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SpeakOUT Episode 84 – Marriage and kiss: AJ Fitzwater interview

SpeakOUT Episode 84 – Marriage and kiss: AJ Fitzwater interview

On their most recent episode of SpeakOUT the hosts Neo/Cad and Compass chat with A.J Fitzwater about their new book No Man’s Land, their experience with being a queer author and their writing process! Inspired by feminist and LGBTQ+ history and family memories of North Otago in wartime, A.J has turned a piece of forgotten […]

Two to the Power of Five: The Power of Queer Words – 24 to 26 July 2020

Two to the Power of Five: The Power of Queer Words – 24 to 26 July 2020

Aotearoa’s only LGBTQI+ literary festival, Same Same but Different, is excited to announce a special online winter talk series later this month. From July 24-26th, Two to the Power of Five: The Power of Queer Words pairs up fascinating queer writers for five fantastic online conversations. The sessions are all free and being held thanks […]

Rainbow Writing Competition | Whakataetae Tuhituhi

Rainbow Writing Competition | Whakataetae Tuhituhi

This year Out on the Shelves Inside Out – will be running a rainbow writing competition as part of their campaign. To get involved, submit a piece of writing that features a rainbow experience. That could mean focussing the piece on a rainbow character or exploring rainbow themes, as long as there is a strong […]

No Man’s Land by A.J. Fitzwater

No Man’s Land by A.J. Fitzwater

No Man’s Land is a historical fantasy and a love story set in the golden plains of North Otago. Dorothea ‘Tea’ Gray joins the Land Service and is sent to work on a remote farm, one of many young women left to fill the empty shoes left by fathers and brothers serving in the Second […]

Fiona Clark: Living With AIDS (1988)

Fiona Clark: Living With AIDS (1988)

Living with AIDS (1988) published this year by Michael Lett is a suite of three books. The books are a facsimile of seminal photo albums produced by Clark in 1988. They were first exhibited at the Dowse Art Museum and are now in the collection of Te Papa Tongarewa. The publication includes an essay by […]

Can Pākehā authors write Māori characters? Should they?

Can Pākehā authors write Māori characters? Should they?

Brendaniel Weir writes in the Spinoff about his novel – Tane’s War – a story of a gay affair between Pākehā and Māori lovers. In the process he explores Brendaniel Weir asks the questions can Pākehā authors write Māori characters? And should they? Wier explains at age 16 his first love was a Māori man. […]

Dear Oliver: Peter Wells – Auckland Writers Festival – 18 May 2018

Dear Oliver: Peter Wells – Auckland Writers Festival – 18 May 2018

The work of writer Peter Wells is distinguished by a careful scrutinizing of particular and general histories of Pākeha – New Zealanders. Over the last year he has explored each in moving ways: from his ongoing Facebook diary project documenting his psychological and physical navigation of cancer, to his just published memoir Dear Oliver, in […]

Kim Hill Interviews Peter Wells – Radio NZ

Kim Hill Interviews Peter Wells – Radio NZ

Peter Wells is a fiction and non-fiction writer, and a filmmaker and was recently interview by Kim Hill. His first book, Dangerous Desires, won the Reed Fiction Award, the NZ Book Award, and PEN Best New Book in Prose in 1992. His memoir won the 2002 Montana NZ Book Award for Biography and his 2016 […]

Tane’s War by Brendaniel Weir

Tane’s War by  Brendaniel Weir

Set amidst the battlefields of the Great War and the shearing sheds of 1954 Hunua, Brendaniel Weir’s debut novel Tane’s War examines the challenges facing gay men during both wartime and peace. One lifetime, two battles. It’s 1953 and Briar is a dreamer living with his father in Pukekohe. His behaviour sees him sent to […]


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