Monthly Archives: July 2016

Be True to Yourself: Timeout Bookstore Poetry Reading



Time Out Bookstore, Poetry Reading

Friday 12 August at 7pm.

The line-up includes:
Makyla Curtis
Steven Toussaint
Kiri Piahana-Wong
Selina Tusitala Marsh
Vaughan Rapatahana
Iain Britton

This is a BYO event. Come relax, have a drink and listen to some fantastic poetry!

Hope to see you there!

Morning Shivers, Fierce Light, Unmissable: Bill Manhire’s poem, Suzie Hanna’s short film


Part of Fierce Light

Poem:  Bill Manhire

Animator:  Suzie Hanna

Voice:   Stella Duffy

Sound Design:  Phil Archer


Fierce Light brought together leading poets from countries that participated in the First World War, including Yrsa Daley-Ward, Jackie Kay, Bill Manhire, Paul Muldoon and Daljit Nagra, to create new works that endeavour to understand the incomprehensible; exploring contemporary events while also contemplating the First World War. These works were presented alongside a series of specially commissioned short films, each made in response to the new poems and themes raised within them.

Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Writers Centre Norwich

Poem also appeared on BBC Radio 3


This is so moving; so perfect in its simplicity and rhyme, its flickering images, as though the past can never settle, always slightly out of grasp, the resonant voice drawing us in, the physical detail also flickering with heartbreak and static. It is one story and it is manifold. This is what poetry can do when it meets up with an animator. Memorable. PG

Unmissable! A Poetry Quartet at Te Papa today: Nelson Bird Orchard Edmeades

Writers on Mondays

TODAY 12.15-1.15 at Te Papa Marae

A Poetry Quartet: Bill Nelson, Claire Orchard, Hera Lindsay Bird, Lynley Edmeades

Poetry in Aotearoa is fighting fit and full of life. Bill Nelson’s Memorandum of Understanding, Claire Orchard’s Cold water Cure, Lynley Edmeades’ As the Verb Tenses and Hera Lindsay Bird by Hera Lindsay Bird are diverse and exciting first books of poetry. Each writer engages with language in innovative ways to explore and reimagine history, commerce, science, love and the things people do. Come and hear the latest in poetry, in a reading and discussion chaired by poet Chris Price.

Bookshop-based Writer’s Residency


Great news! These are the only details I have:

Dunedin’s University Book Shop has announced the creation of a bookshop-based annual residency for emerging writers.

The residency marked 70 years of bookshop operation, and “we love to be contributing something like this,” general manager Phillippa Duffy said.

The initiative, undertaken in association with the Robert Lord Writers’ Cottage Trust, was a practical way of contributing to Dunedin as a City of Literature and to support emerging writers.

The summer residency provides an emerging writer up to six weeks’ accommodation from mid-January to late February in the Robert Lord Writers’ Cottage, a stipend amounting to $250 a week, and an office and administration base at the bookshop.

“New Zealand writers and publishers are incredibly supportive of this bookshop and have been over many years,” Ms Duffy said.

With the generosity of the trust, this was “one small way” the bookshop could help emerging writers to write new work or develop some of their existing writing for publication or performance.

Emerging writers faced many “competing demands,”  including from academic study, careers and family commitments.

Trust chairwoman Nonnita Rees said the trust had already welcomed more than 50 writers to live and workat the cottage.

“This exciting partnership with the University Book Shop takes us to a new level,” she said.

The cottage – in Titan St, North Dunedin – was the home of playwright Robert Lord, who left it in trust as a rent-free writer’s residence.

A former University of Otago student and Robert Burns Fellow, he died in Dunedin, aged 46, in 1992.

Applications are open until August 20 and the residency recipient will be announced on September

Celebrate National Poetry Day 2016 with Seraph Press Poets & Friends at Vic Books

Friday, August 26 at 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM  Vic Books 1 Kelburn Parade


Come and celebrate National Poetry Day 2016 with Seraph Press Poets & Friends, hosted by Vic Books.

Seraph Press has invited some of their authors, mainly from out-of-town, to join with some of their friends from Victoria University to share their poetry at Vic Books on National Poetry Day 2016.

Sit back with your morning tea from the Vic Books café and spend an hour listening to nine fabulous poets. Featuring Seraph Press poets Paula Green, Helen Lehndorf, Johanna Aitchison, Vana Manasiadis and Anahera Gildea, with friends Amy Leigh Wickes (PhD student), Liang Yujing (PhD student), Marco Sonzogni (programme director of the Italian Programme) and Anne Kennedy (2016 Writer in Residence).

Courtney Sina Meredith launches Tail of the Taniwha

Tail of the Taniwha Launch
Tuesday, August 2 at 6 PM
The Golden Dawn – Tavern of Power in Auckland, Cnr Richmond & Ponsonby Road




Join us for the launch of Courtney’s new book of short stories, Tail of the Taniwha, love to see you there! Book to be officially launched by award-winning novelist, short story writer and essayist Paula Morris

“Fabulously sassy, Meredith turns her poetic lens to short fiction, capturing her journey from urbanesia to metropolitan Europe. Tail of the Taniwha is her smashing debut collection.” –Robert Sullivan

“This is fine work. There is a lot of energy in the prose and on the strength of the observations and insights along the way we trust the voice.” –Lloyd Jones

New Voices competition – still time to enter

The DIVINE MUSES Poetry Reading is held annually on National Poetry Day.

Established and organised by poet Siobhan Harvey, the evening event of poetry readings from leading New Zealand poets is much enjoyed. 2016 will be the13th year for the the event to be held.

At the end of the evening the winners of the NEW VOICES – Emerging Poets Competition are announced.

Entries for NEW VOICES – Emerging Poets Competition – Now open.
Click here entry form.

To learn more about the event click below for past winners:

2015 – First Prize – Ria Masse – Second Prize – Georgina Monro, Special Mention – Sahanika Ratnayake and Michelle Chote.

2014 – First Prize – Josephine Desmond – Second Prize – Vishakham Joseph, Special Mention – Linda Jane Keegan and Madelaine Ballart

2013 – First Prize – Elizabeth Morton. Second Prize – Jack Spicer. Highly Commended – Tessa Forde and Rosetta Allan

2012 – First Prize – Elizabeth Welsh. Second Prize – Alana Bruce.

Deleted Scenes for Lovers
Tracey Slaughter
Victoria University Press, $30

Tracey Slaughter’s daring short fiction deposits you on a rollercoaster, hoists you in the air, puts you in a dank, dark cupboard to eavesdrop, spins you round and round, makes you feel things to the nth degree.

Her short fiction has won awards, attracted widespread admiration in journals for years; Deleted Scenes for Lovers is her second collection.

Tracey Slaughter   1467844665073.jpg

photo by Catherine Chidgey


She teaches creative writing at the University of Waikato. If the quality and originality of writing is a yardstick for the quality and originality of a creative writing teacher, then students should flock to Slaughter’s courses. This book is something special.


for the rest of my review in SST see here