Monday, June 22, 2009

Poetry Live 23rd May

Hi there Poetry Team!

Once again, we are lining up a simmering selection of poetry and music for your aural pleasure.

The stats:Thirsty Dog, K Road8PM start
Koha EntryBe there or be square!

The Guest Poet this week is
Martin Loire Martin has published three books in Argentina, but has recently released his first volume featuring English verse as well as Spanish! It is called "Mother Tongue" and he shall be reading from this and other sources for your entertainment. His work is considered, soulful and touching, and his delivery in both English and Spanish makes grown men swoon.

Also this week is musician
Luigi Cappel
Luigi was born in Holland, but has lived most of his life in New Zealand. A singer and guitarist, his music can loosely be considered as country/indie with a little jazz and blues. He has performed in America and Jamaica in the last two years, and will focusing on his more recent work in this set to be reckoned with. Enjoy,

Murray LeePoetry Live MC

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Last night at Poetry Live

We had Sea Train along as guest musicians last night (9/June/09)... and they were Orsum, with a capital OH! 

Sea Train are four piece jazz-funk-(some-may-say-ambient)-wikid band and they have an EP coming out next month.  

Visit lead singer/songerwriter Catherine Walker's Facebook group or myspace page for more info:

Tim Heath delivered a stunning guest poetry set, perfect mixture of each of the different shades of human emotion.  

We had Ya-Wen along with at-cost copies of the 2nd edition of Potroast - a brand new interdisciplinary zine.  Submissions (poetry, comics, stories, art) for issue #3 close on July 18th and can be sent to  

Open mic gave us a couple of on-the-fly duets from Kiri & Lee, and Kiri & Anna, which were fantastic to see. There was of course that one person who doesn't want to give up the mic once they've got it, there's always one.   But mainly just lots of cool poetry and even a couple of newbies who may have been converted - always nice.  

Thanks to Rachael for MCing the end of the night for me.  I had to attend to a bit of a family emergency.  

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Poetry Live June 9th

Poetry Live June 9th @ Thirsty Dog
8 pm till late.
With guest musicians Sea Train and guest poet Tim Heath.
Open mic. Koha entry.
MC: Miriam Barr

With a live show that incorporates elements of jazz, pop, and funk Sea train are members Catherine Walker, Eli Moore, Adam Tobeck and friends. Catherine Walker the key songwriter for the group is inspired by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Michael Jackson, Enya, Bjork, Bic Runga and Norah Jones.

Tim Heath is a teacher/grandparent/student who has, in the last few years allowed a life long desire to write have free rein. He has had stories read on Radio NZ, won some short story competitions, had a few poems published here and there, and been an also- ran in a number of poetry slams. Last year he did the Masters of Creative Writing course at AUT and managed to finish a novel, which is still to see the light of day, but is at least finished…sort of.

Also our beloved ex-MC Ila is running a great monthly, poetry gig out in Titirangi called Rhythm & Verse. In her 3 years (at least) of running Poetry Live, Ila would have organised you all 33 Poetry Live events. If you have enjoyed any of them, might be a nice idea to rock up and contribute to keeping Rhythm & Verse happening. Tit for tat and all that people! See below for details.

AND - the latest issue of Black Mail Press (#24 - Secrets) will be launched very, very, very soon. So check out in a couple of days to read the Secrets issue as soon as it's live. The issue includes Jessica Le Bas, Elizabeth Smithers, Catherine Fitchett, Jenny Argante, Michael Morrissey, Karlo Mila, Mark Pirie, Iain Britton, Helen Rickerby and heaps more, all on the topic of secrets. 'Tis juicy.

Catch you all on Tuesday anyway.

Thursday 18th June at 7.30pm Rhythm and Verse
Join us on the Top Floor of Lopdell House for our third evening of words and music with some of New Zealand’s best poets and local musicians. With featured musicians Fiona McEwen and Steve Terry, followed by Anna Rugis. Guest poets include Dr Jack Ross, from Massey University, David Eggleton, the writer-in-residence at the Michael King Centre in Devonport, the flamboyant Raewyn Alexander from Grey Lynn and the lovely Rachael Naomi Heimann from Kingsland. Entry $15 or $10 for Friends of Lopdell House Gallery.