Photos credits: Bala Murali Shingade and Joanna Forsberg
Erena Shingade in conversation with Murray Edmond — the podcast-style interview is about 1 hour long and takes Murray’s unpublished memoir as the base from which to cover some big-picture questions about him and his creative practice.
Murray Edmond: Born Kirikiriroa 1949, lives in Glen Eden, Auckland. Poet (14 books, Shaggy Magpie Songs, 2015, Back Before You Know, 2019); critic (Then It Was Now Again: Selected Critical Writing, 2014); fiction-writer (Strait Men and Other Tales, 2015); editor, Ka Mate Ka Ora; dramaturge for Indian Ink Theatre. Forthcoming: from Indian Ink, Paradise or the Impermanence of Ice Cream, Q Theatre, October 2020. Ka Mate Ka Ora #18, October 2020. Time to Make a Song and Dance: Cultural Revolt in Auckland in the 1960s, from Atuanui Press in 2021.
Erena Shingade writes poetry and essays from Tāmaki Makaurau. Her most recent long form project contemplates neoliberal workplace psychology and the promise of spiritual salvation offered through self-help literature. Previously she completed an MA thesis on the Zen Buddhist poetry of Richard von Sturmer, whose practice confronts language at the moment of perception. Erena’s writing can be found on platforms such as The Spinoff, Art + Australia, Landfall, Mimicry, Blackmail Press, Atlanta Review, Ka Mate Ka Ora, and the New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre. During the day she works as a publicist for Allen & Unwin book publishers.