Claire Mabey’s Lockdown Booklist
Comfort Food: A review of Tiny Moons by Nina Mingya Powles
You Treat Us Like We're The Virus

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Literature

Director of Verb Festival and literary programmer for the New Zealand Festival of the Arts Claire Mabey shares her reading recommendations for these strange times.

Present Claire is extremely thankful to past Claire’s book-hoarding habits. There are the groaning bookshelves, but also the piles on the floor, on top of the piano, by the bed, by the baby’s bed, in boxes and stacked in a chest. It’s like...

Literature

Chris Tse finds familiarity and comfort in Nina Mingya Powles' book, Tiny Moons: A Year of Eating in Shanghai. 

An American friend visiting Wellington once remarked on the number of Malaysian restaurants we had dotted throughout the CBD. It wasn’t something I had really thought about – they’re a ubiquitous part of the city’s local culinary scene, sustained by the fervent support of their most loyal customers...

Society

Racism sucks. Vanessa Crofskey writes about the hurt her and her peers feel as Chinese people during Covid-19.

Covid-19 recently got nicknamed the ‘Chinese virus’. It was something stupid that Donald Trump said and that other people echoed. Renaming the virus was a crudely obvious tactic that most people could clearly see through: associating a worldwide pandemic with the race who were the first...

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Claire Mabey’s Lockdown Booklist
Literature
Comfort Food: A review of Tiny Moons by Nina Mingya Powles
Society
You Treat Us Like We're The Virus
Machines for Pleasure: An Interview with Elizabeth Knox
Read Time: 16 mins
​Elizabeth Knox talks with Pip Adam about writing...
Literature
Machines for Pleasure: An Interview with Elizabeth Knox
By Pip Adam
Bodies of Water: A Conversation Between essa may ranapiri and Eliana Gray
Read Time: 15 mins
Poets essa may ranapiri and Eliana Gray discuss the...
Literature
Bodies of Water: A Conversation Between essa may ranapiri and Eliana Gray
By essa may ranapiri and Eliana Gray
Hurting in Different Ways: A Review of Life on Volcanoes
Read Time: 5 mins
Five of New Zealand’s best essayists break personal...
Literature
Hurting in Different Ways: A Review of Life on Volcanoes
By Veronica Maughan
The Cock Question: On Dating While Non-binary
Read Time: 19 mins
As a non-binary person interacting on dating apps –...
Society
The Cock Question: On Dating While Non-binary
By Ellie Lee-Duncan
Always Something There to Remind Me: On Growing Up Amid Neoliberal Reforms
Read Time: 41 mins
Mary Paul talks to six Generation X Aucklanders about...
Society
Always Something There to Remind Me: On Growing Up Amid Neoliberal Reforms
By Mary Paul
The Unmissables: Three Exhibitions to See in August
Read Time: 7 mins
The best art on show in the dealer galleries of Tāmaki...
Art
The Unmissables: Three Exhibitions to See in August
By Pantograph Punch
A Circle is a Sun: A Review of Mikala Dwyer’s ‘Earthcraft’
Read Time: 23 mins
Geometry, science fiction and appropriation of ancient...
Art
A Circle is a Sun: A Review of Mikala Dwyer’s ‘Earthcraft’
By Victoria Wynne-Jones
Mana Rangatahi: Young Māori on Standing with Ihumātao
Read Time: 31 mins
Ten rangatahi Māori on what standing with mana whenua...
Society
Mana Rangatahi: Young Māori on Standing with Ihumātao
By Tayi Tibble