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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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Next weekend marks the start of the Manawatu Festival of New Arts 2010.  The theme for this year is “Back to Earth” and the programme features the prize-winning plays and poems from the competition that was run earlier this year.  My poem ‘Crunch’ was placed third in the competition and will be performed as part of the programme next Saturday 2nd October, Thursday 7th October and Saturday 9th October. 

There are two different programmes at weekends (ie you will need to go on both days to see everything) and the same material is rearranged into three programmes for performance at Square Edge during the week.  The programmes for Saturday and Sunday will last 90 minutes to 2 hours each and will be identical at both Massey and at the Globe Theatre. 

All performances begin at 7.30pm apart from the final Sunday’s performance at the Globe, which will begin at 3.30pm, and will be followed at 7.30 by the Student City Arts and Cultural Awards, at which the prizes for both the plays and poems will be presented. 

The full programme can be accessed here: Manawatu Festival of New Arts 2010

Back to Earth

A Programme of Film, Music, Performance Poetry, Theatre, Dance, and Visual Arts

Dates and Venues

2nd, 3rd October, 7:30pm
Sir Geoffrey Peren Building (formerly Old Main Building)
Massey University

5th, 6th, 7th October, 7:30pm
Square Edge
Palmerston North

9th October, 7:30pm
10th October, 3:30pm
The Globe Theatre
Palmerston North

To be sure of a seat, you can contact Joy Green at J.B.Green(at) for tickets.

OK, this photo was not taken in Palmerston North; it was taken in Iceland last year, and Palmy last Wednesday was noticeably warmer than Wellington, but this was the photo on the flyers, so I have used it here.

I had a great time at Stand Up Poetry, where I was July’s guest poet. I got there just in time for the 7pm start, having driven up from Wellington after work.   Love those rows of lights across the streets at Shannon.

It was my visit to the impressive Palmerston North library (after driving round the Square and failing to find it, I stopped and asked for directions).  It’s in a lovely old building with an interior designed by Ian Athfield and it sports some similar features to Wellington’s public library, like the exposed air ducts.  There’s a lot of glass, steel and stairways and it feels like a loved and well-used space.  After the poetry group, a group of young teenagers settled in for the night, for a school holidays basement lockdown.

Stand Up poetry is a regular monthly event at the library, organised by two great poets: Johanna Aitchison and Helen Lehndorf.  There was a small, but dedicated group of poets and poetry-lovers on the night I went, some of whom had driven in from Wanganui and Shannon.  

The evening started with an open mic – 10 slots of 5 minutes each.  I was very impressed with the readers on the night, with subject matter that ranged from Rarotonga to celibacy, from gnomes to drunkenness.  This was followed by a cuppa and a biscuit, then I was on for around half an hour and got to chat to a few folk afterwards.

Big thanks to Helen and Johanna for inviting me, to our lovely librarian hosts, and to everyone who came along to read/listen.

If you’re ever in the vicinity on the first Wednesday of the month, check it out.

Tuesday Poem

I’m the guest editor on the Tuesday Poem blog this week and I’ve chosen a poem by Stephen Crane, which you can read here (after it goes up at 12:01am):

Tuesday Poem

Stand Up Poetry

I will be reading at Palmerston North’s regular poetry event this Wednesday:

Open mic poetry evening with special guest Wellington Poet Janis Freegard.  Janis recently won third prize in the Manawatu Festival of New Arts competition.  She also writes fiction and won the BNZ  Katherine Mansfield Award in 2001.  Poets bring 5 minutes of your best writing to share. Poetry lovers come and enjoy the words.

Date: Jul 7, 2010
Hours: 7 pm
Location: Sound & Vision Zone, Ground Floor, Central Library



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