Laura Williamson

  • Music review: Good Miles To Go

    Music review: Good Miles To Go

    Jackie Bristow & Barry Saunders (2024) When Jackie’s not busy creating awesomeness with the music stars of tomorrow, she creates a fair bit of her own awesomeness too. She has released five albums and splits her time between Aotearoa and Nashville, USA, where she has been embraced by the Americana scene, sharing bills with the…

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  • Music review: SongCatcher/Youthtown EP Volume 1

    Music review: SongCatcher/Youthtown EP Volume 1

    Jackie B Productions, 2023.  Produced by Mark Punch & Jackie Bristow. SongCatcher started as a one-day songwriting workshop run by the Queenstown- and Nashville-based singer-songwriter Jackie Bristow, then grew into a full songwriting programme that helps young people build their creative identities through music. These identities have now been showcased on a compilation EP, that…

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  • Book review: Everest Mountain Guide – The remarkable story of a Kiwi mountaineer

    Book review: Everest Mountain Guide – The remarkable story of a Kiwi mountaineer

    By Guy Cotter (Potton & Burton, 2023) Since first climbing the mountain in 1992 as part of the Adventure Consultants team, Guy Cotter has become one of the industry’s most respected Everest guides. In the three decades since, he has accumulated a proper shopping list of accomplishments, including summiting Everest five times and scaling seven…

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  • Book review: Rapture – An Anthology of Performance Poetry from Aotearoa New Zealand 

    Book review: Rapture – An Anthology of Performance Poetry from Aotearoa New Zealand 

    Edited by Carrie Rudzinski and Grace Iwashita-Taylor (Auckland University Press, 2023) “I fell in love at the poetry night / with the meter of the verse / steady rhythms and free-flowing rhyme / visionary prophets gliding on intuitive time / the hopeful expression of these beautiful minds” – Andy Coyle Some poetry is written for…

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  • It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a squid boat

    It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a squid boat

    Laura Williamson revisits a close encounter in the skies above Kaikōura. It was sometime after 2am on December 21, 1978. An Argosy turboprop freight plane was en-route from Wellington to Christchurch with a hold full of newspapers when the crew saw something strange off the Kaikōura coast. A set of lights seemed to be following…

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  • Talking points

    Talking points

    It’s been a hot minute. The last time Wānaka’s Aspiring Conversations Festival of Ideas & Kōrero took place was in 2018, which was only six years ago, but jeez, what a six years. Aspiring Conversations is the biennial off-year sibling to the also-biennial Festival of Colour, which has been running for almost two decades. The…

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  • Book review: Sled Dog Racing in New Zealand – A Photographic Odyssey

    Book review: Sled Dog Racing in New Zealand – A Photographic Odyssey

    By Teresa Angell We wrote about dog racing in Issue 2 of 1964 (March 2020) and featured photos by Teresa Angell, so we were pretty excited to see that she has published a full-length book on the subject. Sled dogs are just the best. Woof! Teresa explores our national sled dog scene from the sport’s…

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  • Music Review: Silhouette – Alba Rose

    Music Review: Silhouette – Alba Rose

    Silhouette is the debut EP from Alba Rose, AKA Rosie Spearing. Originally from Wānaka and now based in Wellington, Rosie is known as the lead singer of the indie-pop band Corduroy. She also collaborated with composer and producer Bravo Bonez on the trip-hop project ARLS.  Alba Rose is her first solo project, and it continues…

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  • Book review: CUMULUS: an anthology of skies

    Book review: CUMULUS: an anthology of skies

    Edited by Kirstie McKinnon (Caselberg Press, 2023) Hello you beautiful thing. We’ve been looking forward to the release of this book, a hybrid of sky-themed photographs by Dunedin-based photographer Carlos Biggemann and work by some of Otago’s most exciting poets, including Megan Kitching, Claire Lacey, Rushi Vyas and Iona Winter. The project was Carlos’ idea.…

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