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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 […]

Love Me As I Am – 16 to 17 March 2018 – Auckland Arts Festival

Love Me As I Am – 16 to 17 March 2018 – Auckland Arts Festival

From folk to classical, Mahinārangi Tocker wrote more than 1000 songs exploring identity and aroha which form a deeply compelling narrative of her own life experiences. A champion for Māori music, gay rights and mental illness, her fearless approach to creativity is well respected among her musical contemporaries and globally acknowledged. Her live performances were […]

Camp Binch – 14 to 15 March 2018 – Fortune Theatre – Dunedin

Camp Binch – 14 to 15 March 2018 – Fortune Theatre – Dunedin

Chris Parker’s Camp Binch is going to be all blokes, brews and banter (Gays, Fanta and deeply personal yet hilarious anecdotes about trying to fit into NZ’s narrow conception of “masculinity”) It’s kiwi as bro! Off the back of sell-out seasons of his NZ International Comedy Festival shows, and performing all around the country in […]

Dear Oliver: Uncovering a Pākehā History by Peter Wells

Dear Oliver: Uncovering a Pākehā History by Peter Wells

When writer and historian Peter Wells found a cache of family letters amongst his elderly mother’s effects, he realised that he had the means of retracing the history of a not-untypical family swept out to New Zealand during the great nineteenth-century human diaspora from Britain. His family experienced the war against Te Kooti, the Boer […]

Baby: NZ Book Awards Finalist

Baby: NZ Book Awards Finalist

Baby by Annaleese Jochems has been announced as a finalist in the 50th annual New Zealand Book Awards. The NZ Book Adwards site says Baby is: “A savagely funny and daring debut, this novel shimmers with feverish, fatalistic intensity. Baby is a strange and strangely moving love story built on obsession, narcissism and damage. Annaleese […]

The Universe is Pretty Big and I’m Afraid of Sex – 5 to 7 April 2018 – Bats Theatre – Wellington

The Universe is Pretty Big and I’m Afraid of Sex – 5 to 7 April 2018 – Bats Theatre – Wellington

Sex is scary, sex is beautiful, sex is awkward… let’s talk about it. Follow two technically grown humans as they journey through human interaction, to the centre of the universe! The Universe is pretty big and it’s all pretty scary if you think about it… even if you don’t think about it, it’s still pretty […]

Fa’aafa – 6 to 9 March 2018 – Bats Theatre – Wellington

Fa’aafa  – 6 to 9 March 2018 – Bats Theatre – Wellington

Fa’aafa combines Samoan oral traditions, adornment, movement and sound. Juxtaposed against the colour and contrast of modern digital projection, Fa’aafa creates a gripping and responsive Samoan fāgogo (fable) for young urban polynesians. Created by digital native Pati Solomona Tyrell this work unveils a world known only to Samoans through whispers. As a lens based media […]

Camp Binch – Chris Packer – 9 to 12 May 2018 – Basement, Auckland

Camp Binch – Chris Packer  – 9 to 12 May 2018 – Basement, Auckland

Well, the cat is out of the closet! Chris Parker’s CAMP BINCH is going to be all blokes, brews and banter (Gays, Fanta and deeply personal yet hilarious anecdotes about trying to fit into NZ’s narrow conception of “masculinity”). It’s Kiwi as bro! Off the back of sell-out seasons of D.O.C-ing, Camping and No More […]


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