I have been very fortunate to record an interview with New Zealand author, Dame Fiona Kidman, ahead of her two appearances at Featherston Booktown 2019. In this chat, Dame Fiona talks about her progression as a writer, her love of the short story form, the state of gender equality, and what you can expect if … More Interview with New Zealand author, Dame Fiona Kidman
A couple of years ago now, I interviewed the Wairarapa Spinners and Weavers Guild as they met at The Wool Shed, New Zealand’s National Museum of Sheep and Shearing (but of course!) What a lovely, generous bunch of folk they were, sharing stories of their love and passion for the art and craft of spinning, … More Turn it up, let it spin!
Bling bling! Listen again to my interview with Featherston’s jeweller, Chris Adams, recorded in 2015. You can find out more about Chris and his stunning work here. ReCooper8 is sponsored by The Greytown Hotel (The Top Pub) – an historic pub in the beautiful Wairarapa village of Greytown. The Greytown Hotel – the perfect place for … More Featherston Stories #9
My friend, Jen Olson, is one helluva woman! She can paint, draw, play the piano and the cello, and is one of the nicest, kindest women I know. And she lives in Featherston, so I can include her in my Featherston Stories Series! This piece was recorded and aired a few years ago now, and … More Featherston Stories #5
I love the start of this piece (and the rest of it!) with Michelle, a Featherston artist, carpet maker (tufter?!) and brewer! I had such a fun morning watching her make a beautiful rug. Enjoy!
After my lovely chat with Siv and Kara on ReCooper8 the other night, it struck me that over the last few years I’ve covered quite a lot of stories from Featherston. So, over the next few days, I’ll be re-releasing some my favourites, starting today with Rethinking Featherston. First aired in November 2014, this piece is … More Featherston Stories #2
Quick chats with the good people of Martinborough, New Zealand, about their earliest audio and radio memories. … More Episode 3 – Martinborough’s Earliest Radio Memories
The Featherston Community Centre is a vibrant place, none more so than when Rona Huggins’ Ukelele Group are in the house! As a feature for the Centre’s radio programme, Southern Exposure, I went along to hear Rona and friends play! You can listen again here. If you live in Featherston and would like to take … More Featherston’s Ukelele Orchestra
Back in July this year, ReCooper8 bounded off to meet Greytown based artist Nicki Stewart to talk about her exhibition, Remember to Remember. The Anzac Hall in Featherston is now hosting Nicki’s exhibition till 7th December, so get on down there! If you would like to hear from Nicki about how this fascinating and moving exhibition was … More Remember to Remember… now showing at the Anzac Hall
Following on from their successful engagement and consultation with the people of Featherston, the Victoria University School of Landscape Architecture students are back! And this time with dozens of beautifully crafted ideas for the spaces and places of Featherston, Wairarapa! I, along with many other locals, turned up to the Re:Invent Exhibition the Anzac Hall … More Rethinking Featherston #2