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
Every Story Tells a Picture
Read Time: 21 mins
Thomasin Sleigh on the power of ekphrasis in women...
Literature
Every Story Tells a Picture
By Thomasin Sleigh
Before Words Get in Between
Read Time: 24 mins
Kirsty Baker on the subtle modes of resistance and...
Art
Before Words Get in Between
By Kirsty Baker
Loose Canons: Abby Howells
Read Time: 7 mins
Ahead of the Dunedin Arts Festival season of her latest...
Theatre
Loose Canons: Abby Howells
By Abby Howells
Summer Fling: Mini Mentorships 2018-19
Read Time: 5 mins
Announcing Summer Fling, our mini-mentorship programme...
News
Summer Fling: Mini Mentorships 2018-19
By Pantograph Punch
Welcome to Terror Lake
Read Time: 14 mins
Adam Goodall takes a look at Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric...
Theatre
Welcome to Terror Lake
By Adam Goodall
Cyclical Rearrangements: An Interview with Paul Brobbel
Read Time: 20 mins
Alice Tappenden talks to Len Lye Curator Paul Brobbel...
Art
Cyclical Rearrangements: An Interview with Paul Brobbel
By Alice Tappenden
Loose Canons: Rachel Marlow
Read Time: 8 mins
Prolific lighting designer Rachel Marlow shares the...
Theatre
Loose Canons: Rachel Marlow
By Rachel Marlow
All Who Live on Islands
Read Time: 26 mins
Rose Lu reflects on growing up as a Chinese New Zealander...
Literature
All Who Live on Islands
By Rose Lu