I’m performing in a National Poetry day warm up event with Iain Briaton, Vaughan Rapatahana, Bob Orr, Selina Tusitala Marsh, Ruby Porter and Olivia McCassey. It’s going to be great! 7pm at Time Out Bookstore in Mt Eden. Hopefully see you there!!
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An exhibition called ‘The Balloon of the Mind,’ after a poem by WB Yeats, opened at Special Collections at the UoA Gen Library yesterday. It’s on for 6 weeks and is open to the public. The exhibition includes three display cases. The first is about Yeats and his poetry, the second about Ian Donnelly, an NZ based book collector who collected and later donated a vast collection of first edition Irish Literature. The third case is all about Cuala Press. I was involved in curating the exhibition alongside Michele Leggott and Jo Birks. At MOTAT we printed a bookmark to go with the exhibition.
See the exhibition blog post here: ‘The Balloon of the Mind’: Yeats, Donnelly and Cuala Press
It’s LOUNGE time of year again! I’m reading alongside amazing poets and writers on March 29th. I’m especially excited to be reading alongside Frankie McMillan. My Dad bought me The Bag Lady’s Picnic and other stories for Christmas in 2001. I got a hammock for Christmas that year too. We set it up and I read every story on Christmas day sitting in that hammock.
“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to go sharper” – W. B. Yeats.
The exhibition Sacred Economies and its accompanying poetry reading draw our attention to how experiences of the sacred manifest through social transactions. It is interested in how rituals give life to events and objects that can transform our ordinary ways of thinking about and participating in the world. How do transactions of forms like poetry or folklore, which hold little monetary value, create an economy of sacred moments?
I have written a couple of poems in response to Philippa Emery’s work in the show and I will be performing these poems at the reading on Thursday. The poets I will be reading with have each been assigned an artist and their work to respond to. You will be able to take a look and experience the work the poetry is responding to as the poet reads or afterwards.
We’re back into the academic year and so Lounge has started up again, 3 readings per semester. The first is on Wednesday 23rd March, 5.30pm at Old Government House. As Michele Leggott is on research leave she has outsourced the MC position this semester and I am honoured to be the MC for this reading. I have put together a really fantastic line up of superb readers and performers. We have a slightly updated poster including illustrations from Marc Conaco (See his instagram here)
John Adam will be the MC for the following Lounge on the 4th May, and Paula Morris will be MCing Lounge #50 on the 25th May. Keep an eye out for the posters for those in the weeks preceding.
A few pics from the Question your teaspoon workshop at Hamilton Zinefest today:
I put together a collaborative zine of all the works created in the workshop while there. I’ll digitise it later and post it up.
Hamilton Zinefest is THIS WEEKEND, Saturday 16th May.
I will be giving a workshop, Question your teaspoons: an experimental poetry workshop.
The details can be found here: https://hamiltonzinefest.wordpress.com/2015-workshops/ along with details of some other great workshops and talks from Sam Orchard, Bryce Galloway and Indira Neville & Rae Joyce.
Meanwhile, getting the zines ready. I’ve reprinted some old zines, ones that were stolen last year, including ‘Fractal’ and ‘Bagratee and other gothic stories’. Also printed a zine I made a few years ago but never got round to printing at the time, ‘Gallant Mark-making’, and of course three totally new zines: ‘The Great Goatsby’, ‘Robin red robin red’, and ‘window 19’. And of course we will have the latest issue of POTROAST there! Feeling amped!