Picking at the Surface
Naughty Nanas and Sad Old Men: How We've Screwed Up Old Age on Our Stage
Books to Look Out for in 2019

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Society

Vanessa Crofskey on compulsive grooming, beauty and survival.

I watch my mum from the upstairs window as she bends over a patch of dirt and upturns the earth. She works late nights as a software developer, so these hours in the garden are hers. Determinedly, she pushes her knees into the concrete and pulls a weed out from the soil bed. An hour later, she is still scouring the earth, bundles of...

Theatre

Roger Hall is the most successful playwright in New Zealand, but it looks like he's scared of everyone below retirement age. What's worse is that it might just be our fault... and not in the ways you think. Adam Goodall digs into the mistakes that Aotearoa playwrights – especially the young ones – keep making when they write stories about old age for the stage, and what needs to change to get them right....

Literature

Literature editor Hannah Newport-Watson does a reccie of new books appearing on the horizon this year in Aotearoa. Here’s a selection of forthcoming poetry, fiction and non-fiction we’re excited about.

Poetry

Under Glass by Gregory Kan (Auckland University Press, March 2019)

Gregory Kan’s first collection of poetry, This Paper Boat (2016), was restrained and quietly haunting. I loved the...

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Society
Picking at the Surface
Theatre
Naughty Nanas and Sad Old Men: How We've Screwed Up Old Age on Our Stage
Literature
Books to Look Out for in 2019
Into the Unknown: Changes at The Pantograph Punch
Read Time: 10 mins
The Pantograph Punch are excited to announce a new...
Society
Into the Unknown: Changes at The Pantograph Punch
By Pantograph Punch
A PhD in Trauma
Read Time: 9 mins
PhDs are notoriously gruelling, but throw personal...
Society
A PhD in Trauma
By Pantograph Punch
Loose Canons: Nisha Madhan
Read Time: 11 mins
Nisha Madhan is the artistic director of The Town...
Theatre
Loose Canons: Nisha Madhan
By Nisha Madhan
Loose Canons: Melissa Laing
Read Time: 9 mins
Auckland Fringe artist Melissa Laing is taking audience...
Loose Canons
Loose Canons: Melissa Laing
By Melissa Laing
There's a Problem with this Book / Maybe the Problem is with Me: A Reading of The Beat Of The Pendulum
Read Time: 17 mins
Jackson Niewland reads Catherine Chidgey's latest...
Literature
There's a Problem with this Book / Maybe the Problem is with Me: A Reading of The Beat Of The Pendulum
By Jackson Nieuwland
Descanting the Domiciliary: A Review of Homeshow, 90 Canon
Read Time: 19 mins
What if spaces designed for living in were given over...
Art
Descanting the Domiciliary: A Review of Homeshow, 90 Canon
By James Hope
Committed Passion: Handweavers Guilds and a New Generation of Makers in New Zealand
Read Time: 21 mins
Jane Ruck-Doyle speaks to makers of all generations...
Art
Committed Passion: Handweavers Guilds and a New Generation of Makers in New Zealand
By Jane Ruck-Doyle
Loose Canons: Akashi Fisiinaua
Read Time: 9 mins
FAFSWAG's Akashi Fisiinaua curates interdisciplinary...
Loose Canons
Loose Canons: Akashi Fisiinaua
By Akashi Fisiinaua