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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Literature
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
A Kaputī with Kahu Kutia
Read Time: 12 mins
Ruby Solly has a kōrero with Kahu Kutia about her...
Society
A Kaputī with Kahu Kutia
By Ruby Solly
Uneasy Seas: Attraction and Auē
Read Time: 8 mins
Jessie Bray Sharpin on two debut novels that reckon...
Literature
Uneasy Seas: Attraction and Auē
By Jessie Bray Sharpin
How to Read My Poem: Jane Arthur
Read Time: 16 mins
Jane Arthur takes us under the hood of her poem, ‘...
Literature
How to Read My Poem: Jane Arthur
By Jane Arthur
Tauranga: Where Racism Has Reared Its Ugly Head
Read Time: 13 mins
After experiencing racism in Tauranga firsthand, Shilo...
Society
Tauranga: Where Racism Has Reared Its Ugly Head
By Shilo Kino
Hell is Other People: A Review of Uma Lava
Read Time: 7 mins
Is Hell other people, other Pacific people, or something...
Theatre
Hell is Other People: A Review of Uma Lava
By Sepelini Mua’au
Skin in the Game: Not-a-review of My Heart Goes Thadak Thadak
Read Time: 4 mins
Saraid de Silva Cameron praises Ahi Karunaharan's...
Theatre
Skin in the Game: Not-a-review of My Heart Goes Thadak Thadak
By Saraid de Silva Cameron
A Wild Ride: A Review of the Wild Card by Renée
Read Time: 6 mins
Kaupapa Māori Editor Ataria Sharman reviews Renée’...
Literature
A Wild Ride: A Review of the Wild Card by Renée
By Ataria Sharman
Jiggly Bits: On the Sculptures of Caitlin Devoy
Read Time: 9 mins
Francis McWhannell examines Caitlin Devoy's sculptures...
Art
Jiggly Bits: On the Sculptures of Caitlin Devoy
By Francis McWhannell