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Listen to the full episode at the link above, including Jacob "The Duchess" Tamata talking about the importance of the arts when you're young, brown and queer, Laura Borrowdale from NZ's own erotic literary journal Aotearotica reading a poem and sharing a story submission involving an orgasmic motor vehicle, and father-daughter sex advice dynamos Nic and Lena Beets answering listener and audience questions about vaginismus, polyamory and elusive orgasms.


‘Monica read an explicit description of a threesome’: a brief update on erotic writing in New Zealand.

“Good sex is feminist sex,” claims Laura Borrowdale, editor of the Aotearotica journal of erotic writing.

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Tender Raunch: A Conversation with Laura Borrowdale about Aotearotica

Laura Borrowdale is the founding editor of Aotearotica, an erotica journal that aims to represent all genders and sexalities. As a preamble to Laura's session at LitCrawl, Sarah Jane Barnett talked to her about what it means to be sex positive, and how poor grammar is a real turn off.




This week is the New Zealand Young Writers Festival 2018, a fantastic range of talks and workshops that Dunedin is lucky to host. One of the events is Pleasure and Pain: Writing about Sex and Sexuality. The editor of NZ erotica journal Aotearotica Laura Borrowdale is speaking to Pantograph Punch’s Lana Lopesi about Pacifika sexuality, and to young adult author Karen Healey. Critic spoke to Borrowdale about her work and what it’s like having your name and face out and proud in the world of erotic fiction, and why good erotica is important


"We as a society are not good at discussing sex, and yet the argument over what counts as porn and what is erotica is still raging. It might be futile, but at least the act of differentiating these genres opens that conversation and helps to sort out what some of the problems are with writing, and reading, about sex."

Our editor gets to thinking about the difference between erotica and pornography




"Christchurch school teacher, Laura Borrowdale, admits her father is horrified that she opened a new literary journal. It's called Aotearotica, and features 80 pages of erotic writing and art."

Jesse Mulligan asks what the appeal of erotic writing is and we express our surprise that anyone would need to ask.


"Last week I was squirrelled away to a dark corner, handed a brown envelope and told not to open it until I was alone. ’Twas the stuff journalistic wet dreams are made of, and - as it turns out - regular wet dreams too."

Melody Thomas talks to editor Laura Borrowdale about embarrassment, parental disapproval and a culture shift in the way sex is viewed.



"Aotearotica, available now, is New Zealand's first modern erotic, literary journal.
For the uninitiated, erotica is not porn. Its offerings range from graphic cartoons (sex from behind, sex on the kitchen table, sex with hips raised high, mouths gaping), to explicit poems and gentle, nostalgic short stories of a high school lesbian romance."

Eleanor Ainge Roy delves into the origins of Aotearotica.


"As a journalist, I wanted to ask Laura about starting her own publication. As a brother, I knew talking to your sister about erotica could be weird."

James Borrowdale gets weird with his sister, our editor, Laura Borrowdale.


"There's a bigger, political point to Borrowdale and Aotearotica. She's a "staunch feminist" on a "moral crusade". Her main collaborator is Oliver Rabbett, a transgender graphic artist. 

"There are politics behind it, it's not just titillation. It contributes to something bigger," she says."

Will Harvie gets the first scoop.