (2019) Outspoken: 50 Speeches by Incredible Women: From Boudicaa to Michelle Obama. 9780753554050
A celebration of outstanding and outspoken women and their words.
MacArthur, Brian. (2013). The Penguin Book of Historic Speeches. 9780241953266
Brings together the words of over 100 men and women who helped to change the world through the power of their oratory.
Safire, William (ed.) (2004). Lend me Your Ears: Great Speeches in History. 9780393059311
More than 200 pieces of outstanding oratory.
Sebag Montefiore, Simon. (2019). Voices of History: Speeches that Changed the World. 9781474609920
Celebrates great speeches of history and world culture.
Williams, Hywel. (2009). In Our Time: The Speeches that Shaped the Modern World. 9781847249197
Brings together 50 of the most important speeches post-1945.
The Actor and His Text
Preparing voices for acting, text and style with particular emphasis on Shakespearean text.
Harrap Ltd 1987 and reprinted 1988 and 1989
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Freeing the Shakespeare Voice
A passionate exploration – contains exercises, background information on aspects of language and examples of application on texts. Invaluable for serious student work.
Theatre Communications Group 1992
1 55936 031 3
The Teaching Voice
Stephanie Martin and Lyn Darnley
Book is aimed at teachers, lecturers, students, language therapists – anyone with an interest in good vocal health. Information on voice care, physiology, communication skills, classroom strategies.
Whurr Publishers Lrd 1997
1 897635 19 2
The Voice Sourcebook
Stephanie Martin and Lyn Darnley
For professionals – teachers, students and performers. Practical ideas backed by sound theoretical knowledge. Basic “Avoid and Encourage” sections. Excellent value (Copyright free)
Winslow Press 1st 1992
0 863888 111 4 British Library Catalogue
The Lungs and Respiratory System
Describes the workings of the respiratory system with photos and diagrams of the various organs and their functions. At student level.
0 7502 1767 7
100 techniques for relaxation.
Penguin Books,Australia 1995
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Teaching Thinking and Speaking
The Mind Map Book
Tony Buzan with Barry Buzan
Beautifully illustrated to teach the techniques and application of mind mapping. This may be used for teaching creative thinking, minute taking, planning, studying, logical thinking.
BBC Books 1993
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Adventures in Thinking
Designed for classroom use – gives detailed strategies in developing creative and critical thinking skills, co-operative talk, small group work, effectively managing small groups and evaluating children’s development.
Thomas Nelson,Australia 1985
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Listening and Speaking
This New Zealand book provides listening and speaking activities in an easy-to-follow format. It includes chapters on storytelling, debating, marae protocol and interview techniques, amongst many others.
Longman Paul 1995
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Practical Uses of Speech Communication
Covers preparation for all occasions – discussion skills, listening, non-verbal action, the use of persuasion, audiovisual aids and communicating with verbal symbols. A good teaching book.
Holt, Rinehart & Winston 5th Ed.
0 03 0495 91 1
The Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature
Humphrey Carpenter and Mari Pritchard
Nine hundred biographical entries – concise plot summaries – literary history and background – characters – written to both entertain and instruct.
First published 1984 – Reprints 1984, 1985 (with corrections) 1987, 1991, 1995
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Adult/Some Senior Students
Beneath Southern Skies
Covers all major writers and illustrators of children’s books in New Zealand. A one page description of writer and works, with a photo and list of works.
Ashton Scholastic 1993
1 86943 110 3
Children’s Literature – An Illustrated History
Edited by Peter Hunt
Traces the history of children’s books in Britain, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand from the very first printed books to the present day. Richly illustrated in black and white and colour.
0 19 212320 3
Fabulous and Familiar – Children’s Reading in New Zealand, Past and Present
Curators: Mary Atwoll, Mary Hutton, Peter Ireland, Athold McCredie
Overview of children’s reading in New Zealand from 1890 to 1990. Various writers, influences covered. Well illustrated.
National Library ofNew Zealand 1991
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Language and Phonetics
Every lover of language should read this. Good story on the development of language.
0 14 014305 X
Practical Introduction to Phonetics
A good book for study for a phonetics theory paper – Licentiate.
0 19 824217 4
Introduction to Language
V Fromkin, R Rodman, T Collins, D Blair
Good resource book for Licentiate study.
Holt, Rinehart & Winston 1988
0 7295 0 332 1
JC Wells and Greta Colson
A simple easy to use edition.
0 273 01681 4
Ship or Sheep – Teacher and Student book
Comprehensive coverage of 49 units of vowels and consonant sounds with guided test sentences, dualogues, and fun graphics. Classroom or studio use. Also good for ESOL.
0 52128 354 X
Illustrated Dictionary of Mythology
Covers world mythology with brief descriptions of main figures and ideas. Includes illustrations and photos. A useful research tool for students doing Grade Six Performance.
Covent GardenBooks 1998-99
1 87185 462 8
Audition Speeches for 6-16 Year Olds
Over 50 speeches to suit a wide range of ages and abilities. Each speech has a short introduction and brief outline of the story so far.
A & C Black, London 2000
0 7136 51091
Professional and Business Communication
Speak Easy: The Essential Guide to Speaking in Public; Maggie Eyre (NZ author)
Exisle Publishing Limited, 2007, ISBN 987-0-908988-58-7
Presenting to Win: The Art of Telling Your Story: Jerry Weissman (American author); Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006, ISBN 0-13-187510-8
Speak For Yourself, Revised Edition, How to Give Persuasive and Entertaining Talks – with Confidence: Cristina Stuart (British author); Piatkus Books Ltd, 2000, ISBN 0-7499 2593 0
Further reading from earlier SNZ records
HISTORY OF THEATRE
The Oxford Illustrated History of
Theatre – 1995
The Cambridge Guide to World
Theatre –CambridgeUniversity Press 1988
A Concise History of Theatre
Thames & Hudson,London1980
History of Theatre
Oscar G Brockett
Alynn and Bacon 1995
History of Theatre
2nd Ed Phaidon Press,London 1992
Avante Garde Theatre 1892-1992
The Development of the Theatre
Modern Theatre in Theory and
JL Styan (3 vols)
Towards a Poor Theatre
Acting for Camera
Harper & Row,New York1986
The Actor at Work
Benedetti 5th Ed.
Engelwood Cliffs: Prentice Hall 1989
Prentice Hall 1970
The Empty Space
Harmondsworth: Penguin 1972
The Shifting Point
Harper & Row,New York1987
There are no Secrets
Respect for Acting
A Challenge for the Actor
Theatre Games for the Classroom
Northwestern University PressIllinois
Improvisation for the Theatre
Evanston: Northwestern University Press
Restoration Comedy in Performance
An Actor Prepares
Building a Character
Creating a Role
Improv! A Handbook for Actors
The Actor’s Art and Craft
J Garnett Miller Ltd 1994
Stage Design and Stage Lighting
W Oren Parker and R Craig Wolf
6th Ed. 1990
The Actor and the Text
Voice and the Actor
Freeing the Natural Voice
Drama Book Specialists,New York
Freeing Shakespeare’s Voice
Theatre Communications Group
The Voice Book
The Singer’s and Actor’s Throat
Heinemann Medical Books 1979
The Right to Speak
The Need for Words
VOICE – Journal of the British Voice
The Roy Art Theatre
Dept Theatre,DartingtonCollegeof Arts 1985
The Director at Work
EnglewoodCliffs: Prentice Hall 1985
The Empty Space
Penguin, Harmondworth 1972
There are No Secrets
Towards a Poor Theatre
Routledge, London4th Ed. 1989
The Alexander Principle
The Alexander Technique
J & B Leibowitz
Harper & Row,New York1991
Awareness Through Movement
Harper & Row,New York1972
(cassette tapes and book)
Laban for Actors and Dancers
The Oxford History of New Zealand
Literature in English
Ed. Terry Sturm
The Physics of Speech
D B Fry
CambridgeTextbooks in Linguistics 1985
English Accents and Dialects – An
Introduction to Social and Regional Varieties of British English
Arthur Hughes & Peter Trudgill
Edward Arnold 1988
A Short History of English Literature
Basil Blackwell Publisher Ltd 1984
The Story of English
Robert Crumm, William Cran & Robert MacNeil
Penguin Books 1986
The Oxford Companion to Children’s
Humphrey Carpenter & Mari Pritchard
BBC and John Murray
Seventh Impression 1974