Category Archives: NZ poetry event

Kanohi ki te kanohi – Face to face: stellar poetry reading at TimeOut Bookstore

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Also a chance to celebrate the arrival of Iain’s new book.

Fabulous Grace Taylor to give taste of new book Full Broken Bloom

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The original South Auckland Open Mic is back and we have an amazing feature!

Calling all poets, MCs, spoken word artists and people just looking for a good time! Drop a new piece, an old piece or bring a beat for the DJ to play and drop a verse!
Sign up 15 minutes before.


Grace Taylor, mother, poet, theatre maker, performer. Writer of poetry theatre show MY OWN DARLING with Auckland Theatre company, author of AFAKASI SPEAKS and upcoming book FULL BROKEN BLOOM with Ala Press, Hawaii.

Louise Wallace & guests to launch her new collection August 10th

Sad to miss this event! Glad I get to read to the book!




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Book launch for BAD THINGS: a new book of poems by Louise Wallace. With readings from Lynley Edmeades, Bill Manhire, Tayi Tibble and Chris Tse. All welcome.

Books by all authors available for purchase on the night, along with limited edition cover art prints by Kimberly Andrews.

Drink, nibble, get your books signed and be merry.

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Poets on Tour: McMillan & Beautrais at the Big House in Auckland

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‘Poets at the big house. Airini Beautrais (brand new book ‘Flow: Whanganui River Poems’, Maria McMillan (brand new book ‘The Ski Flier’, Tulia Thompson and possibly an awesome guest who I don’t have confirmation of when I created this invite but she’s awesome and I’ll update when we know. Bring wine (or not), sit by the fire, listen to us read things, watch us perform things. We’ll sign our new books (cash sales only).’

Note from Paula: Not sure of exact address

Some details here on Facebook

Flow: Whanganui River Poems – Airini Beautrais’s poetry launch

Nau mai, haere mai. Come and help celebrate the launch of Airini Beautrais’s new collection, Flow: Whanganui River Poems.
Featuring stories from the catchment, river and town.
Shipwrecks, floods, soldier-settlers, surveyors, missionaries, protests, poets, petrolheads, deviants, sly-groggers, environmentalists, heroes, anti-heroes and complicated characters.

With readings by Airini, Maria McMillan, and special guests.

All welcome. Drinks and nibbles will be served (in adjacent space as food and drink can’t be consumed in the museum. Please do not bring these items).

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Poets on Tour: Airini Beautrais and Maria McMillan

As Rick Stein would say, we need more of this! Such a very good idea.



From Maria and Airini:

‘(Our portraits are by the wondrous Sarah Laing) Airini and Maria are going on tour in July! Like rock stars only way cooler. Napier 15th, Thames 16th, Auckland tbc, Wellington 28th, Palmerston North 29th and Paraparaumu Beach on the 30th. We’re promoting our new books: Maria‘s and Airini‘s.’

See here for details

Paula’s seven thoughts on Maria’s new book here.