2017, a lightly illustrated time capsule

Thanks to all the great people I worked with and met in 2017. You made my year.

In terms of work, I set out to rack up as many positive failures in 2017 as I could. I made writing submissions and grant and development applications. My success rate was about 25%. That’s a 75% positive failure rate! Go me!

The manuscripts…

In 2017 I completed second drafts of my second book (thanks to a Quick Response Grant from Creative New Zealand), a feature film and two short films (thanks to mentorship through Script to Screen/Show Me Shorts and the 2017 Aotearoa Short Film Lab).

Here are the early drafts emerging from the shadows… and me after luring the drafts out of the shadows!


Filmmaking and development…

The Rehearsal​ ​Room workshop with Tandi Wright run by ​DEGNZ​ in ​Wellington and the DEGNZ-run Directors​ ​Toolkit​ ​with​ ​Danny​ ​Mulheron were both invaluable. Thanks DEGNZ and the brave actors who worked with me!

It was great to attend the Aotearoa Short Film Lab 2017 with such a great bunch of filmmakers and receive mentorship from esteemed writer/directors. I really recommend applying if you’re working on short films:

Thanks to circuit.org.nz for profiling four recent experimental video works:



A major new work by All the Cunning Stunts (Liz Allan, Clare Noonan, Rachel O’Neill, Marnie Slater)

‘Among other things, I’ve taken up smoking’ at TENT Rotterdam, curated by Jesse van Oosten


Art writing…

It was a pleasure to write critical responses to works by Aotearoa-based artists Nathan Pohio and Mata Aho Collective selected for #documenta14 in Kassel, Germany and Athens, Greece this year:

An opera of the copy: Responding to work of Nathan Pohio at documenta14

The Pantograph Punch: http://pantograph-punch.com/post/nathan-pohio-documenta14

A Pathway to the Guts: Mata Aho Collective at documenta14

Art New Zealand Summer Issue 2017/2018

It was a pleasure to contribute a poem and a critical reflection inspired by Bridget Reweti’s exhibition Irihanga (Tauranga Art Gallery, 2017) for ‘The Use Book’. The publication accompanies an exhibition at the Hyde Park Art Center titled, Edward Hines National Forest, by Raewyn Martyn and Sara Black:



You can read a selection of new poems in the following publications:

Minarets #7, Edited by Zarah Butcher-McGunnigle: https://compoundpress.org/books/min-a-rets-7/

Mimicry #3, guest-edited by poets and zinemakers Carolyn DeCarlo and Jackson Nieuwland: https://gumroad.com/mimicryjournal

Sport #45, published by Victoria University Press: http://vup.victoria.ac.nz/sport-45/

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