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Thursday, March 16, 2017
The Roaring Silence - A compendium of interviews, essays, poetry, art and prose about suicide
THE ROARING SILENCE
A compendium of interviews,
essays, poetry, art and prose about suicide
Project Mentor and Editor:Linda Blincko
Co-editors & Designers:
Amelia Harris and Julia West
The Depot Press, part of Depot Artspace
Monday 27 March 2017
The 79 contributors to THE
ROARING SILENCE – a potent mix of artists, writers, poets, musicians and
professionals – help to break this silence by courageously sharing their
reality that life is both dark and bright and that none of us is immune from
times of shadow.
THE ROARING SILENCE
is a community-led initiative and an aspect of The Depot’s philosophy of
empowering the community to tell its own stories and find its own solutions.
Essential reading, its diversity and creativity is enlightening and empowering,
challenging and reassuring.
Suicide has been positioned as a dark taboo too dangerous to
discuss, or too shameful to admit to. At the same time, the problem of suicide
has grown. Suicide crosses all age, gender, cultural divides and affects
families, neighbourhoods, friendship groups, communities of interest. “We are hoping
to open the dialogue about suicide and demystify it”, says editor Amelia Harris.
“In May last year we sent an open call-out for any and all
creative works that expressed personal experiences with suicide. We received 79
submissions and each one is included in the book. It was important that the
contributors, as a baseline, felt that they were accepted, listened to and
respected (these basic principles can sometimes achieve quite a lot!)”
“Because of this, the content of the book is very inclusive and
broad. There is a drawing from a young
boy, a cartoon by NZ Herald cartoonist Rod
Emmerson, an interview with singer songwriter Caitlin Smith, a poem by Richard
Von Sturmer, work by teen poets,
a teen anti-bullying group, emerging
and established writers, a few teachers, a GP, through to senior artists like Nigel Brown and the respected Judge
“We’re hoping this diverse approach will help the book reach the
widest readership. Most people will find someone, or something in the book that
they can relate to. The space to discuss suicide isn’t often opened up in our
regular lives, and THE ROARING SILENCE
gives a profound insight into how the reality of suicide and suicidal thinking
is processed” says Linda.
Lynn Lawton, manager of the Depot Artspace ArtsLab Programme and a
Royal NZ Navy Chaplain for 10 years has also contributed to the book.He believes it’s through community - and open
conversation - that we can positively address the issue of suicide.
Contributors to The Roaring
Aaron Kevin Croawell, Alexander
Wright, Alice Tumblescribbleson, Allan McEvoy, Amethyst Caverhill, Anita Mary,
Antoinette Ratcliffe, Ashton Brown, Bernie Harfleet and Donna Turtle Sarten,
Beth Ducklingmonster, Caitlin Smith, Chris McBride, Colleen Henry, Dallas Gopi,
Darly Royan Paraha, David Merritt, Deborah Alma, Elaine De Guzman, Elisabeth
Horsfall, Elizabeth Kirkby-McLeod, Emma Bryson, Erica Smith, Finola Scott,
Fraser Williamson, Gilbert Lawrence, Grace Shelley-Poschl, Grant Alexander,
Heidi North-Bailey, Hugh Wilson, Imogen Rogers, Irina May, James F Easteal, Jamie
McEwan, Jenny Laycock, Jodie Ancliff, Jude Galang, Judge Neil MacLean, Julia
West, Jutta Humpfer, Karin Hofko, Karen Belk, Kay McGregor, Kiri Piahana-Wong,
Kirin Cerise, Kristina Cavit, Lauri Lee In-Jung Shore, LIFELINE, Lily, Linda
Jarrett, Linda Stevenson, Lyndsay Brock, Lynn Lawton, Manu Fotu, Marina Grey,
Markus Hofko, Matthew Crookes, Matthew George Richard Ward, Mavis Gulliver,
Melissa Fergusson, Miriam Barr, Mohamed Hassan, Nancy Brier, Natasha Lay, Nigel
Brown, Paul Chapman, Qalina, Rangituhia Hollis, Richard von Sturmer, Robyn
Gibson, Robyn Pickens, Rod Emmerson, Rosie Whinray, Rozana Lee, Sam Orchard,
Shaq Leota, Simon Esling, Sticks and Stones, Tanya Ruka, To’asavilli Tuputala,
THE ROARING SILENCE
received funding from the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board and the Escape Artists
exhibition, with each artist generously providing a work for an auction to
raise money for the book and Soar Print organised free binding to contribute
towards keeping the overall cost of the publication down. In the spirit of the
book it’s been a true community project.
has set up a tumblr site to keep the conversation going.
work that couldn’t be included in the book, links, and an ongoing dialogue.