Shane Gilchrist

Ready for takeoff

Ready for takeoff

As Jody Direen celebrates the release of her second self-funded album, the Wanaka singer discusses country-pop, Nashville, ambition, reality and a willingness to roll up her sleeves with Shane Gilchrist.

Flight from grief

Flight from grief

As a child, Helen Macdonald attempted to sleep with her arms behind her back, as a bird would with folded wings. Little wonder then that she has penned an award winning book about her attempts to train a hawk, writes Shane Gilchrist.

Dispensing musical medicine

Dispensing musical medicine

He might have been on the cover of Rolling Stone, but Dennis Locorriere doesn't take himself too seriously, writes Shane Gilchrist.

The boy from Bluff

The boy from Bluff

The story of Sir Clifford Skeggs is one of a self-made man afraid of neither risk nor hard work. The former Dunedin mayor discusses public office, oysters and his varied endeavours with Shane Gilchrist.

Anzac in the spotlight

Anzac in the spotlight

Award-winning playwright Dave Armstrong has not one but two productions at Wanaka's Festival of Colour. And both ask plenty of questions, writes Shane Gilchrist.

Vintage Queen

Vintage Queen

The international guest for this year's iD Fashion Week, Doris Raymond, has a passion for vintage clothing that has opened doors to glamour and glitz, paved the way to a Hollywood store and prompted a television show. In short, taste and tenacity have helped put her above the pack, writes Shane Gilchrist.

Looking back, going forward

Looking back, going forward

New Zealand Poet Laureate Vincent O'Sullivan has a new collection of verse, some of which is old, vintage even, writes Shane Gilchrist.

Kings of the castle

Kings of the castle

Six60's sophomore album has again put the former Dunedin band into the charts - as well as opened international doors. But, as singer Matiu Walters tells Shane Gilchrist, the journey to this point has involved some serious soul-searching.

In honour of 'a magical person'

In honour of 'a magical person'

New Zealand theatre personality Warwick Broadhead, brought to life in film-maker Florian Habicht's Rubbings From a Live Man, was a ''leader of his own cottage industry of expression'', Dudley Benson tells Shane Gilchrist.

Shining a light

Shining a light

A one-woman comedy boasting undoubtedly the longest name of any show at this year's Dunedin Fringe Festival mixes equal measures of light and dark, writes Shane Gilchrist.