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The Meow Gurrrls poetry group will be reading from our new zine at Photospace Gallery, Level 1 Courtenay Place this Saturday 21st November,
1 – 3pm. Meow Gurrrls reading on the day will be Abra Sandi King, Mary-Jane Duffy, Mary Macpherson, Sudha Rao and Janis Freegard and there will be music from Ainsley Day. The zine also includes work from Rewa Morgan and Kirsten Le Harivel and lovely illustrations by Mary-Jane Duffy. Copies will be available for sale in the gallery.

Hope to see you there! You can also watch our Meow Gurrls videos on Youtube.

Every year, the New Zealand Society of Authors celebrates Courage Day (the New Zealand name for the Day of the Imprisoned Writer). The official day is 15 November, but this year, the Wellington branch of NZSA will observe the day on Monday 16 November.

Courage Day recognises writers who have been imprisoned or oppressed because of their writing and is named after James Courage, a New Zealand novelist and poet. His book, A Way of Love (1959), is regarded as the first published gay novel by a New Zealander and it was banned here.

We are very lucky to have Dr Christopher Burke joining us to talk about James Courage, having studied his life, literary works, journals and correspondence.

Mandy Hager, author and president of the NZSA, will also talk to us about Courage Day and the ’empty chair’ movement.

The meeting is at 6pm at Vic Books Pipitea and all are welcome to attend. There will be a cash bar and we ask for a small contribution towards venue costs if you can.

Here’s a clip of me reading at the launch, from the Wellington City Library’s Youtube channel. Always a bit weird to watch oneself!

A few people have asked me where ‘Reading the Signs’ is available. You can order directly from the publisher, The Cuba Press, at or look out for it in indie bookshops, like Food Court Books, opening soon in Newtown.

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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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.

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