Other Voices, Other Rooms

This page offers the opportunity for other opinions to be added to Elsewhere. Contributions should be around 600 - 1000 words and can be sent to Graham Reid for consideration. (Use the "contact" link, bottom left.)

And because this is Elsewhere, there are no constraints on the subject matter. A small idea written large or a big idea distilled down are equally acceptable. We invite your contributions. 

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GUEST WRITER ANDREW DAWSON reports from the city in the headlines

15 Nov 2015

Yesterday began as a beautiful sunny day, with a cool and refreshing breeze. I caught up with friends back home in NZ, and in Denmark, and then headed off to lunch with my friend Sunila at Saravana Bhavan. (Yes, two Tamilians in Paris... where else would we go?) After lunch, we travelled to the centre of town and visited the Shakespeare Bookstore where I bought a novel by... > Read more

GUEST WRITER MADELINE BOCARO sees Patti Smith in NYC acknowledging her classic album Horses 40 years on

12 Nov 2015

Jeez . . . "Do you know how to pony?"    We are here at the famous Beacon Theater in New York City, Patti Smith's adopted homeplace to find out. And the ghosts are all here too . . .  "White shining silver studs with their nose in flames . . . horses horses horses horses . . ." We knew this was greatness, before it could even be defined.... > Read more

GUEST WRITER MURRAY VAILE catches up with expat singer-songwriter Bannerman in Berlin

2 Nov 2015

Last year I was fortunate to catch Bannerman playing in support of Tiny Ruins and doubly fortunate to catch them again in Berlin this year, headlining their own show. I thought they offered a very impressive set that included some new songs, as well as old favourites which they dedicated to regular fans of the band. Of course, it is some time since Bannerman (aka Richard Setford)... > Read more

Hills and Valleys

GUEST WRITER KATHYRN VAN BEEK pays tribute to Auckland's shady lady

19 Oct 2015

‘K’Road’s colour under threat of whitewash,’ said the headline -- but the red lights are already turning off. The Pink Pussy Cat is now an immigration consultancy, the Pleasure Chest signs have been sold on trademe, and the bare-chested nymphette on the Vegas Girl building, who’s presided over the street since the Seventies is being retired. Saint... > Read more

GUEST WRITER CLAIRE MABEY looks ahead to this year's LitCrawl in Wellington

24 Sep 2015

Wellington’s LitCrawl is controlled chaos. Over 80 writers, musicians, actors, scientists, journalists and artists will populate 15 venues over 3 hours for 15 unique literary-related sessions on Saturday 14 November. The point is to inject Wellington with the energy of audiences and writers colliding in a fast-paced format that celebrates writing when it’s off the page... > Read more

Rain, from Small Holes in the Silence

GUEST WRITER MADELINE BOCARO sees Yoko Ono go jazz in New York City

18 Aug 2015

It is truly The Summer of Yoko in New York City. Yoko Ono One Woman Show at The Museum of Modern Art is in full bloom and she presented two delightful evenings of films and lectures in July, along with Morning Peace. And we were just treated to a couple of intimate and unique Plastic Ono Band concerts. We are starting to actually recognize the bottoms in Film No. 4, which again... > Read more

GUEST WRITER STEVE GARDEN considers a New Zealand filmmaker's doco about the Israel-Palestine flashpoint

17 Aug 2015    1

While the ongoing tragedy of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict provides the framework for Sarah Cordery’s highly accomplished Notes to Eternity, this intelligently conceived and skilfully constructed documentary isn’t so much an examination of the conflict (although it does offer an overview of the situation) as a philosophical meditation on why this appalling state of affairs... > Read more

GUEST WRITER MADELINE BOCARO remembers the unique quality of Klaus Nomi

10 Aug 2015

The transitional period between decades is always highly charged with the excitement of things to come, and nostalgia for an era coming to an end. The Seventies had their final burst of energy with Punk rock, but by 1979, the New Wave was already upon us. Simmering beneath the deliberate crudeness, realism and rage of Punk was a brightly coloured, cosmetic, futuristic fantasy world.... > Read more

GUEST WRITER LISA PERROTT on David Bowie, gender trangression and drag

3 Aug 2015

“Same old thing
 In brand new drag
 Comes sweeping into view

” – David Bowie, Teenage Wildlife (1980) Time and again, David Bowie has confounded us with enigmatic acts of gender transgression. Those acts have been fuelled by a restless drive for recreation, often in the form of ambiguously-gendered personas, such as Ziggy Stardust and... > Read more

GUEST MUSICIAN PHIL WALSH writes about making the music of the movie in his head

9 Jul 2015

In the Eighties and Nineties there were two main camps of musicians in the Waikato. The “Originals” who wanted to only play their own material and who were happy to finance that dream through other means (ie day jobs); and the “Covers” who simply wanted to get out on stage and play, hopefully often enough to warrant giving up the day jobs and go “pro”.... > Read more

The Night Train

GUEST PHOTOGRAPHER JULIAN REID on the streets of weirdly normal Athens

4 Jul 2015    1

Julian Reid is a musician, graphic designer and photographer who has lived in London for over 10 years. This week he went to Athens on business. He reports that "it is a weird situation here. Sometimes it feels very nornal (apart from the large ATM queues). However last night we heard big protests. It seems it could get ugly." He offers a selection of street... > Read more

GUEST ARTIST TERENCE HOGAN on the exhibition of his band posters and covers in Auckland

2 Jul 2015

I was born in Grey Lynn, spent much of my boyhood in Ponsonby and following my high school years in Hamilton, returned to Auckland in the late Sixties. There was plenty going on around the city as one decade turned into the next and the lure of live music was ever-present. I did a little writing for various papers and magazines, mostly record and concert reviews, and made the rounds of... > Read more

GUEST DIRECTOR DAVID TRUEBA from Spain discusses his new film which isn't about John Lennon

17 Jun 2015

The backdrop of my film Living is Easy With Eyes Closed is 1960s Spain. A place full of contradictions, grey, under the control of an authoritative regime, a generation living with the fear of wars recently past and a younger generation that longed for social and moral freedoms. This contrast was particularly evident in the south, in places such as the very poor province... > Read more

GUEST MUSICIAN PHIL WALSH tells of a band finally recording a single, four decades later

15 Jun 2015

There wasn’t a lot to do for young teenagers in Morrinsville in the early Seventies. So Kim Murphy, Kevin Smith, another gal (Debbie) and I ended up forming our own little band. I think we – called Prophecy – had lofty dreams of being the next Abba. Debbie left quite early on and we called in a guitarist/vocalist, Murray Ferguson, whom I knew from Te Aroha. We... > Read more

Morning Sunrise

GUEST WRITER MEGAN STUNZNER has a night at the opera for a royal wedding

1 Jun 2015

In his recent preview of La Cenerentola by NZ Opera, the Herald's William Dart noted the prolific composer Rossini could rewrite an aria in the time it would have taken him to retrieve the dropped original from the floor. It's not inconceivable to me he might have dashed off several variations of La Cenerentola – a version of the Cinderella story -- in a couple of hours, and... > Read more

GUEST PHOTOGRAPHER GARRY BRANDON captures an old Auckland picture palace

1 Jun 2015

Some weeks ago when Elsewhere wrote about the singer-songwriter Jamie McDell's show at Auckland's Crystal Palace picture theatre, photographer Garry Brandon not only took the excellent shots of the performance but pointed his camera-eye at the cinema itself. The Crystal Palace is one of the last remaining suburban cinemas and has had a long history as a music venue. For many decades the... > Read more

GUEST MUSICIAN SCOTTY ROCKER explains how hard rocking Kiwis are cutting it up in distant Sweden

25 May 2015

In 2012 I decided it was time for a massive change. I had spent so many years playing music in New Zealand and always seemed to get to the same place. Through all the touring and traveling with past bands the one thing I heard a lot was, “I like your music but you live on the other side of the world”. That always made it hard to break through. The one thing every... > Read more

GUEST WRITER KATHRYN VAN BEEK on what’s involved in taking a creative writing course

20 May 2015

Do you: ·         keep a journal? ·         have a lot of opinions? ·         enjoy doing activities in your spare time? ·         have stacks of books all over your house?... > Read more

GUEST SONGWRITER CHRIS O'FLAHERTY tells of the journey to recording his debut album at 60

27 Apr 2015

My earliest music memory is preparing for the primary school end of year concert with The Holy Faith nuns teaching us When Irish Eyes are Smiling. I was confused and a little ashamed when tears welled up in my own eyes as the melody went lilting round the hall. Music, it seemed,  had me at its mercy. The Marist Brothers took up my musical education as I moved into... > Read more

GUEST PHOTOGRAPHER PAUL DALY offers images from his award-winning travel portfolio

24 Apr 2015

Last week Christchurch-based photographer Paul Daly of Nomadic Planet won the Cathay Pacific Travel Photographer of the Year award at the annual New Zealand TravCom awards for travel writers and photographers. Daly here shares a selection of his images from his portfolio of a country much in New Zealander's minds right now. For more on Paul Daly's work see his website here, or the... > Read more