New Zealand Young Writers Festival

The Blaming of the Shrew: From the Frontlines of Contemporary Feminism

125 years after women won the vote in Aotearoa New Zealand, we’ve still got a long way to go.

The programme you are about to hear, “The Blaming of the Shrew: From the Frontlines of Contemporary Feminism” was held as part of the 2018 New Zealand Young Writers Festival.

On this panel, journalists Sasha Borissenko and Eleanor Ainge Roy, and Shirley Le from Sweatshop Sydney discuss pay equity, intersectional feminism, and the difficulties of balancing privacy and the public interest in the #MeToo era.

Listen Here


The Most Terrifying (Children’s) Book Ever

On this the 200th Anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, maybe it’s time to reflect on what are our greatest horror masterpieces.

The programme you are about to hear, “The Most Terrifying Children’s Book Ever”, was held as part of the 2018 New Zealand Young Writers Festival.

Craig Cliff and a group of overactive imaginations argue that it’s not Mary Shelley, Anne Rice or Stephen King we should be most afraid of, but rather Maurice Sendak, Lynley Dodd or Margaret Wise Brown.

Listen Here


Tales from the Sweatshop: A Western Sydney Showcase

Sweatshop is a literacy movement based in Western Sydney, devoted to empowering groups and individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds through training and employment in creative and critical writing.

In the programme you are about to hear, we hear from Sweatshop’s Winnie Dunn, Phoebe Grainer and Shirley Le.

“Tales from the Sweatshop: A Western Sydney Showcase” was held as part of the 2018 New Zealand Young Writers Festival.

Listen Here


Colour Between The Lines: Decolonising Literature

The programme you are about to hear, “Colour Between The Lines: Decolonising Literature”, was held as part of the 2018 New Zealand Young Writers Festival.

This Trans-Tasman Talanoa includes Winnie Dunn and Phoebe Grainer from the Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement, and the Auckland-based pair of Pasifika playwright Leki Jackson-Bourke, and columnist Miriama Aoake.

They korero about how their writing practices contribute to continuous acts of decolonisation.

Listen Here