with guest musician Joanne Chester
and guest poet Michael Botur
Michael Botur (pronounced BOATER) started out a poetry buff while he was an English student at Otago University, but now majors in fiction writing. He has had poetry and fiction published in Takahe, JAAM, Bravado, The Lumiere Reader, Prima Storia, Deep South, Catalyst, Sidestream, Insight, Subject, Blindswimmer, A3, Critic, Potroast, Debate and F*nk, Canada's The Med and NiL, has had short stories and poetry broadcast on The Dirty Wordz Show and has won Her magazine’s short story competition. He has just got himself a Masters in Creative Writing from AUT and wants to release a collection of short stories and a novel in 2010.
Joanne Chester has been a musician since shortly after her birth. She left school at age 18 to pursue a Bachelor of Music Education, where she fronted bands such as “The Music Education Band” and other such bands with no names. At uni, she also had the revelation that she still couldn’t play enough instruments so jumped at the opportunity to study jazz bass intensively for a year and took her guitar to an entirely new level. In August 2007, Joanne joined Queen City Big Band and immediately started touring around the whole of Grey Lynn with the band, both playing trumpet and singing. Among other things, singing with Queen City has given Jo the opportunity to sing along side Ray Woolf and she has also gotten to lead several thousand people in their favourite Christmas ditties at Carols by Candlelight at Potters Park Christmas 2007 and 2008. Throughout this time, Jo has also been writing her own songs and performing solo and duo at restaurants, private functions and youth events. In spring 2008, she recorded her first acoustic album in a friend’s home studio. She has just started recording her second album in a studio in Parnell.
Side Stream 21 launch - come along and get a copy.
Submissions for Live Lines #3 are open until the end of the month. Post hard copies to Poetry Live, 16 Millais St, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1021. Or bring them along to Poetry Live one Tuesday night and hand them to any of the MCs - Christian, me, Murray or Renee.
Copies of Live Lines #2 are available from Parsons bookshop and from Poetry Live every Tuesday - they're $15 and they're awesome and they fund Live Lines #3. Buy one. Buy eight. They'd be good Chrissy presents too.