Still pushing boundaries: creative discomfort, adventure, and change in Auckland and beyond

Well, it’s been another busy old week in Auckland, bookended by presentations to Auckland Council’s Democracy Services team and the Rotarians of Auckland’s North Shore, on making the civic life of New Zealand’s largest city more creative and daring.

There’ll be more on that in the next few days, but in the meantime here’s a quick plug for a fringe festival at which I’ll be speaking on Wednesday night – I’ll be at St. Kevin’s Arcade on Karangahape Road from 7pm, performing a short piece on illness, age, and sexuality called “There’s no terror in the carelessness of flesh”.

The festival ties in with Auckland Libraries’ own successful Dark Night season in June, which pushed the boundaries of library services to over-18s with events that explored, challenged, and celebrated sex and sexuality on page, stage, and screen.

This time round we’ll be supporting Auckland’s artists by contributing a panel discussion about the boundaries of acceptability in literature – from the scandal around Ted Dawe’s Into The River – the prize-winning NZ teen book which has now been been submitted for age-restricted classification! – to the legal status in New Zealand of Alan Moore’s Lost Girls. The panel will be moderated by Stuff.co.nz’s literary maven Karen Tay, and feature cartoonist Dylan Horrocks and literary columnist Craig Ranapia alongisde badass librarian Karen Craig.

Aucklanders can catch that dream team of literati walking the boundaries of scandal and culture on Tuesday, 6pm-8pm at Method and Manners on Queen Street. Then there’s more at St. Kevin’s Arcade on the Wednesday night. Hope to see you then!

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