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For Wellingtonians of a poetic bent, this coming week is going to be busy! Monday 20 July has ‘Best NZ Poems’ at Te Papa at 12:15 http://tepapa.govt.nz/WhatsOn/allevents/Pages/WritersonMondaysBestNewZealandPoems2008.aspx and the regular NZ Poetry Society meeting at 7:30pm at the Thistle Inn, featuring Lynn Davidson http://www.poetrysociety.org.nz/poetrynews#nzps
Friday 24 July is, of course, Montana Poetry Day (yay!) and there are poetry treats all over New Zealand. Check out details at http://www.booksellers.co.nz/mpd_local.htm Unity Books has a great line-up of local poets reading at lunchtime – unfortunately I can’t make it, but I’m hoping to get along to the Newtown Public Library’s Open Mic session at 6:30pm. (oops – if you read this earlier, you would have seen an incorrect time – I’m told it really is 6:30pm) Unity also has a launch of Diana Bridge’s new book at 6pm.
Also, look out for Mary Cresswell’s virtual book tour later this month. I will be interviewing Mary on this blog about her latest publication Nearest and Dearest.
My main writing project at the moment (apart from the novel looking resentful and neglected on top of my printer) is organising The Launch. My two fellow poets (sister poets?) are overseas, so there’s no hope of a joint event. Instead I am endeavouring to organise a bit of a do in Wellington, during which I will subject my friends, colleagues and uninterested observers to a small dose of poetry. Some will like it, some will clap politely whilst stealing surreptitious glances at their watches and some will hide out at the bar until it’s over. (A bit like life, really).
Planning is under way. The word “Planning” is included in my job title, so I feel I ought to have a few clues by now. Mostly it’s about making lists of things to do and writing people’s names next to them. Must get on to that. No, really, I have taken action already and made a phone call and sent an email. I’m hoping it will all happen at Mighty Mighty on Weds 13th August (just need to confirm a few things). I will be offering free spiders. Watch this space.
Friday 18th July, of course, is Montana Poetry Day and there will be jolly poetry events all across New Zealand (hurrah!). Personally, I shall be trekking to the City Gallery at lunchtime for a movie about Maori poets and in the evening will venture forth to the Newtown Public Library for an open mike session (read your own or someone else’s - I hope to do both). There’s also the all day poetry marathon at the Bucket Fountain in Manners Mall. Yay!