How to Loiter In a Turf War

How to Loiter In a Turf War

An autobiographical novel

Jessica (Coco Solid) Hansell
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A genre-bending work of autobiographical fiction from one of Aotearoa' s fiercest and most versatile artists. Like nothing you' ve read before, How to Loiter in a Turf War is a lucid, genre-bending, cinematic work of autobiographical fiction. From one of Aotearoa' s fiercest and most versatile artists comes a day in the life of three friends beefing with their own city. There is the gorgeous Q (Tongan, Fijian "with a dash of Indian and Solomon"); a sensitive poet-in-denial with a shitty bakery day-job, "her long hair always to one side, which friends dub ' the ramen sweep' ". Meet Rosina (Hawaiian, Rarotongan, Samoan, Irish), a hungry artist on the rise with an unfortunate weakness for privileged white boys. "The words ' what' s that supposed to mean? ' should be tattooed on her neck (among the others). "Then there' s Te Hoia (Maori and Filipino). A cranky political science student and our narrator, "she identifies with the toffee waves being churned in the (constantly-broken) ice-cream machine. "Together, they navigate the stuffy busses, streets and markets of Tamaki Makaurau at the height of summer. With gentrification closing in around them and racial tensions sweltering, the girls must cling to their friendship like a life raft. Coming of age while struggling with family, identity and attraction, the trio are determined not to let their neighbourhood drift out to sea. Fast, ferociously brilliant, crack-up funny and unforgettably true. Instagram (kuini. qontrol)- 2600 followersTwitter (kuiniqontrol)- 3700 followersFacebook (cocosolid)- 4000 likes
Jessica Hansell (Ngapuhi/Samoa) is a writer, multimedia artist and musician from Auckland, long known by her rap nickname Coco Solid. She is the creator of cult Maori cartoon Aroha Bridge with screenwriting credits ranging from comedy Wellington Paranormal to indigenous soap Ahikaroa and is a long-time member of Taika Waititi' s Piki Films, producers of her forthcoming science-fiction series Jupiter Park. As Coco Solid, Parallel Dance Ensemble, Badd Energy and Fanau Spa, she has gained a loyal international music following and now heads artist-led record label and production house Kuini Qontrol, which also makes independent film, audio and animation projects. Hansell was named the Fulbright Creative New Zealand Pacific writer in residence in 2018, studying at the University of Hawai' i, where she started writing How To Loiter In A Turf War while researching gentrification in the Pacific. The following year Coco was named a national Arts Laureate by The Arts Foundation NZ. Across all mediums she consistently strives to prioritise Oceaniac narratives, wahine, LGBTQIA expression and underground creatives of colour. Instagram (kuini. qontrol)- 2600 followersTwitter (kuiniqontrol)- 3700 followersFacebook (cocosolid)- 4000 likes