On the international front recently, we’ve had Clive James refusing to take part in the “sad little contest” for Oxford poetry professor and female Saudi poet Hissa Hilal coming third in the Arab world’s largest poetry competition, the “Million’s Poet contest“.  Her success was notable because she was the first woman to reach the finals (since the annual competition started in 2006) and because her poetry spoke out against extreme religious laws that discriminate against women.  Well done Hissa Hilal!  She took home $800,000 for her prize.  Perhaps TVNZ would like to follow suit – surely it’s time for “NZ Poetry Idol”?

While Auckland is getting ready to enjoy their writers & readers festival, coming events in Wellington include:

Jenny Bornholdt at Massey’s Writers Read Series 2010

Thursday 13 May, 6pm
Theatrette (10A02) Museum Building, Massey University, Buckle Street; Entrance D, (access Theatrette from East side of Building).

Jenny Bornholdt (current writer in residence at Victoria University) will be reading and discussing her creative work, followed by Q & A and refreshments. All welcome, entry is free. Poet Bryan Walpert will chair.

PLEASE RSVP to S.Caris@massey.ac.nz by Tuesday 11 May.

Poetry @ The Ballroom Cafe, Wellington

Sunday 16 May, 4pm-6pm
Ballroom Cafe, junction of Adelaide Rd and Riddiford St (upstairs, next to the 4 Square)

Guest poets: Gerald Melling & Geoff Cochrane, with music from Terry Shore.

NZ Poetry Society May meeting

Monday 17 May, 7.30pm
The Thistle Inn, 3 Mulgrave St

Open mic to start, followed by guest poet: Pat White (Wairarapa), current Writer-in-Residence, Randell Cottage. Entry: $5 (NZPS members $3).