Looking forward to reading in Palmerston North with these wonderful Cuba Press poets on Tuesday night 6:30pm 27th October 2020 at the Palmerston North City Library. I will be reading from my new book, Reading the Signs.

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I started writing this book while I held the Ema Saiko Poetry Fellowship at NZ Pacific Studio in 2014. Now it’s becoming a real thing, thanks to The Cuba Press. The poetry sequence in the book deals with loss and recovery, climate change and gender fluidity. Images (including this remarkable cover) are by the inimitable Neil Johnstone, who will also be playing music with Steve Burridge on the day. The launch date coincides with the last day of Neil’s ‘Chalk Dogs Have No Names’ exhibition – great opportunity for art, music, poetry and a drink in convivial company. 1pm 24 October 2020 at Potocki Paterson in Dixon St. I’d love to see you there. Bring your friends!

So – the Pegasus Books poetry readings are back on in Wellington and this Friday 9th October, I have the great pleasure to be reading with Dinah Hawken, Helen Heath and Sam Duckor-Jones. Hurrah!

6:30pm Friday 9 October 2020
Pegasus Books, Left Bank, Cuba St, Wellington, NZ

Hope to see you there!

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Here’s the latest Meow Gurrls’ offering for you to enjoy: ‘Wish No. 29’ by Abra Sandi King.

So, the New Zealand Arts Festival is upon us and this year, I’m appearing in the Joy of Queer Lit Salon. Here are the deets – all welcome. Maybe see you there!

The Joy of Queer Lit Salon

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There are loads of fantastic events at the Festival. It’s going to be great!

 

If you haven’t seen it already, it’s worth checking out Masterton’s cool little gallery space in containers, ConArt. It features exhibitions, performance space, working studios and a space for local artists to sell their artworks. Well worth a look if you’re over that way (but check opening times first – they’re open Weds to Sat 10am – 4:30pm). You can find them next to Aratoi.

There are also poems on the containers and I was delighted when I heard that my poem ‘Albatross’ (from The Glass Rooster’) has been included. You can listen to ‘Albatross’ here on RNZ. It’s based on a real-life female pair, not uncommon in the seabird world.

Thanks to Masterton woman, Chris Daniell, you can now enjoy outdoor poems all over Masterton. Go, Chris!

Meow Gurrrl Mary Macpherson launched her excellent new collection ‘Social Media’ (published by The Cuba Press) recently. Here she is reading from it at Unity Books. Pix here.

 

This is tomorrow! Weds 23rd October 2019 6pm. Poet and photographer Mary Macpherson is launching her book of poetry, ‘Social Media’ at Wellington’s Unity Books. See you there!No photo description available.

Here I am reciting Meow Gurrrls poetry again, this time side on 🙂

 

It’s a little strange watching yourself from the side; this is not a view one normally has of oneself. It’s almost like being in an exhibition. I used to hate hearing recordings of myself. I didn’t like the sound of my voice. It didn’t seem like me. But these days, I really don’t mind; it is me after all. The poem I’m reading, ‘At the Window’, was first published in The Glass Rooster.

In other news, a little while ago, the lovely Paula Green posted a reading of my poem ‘Requiem‘ on her blog…

… and my poem ‘Mikey’ (that recently won the Geometry/Open Book Award – yay!) can be found here.

 

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