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
Working as a Trans Boy: An Extract from My Body, My Business: New Zealand Sex Workers in an Era of Change
Read Time: 19 mins
An extract from Caren Wilton’s new book My Body, My...
Society
Working as a Trans Boy: An Extract from My Body, My Business: New Zealand Sex Workers in an Era of Change
By Caren Wilton
Workshop: A Toolkit for Art Writers - Hamilton edition
Read Time: 1 min
Interested in writing about art? Join Lana Lopesi...
News
Workshop: A Toolkit for Art Writers - Hamilton edition
By Pantograph Punch
Whakanuia: Pantograph Picks for LitCrawl 2018
Read Time: 16 mins
Matariki Williams, Lucinda Bennett and Hannah Newport...
Literature
Whakanuia: Pantograph Picks for LitCrawl 2018
By Pantograph Punch
Announcing our Summer Fling Writers 2018-19
Read Time: 2 mins
Meet the writers taking part in Summer Fling, our...
News
Announcing our Summer Fling Writers 2018-19
By Pantograph Punch
Pirate and Queen: An Interview with Claire Mabey and Andrew Laking
Read Time: 28 mins
Hannah Newport-Watson talks to the duo behind LitCrawl...
Literature
Pirate and Queen: An Interview with Claire Mabey and Andrew Laking
By Hannah Newport-Watson
 Experiencing Art, Experiencing Others: On Community, Autonomy and Artist-run Initiatives
Read Time: 30 mins
Hana Aoake considers ARIs past and present and imagines...
Art
Experiencing Art, Experiencing Others: On Community, Autonomy and Artist-run Initiatives
By Hana Pera Aoake
Loose Canons: Albert Belz
Read Time: 6 mins
Ahead of seasons of his new play Astroman in Christchurch...
Theatre
Loose Canons: Albert Belz
By Albert Belz
Turning Back We Look Forward / To a Shimmering Space: On the Positive Nationalism of Dudley Benson
Read Time: 18 mins
Self serving myths and nationalism, Dan Kelly considers...
Music
Turning Back We Look Forward / To a Shimmering Space: On the Positive Nationalism of Dudley Benson
By Dan Kelly