2020

Me and the Børvasstindene mountains to the south of Tverlandet

The year that never ends has almost ended. Here are some reflections.

Covid-19 coronavirus: On recovery and listening

Image/fixers UK

I think it’s likely I got a mild Covid-19 case in late March. I was exhausted with some fever and digestive symptoms and I know where it probably originated from. I was lucky that I had a friend who could go to the pharmacy for me, and that even when several of my close friends… Continue reading Covid-19 coronavirus: On recovery and listening

Being a disabled journalist is lonely: Let’s change that together

Isabelle Ulfsdotter and Áine Kelly-Costello presenting at Gothenburg University. Photo/Patrick Jowett

Image caption: Isabelle Ulfsdotter and Áine Kelly-Costello presenting at Gothenburg University. Photo/Patrick Jowett Update: response from book launch organisers Hostwriter follows this post. One night in Hamburg As I clambered up the wobbly boat stairs, across a connecting bridge and down similar, steep steps, a blurry montage of words followed me: hierarchy, subaltern, inclusion, power,… Continue reading Being a disabled journalist is lonely: Let’s change that together

Home again?

Pic and hospitality courtesy of fellow Kiwi Sarah

When does one feel at home living somewhere new? The question surely yields as many answers as there are people who’ve ever found themselves trying to capture the essence of home, once it outgrows the notion of being tied to a single house. I’ll explore some of the ways I’ve started to find a home… Continue reading Home again?

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Here’s what I learned when the muckrakers united

Documenting our arrival after nine hours of train travel!

I stood or sat, phone in hand note-taking or exchanging contact info, in a sea of reporters listening to each other. I perched on cramped benches, sometimes on the floor, a chair if I was more punctual and decisive than usual about session selection.   There we were, 1700 investigative journalists, academics, non-profit directors, students,… Continue reading Here’s what I learned when the muckrakers united

Looking for hope? Reflections from a climate campaigner and journalist

UoA has agreed to stop funding coal, oil and gas. But it's still not supporting the climate strikes.

Tipping Points of Hypocrisy   As about four million strikers took to the streets on Friday, a part of me felt relief. Here comes, surely, some kind of human-powered tipping point for climate action. It was a similar part to the one that felt elated and hopeful when Auckland University divested from fossil fuels in… Continue reading Looking for hope? Reflections from a climate campaigner and journalist

After the rain – my first month in Sweden

"Control the controlable", that's what they say, right?

A few days before class on my way home, I step off the train to discover a deluge. I have over a kilometre to walk, I’m wearing shorts and a light windbreakder, and the water gods are having a ball. The cold, unrelenting pelts are all I can hear and feel and I try not… Continue reading After the rain – my first month in Sweden

My Faithful Travel Companion

I thought asking for a photo at a trad session would be strange, so here's one from Japan instead.

As a familiar Irish lilt comes to life in a pub in Sweden I have never visited, I want to cry. Instead I pick up my flute to join in.   This is the Irish trad (or traditional) session culture – all you need is a space (preferably a pub to quench the thirst), a… Continue reading My Faithful Travel Companion