Poetry Shelf noticeboard: Poetry at AWF 2019

Find more poetry and the AWF programme here.

I want to congratulate Anne O’Brien for showcasing poetry to such a degree and for always paying attention to New Zealand/ Aotearoa poets and spoken word performers.



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Anne Michaels – among other things – is currently Toronto’s Poet Laureate, and her latest collection of poems All We Saw has garnered rave reviews.

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Hughes’ debut poetry collection Gathering Evidence was similarly feted, winning The Irish Times Shine/Strong Award, and making it on to several shortlists including the NZ Post Book Award for Poetry.

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Counting Patti Smith among his fans, poet and performer Luke Wright presents an hour of his best poems, in which he struggles with Brexit, doubt, duty and channels half-cut nights spent shouting impotently at the telly, namely at the BBC’s Question Time.


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includes  Friday Poem readings, and short poems with sweet cookies from The Receptionist coffee kiosk – all presented by an array of the writing great and good. Join Michele A’Court, Aroha Awarau, Gina Cole, Elaine Castillo, Avi Duckor-Jones, Emma Espiner, Steff Green, Kirsty Gunn, Karyn Hay, Chessie Henry, Dominic Hoey, Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, Chloe Honum, Nathan Joe, Stephanie Johnson, Kelly Joseph, Simone Kaho, Ahi Karunaharan, Erik Kennedy, Renee Liang, Lana Lopesi, Nic Low, Vana Manasiadis, Liam McIlvanney, Courtney Sina Meredith, Karlo Mila, Tze Ming Mok, Emma Neale, Bob Orr, Ruby Porter, Tess Redgrave, Isa Pearl Ritchie, Victor Rodger, Nick Sheppard, Carl Shuker, Damian Skinner, Michael Steven, Tayi Tibble, Jamie Trower, Kirsten Warner, Ian Wedde, Lisa Williams, Annabel Wilson, and Ashleigh Young

a feast of poets in this lot!!

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MC’d by Grace Taylor, each poet takes turns to riff off the final line of the previous poem. Featuring Kyla Dela Cruz, Stevie Davis-Tana, Carrie Rudzinski, Dietrich Soakai, and Jahra Wasasala.


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Bob Orr and Jeffrey Paparoa Holman   


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Judge and award-winning poet, novelist and essayist Anne Michaels invites the three selected finalists to read before announcing this year’s winner.      

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Bruce Ansley (Wild Journeys), Patrick deWitt (French Exit), Gregory Kan (Under Glass) and Ruby Porter (Attraction)

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includes Ockham NZ Book Awards shortlisted poet Helen Heath (Are Friends Electric?)


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Join US-Filipina novelist Elaine Castillo (America Is Not The Heart) and New Zealanders Isa Pearl Ritchie (Fishing for Māui), Tayi Tibble (shortlisted for the Ockham NZ Book Awards for Poūkahangatus) and Sugar Magnolia Wilson (Because A Woman’s Heart is Like a Needle at the Bottom of the Ocean)

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