Episode 34: Sorority

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Artist and Writer Faith Wilson introduces Sorority

An evening of readings from some of Te Whanganui-a-Tara’s finest women of colour.

Identifying as a WOC means that you are in a constant battle with tokenism and the urge to resist or to accept this whether strategically or unconsciously. Your inclusion in mainstream events is always political. Your acceptance is political. Your non acceptance or ignorance is political. Yet many of us successfully navigate both worlds. This is never easy. It’s always a decision. Fight or flight. But something that makes the fight more worth it is the sisterhood or sorority that you have with others who have chosen to keep saying something, to keep opening their mouths in a system of oppression and exclusion that says shut the fuck up. Tonight’s readers all have voices at varying degrees of volume, but all are relevant and need to be heard. The many voices can make a choir or a cacophony. Whatever the noise is, it won’t be ignored.

Featuring:

Gem Wilder
Tayi Tibble
Anahera Gildea
Hana Pera Aoake

Sorority was part of the Enjoy! Gallery Book Fair in July 2016. This episode also includes an interview with Louise Rutledge from Enjoy! Gallery.

Episode 34:  Sorority

Episode 33: Randell Cottage

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Randell Cottage

Historic Randell Cottage in Wellington, New Zealand, has been a writers’ residency for New Zealand and French writers since 2001. The Randell Cottage Writers Trust works in partnership with Creative New Zealand, the Embassy of France, the New Zealand-France Friendship Fund and Wellington City Council.

The cottage has two bedrooms and a writing studio. It is located in inner-city Thorndon close to the Lilburn Residence, Rita Angus Cottage, Wellington Asia Residency, and the Katherine Mansfield Birthplace, and within walking distance of the National and Turnbull Libraries.

On 27 June I took part in a presentation at the Friends of Randall Cottage AGM with Randall Cottage French Writer in residence Nicolas Fargues. This got me interested in Randell Cottage as a place and an idea.

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Nicolas Fargues

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Sian Robyns (image by Matt Bialostocki)

 

 

Thanks to everyone who spoke to me during this podcast, especially Sian Robyns and Nicolas.

 

 

 

This episode includes sounds released under Creative Commons licenses from Freesound.org

Thanks to Freesound users: Adam Weeden and Robinhood76

This episode also includes Max TenRoM playing their song Interlude which was licensed under Creative Commons and made available from Jamendo Music

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Episode 33:  Randell Cottage

Episode 32: Brannavan Gnanalingam and Pip Adam talk about A Briefcase, Two Pies, and a Penthouse

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In this episode I speak with Brannavan Gnanalingam about his new book A Briefcase, Two Pies and a Penthouse

You can read an interview between Brannavan and Murdoch Stephens here

Thanks to Vorn and Ruth Mundy who were kind enough to let us use their music in this podcast.

You can hear more of Vorn here

and more of Ruth Mundy here

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Episode 32: Brannavan Gnanalingam and Pip Adam talk about A Briefcase, Two Pies, and a Penthouse

Episode 31: Bill Nelson and Pip Adam talk about The Anatomy of Snow by Kerrin P Sharpe

 

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Photo by Grant Maiden Photography

Bill Nelson launches his new book of poetry Memorandum of Understanding on Thursday 14 April, 6pm–7.30pmat The Guest Room, Southern Cross Garden Bar, 39 Abel Smith St, Te Aro.

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We got together to talk about two poems, ‘The Alchemy of Snow’ from Kerrin P Sharpe’s collection There’s a Medical Name for This and Bill’s poem ‘Russell’ from Memorandum of Understanding

You can read Kerrin’s poem here in the 2012 edition of Best New Zealand Poems

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Episode 31: Bill Nelson and Pip Adam talk about Two Poems

Episode 30: Aaron Lister and Pip Adam talk about Fiona Pardington: A Beautiful Hesitation

In this episode Aaron Lister, Curator, City Gallery Wellington, and I talk about the work of Fiona Pardington.

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Fiona Pardington and Aaron Lister at A Beautiful Hesitation, City Gallery Wellington

A Beautiful Hesitation is the largest exhibition of photographer Fiona Pardington’s work to date. With over a hundred photographs spanning thirty years of practice, the show provides a unique opportunity to trace relationships across Pardington’s work that may not have been immediately obvious in previous exhibitions. “In all her work,” says the Aaron, “the personal and the political – and ways of looking and being – are forcefully intertwined.”

To coincide with the Auckland opening of the exhibition a book Fiona Pardington: A Beautiful Hesitation has been published by Victoria University Press, in association with Baker+Douglas and in conjunction with City Gallery Wellington and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.

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The book includes newly commissioned essays, a substantial interview and an archive section including earlier significant texts. Designed by the artist’s brother, Neil Pardington, this book includes more than 150 images. Many early photographs are published here for the first time.

You can see Fiona’s work on her website

You can read a transcript of some of this interview at Pantograph Punch

This episode includes music by CHĒĒZΠ which was licensed under Creative Commons and made available from Jamendo Music

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Episode 30: Aaron Lister and Pip Adam talk about Fiona Pardington: A Beautiful Hesitation

Episode 29: Simon Sweetman and Pip Adam talk about Stranger Music by Leonard Cohen

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In this episode I speak with Simon Sweet man about Leonard Cohen’s Stranger Music a collection of poems and songs.

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You can read Simon’s writing on his blog Off the Tracks

In this episode we talk about Simon’s book On Song: Stories Behind New Zealand’s Pop Classics which has also been made into a series on Radio New Zealand

Simon talks at the end of the podcast about an outstanding performance of the song Lover Lover Lover. I’m not sure this is the right one but it sure is grand

This episode includes P’Tit Guy singing Adieu Marianne (Homage a Leonard Cohen) which was licensed under Creative Commons and made available from Jamendo Music

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Episode 29: Simon Sweetman and Pip Adam talk about Stranger Music by Leonard Cohen

Episode 28: Porirua People’s Library at TEZA

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This episode celebrates the Porirua People’s Library (PPL) a project that took place as part of the Transitional Economic Zone of Aotearoa (TEZA) / Porirua November 2015

As part of the PPL I worked with people in Porirua Mall to create a fictional issue of the newspaper called The Made-Up Times, which you can read on The Made-Up Times tumblr

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This episode includes music from Jamendo Music a community of musicians who release work under Creative Commons licenses.

The track in this episode is:

Sguardo al passato by Madarap

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Episode 28: Porirua People’s Library