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

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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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Episode 56: Kirsten McDougall talks to Pip Adam about The New Animals

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?

Ep 54: Pip Adam talks to Eamonn Marra about ‘Cream Reaper’ by Julie Koh and ‘Dog Farm, Food Game; by Eamonn Marra

In this episode I spoke with Eamonn Marra.

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Eamonn is a writer, comedian and DJ. Eamonn’s 2017 work I,Will Jones is described as a ‘A true-ish story about friendship, Animorphs, and becoming the person you want to be’. Eamonn is an incredibly clever and funny writer creating stand-up, theatre and fiction. The thing that seems so integral to all Eamonn’s work is a commitment to story.

Eamonn and I talked about Julie Koh’s story ‘Cream Reaper’ from her 2016 collection Portable Curiosities

and Eamonn’s story ‘Dog Farm, Food Game’ which appeared in Sport 45. You can read it here

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Episode 53: Pip Adam talks to Susie Anderson at the LitCrawl Pop-Up

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This episode was recorded as part of LitCrawl 2017

It was recorded outside at the Te Auaha LitCrawl Pop-up

We recorded it yesterday.

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Susie is a writer, multimedia artist and descendant of the Wergaia and Wemba Wemba people from North Western Victoria. Her practice is concerned with the distances between place and people, themes she explores through poetry and media-based works. Based in Sydney.

Here is some of her work:

Poetry and art projects on video

Poetry in Alien She Zine

Poetry in Shabby Dollhouse

 Poetry/writing in Runway

Australian Book Review podcast with Susie reciting ‘Egress’

Poetry in the Lifted Brow

Articles by Susie in the MCA:

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Episode 52: Pip Adam talks to Kerry Ann Lee about her work FRUITS OF THE BACKWATER

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This episode was recorded as part of LitCrawl 2017

It was recorded outside at the Te Auaha LitCrawl Pop-up

We only recorded it a few hours ago.

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In this episode I talked to Kerry Ann Lee about her publication Fruits of the Backwater which forms part of her current exhibition 

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Photo credit: Mark Tantrum

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Episode 52: Pip Adam talks to Kerry Ann Lee about her work FRUITS OF THE BACKWATER

Episode 51: Pip Adam talks to Nina Powles about her new work LUMINESCENT

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In this episode I spoke with one of my favourite Wellington poets Nina Powles. I first spent time with Nina around Helen Rickerby’s table where a group of us were hand-binding copies of her first collection Girls of the Drift

Nina is an outstanding poet, non-fiction writer and zinemaker. She is half Malaysian-Chinese, half Pākehā. Nina has an MA in creative writing from Victoria University of Wellington and won the 2015 Biggs Family Prize for Poetry for the first draft of Luminescent. She is the author of the chapbook Girls of the Drift (Seraph Press, 2014) and several poetry zines.

Nina’s new work Luminescent is an extraordinary work.

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The five colourful chapbooks that make up Luminescent are intended to be read in any order and are gathered together in a cover folder evocative of the night-sky. Each section loosely explores the life and context of a New Zealand woman, from the famous, such as celebrated writer Katherine Mansfield (Sunflowers) and cosmologist Beatrice Tinsley (The Glowing Space Between the Stars), to the possibly fictional school ghost ((Auto)Biography of a Ghost); in between is early settler and whaler’s wife Betty Guard (Whale Fall), and ill-fated dancer Phyllis Porter (Her and the Flames), who died after her dress caught fire onstage at Wellington’s Opera House.

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Nina is appearing at LitCrawl  next week.

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Episode 51: Pip Adam talks to Nina Powles about her new work LUMINESCENT