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.

 

Lots of poetry coming up next week! First up there’s this on Monday (that I will be reading at if my cold has disappeared by then)

Image may contain: one or more people and textNZSA Poetry Reading + Open Mic (warm-up event)
Join the New Zealand Society of Authors, Wellington branch, as we celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019. We’re inviting poets from our branch to read their poetry, and will also feature an open mic on the night.
Entry details: Koha. Everyone welcome!
Date/times: Monday, 19 August, 6pm – 8pm (Socialising from 5.30pm)
Location: Vic Books, Pipitea campus, Rutherford House (27 Lambton Quay, Wellington, near the railway station)
Contact: wellington@nzauthors.org.nz
Further info: Facebook/wellington.writers.9 | authors.org.nz/about/branches/wellington-branch

National Poetry DayThen there are lots of fabulous events all around the country on National Poetry Day which you can find out about here: http://www.nzbookawards.nz/national-poetry-day/calendar-of-events/#wellingtonregion

And next Sunday, I will be reading at the Open Book on Ponsonby Road in Auckland. This is from the Open Book website:

Readings from the Geometry | Open Book National Poetry Contest

Celebrate National Poetry Day with Geometry and The Open Book.

Come along to hear the winner and the judges’ selection from submissions to our poetry competition. Plus snacks and maybe a glass of wine if you are lucky.

With readings of work by:

Janis Freegard (the winner!)

and (the Judges’ list):

* Dadon Rowell
* Hannah Lees
* Jordan Hamel
* Paula Harris
* Rebecca Hawkes

Sunday August 25, 3pm

Winner published in Geometry Issue Six. Judges’ selection published here.

Time to catch up on the latest offerings from the Meow Gurrrls. Here we have Roadside, Bodhgaya by Kirsten Le Harivel

’Timing’ by Abra Sandi King

and ‘Basket of Seeds’ by Sudha Rao.

Enjoy!

In an alternative future, climate refugees struggle to New Zealand in the face of torpedoes and gun-toting shore patrols. Tim Jones’ exciting novella ‘When We Land’ is being launched this Tuesday 16th July 2019 at 5:30 pm at the Pipitea Campus of Vic Books (the one near the railway station). This is the first in The Cuba Press‘ new novella series. It was first published as “Landfall” by Paper Road Press in 2015. See you Tuesday!

Tim Jones writes novels, short stories and poetry and the blog Books in the Trees.


The Meow Gurrls are heading up to Carterton for Wai Word next month and we’d love to see you there.

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Check out the latest Meow Gurrrls videos from fantastic poets Mary Macpherson, who is unwilling to click ‘I forgot my password’ and Mary-Jane Duffy, who tells us about the hallways of love or browse through our catalogue. We’d love you to subscribe to our channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOy99S1t-ZH1dW12RIy4tRQ

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