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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.

If you want a preview of some of the poems in Kingdom Animalia, here are some links to online journal Trout:

Hermit

My Year of the Ant Gardens

and here is the link to a video of me reading The Icon Dies

and the link to more photos of the launch which I hope to add to.

L to R My cousin Heather, my father, me.

Next Sunday, I will be reading from Kingdom Animalia:the Escapades of Linnaeus for 10 minutes at the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival Open Mike:

 

45OPEN MIKE

A festival institution, Open Mike shoots unpublished poets onto the stage alongside stars of the poetry firmament. On the hour, established poets perform for ten minutes. The rest of the time, five-minute slots are available to anyone who wants to read – just put your name down on the board on the day. 

SCHEDULE OF POETS

10:00 – 10:10 Apirana Taylor
10:30 – 10:40 Emma Neale
11:00 – 11:10 Anna Jackson
11:30 – 11:40 Joanna Preston
12:00 – 12:10 Janis Freegard
12:30 – 12:40 Rives

Event Details

  • Date: 15 May
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 01:00 p.m.
  • Venue: AIR NZ FOYER, LEVEL 5, AOTEA CENTRE
  • Category: FREE EVENT, POETRY AND PERFORMANCE

Maybe see you there!

 

 

 

Last weekend, we were in Auckland for the Wire concert (originally a  seventies UK punk band that has kept on playing and kept on making the albums – they were great).  After a trip to the Auckland Art Gallery and an excellent brunch there, we took a ferry trip and spent Saturday afternoon strolling around sunny Devonport, exploring the bookshops and eating fish burgers and nachos at the Masonic Hotel.  Perfect day.  I was quite taken with the plaque above (in case you can’t read it, it says ‘On this site in 1897 nothing happened’) and the knitted hearts that someone has been sewing around the seats.

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Wordle: janisfreegard.com

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