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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.

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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Here’s the latest Meow Gurrls’ offering for you to enjoy: ‘Wish No. 29’ by Abra Sandi King.

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.

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.

Time to catch up on the latest offerings from the Meow Gurrrls. Here we have Roadside, Bodhgaya by Kirsten Le Harivel

’Timing’ by Abra Sandi King

and ‘Basket of Seeds’ by Sudha Rao.

Enjoy!

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Wordle: janisfreegard.com

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