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The Close Readers

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Our Wellington Music collection is currently unavailable on our catalogue due to the Central Library closure. We're working on options for making it available again and as soon as it is, we'll update this site.

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Award-winning novelist & short story writer Damien Wilkins, who is currently Director of the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University, had been involved in music long before his career as a writer bloomed. Becoming a fan of the early 80s Wellington punk scene he played in a group called ‘The Jonahs’ whose claim to fame was a well received EP and an opening gig for The Chills. Twenty plus years later Wilkins again began to feel the pull of music. Fooling around with a laptop he tried merging some spoken word reading of his own stories over soundscapes he’d created. This led on to a bit of experimental singing & liking the result he began acquiring some music making gear. Old band-mates & new friends lent a hand and the result was his first new foray into music, with musical collective ‘The Close Readers’ whose debut album ‘Group Hug’, NZ Musician praised as indie-release of the year.


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