John Summers

John Summers lives in the Wairarapa and is the author of The Mermaid Boy, a collection of non-fiction stories published in 2015 by Hue & Cry Press. He was a runner-up in the 2017 Surrey Hotel Steve Braunias Memorial Writers Residency Award In Association with the Spinoff. John was born in Christchurch in 1983.

Food
May 8, 2019

The people's cup: How the Arcoroc mug took over New Zealand

You know this mug, even if you think you don't. Hard to break, cheap as chips, filled with instant coffee or weak tea, it's the mug of the marae, the staff room, the factory canteen, the church hall. 

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Books
Feb 21, 2019

A white man's fantasy – and sad reality – of living alone on a Cook Islands atoll

John Summers is inspired by a dreamer who ended up living as a kind of Robinson Crusoe on a Cook Islands atoll 'where there truly was no sound beyond the waves, the birds and whatever noise you made yourself'.

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Books
Dec 26, 2018

Summer Reissue: The subtle and tremendously self-serving art of not giving a fuck

John Summers gets to grips with one of the year's most popular books, a self-help guide to feeling good, deciding what's really important in your life, and "banging blondes": The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck.

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Books
Jun 21, 2018

Book of the Week: The subtle and tremendously self-serving art of not giving a fuck

John Summers gets to grips with one of the year's most popular books, a self-help guide to feeling good, deciding what's really important in your life, and "banging blondes": The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck.

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Books
Jun 12, 2018

Inside the Surrey Hotel: a writers-residency award winner reports (Plus: YA fiction writers now allowed to enter!)

John Summers, 2017 winner of the Surrey Hotel Steve Braunias Memorial Writers Residency In Association With The Spinoff Award, presents his diary of his prize experience.

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Books
Nov 15, 2017

Does literature exist on the other, emptier side of the Rimutakas?

In the latest of our occasional series of essays which investigate whether literature exists in the provinces, John Summers looks for clues in Greytown in the Wairarapa.

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Music
Sep 6, 2017

One Night with You: Elvis Down Under

On a Friday at the Upper Hutt Cosmopolitan Club, John Summers saw Elvis. Or sixteen of him.

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Books
Jan 17, 2017

Go and play outside: an ode to the joys of tramping

Been outside the house this summer? Actually done one of the Great Walks? John Summers reviews a new book which ponders the nature of the hike, the tramp, the trail.

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Television
Jul 24, 2016

Sunday longread: A road trip, a chihuahua and Antiques Roadshow

Creative non-fiction writer John Summers recalls a road trip to Nelson punctuated by Antiques Roadshow, the cozy, dozy series that knows no end.

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Books
Jan 14, 2016

A working class hero is something to be – Reading John Fogerty’s Memoir

Creedence Clearwater Revival made music 'as contrived as the weather', and the band's guiding light, and disciplined perfectionist, was singer John Forgerty. He looks back on his career in rock in a new memoir.

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Books
Sep 14, 2015

Books: Excerpt – The Mermaid Boy by John Summers

An except from John Summers' fascinating and recently published collection of true stories, The Mermaid Boy (Hue & Cry Press, $30).

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