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
Whakanuia: 5 Things Worth Celebrating in August 2017
Read Time: 6 mins
This month: a reprieve from dark theatres with vital...
Knockouts
Whakanuia: 5 Things Worth Celebrating in August 2017
By Pantograph Punch
Landing the Kite by Working with the Wind: Playwrights and Devising
Read Time: 11 mins
Natasha Hay talks about the art of collaboration with...
Theatre
Landing the Kite by Working with the Wind: Playwrights and Devising
By Natasha Hay
Efflorescent Abstractions: A Review of ‘Outflux’
Read Time: 8 mins
Ellie Lee-Duncan reflects on Clara Wells solo exhibition...
Art
Efflorescent Abstractions: A Review of ‘Outflux’
By Ellie Lee-Duncan
Mothers and Daughters: A review of Family History
Read Time: 6 mins
Airini Beautrais reviews Johanna Emeney's new collection...
Literature
Mothers and Daughters: A review of Family History
By Airini Beautrais
Spec-Fic Month: An Excerpt from Milk Island
Read Time: 24 mins
Read an excerpt from Rhydian Thomas' debut novel,...
Literature
Spec-Fic Month: An Excerpt from Milk Island
By Rhydian Thomas
Loose Canons: Cassandra Tse
Read Time: 7 mins
Writer, director and musical fanatic Cassandra Tse...
Theatre
Loose Canons: Cassandra Tse
By Cassandra Tse
Summer Reading Series: Two poems by Louise Wallace
Read Time: 2 mins
New fiction, non-fiction and poetry by Aotearoa writers...
Literature
Summer Reading Series: Two poems by Louise Wallace
By Louise Wallace
Review: New Zealand's Best 2017
Read Time: 8 mins
Screen
Review: New Zealand's Best 2017
By Doug Dillaman