On poetry, portraiture, and mourning a Dorking.
Ahead of WOMAD 2015, trumpeter and guitarist Mike ‘McDuck’ Olson on recording, going viral, Motown, and the end of a year-long tour.
Shihad’s Jon Toogood is still New Zealand’s best frontman.
A conversation with the Melbourne-based poet and researcher on robot poetry and what humans can learn from computers.
The trailblazing founder of A Low Hum and Puppies on music as a commodity, the death of live music, mainstream media, and the problem with APRA.
Expat New Zealand singer Patrice Tipoki on Melbourne’s re-energised, rousing production of Les Misérables, waiata, and whanau.
An interview with poets Steven Toussaint and Lee Posna.
The acclaimed writer and scholar of religions on comedy, Iranian cinema, and the problem with fundamentalists.
Irish writer and Goldsmiths Prize recipient Eimear McBride on her debut novel, A Girl is a Half Formed Thing.
On The Odour of Sanctity, sainthood, creativity through faith, and the line between poetry and prose.
A new solo album, a stage shared with Erykah Badu, a passport stamped with international performances—the already prolific Estère is ready to move front and centre. Photography by Daniel Rose.
The creator and performer of Circa’s upcoming contemporary circus piece discusses physicality, clowning around, and the comic potential in high culture.
For his cinematic third album, The Nihilist, an in-depth conversation with Liam Finn.
A muscular discussion with hilarious writer/satirist Gary Shteyngart.
An interview with legendary rapper The Tuna, aka Chali 2na, aka Jurassic 5’s Charles Stewart.
Dave Armstrong—the funny three-time winner of Best New Zealand Play—on scripting the lively relationship between Rita Angus and Douglas Lilburn for the stage.
Actor Aidan Dooley on recreating the polar adventures of a forgotten Irish hero.
The Turner Prize-winning conceptual artist discusses his practice ahead of a major survey of his work—one of the highlights of the New Zealand Festival.
A korero with inspirational soul survivor Charles Bradley.
A dialogue with Neko Case, one of today’s great singer-songwriters.