Northlanders at November’s inaugural NZ Poetry Conference + Festival

Northlanders will be at next month’s inaugural NZ Poetry Conference + Festival in Auckland NZ Poetry Conference & Festival

– Piet Nieuwland at the conference, with Dr Renee Liang
– Five Whangarei poets known as the Poetry Posse slamming it at Dirty Wordz Friday November 10

Here’s the complete schedule:

Poetry Posse


DIRTY WORDZ SESSIONZ – Friday November 10
A variety show/ poetry&music collaboration crammed full of local and travelling poets mixed with wordcore musicians.

Performances by the Poetry Posse of Te Tai Tokerau (Nga-Atawhainga Manukau, Michael Botur, Vivian Thonger, Brett Ruys, Vincent Nathan)

…as well as Dubtext (Lawrence Brock, Robert Popovic, Rob Mayo, Peter Larsen), Otis Mace, Harry the Dead Poet, Jeremy Roberts & more.
when: 8 00 – 11 00
where: The Dog’s Bollix, 2 Newton Rd ( just off Karangahape Rd)
directions:The Dog’s Bollix is by the intersection of Karangahape Rd, Great North Rd, Ponsonby Rd and Newton Rd.
From the Ellen Melville Hall, it’s about 10 minutes by car via Hopetoun St or Symonds St, or a 30 minute walk up Queen Street and along Karangahape Rd. If driving, allow time for parking near the venue.

Friday 10 November
The Conference in the Ellen Melville Centre ends for the day at 7 00pm.
book launch
Otago University Press invites you to celebrate the launch of SURRENDER -a new collection of poetry by Janet Charman. The author of many books of poetry, including At the White Coast (2012) and the award-winning Cold Snack (2007), Janet is one of New Zealand’s sharpest and most subversive writers.
when: 7 15 – 7 45pm
where: The Ellen Melville Centre, Freyberg Place, Central City
refreshments available
please RSVP to:

The South Auckland Poets’ Collective are a group of artists who are passionate about poetry and the community.One of SAPC’s values is to use spoken word poetry as a tool for positive social change with a focus on young people. Ken Arkind with line-up t.b.a.
when: 8 00 – 10 00pm
where: The Ellen Melville Centre, Freyberg Place, Central City
***more details to follow

Saturday 11 November
The Conference in the Ellen Melville Centre ends for the day at 6 00pm.

Write a poem, make a small book for your writing, then read word aloud. Learn fun voice warm-ups. Raewyn Alexander has taken arts workshops for decades. Easy, engaging and productive.
when: 7 00 – 9 00pm
where: The Ellen Melville Centre, Freyberg Place, Central City
cost: $30. Materials & tools provided, but bring a craft knife if you have one.
To book email Raewyn:

Immerse yourself in collaborations between the moving picture and poetry. See film/poetry creations from Lisa Samuels, Simone Kaho, Genevieve McClean, Kate Kelly, Miliama Tamiano, RikTheMost & more t.b.a.
Plus, hear new work from some of Poetry Live!’s popular poetry exponents Ken Arkind, Jamie Trower, Sophie Procter, Matt Harvey, Rachael Naomi and Bryony Jagger.
when:7 00 – 10 00pm
where: The Ellen Melville Centre, Freyberg Place, Central City
***more details to follow

Shaky Places is the signature concert of the Conference & Festival.It features song and music merged with poems of Aotearoa by Sam Hunt, Riemke Ensing, Bill Manhire, Robert Sullivan, Jenny Bornholdt, Gregory O’Brien, Marewa Glover, Bub Bridger, Lauris Edmond, Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, Dinah Hawken, Brian Turner & Rachel McAlpine.
Music by Felicia Edgecombe; poetry editor Rachel McAlpine; with the Auckland Youth Choir ( conductor Lachlan Craig). MC and reader Peter Elliott.
when: 7 30 – 9 30pm ( arrive from 7 00pm)
where: St Matthew-in-the-City, 187 Federal St, Central City
cost: concession & conference attendees $25; adult $28. Book at :
refreshments available
directions:St Matthews is 800 metres from the Ellen Melville Centre. It is an 8 minute stroll up High St, onto Victoria St East then Federal Street.

Sunday 12 November
The Conference in the Ellen Melville Centre ends for the day at 1 00pm.

book launch
Hawke’s Bay poet Valentina Teclici has edited and translated a bilingual (English-Romanian) collection of poems Poetical Bridges -Poduri Lirice (Scripta manent 2016) comprising twelve poets from Aotearoa and twelve poets of Romanian origin. Reading with Valentina are fellow contributors Alexandra Balm (Auck), Bill Sutton (Napier) and Mere Taito (Hamilton).
when: 1 15 – 1 45pm
where: the Ellen Melville Centre, Freyberg Place, Central City
free walk-in; refreshments

The NZ Poetry Society Competition Anthology collects the best poems and haiku from the thousands entered into the annual international poetry competition. Includes readings by entrants and place-getters.
when: 2 00 – 4 00pm
where: The Auckland Central Library, level 2 Whare Wananga
free walk-in; refreshments available
directions: The Central Library is 450 metres from the Ellen Melville Centre. It’s a 5 minute walk up High St and Lorne St.

To many, the voices of queer poets, writers and singers are as unsettling as a whirlwind, immersing them in uncomfortable and unfamiliar emotions.Being unsettled is part of the creative process, however, stirring up new thoughts which lead to new understandings and eventually, acceptance. So, the Whirlwind is an apt metaphor for the Queer Voice.
As part of the Poetry Conference and Festival, five queer poets invite you to be unsettled at their free session: Cole Meyer, Verity George, Whaitiri Makaere, Gina Cole and Sandi Hall.
when: 3 00 – 4 00pm
where: One2One Cafe, 121 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby
free walk-in; refreshments available
directions: From the Ellen Melville Centre, One2One Cafe is 3km or about 10 minutes by car via Hobson St and Hopetoun St.If driving, allow time for street parking near the cafe.

The Grand Finale of the NZ Poetry Conference & Festival, The Literatti presents One Night in Shanghai, an immersive journey amongst the opulent surroundings of Shanghai Lil’s. Transport yourself to a time of sensuality, featuring pioneering theatre/poetry/music troupe The Literatti, reforming for this one-off extraordinary show. With Miriam Barr, Daniel Larsen, Christian Jensen, Andra Jenkin, Sally Legg & Murray Haddow. Also appearing is “Him”, a mad-shaped curation by Australian artist Jasmine Rose, who draws upon elements of the visionary to create stunning experimental work.
The evening will be woven together by NZ’s premier word-core band Freaky Meat ( Shane Hollands, John McNab, Rod Redgrave, Julian Pettitt) combining elements of jazz/funk & rock with vocal styles inspired by Jack Kerouac, Tom Waits and Capt Beefheart.
when: 8 00 – 11 00pm
where: Shanghai Lil’s Jazz & Cocktail Lounge, 335 Karangahape Rd, Newton
tickets: details to follow
directions:From the Ellen Melville Centre, Shanghai Lil’s is about 10 minutes by car. Allow time for parking. If walking, it’s about 24 minutes on foot, up Queen Street then turning right into Karangahape Rd.

More festival events to be advised as they are shored up…
With poets who respond to the artistic nature of letters, words and symbols of language in their choice of art medium: Maddy O’Dwyer, Miriam Barr, Sophie Procter, Makyla Curtis, Tony Green and Rachael Naomi.
when: t.b.a.
where: the Ellen Melville Centre, Freyberg Place, Central City
Details to follow…

I hope this helps with your planning for the weekend.. In a later update we will have a map for you showing exactly where the venues and places of interest are, including Britomart (Auckland’s main bus and train Transport hub, which is an easy walk), points of interest like the nearby Jason’s Bookstore, Unity Books, Aotea Centre, close-by parking buildings (and their rates), Auckland Art Gallery and the Central Library.

We’re looking forward to seeing you all there, at some or other of the Festival events .
Next update will have more about the daytime Conference, and some Festival updates.

kia ora from your NZPC & F organising team

Anita, Shane, Rachael & Bronwen

PS:Remember, check out the website for updates as we lead up to the Con/Fest weekend 10-12 November:;;
And here’s the Con/Fest facebook page too:

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