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09 • 04 • 20 / Arts & Culture / News / The Interview

Britomart: Unpeopled

Photographer Joe Hockley strolled the empty streets of Britomart and the central city and took these starkly beautiful images. 

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Britomart: Unpeopled

08 • 04 • 20 / Notes from Self-Isolation / Week Two

Faisal al-Asaad

Born in Iraq and now completing his PhD in Auckland, writer and researcher Faisal al-Asaad realises self-isolation is already a way of being for him and many others – and hopes Covid-19 might wake us up to the damage of it and change this enforced pattern of retreat. 

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Faisal al-Asaad

08 • 04 • 20 / Notes from Self-Isolation / Week Two

Lawrence Patchett

Lawrence Patchett’s 2019 novel, The Burning River, imagines the prospect of a very different New Zealand after an unspecified crisis. In this short piece commissioned by Britomart, entitled Protected, he contemplates separation and connection, and the delicate balance of the natural world.  

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Lawrence Patchett

08 • 04 • 20 / Notes from Self-Isolation / Week Two

Anahera Gildea

Writer and activist Anahera Gildea (Ngāti Raukawa-ki-te-Tonga) wrote this poem for our Notes on Self-Isolation series. It’s entitled 'He waka eke noa on the news feed'.

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Anahera Gildea

08 • 04 • 20 / Notes from Self-Isolation / Week Two

Elle Hunt

London-based New Zealander Elle Hunt reports on life as a freelance journalist and the absurdity of public relations pitches in a world turned upside-down.  

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Elle Hunt

02 • 04 • 20 / Notes from Self-Isolation / Week One

Ruby Solly

In this poem, commissioned by Britomart and entitled In This Place, Wellington-based writer Ruby Solly (Kāi Tahu) – she’s also a music therapist and taonga puoro practitioner who has played with artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Trinity Roots and Whirimako Black – contemplates the solitude of self-isolation.

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Ruby Solly

02 • 04 • 20 / Notes from Self-Isolation / Week One

Gina Cole

Writer Gina Cole won the Best First Book Award at the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards for Black Ice Matter, her short story collection. She’s also an Honorary Fellow in Writing at the University of Iowa. In this story, entitled A Mask of Isolations and commissioned by Britomart, she contemplates self-isolation, shopping for her parents, and the comforting sounds of a city gone quiet. 

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Gina Cole

02 • 04 • 20 / Notes from Self-Isolation / Week One

essa may ranapiri

essa may ranapiri (Ngāti Wehi Wehi, Ngāti Takatāpui, Clan Gunn) is a poet based in Kirikiriroa whose first collection of poems, Ransack, was longlisted for the 2020 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. This poem, commissioned by Britomart and written in response to the state of lockdown, is entitled Take. 

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essa may ranapiri

02 • 04 • 20 / Notes from Self-Isolation / Week One

Carl Shuker

Carl Shuker is the author of A Mistake, a finalist in the fiction category of this year’s Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. In this fragment from an unpublished novel, the staff of a London medical journal ponder an unspecified social disruption that requires them to work from home. The story is entitled The office was empty.

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Carl Shuker

02 • 04 • 20 / Notes from Self-Isolation / Week One

Tayi Tibble

Writer and poet Tayi Tibble (Ngāti Porou/Te Whānau ā Apanui) won the Best First Book of Poetry Award at the 2019 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards for her collection of poems, Poukahangatus. In this poem, entitled Te Whānau, she ponders the sense of separation that kicked in when some of her iwi decided to close their tribal lines in response to Covid-19.

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Tayi Tibble