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Psychology and Creativity

@ VOL 27 ON OCT 04, 2015

Ann Cronin has been described as a "true Renaisance woman". Her interests and accomplishments span fields as diverse as Neuroscience, tattooing, Zombie culture and Blacksmithing. Ann is a University of Otago PhD candidate researching how drawing affects learning. She is also a director of the inaugural, and highly successful, DunDead Festival.

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Bill Massey’s Tourists

@ VOL 27 ON OCT 04, 2015

Jan Bolwell is a playwright, performer, choreographer, dance educator and director of Wellington’s Crows Feet Dance Collective, a dance company for mature women.

Bolwell’s fluency, grace, precision and wit as a dancer is truly remarkable.” John Smythe

She has created over twenty works for Crows Feet since its’ beginning in 1999. In 2014 she created a full length version of Karl Jenkins famous choral work The Armed Man in commemoration of New Zealand’s involvement in WW1. The work is being remounted in 2015 and staged in Carterton, Napier and Wellington.

Bill Massey’s Tourists, currently touring New Zealand, is Jan’s fifth play and the third in a trilogy of solo plays. Standing on my Handstold the story of her father’s WW2 experiences and Here’s Hilda! ( Chapman Tripp Theatre Award nominee) dramatised her grandmother’s life.

In 2013 her play Dancing in the Wake, featuring Sacha Copland and John Smythe and herself, toured throughout the country with Arts on Tour New Zealand. Double Portrait, her play about Frances Hodgkins with actors John Wraight and Perry Piercy, also toured extensively throughout New Zealand.

In September 2014 Jan directed and choreographed the hit play Destination Beehive at Circa Theatre in Wellington.

In November 2015 Jan takes up a writers residency at the Robert Lord Writer’s Cottage in Dunedin where she will write a play about Freda du Faur, the first woman to climb Mount Cook/Aoraki in 1910.

Jan is still involved in education and is currently on contract to Te Kura (Correspondence School) where she has helped pioneer NCEA dance standards for Correspondence students.

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Digital Narratives and Writing for Web

@ VOL 27 ON OCT 04, 2015

Henry Feltham is a writer and a screenwriter for productions around Australasia.

He was recently selected to make a literary tour of Dunedin for the Digital Writer Festival in Melbourne.

From 2007 - 2009 he was the principle writer for a selection PC games entitled "Casebook", which won a United Nations World Summit Award for digital content in 2010.

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How Shakespeare saved my Mojo

@ VOL 27 ON OCT 04, 2015

Lisa Scott returned from the Middle East in 2009 to discover all the jobs were gone she then decided to become a writer. Since then, her work has received several awards including a Qantas for Humour/satire in 2010 and Magazine Publishers' Association Journalist of the Year in 2011.

As well as her regular columns for NEXT and the Otago Daily Times, Lisa writes for North and South and NZ Life & Leisure. She lives in Dunedin with a large economist.

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Design and Illustration

@ VOL 18 ON JUN 29, 2013

Vincent Egan and Madison Henry

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Zerowaste Fashion

@ VOL 18 ON JUN 29, 2013

Senorita AweSUMO is Fiona Clements. Pakeha, Kai Tahu. Craftivist and Sustainable Fashion Practitioner.

She grew up in Waitati, Dunedin. Connected closely with nature and environmentally minded, her beliefs are reflected in my sustainable fashion design.

Senorita AweSUMO is her response to workplace related harm. Re-examination of her own beliefs and experience took her and Senorita AweSUMO into a new phase of life, growing a sustainable lifestyle, nurturing and nourishing the whole.

She believes that designers can serve their community by providing solutions to problems. Witnessing the amount of waste created in commercial fashion production, She set about creating a solution.

An opportunity to create unique garments and provide a local solution to a problem facing the fashion system globally.

Reducing waste without compromising style. Her designs aim to mitigate environmental harm from modern fashion production. Up cycled garments minimise impact to the environment from disposable consumer items.

Utilising a textile resource recovered from landfill, commercial off cuts, and recycling centres, adding value to otherwise discarded materials.

Senorita AweSUMO empowers ethical and conscious consumers with unique environmental fashion.

Encouraging conscious consumption by spreading awareness and giving an environmental choice in clothing.

Global problem, Local solution.

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The Hidden Wonders of New Zealand

@ VOL 20 ON NOV 14, 2013

Neville Peat shares interesting facts about the history, flora, and fauna of New Zealand as he talks about his experiences and insights during his recent visit to the island country. 

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Landscape-told Stories

@ VOL 20 ON NOV 14, 2013

Janet Stephenson presents us with numerous idyllic photographs of the New Zealand tussock grasslands, and encourages us to question the subtle inconsistencies found within her photographs. She speaks specifically on the small creeks or "races" lining the hillsides, and at first inquires as to why they exist -- she then delves into the mysteries nature unveils.

"Presentation of the Day" on January 16, 2014.