National Poetry Day draws epic crowd in Whangarei – August 26 2016

The biggest event in Northland’s creative writing calendar took place Friday night, drawing a crowd of around 100.

National Poetry Day on Friday August 26 saw events take place in around 70 cities throughout the country.

Whangarei celebrated with a combined event at The Old Stone Butter Factory bar/restaurant. The event included the launch of Fast Fibres III, an open mic session, plus a poetry slam competition judged by Ash Holwell (Company of Giants), Jess Collins (Northland Youth Theatre) and Vincent Nathan (I Have A Dream charitable trust) who also emceed.

Mr Nathan said it was Whangarei’s first poetry slam.

This year a new contingent freshened and diversifed the poetry community, with six students from Whangarei Girls’ High School contributing the youngest and most dynamic poetry faction of the night. 12 poets competed to become Slam Winner.

The ultimate winner was Brett Ruys of Tikipunga.

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