Newsletter: May 2019


Here’s what we’ve been up to in May …

Working on

Daisy: In May, I edited a short document on the regulation of high-powered laser pointers in New Zealand, and a long one on our drinking water standards. I began editing a book on Australia’s national consumer credit system.     

India: This month, I wrote a travel feature about London and a brand story for a consulting firm. I interviewed two Kiwi musicians about their hometowns: Georgia Nott from Broods (Nelson) and Teeks (Hokianga). I edited an information booklet for a university’s postgraduate department, proofread a health-food cookbook and did a manuscript assessment on a collection of short children’s stories. I wrote about director Stella Reid for The May issue of Air New Zealand’s Kia Ora magazine included my travel features on Rotorua and Christchurch, my interview with freestyle skier Nico Porteous and my business feature on Wellington social enterprise Nisa. And my review of Woman Enough by Lissa Carlino appeared in the Dominion Post.


Daisy: Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell, The Idiot by Elif Batuman and (painstakingly) one of my parenting bibles translated into Hungarian (Alfie Kohn’s Unconditional Parenting, or Szülők Feltétel Nélkül): so that I can more easily talk about its mind-expanding principles to the school and kindy mums here in Hungary.

India: How to Be Famous by Caitlin Moran, Daughter of Bad Times by Rohan Wilson, Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic Odyssey by Richard Ayoade, The End of the Affair by Graham Greene, Normal People by Sally Rooney, Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell and Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood.


Daisy: Who are these idiots who point high-powered laser pointers at aeroplanes?

India: I’ve interviewed hundreds of people over the years, but I’ve never once been able to observe another print journalist conducting an interview. I often wonder how differently we all do it: what techniques we fall back on, what we’re doing wrong or right. (In other words, am I normal?)


Daisy: Airing out my guest room for India’s imminent arrival here in Hungary. Hooray!   

India: I’ve spent all of May in the UK – London, Brighton, Liverpool, Birmingham, Bradford – working remotely and exploring in my free time. What a dream.


Daisy: Mrs Brown’s Boys, our family’s guilty pleasure (We watch it with our kids and cross our fingers that 100% of the jokes go over their heads and that Mrs Brown’s thick accent sufficiently disguises most of her cussing)

India: I’ve had three albums by amazing women on repeat: Miss Universe by Nilüfer Yanya, Designer by Aldous Harding and Beware of the Dogs by Stella Donnelly.

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