… love all the creative energy libraries are putting into our national poetry celebrations
Book Spine Poetry Display at Wanaka Library
This fun and quirky display will have you coming back for more. Pop in each day during Wanaka Library’s week of National Poetry Day celebrations and see what the Wanaka library staff, have put together. The idea is simple and fun, it involves stacking books in a particular order so the titles on the book spines create a poem. A display for all to enjoy! This is a great chance to come in to Wanaka Library and get some inspiration for your own poetry writing. See if you would have arranged the titles in a different way, and what other poems you would make out of the spine poetry on display.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages. This is a free to view on going display for the week of National Poetry Day.
Date/Times: Monday 22nd August – Friday 26th August. Open during regular library opening hours: Mon-Wed 9:00am – 5:30pm; Thurs 9:00am – 7:00pm; Fri 9:00am – 5:30pm; Sat 10:00am – 5:00pm
Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day
The Dunedin Poem
26th August is National Poetry Day! Celebrate by helping to create a poem for Dunedin by Dunedin. Local poet Diane Brown has gifted the first line of this new poem. You are invited to write the next line. Throughout National Poetry Day 2016, the poem will grow, and Dunedin Public Libraries will design a poster of the finished version to display.
Entry Details: Free. All welcome to contribute (no offensive language, please).
Date/Times: Friday 26th August, 9.30am-8pm
Locations: All Dunedin Public Libraries
– Mosgiel Library, 7 Hartstonge Avenue, Mosgiel
– Dunedin City Library, 230 Moray Place, Dunedin
– Port Chalmers Library, 20 Beach Street, Port Chalmer
– Blueskin Bay Library, 28 Harvey Street, Waitati
– Waikouaiti Library, 192 Main Road, Waikouaiti
Contact: Kay Mercer Library@dcc.govt.nz 03 474 3690
National Poetry Day always demonstrates the wide reach of poetry in New Zealand. All manner of events and poets tumble into vision and hearing. Phantom Billstickers is a tireless promoter of NZ poetry. This partnership has to be good. Bravo NZ Book Awards Trust for this grand idea!
This terrific news is just out:
In its 19th year, National Poetry Day — the biggest nationwide poetry event of the year —will be boosted by the partnership between the New Zealand Book Awards Trust and Phantom Billstickers, with a sponsorship agreement announced today.
The highly popular and eclectic National Poetry Day will now be known as Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day and will continue to bring poetry to the people, with over 80 events held nationwide, involving everyone from seasoned award winners to aspiring poets facing the microphone for the first time. Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day will be held on Friday August 26 this year and continue the day’s legacy of taking poetry to the people from Kerikeri to Southland, across the streets of small towns and major cities.
“It’s an opportunity to hear more poetry. There’s the possibility to take it back to the regions that built us,” says Jim Wilson, owner of Phantom, “We’ve been putting the New Zealand voice out there for some time. Now with this exciting partnership that voice will become louder.”
Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day is about discovery, diversity, community and pushing boundaries. Poetry enthusiasts generate events such as slams, poetry-music jams, poetry art exhibitions, performance poetry, poetry and dance, poetry street chalking, bookshop and library readings, open mic events and poetry writing competitions.
Nicola Legat, chair of the New Zealand Book Awards Trust says “We have long admired Phantom’s commitment to putting poems on posters and in cafes via their Café Reader. They are a natural partner given that Phantom’s business is taking messages to the streets and that’s what the New Zealand Book Awards Trust aspires to do with poetry.”
Phantom Billstickers http://0800phantom.co.nz/ is a street poster company which since 1982 has consistently helped Kiwis express themselves. Recognising and supporting home grown talent has always sat comfortably alongside its commercial campaign work. Phantom actively promotes New Zealand music, art, poetry and culture around the country and across the world, putting poetry on posters and a literary mix of work into cafes via its quarterly magazine the Phantom Billstickers Café Reader. Phantom makes New Zealand’s streets livelier by taking the creative arts into public spaces.
The New Zealand Book Awards Trust www.nzbookawards.nz was established as a charitable trust in 2014 to govern and manage the country’s two major literary awards and National Poetry Day, and to ensure their longevity and credibility. New sponsorship agreements have now been secured for all three properties with Ockham supporting the Book Awards, Hell Pizza backing the Children’s and Young Adult awards via its support of the Reading Challenge and Children’s Choice programmes and Phantom National Poetry Day. Additional funders include The Acorn Foundation, Book Tokens Ltd, Creative NZ, Copyright Licensing Ltd NZ , the Fernyhough Education Foundation, Nielsen and Wellington City Council, supporting specific aspects of the properties.
Message from Karen Ferns:
The New Zealand Book Awards Trust (NZBAT) has been talking to The company Phantom Billstickers a prominent street poster company who also invest some of their time and energy -into producing poems on posters and a café reader they produce and distribute quarterly. The café reader is edited by David Eggleton and contains poetry, short fiction and non-fiction.
As we have talked together NZBAT have discovered Phantom would like more submissions from poets and writers. They want more submissions from women as currently they receive more submissions from men, but are also interested in widening their talent pool in a variety of ways so anything goes.
The email to send submission to is firstname.lastname@example.org