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 Against a System That is Working Against Them: Contemporary LGBTQIA+ Writers in Aotearoa
Read Time: 27 mins
In a beautiful personal essay, Jackson Nieuwland calls...
Literature
Working Against a System That is Working Against Them: Contemporary LGBTQIA+ Writers in Aotearoa
By Jackson Nieuwland
Introducing our New Volumes: Critics in Residence for 2018-19
Read Time: 2 mins
Introducing our four Critics in Residence for 2018...
News
Introducing our New Volumes: Critics in Residence for 2018-19
By Pantograph Punch
A Frost Kissed Rose at the Bottom of the World: An Interview with Daegan Wells
Read Time: 21 mins
Lucinda Bennett talks to the artist about craft, storytelling...
Art
A Frost Kissed Rose at the Bottom of the World: An Interview with Daegan Wells
By Lucinda Bennett
Mundane Hellscapes: The Subversion of Hir
Read Time: 9 mins
Jean Sergent dives into the disruption of Taylor Mac...
Theatre
Mundane Hellscapes: The Subversion of Hir
By Jean Sergent
Far From Vanity: Six Profiles of Independent Aotearoa Authors
Read Time: 24 mins
Antony Millen challenges the stereotype that authors...
Literature
Far From Vanity: Six Profiles of Independent Aotearoa Authors
By Antony Millen
Loose Canons: Miriama Mcdowell
Read Time: 8 mins
Actor, writer and director Miriama Mcdowell lets us...
Loose Canons
Loose Canons: Miriama Mcdowell
By Miriama Mcdowell
From Dwelling to Destination: On New Zealand’s House Museums
Read Time: 19 mins
Sebastian Clarke on the character and reputation of...
Art
From Dwelling to Destination: On New Zealand’s House Museums
By Sebastian Clarke
Nothing Like Family
Read Time: 13 mins
Doug Dillaman and the unlikely, unconventional and...
Screen
Nothing Like Family
By Doug Dillaman