Speech New Zealand Booklist
The following are books that have been recommended by a range of New Zealand Registered Speech Teachers
Guide to Layout
Publisher and year of publication
Suggested age group
The books listed and the supporting comments
are the personal recommendations of individual examiners
and former examiners and are not necessarily endorsed by
Speech New Zealand or its Trustees
English Text Books
A Short History of English Literature
One of the most concise “easy to read” texts for teens studying different genre. A basic test which sets the scene for deeper study.
Page Bros 1987
0 631 13762 9 Pbk
The Oxford History of New Zealand Literature in English
Edited by Terry Sturm
Most comprehensive and authoritative literary history of New Zealand. Extensive bibliography, chapters on History, Poetry, Novel, Drama, Short Story.
0 19558 385 X
The A-Z of Great Writers
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.
Colour Library Direct, Godalming Business Centre,Surrey 1997
1 85833 814 X
Edited by Richard Andrews and Rex Gibson
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.
0 521 43494 7
Shakespeare – The Invention of the HumanHarold Bloom
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.
Fourth Estate 1999
1 84115 048 7
The Hutchinson Shakespeare Dictionary
Useful as a reference or cross-reference of Shakespeare’s plots, plays, etc.
Hutchinson 1986 / Arrow 1991 / Helicon 1993 (new format)
0 09991 320 8
The World of Shakespeare
Anna Claybourne and Rebecca Treays
A delightful overview of Shakespeare’s time and his major plays with simple synopses – illustrated.
Usborne Publishing 1996
0 7460 2454 1
Women in Shakespeare
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.
0 863 69383 0
This book supplies detailed studies of important scenes from Shakespeare’s most popular plays. Excellent for senior grades.
0 333 69343 4
The Pocket Companion to Shakespeare’s Plays
A synopsis of each play with characters, story, performance notes, film notes. Includes Shakespeare’s life, poems, glossary. Valuable reference work.
Mitchell Beasley Revised Ed 1994
1 84000 301 4
Mr William Shakespeare’s Plays
Comic book – Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Winter’s Tale, Julius Caesar, The Tempest – fun and good overview.
Walk Books Ltd 2000
0 7445 6946 X Pbk
Classic Poems to Read Aloud
Selected by James Berry
Lovely categories including “magical”, mirthful, old and new; also poems for many countries. Clear text, black and white and colour illustrations. Useful for choosing poems for performance..
1 85697 253 4
An Anthology of New Zealand Poetry
A diverse collection of New Zealand poetry spanning more than a century. Major poets are acknowledged, along with a range of controversial unique poets encompassing a range of styles and forms.
0 19 558355 8
All age groups
Troy Thompson’s Excellent Peotry Book (yes, it is spelt like this!)
Gary Crew and Craig Smith
An Australian book – colourful, fun. Teacher’s assignment on one page, Troy’s work on the other. A good introduction to poetry styles.
Lothian Books 1998
0 85091 834 0
I’m in a Mood Today – Poems about Feelings
Collection of poems involved with feelings including being in a bad mood, family, relationships, bullying, dyslexia, sulking, caring, loneliness, left out – etc. etc.
0 19 276230 0 Pbk
How to Understand Poetry
Comprehensive but small. Excellent and simple understanding of poetry, types and development for all students.
Hale and Iremonger, Sydney NSW 1988
0 86806 315 0
Form and Feeling – Poetry for Senior Students
Elaine Hamilton and John Livingston
Excellent to use with “How to Understand Poetry” as it gives chapter introduction and examples of 12 types of poems for study.
Longman Cheshire 1st 1981
0 582 66168 4
Informative text on twelve poets and their verse. An old but valuable book.
Heinemann 1st 1984
0 86863 661 4
Lives of the Poets
Poets grouped from Chaucer to 1998. Good life background – good analysis of poets’ works.
Weidenfeld & Nicolson 1998
0 297 84014 2 Pbk
The Making of a Poem
Mark Strand and Eavan Boland
Looks at poetic forms; gives history and explanations of each form; offers a selection of exemplars.
WW Norton & Co
0 393 04916 7
99 Ways into New Zealand Poetry
Paula Green & Harry Ricketts
Compiled by two of this country’s most distinguished poets.
Random House, 2010
ISBN 978 186979 1780
Twenty Contemporary New Zealand Poets
An Anthology Edited by Andrew Johnston & Robyn Marsack
Current NZ poetry beginning in 1986
Victoria University Press
ISBN 978 0 86473 579 3
Theatre and Drama
The Technique of Acting
Guide to the technique of acting taught in Adler’s studio with exercises and examples.
Bantam, US1st 1988
0 553 34932 5
The Complete ABOUT ACTING
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.
0 413 66110 5
Senior/Adult/Male/Female (some ideas adaptable for younger students)
The Actor and His Text
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.
0 245 54382 1
No one will regret buying this! It speaks directly to the younger students giving a helpful guide as a text and encouragement to delve further – an excellent “starting point”.
Unwin Hyman 1986
0 7135 2681 5
Improvisation and Drama Exercises. History of Drama.
Longman Cheshire 1993
0 582 87133 2
Acting in Person and in Style – 3rd Edition
Jerry L Crawford
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. Thoroughly based and text included.
Wm C Brown Co, DubuqueIowa1st 1986
0 69704234 0
On the Subject of Drama
Edited by David Hornbrook
Challenging ideas on modern theatre techniques.
0 415 16882 hbk – 0 415 16883 X pbk
The acting process, research, movement, voice, for classical drama.
A & C Black 1995
0 7136 4047 2
The Actor Speaks
Pitched at level of first year acting students, this can still be adapted for younger students. Full of ideas and inspiration to extend vocal ability in relation to text.
0 413 70020 8
Acting and Directing
Styles of Acting
Elaine Adams Novak
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 practise scenes.
Prentice Hall 1985
0 13 858796 5
Drama and Theatre Arts
RA Banks and P Marson
Discusses dramas period by period, within historical context, plus chapters on creating drama and analysing drama.
Hodder & Stoughton Rev Ed 1998
0 340 71178 7
Film and Television Acting
Methodically examines the techniques of acting for camera and shows how they differ from stage acting.
Focal Press – Butterworth-Heinemann 1993
0 240 80138 5
This outlines the history of drama and behind the scenes in theatre. Is creatively organised with presenters and interviewers.
Reprint Collins Educational 1996 – Originally published 1986
0 00 322218 7
The Director’s Vision
Louis E Catron
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.
Mayfield Publishing 1989
0 87484 760 5
Acting & Theatre
Cheryl Evans and Lucy Smith
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.
0 7460 0699 3
Play Directing: Analysis, Communication and Style
Everything you ever wanted to know about directing and were afraid to ask! Information, practical know-how, ideas, inspiration, along with exercises that could be used in classroom or studio – or for self development.
Prentice-Hall Inc – 4th Ed 1971 (There are more recent editions but this has not dated)
0 13 501107 8
The Theatre – A Concise History
Development of the theatre covered in detail – colourful illustrations. Money well spent! Clear easy to read text. Available at UBS.
Thames andHudson– Reprint 1991
Gwen Hunter and Elizabeth Priest
Good resume of Greek drama with follow-up research exercises.
Addison Wesley Longman NZ Ltd 1996
0 5828 7985 x
The Story of Theatre
Interactive pop-up book. Good time line of theatre. Others in the series – Printing and Music.
1 85697 281 X
An illuminating account of Commedia’s origins plus a practical step-by-step guide to use Commedia techniques in performance.
0 415 04769 2 hbk
0 415 04770 6 pbk
Full of suggestions for auditioning well, albeit for professional theatre in USA. Best of all – chock-full of extremely useful acting techniques for comedy, drama, musicals and various styles of acting. Reasonable index, but better to add more of your own for specific techniques.
Bantam Books 1980
0 553 13204 0
Senior/Adult/some ideas readily adapted for younger acting students
Improv! A Handbook for Actors
An extensive collection of 150 exercises to liberate spontaneity, enhance creativity and encourage students to think quickly on their feet.
0 435 08627 8
Nine hundred starters – great for when the creative process dries up. Good for role plays, storytelling as well. Easily adapted.
Betterway Books,Ohio 1992
1 55870 233 4 pbk
Neil Simon Monologues
Editor: Roger Karshner
This book offers a wide range of speeches from Neil Simon’s plays. There is a synopsis covering major plot points, but thankfully the plays are available from Playbureau, PO Box 420, New Plymouth.
Dramaline Publications 1996
0 940669 34 X
Paul Z Jackson
Training book drawing on sources as diverse as theatre, accelerated learning, sports,
co-operative games and psychology. Makes training creative, flexible, spontaneous.
0 566 07928 3
A great guide for coaches and players of Theatre Sports.
0 646 23861 2
Getting into the Act
Contains over 200 drama and action games, divided into areas; e.g. icebreakers, trust, etc.
GP Books 1988
0 477 01 400 3
Ideas that Work in Drama
Ideal for secondary school drama teaching. Ages suggested for stimulating springboard ideas.
StanleyThornes, England– 1st 1989
0 7487 0225 3
Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Language
A most useful, multi-faceted book.
0 521 42 443 7
The Penguin Book of Historic Speeches
Editor: Brian MacArthur
Brings together the words of over 100 men and women from Moses to Mandela who helped to change the world through the power of their oratory.
0 14 017619 5
The blurb says “Tricks of the speaker’s trade from a master of rhetoric”. With eloquence the author shows how to clarify our thinking; master the mechanics of voice, expression and delivery; compose a lucid and compelling talk in decent English.
McGraw Hill 1999
0 07 134610 4
Targeting and tailoring presentations. Practical guide. A general base.
0 8144 5016 4
The Lost Art of the Great Speech
Recommended for senior Public Speaking students by Donna McKinlay-Jones, Lindisfarne teacher (and now SNZ examiner).
0 8144 7054 8
The Art of Public Speaking
Stephen E Lucas
Fifth edition, but probably another available now. An excellent text, packed ;with both practical examples and information. Helpful chapter on ethics and persuasive speaking.
McGraw-Hill Inc 1995
0 07 113464 6
The Public Speaking Book
Irving J Rein
An audience centred approach to basic speech preparation. Includes case studies and different types of speeches. Practical and theoretical.
Scott, Foresman 1981
0 673 15183 3
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Public Speaking
Laurie Rozakis PhD
Wonderfully helpful even for non-idiots, but a valuable guide for teachers and speakers. A lively format with hints, activities and up-to-date material and a racy style. 358pp.
Alpha Books (a division of Macmillan) 2nd Edition
0 02 863383 0
Public Speaking as a Liberal Art
John F Wilson/Carroll C Arnold/Molly Meijer Werthermer
An excellent Public Speaking book for diploma students. I found this invaluable covering the art of public speaking, basic processes and understanding audiences, organising, outlining, style and delivery.
Allyn & Bacon 1993/94/95 6th edition
0 205 1236 0
Pros and Cons
Editor: Trevor Sather
Arguments for and against each subject appear in adjacent columns for easy comparison, and related topics and suggestions for possible motions are listed at the end of each entry. Introductory essay describes debating technique, covering rules, structure and types of debate, and offering tips on how to become a successful speaker.
0 415 19548 9
Artful Persuasion – How to Command Attention, Change Minds and Influence People
A remarkably useful guide into the world of influence, tools to successfully persuade – particularly useful for students of Business Communication and Public Speaking. Peels away mystery that surrounds psychology of influence – very readable and up-to-date.
MG Press 1999
0 908722 91 5
A Sense of Style
Jane Blankenship, University of Massachusetts
An oldie, but a goodie! Excellent for Public Speaking students to give an understanding of resources of language, word choice, rhetorically effective sentences, oral style, activities to improve style. Some ethical considerations – two speeches included – “Liberty or Death” and Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address.
Dickson Publishing Co Inc.Belmont,California 1968
Library of Congress Card No 68-22993
Our Masters’ Voices – The Language and Body Language of Politics
Analysis and commentary based on audio and video tapes – John F Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Ronald Reagan, Tony Benn, Margaret Thatcher and others. An exposÁ of the “tricks of the trade”. Readable and informative – illustrated.
0 416 37690 8 hdk
0 416 37700 9 pbk
Getting Your Ideas Across
Public Speaking, meeting procedure – concise.
Moss Associates 1989
0 473 00656 1
Guide for Meetings and Organisations
Covers all practical aspects of meeting procedure. Designed to meet the needs of those who wish meetings to proceed in the minimum of time with maximum efficiency. Explains fundamental concepts and contains advice on correct techniques.
Law Co. 1994
0 455 21295 3
Members’ Meetings in New Zealand
Mark von Dadelszen
Answers all your questions on meeting procedure. Useful definition of terms. Easy reference.
CHB Print Ltd, Hawke’s Bay 1995
0 473 03184 1
Meetings – Practice and Procedure in New Zealand
Author a lecturer on business law at Massey University. Detailed and presented logically with a full index. Gives the legal requirements for a complete range of meetings – companies, directors, local authorities, incorporated societies, others and marae meetings. Excellent reference.
CCH New Zealand Ltd in association with NZ Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators Inc. 1991
0 86475 132 X
A toolkit of ideas to stimulate impromptu and semi-impromptu speaking and improvisation. It also leads to prepared speaking. Develops and increases expertise in vocabulary, reasoning, knowledge, fluency and confidence. Lively oral work.
Heinmann Education 1990
0 86863 323 2
Hocking’s Rules: The Essential Guide to Conducting Meetings
This book contains more than just the notes covering every aspect of meeting procedure and provides general information about starting an Association.
Simon and Schuster 2000
0 7318 0851 7
Take the Panic Out of Public Speaking
A very helpful guide by an Australian public speaking expert who shares his wealth of experience and knowledge.
1 875 837 90 7
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
0 245 54328 1
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
0 14 024494 8
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
0 563 37101 3
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
0 17 006555 3
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
0 582 87820 9
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
0 19 211582 0
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
0 44 77 02701 6
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 World’s Great Speeches
Ed Lewis Copeland & Laurence W Lamm
(230 speakers – 278 speeches) Dover
Lend Me Your Ears – Great Speeches
Selected and introduced by William Safire
Our Masters’ Voices – Language and
Body Language of Politics
The Speaker’s Handbook
Jo & Stuart Sprague
Effective Speaking – Communicating
E & F N Spon 1992
Penguin Book of 20th Century Speeches
Be An Achiever
Geoffrey Moss 1990
Getting your Ideas Across
Geoffrey Moss 1988
Moss & Associates 1994
Heinemann Education 1991
Messages – Building Interpersonal
Joseph A De Vito
Harper & Row 1990
Speaking in Public
Penguin Pocket Series 1993
Speaking of Communication
Scott Foresman 1975
The Chairman’s Craft
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