Dominic Hoey, aka Tourettes, is anything but conventional.

A rapper and spoken word poet, the 39-year-old is moving into literature and theatre with a loosely connected series of works, Iceland, a story inspired by growing up in Grey Lynn in the 1980s and how it compares to the present day.

“I guess I just want to write about what happens when you have a community of people, of all different types of people, what happens when they get forced out,” Hoey says.

Set loosely in the mid-00s, the book tackles gentrification and the vilification of the poor. Mostly it’s a love story between Hamish, a violent but loveable alpha male, and the educated and middle-class Zlata.


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