Audio from the session: Teenage Years.
To set the scene, Chrys Jones and her friend Aleisha Parkinson give a performance of I Am Sure, which gives a sense of the cliff-edge intensity of LGBTQI teenage years.
Historian Chris Brickell, best known for his award-winning book Mates and Lovers, talks about teenagers in New Zealand history, and explores social pressures on queer youth, but also the complexities of experience and identity. Then Stevan Eldred-Grigg reflects on his own personal history as a teenager in the 1960s and how the meaning of his queer life was filtered through novels, poetry, comics, radio, cinema and television, as well as the wider society and the family. Does a look back at our past help us understand the pressures and possibilities felt by today's young New Zealanders? The session is chaired by Peter Wells.
A special thank you to the organisers and participants for allowing us to record this event.
1880s, 1920s, 1960s, 2010s, 3zb (radio station), a way of love (book), abuse, aleisha parkinson, amberley, androgynous, anna karenina (book), aotearoa new zealand, arrest, arts, auckland, auckland university press, australia, bangs (book), bell-bottoms, bible, bill pearson, blackball, books, broadcasting, camp, cars, chris brickell, christ's college (christchurch), christchurch, christchurch boys' high school, christchurch courts, christchurch municipal tepid baths, chrys jones, church, class, classical art, classical greek and roman culture, classism, clothing, coal flat (book), colin fearon, coming out, commercial culture, concentration camp, conversion / reparative therapy, courts, crime, d. h. lawrence, dance, dandy, david hill, diary, diggers, hatters and whores: the story of the new zealand gold rushes (book), dysfunctional, education, entrapment, family, farm, feminism, ferry, flares, folk culture, frederick giles gibbs, french, friends, gaius valerius catullus, gay, gay liberation movement, germany, guilt, hair, hidden history, hinemoa (ferry), history, hocken library (dunedin), homosexual, honore de balzac, incest, invert, james courage, jock phillips, john frederick kelly, kaput! (book), kissing, knob, la comedie humaine, law, leo tolstoy, lesbian, lust, lux vacuum cleaner, maori (ferry), masculinity, mates and lovers: a history of gay new zealand (book), murray forgie, music, national library of new zealand (wellington), nazi germany, nelson, nelson college, nelson provincial museum, new zealand journal of history, newspapers, oppression, oracles and miracles (book), oscar wilde, pablo picasso, painting, pansy, papanui technical college, pash, pedophilia, persecution, peter wells, pleasures of the flesh (book), poetry, poofter, potato and rice, queeny boy, queer, radio, rape, relationships, rugby, sailor, same same but different (2016), school, scouts, second-wave feminism, seersucker fabric, self harm, sex, sexual abuse, sexual interference, sexual inversion, sexual revolution, sexuality, shame, shanghai boy (book), ships, shirley albiston, shirley boys' high school, sigmund freud, single sex schools, soul, sport, st paul's anglican church (christchurch), stevan eldred-grigg, suicide, swimming, swimming hole, sydney (australia), taylors mistake (christchurch), teaching, teenage, television, the fourmyula (band), the german glance, the great wrong war: new zealand society in wwi (book), the shining city (book), theatre, trevor nunweek, united kingdom, unnatural, walking, women in love (book), women in love (film), world war 1, writing, youth