Kill your Darlings

On B-Side Stories on Wellington Access Radio we had a great chat and many laughs with Kate Leslie and Natty Scholtz from Kill Your Darlings – a wonderful sounding group art exhibition opening Thursday night at PotockiPaterson Art Gallery. You can listen here:

#Why Music – Pat Shepherd – One Percent Collective

unnamed#Why Music is the question at the heart of local charity, One Percent Collective’s, latest generosity journal. Joining host Martin Andrews this week was OPC Chief Doer Of Things, Pat Shepherd, to discuss how the generosity of music and musicians can translate into everyday giving by all walks of life.

NZ Music Month special – Ruth Mundy & Joe Blossom

Ruth Mundy & Joe BlossomJoining B-Sides Stories this week were Ruth Mundy and Sean O’Brien aka Joe Blossom for a NZ Music Month special. Host Martin Andrews talks to our guests about the craft of songwriting and trying to make a living in Aotearoa as an artist. The duo share their stories with warmth and humour, and treat us to some fantastic live in-studio performances.

Ruth Mundy – Facebook

Joe Blossom – Bandcamp, Facebook


Richter City Roller Derby: beauty, brains, and bruises


Wellington’s Richter City Roller Derby is the top ranked roller derby side in New Zealand! Listen to experienced player Skanda Lass explain the game, and give Ali and Laura some feedback on their roller derby names.

You can read more about Richter City, and support their fundraising events by visiting

Don’t forget, your next chance to see roller derby in Wellington will be Saturday 28 May 2016, at Kilbirnie Recreation Centre.


What a way to make a living: poetry with Sara Hirsch and Ben Fagan

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Ben is a Wellington native, and Sara is big-city UK Slam Champ. They are making a living by making their way all over New Zealand in a spoken word poetry tour!

They joined B-Side Stories to talk about spreading spoken word, international bridge building, and changing the world with poetry. They also shared some original poems that will make you laugh, and make you think.

To learn more, visit: and

For more performance poetry in Wellington:

Wellington Songwriter Playlist

PicMonkey CollageThis week on B-Side Stories, host Martin Andrews played a selection of Wellington songwriters:

Ills Winter – Caught In The Headlights
Eb & Sparrow – Two Wolves
Karl Jensen – The Little Town
Groeni – Hinde
Roman Birch – Time Square City
The Balkanistas – Ajde Zano
Vorn – Drowning Kittens
The Polly Johnson Set – Let Me Count The Ways (I Love You)
Connan Mockasin – I’m The Man, That Will Find You

Celia Painter and Abbie Krieble, authors of “When Life Gives you Lemons”

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Celia Painter and Abbie Krieble are teenagers who have written an illustrated book titled “When Life Gives you Lemons” that aims to help young people suffering from depression. Their idea was to offer a book with advice for young people, that was created by young people. To see their book visit:

Celia and Abbie spoke with Ali on 2 Feb 2016 about creating the book and overcoming their own struggles with depression.


Poetry in Motion – 2 Feb 2016

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Laura spoke with Poetry in Motion, an inclusive group that aims to raise the profile of spoken word poetry, and challenge people’s notions of what poetry is and can be!
Michael Howard, Simone Bensthrop, and Travis Cottreau joined us to chat and performed some of their own original work.

Jon Coddington – “Puppet Fiction”

PuppetsThis week on B-Side stories, host Martin Andrews chats with Jon Coddington, marionette maestro and barista extraordinaire. Jon’s Pulp Fiction marionette show, “Puppet Fiction” recently returned from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it was the No.1 rated free day show of the festival. Jon discusses the origins of his marionette work, what it was like in Edinburgh and closes the show with his best Christopher Walken impression!

Helen Brasting – Film For Change


This week on B-Side Stories host Martin Andrews is joined by Helen Brasting, founder and driving force behind Film For Change Aotearoa. Film For Change works collaboratively to make and distribute short films for charities that may not otherwise have the financial means for digital advertising or marketing. Helen discusses her personal journey from budding film maker to recently celebrating the first birthday of her community based organisation Film For Change Aotearoa.
If you’d like to listen to Helen’s song choice, check out Wellington band Towers