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A quick post about a few things coming up in Wellington:

 

The Spring Sessions: Live Poetry Readings w/ Fuyukos Fables & The Lost Boys

at The Watusi, 6 Edwards Street, Central Wellington
Thursday 14th October 8pm start

GENRES: folk, indie, pop

The Lost Boys describe themselves as ‘Lost Rock’

Graham Candy – vocals and guitar
Kyo Won (Charles Park) – lead guitar
Campbell Bond – bass
Ethan Lloyd – drums

Then on Sunday, it’s

Poetry at The Ballroom Café

Guest Poet: Tim Jones

Musicians: The Gracious Deviants

Open mic session

Sunday 17 October, 4 – 6pm

The Ballroom Café, cnr Riddiford St & Adelaide Rd, Newtown

ballroom poster October

and next Monday:

NZPS Monthly Poetry Reading, Wellington

Monday 18 October, 7.30pm
The Thistle Inn, 3 Mulgrave St

The meeting will be all open mic. night. Bring 2-3 (shortish) poems of your own and one of someone else’s to share and introduce us to. 

All welcome. Entry: $2.

More events around the country here: http://www.poetrysociety.org.nz/poetrynews

Poetry at the Ballroom Cafe

 Jennifer Compton will be reading at the Ballroom Cafe in Newtown, Wellington, on 20 June 4pm – 6pm & Carlos Navae will be playing music.  Click on the link below for the poster with more details.

ballroom poster June

Poetry Society AGM & 5 by 5

Monday 21 June, 7.30pm
The Thistle Inn, 3 Mulgrave St, Thorndon, Wellington

The meeting will open with the 2010 AGM of the NZPS.

This will be followed by readings from 5 local poets (Jack Duggan, Anne Harre, Tim Jones, Sugu Pillay, and Mercedes Webb-Pullman) of 5 poems each. Free entry.

Stand Up Poetry at the Palmerston North Library

I will be the guest poet at the Palmerston North City Library on 7 July.  It starts with an open mic at 7pm.

Location: Sound & Vision Zone, Ground Floor, Central Library

Other Good Poetry Things

The NZ Poetry Society has a good list of nationwide poetry events – here’s the link

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).

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