17 Dec 2019

Best of 2019: the arts

9:33 am on 31 December 2019

The world of the arts gave us some fascinating interviews last year, from poetry to comedy, opera and even paternal porn podcasting.

Shayne Carter on his memoir Dead People I Have Known

Dunedin music icon Shayne Carter talks to Kim Hill about life, music and his newfound love of writing.

Shayne Carter

Photo: Esta de Jong

Fleur Adcock on her life in poetry

New Zealand poet Fleur Adcock talks to Kim Hill about her work and reads some of her favourite poems from her Collected Poems.

Fleur Adcock

Photo: Jemimah Kuhfeld


How Jenji Kohan runs a TV show

Screenwriter and TV producer Jenji Kohan (Orange Is the New Black) talks to Kim Hill.

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Photo: Jenji Kohan


Tim Minchin: 'Sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty'

Musical theatre star Tim Minchin talks to Jim Mora about taking back his art from the big studios and being on the stage by himself to sing and entertain.

Tim Minchin and Jim Mora

Photo: RNZ


Vanessa Crofskey declares war on art jargon

Instead of helping people connect with art, the language that's used to describe it often shames and alienates them, says Auckland writer and artist Vanessa Crofskey.

Vanessa Crofskey

Photo: supplied


Billy Connolly: 'The thing is to just carry on'

The anarchic 76-year-old Scottish comedian, writer, producer – and now artist – speaks to Kim Hill from Florida.

Billy Connolly

Photo: supplied / credit Jaimie Gramston © John Murray.

John Rhys-Davies on Gimli, Brexit and rural hell

British screen and stage actor John Rhys-Davies talks to Kathryn Ryan.

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Photo: supplied

Jamie Morton: My Dad Wrote a Porno

After Jamie Morton discovered his father had written explicit and terribly bad erotic fiction under a nom-de-plume, he enlisted some friends to create a podcast about it.

Alice Levine, Jamie Morton and James Cooper

Photo: My Dad Wrote a Porno

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa: encouraging the next generation

Having drawn the curtain on her glittering career in 2017, Dame Kiri joins Jim Mora in the studio to discuss her incredible life.

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

Photo: supplied


Kāpiti violinist an unsuspecting viral star

Busker Richard Taylor (23) became an internet hit after performing Bach outside a shopping centre in Paraparaumu.

Violinist Richard Taylor busking

Photo: Supplied


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