From Diane Brown:
In Dunedin the main event was held on Thursday 25th. Titled Decadence, 1 Otago poet and 9 Dunedin poets, Michael Harlow, Vincent O’Sullivan, David Eggleton, Allan Roddick, Richard Reeve, Emma Neale, Diane Brown, Carolyn McCurdie, Lynley Edmeades and Robyn Maree Pickens entertained an audience of over 100. Posters were made of their poems and gifted to the audience. Jazz was played in the interval and in the mix and mingling. This from someone in the audience Decadence-10 Dunedin Poets this evening was a wonderful Dunedin experience. I ‘d committed to be somewhere else by 7.30 but could not tear myself away. A heart-warming, magic event.
Visitors to the library collaborated on a joint poem and children made a poetry tree.
Also in Dunedin was the roll-out of poems in an unexpected location – on the back of tickets from some pay and display parking meters. Starting with 8 poems written by Dunedin poets this is an ongoing project that will work like a lucky dip.
There was quite a poetry buzz in local media and a public poetry reading at Otago University.