Ep 60: Pip Adam talks to Anne Kennedy about ‘The Ice Shelf’ at Unity Books Wellington

It’s hard to explain why Anne Kennedy’s The Ice Shelf is so incredible – I think the only way to find out is to read it.

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The Ice Shelf by Anne Kennedy. Cover illustration: Ant Sang. Victoria University Press (2018)

I was lucky enough to speak with Anne about her amazing work at Unity Books in Wellington last week.

Thanks to Anne, Unity Books Wellington and Victoria University Press for the great event and for letting me record it.

In December I’m recording a New Animals spoiler episode. We’d love your questions. You can ask them at this Survey Monkey link or contact me on Twitter @PipAdam 

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Ep 60: Pip Adam talks to Anne Kennedy about ‘The Ice Shelf’ at Unity Books Wellington

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Ep 59: Pip Adam talks to Elizabeth Heritage about Copyright

Elizabeth Heritage is a Wellington-based freelancer working in the book trade and the New Zealand media. You can read about Elizabeth’s work on her website

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One of Elizabeth’s many skills is in the area of Copyright Licensing. From 2014 to 2017 she worked as the Communications Lead for Creative Commons Aotearoa NZ. On her website Elizabeth says the following, ‘Over the past few years copyright has come to fascinate me; the way it rears its head in issues from behavioural economics to art to civic participation in democracy.’

I really enjoyed talking with her about this amazing part of publishing and art, and some of the radical work taking place to try and make copyright fair and workable in our new technologies.

Elizabeth talks about Tohatoha Aotearoa which you can read about here

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Ep 58: Pip Adam talks to Helen Heath about ‘Gas’ by Fleur Adcock and ARE FRIENDS ELECTRIC? by Helen Heath

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Photo credit Victoria Birkinshaw

This episode I caught up with poet, essayist and teacher Helen Heath. Helen recently published an astounding collection of poetry which poses the question Are Friends Electric? We got together to talk about Fleur Adcock’s poem ‘Gas’, first published in her 1971 collection High Tide in the Garden and it’s also available in Fleur Adcock Poems 1960-2000, and Helen’s exciting new book.

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Helen Heath’s first book, Graft, was published in 2012 and won the NZSA Jessie Mackay Best First Book for Poetry Award in 2013. It was also the first book of fiction or poetry to be shortlisted for the Royal Society of NZ Science Book Prize. She holds a PhD in creative writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington.

Are Friends Electric? offers a vivid and moving vision of a past, present and future mediated by technology. The first part of Helen Heath’s bold new collection is comprised largely of found poems which emerge from conversations about sex bots, people who feel an intimate love for bridges, fences and buildings, a meditation on Theo Jansen’s beautifully strange animal sculptures, and the lives of birds in cities.

A series of speculative poems further explores questions of how we incorporate technology into our lives and bodies. In these poems on grief, Heath asks how technology can keep us close with those we have lost. How might our experiences of grieving and remembering be altered?

Helen and Pip have talked previously on Better off Read about Men Explain Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit

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Ep 57: Pip Adam talks to Morgan Godfery about ‘The Interregnum: Rethinking New Zealand’

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Last week at City Gallery I was part of Book Club where we discussed The Interregnum edited by Morgan Godfery and published by Bridget Williams Books as part of their BWB Text series. BWB Texts are short books on big subjects by great New Zealand writers. The Interregnum interrogates the future from the perspective of the generation who will shape it.

I was really taken by this book, it’s fantastic. I was really grateful when Morgan agreed to record this chat with him about this collection of essays – how it came about and what it means to us in 2018.

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Morgan Godfery is a writer and trade unionist based in Wellington. He is an online columnist for Overland Literary Journal in Australia and a regular book reviewer for Fairfax. His writing regularly appears in the Guardian and the Herald. He also appears on radio and television as a political commentator and has authored several academic chapters and lectured extensively on Maori politics. He graduated in law from Victoria University in 2015.

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Ep 56: Kirsten McDougall talks to Pip Adam about The New Animals at Unity Books Wellington

On Wednesday 6 June, I spoke with Kirsten McDougall about my book The New Animalspublished by Victoria University Press,  at an event at Unity Books in Wellington

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Cover image and design by Kerry Ann Lee

I enjoyed it a great deal and thanks to everyone who came along and thanks to Kirsten for organising it and thanks to Unity Books for hosting us.

Thanks also to Tara Black who made these awesome Talk Notes of the event

You can see more of Tara’s work at The Reader: Booksellers New Zealand’s Blog

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Ep 55: Personal Poetry TMI Live at The Next Word exhibition at Turnbull Gallery, National Library with Tayi Tibble, Freya Daly Sadgrove and Hera Lindsay Bird

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On 16 February 2018, I was invited to be part this amazing event organised by poet and librarian Hannah Mettner to celebrate The Next Word exhibition which is on until 24 March at the Tunrnbull Library at the National Library.

It was great to chat with Hera Lindsay Bird, Freya Daly Sadgrove and Tayi Tibble about revealing poetry and how much information is too much.

Hera Lindsay Bird’s debut self-titled book of verse was published in 2016 to immediate and vast acclaim, and won best first book of poetry at the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. Her poems have been referred to as nihilistic, provocative, offensive, fearless, flamboyant. Naturally, much of the discussion has centred around her free disclosures around sex. “I think people more than ever now are interested in hearing other people talk really candidly about their lives,” she says. She has a new chapbookm, Pamper me to Hell & back, due out February 2018.

Freya Daly Sadgrove is a writer and performer in Wellington. She is co-founder of punk band-cum-performance collective The Great Danger. Her poems have been described as “eclectic and lively”, dealing honestly with chaotic relationships and mental health. She works at The Children’s Bookshop.

Tayi Tibble is a Wellington based poet of Maori descent (Te Whānau-ā-Apanui/Ngāti Porou). She was awarded the 2017 Adam Prize for her work In a Fish Tank Filled with Pink Light, a collection which explores the lives of four generations of Māori women, written as part of her 2017 Master of Arts at the IIML. Her writing has been called “powerful, restrained but unafraid”.

Thank you so much to the National Library of New Zealand :: Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa for holding this event and also for all their help with this recording.

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Episode 55: Personal Poetry – How much is too much?