Calendar of Events

With around 155 events and activities across New Zealand on or around Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day, the 2019 Calendar of Events gave everyone a chance to unleash the power of poetry and rub shoulders with some of New Zealand’s most exciting poets. Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day is a unique event on the nation's calendar - where poetry royalty joins forces with poetry fans from all over Aotearoa in an action-packed programme of poetry slams and rap, open mic and spoken word performances, pop-up events, book launches and readings up and down the country. Scroll down and check out our diverse and extraordinary celebration of poets and poetry, and to see what could be happening in a town near you next year!

Roll on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2020!


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Welcome to the National Calendar of Events 2019!


INTERNATIONAL

AotearoaNZ National Poetry Day in Berlin 2019
Celebrating Aotearoa New Zealand's Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 with an evening of poetry, music and friendship. With your poetry hosts, Sandra Sarala and Hans Kellett, under the highly auspicious auspices of the Sweet As! NZ-GER monthly meetup crew. We're part of a series of events taking place around the world, albeit mostly on the land of the long white cloud. With special guest star, Sandra Bell, fresh off the jet from the far south. There'll be a couple of open mic segments for you to share words from your favourite Aotearoa New Zealand poet, your own good poetic self, or play a tune. Material should be akin to Aotearoa NZ National Poetry Day. 4 minutes in the spotlight: Show up to sign up by 20:15. Music: Highly likely. Definitely: Biscuits. Looking forward to it!
Entry: KOHA
Date/times: Friday 23 August, 20:30 – 23:00
Location: Z-Bar Berlin, Bergstr. 2, 10115 Berlin Mitte, Germany
Contact: Sandra Sarala, sandrasarala@yahoo.com
Further info: Facebook event/AotearoaNZ NPD in Berlin 2019

NATIONWIDE

The #Poetrybrick – Here, There and Everywhere!
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 30 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed in various places nationwide for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at book clubs/potlucks and BBQs, open mics etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: FREE. All welcome to share.
Date/time: Friday 23 August, 8am – 7pm
Location: A city or town near you.
Contact: David Merritt, culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: Facebook/The David Merritt Poetry Experience


Thirty-One
To celebrate the convergence of Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 and her 31st birthday, prize-winning poet Semira Davis will be reading 31 of her favourite poems from Aotearoa. It’s winter here, so she’ll come to you via live-stream. Log-in, get cosy, and join the party. Whether you’re new to poetry and seek a taste or curious to know what this poet’s reading – stay for one or thirty-one.
Entry details: Online event via Instagram. Free. Nationwide. Note: poems may include mature themes.
Date/times: Friday 23 August, 10.30am – 1.30pm
Location: www.instagram.com/semiradavis
Contact: Semira Davis, slahbotrix@gmail.com
Further info: Facebook event/Thirty-One


Radio NZ Needs You!
On Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day on RNZ at 1.10pm Jesse Mulligan will let listeners know 6 random words, which they must incorporate into a poem that is no more than 6 lines long. The entries are judged and the winner is announced after 2pm on air. This year’s judge will be Erik Kennedy, author of Twenty-Six Factitions and There’s No Place Like the Internet in Springtime, which was shortlisted for the Mary and Peter Biggs Award for Poetry in the 2019 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.
Entry details: FREE
Date/times: Friday 23 August, 1pm
Contact: Caitlin Cherry, caitlin.cherry@rnz.co.nz
Further info: rnz.co.nz/jesse


‘A Poem for Kaikoura’ Poetry Competition
Kaikoura has long inspired poets, writers and artists, now it’s your turn. Let our environment, people, history or thoughts on our future be your motivation to create a Poem for Kaikoura. Prizes and prestige up for grabs. Entries will be judged by Kaikoura poets Te Awhina Arahanga and Amy Leigh Wicks. Winning entries will have an opportunity to share their work as part of our Poetry at the Museum event on Friday 23 August. Shortlisted entries will be displayed around participating venues across Kaikoura for the month of September. All entries will be collected and kept as a treasured archive at Kaikoura Museum and held in perpetuity for future generations to enjoy.
Entry details: Free. Register by Monday 5 August. Anyone can enter as long as they keep to the theme: ‘A poem for Kaikoura’. Register by phone 03 319 7440, or email kk.museum@xtra.co.nz, or by popping into the Museum with your name, age category and contact details. Categories: Children: 6 – 13. Young adults: 13 – 18. Adults 19+.
Submission dates: Open from 5 – 19 of August. Everyone who is registered can access the Museum for free during this period to help rouse your creativity. Submit entries by email to kk.museum@xtra.co.nz or in person at the Museum. Entries will be provided to the judges anonymously.
Contact: Stephanie Lange, 03 319 7440 | kk.museum@xtra.co.nz
Further info: Facebook/Kaikoura Museum


CONDENSED MILK Poetry Competition
1. Boil a novel down into a poem of no more than 20 lines.
2. Put it in a can (optional).
3. Send to VOLUME, PO Box 364, Nelson 7040 or books@volume.nz or bring your entry into the shop by 12 August. The winner will be announced on Friday 23 August, Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019.
Entry details: Free.
Date/times: Winner announced on the day, Friday 23 August.
Location: 15 Church Street, Nelson
Contact: Thomas or Stella, books@volume.nz
Further info: Facebook event/CONDENSED MILK Poetry Competition


Upper Hutt Poetry Writing Competition
Upper Hutt City Libraries’ annual Poetry Competition returns! Celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 by creating a poem based on the theme “INSPIRE”.
Entry details: Free. Categories are children (up to 12), Youth (13 – 18) and Adults. Collect an entry form from your library or enter online at upperhuttlibrary.co.nz/poetry (terms and conditions apply).
Submission dates: Open now. Closes Wednesday 7 August 2019.
Contact: Danny Tiata, danny.tiata@uhcc.govt.nz
Further info: upperhuttlibrary.co.nz/poetry


Given Words
Given Words returns this year in collaboration with Landing Press, Wellington, for Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019. On 1 August we will publish in Given Words five words chosen by poets of the collection 'More of Us'. You then have until National Poetry Day Friday 23 August, to send us your poem, which must include the five words. The words can be in any order and verbs can change tense. The Best Poem and Best Poem by Under-16s will receive prizes courtesy of Landing Press and will be translated into Spanish for the Palabras Prestadas poetry blog. We have also prepared a Class plan for teachers to use with their students.
Entry details: Free entry. Open to all NZ citizens and residents. Maximum length 200 words. One poem per person. Submit your poem by email including your full name and town of residence to nzgivenwords@gmail.com.
Submission dates: 1 August – midnight, Friday 23 August 2019
Contact details: Charles Olsen, nzgivenwords@gmail.com
Further info: nzgivenwords.blogspot.co.nz | Facebook event


Changing Minds: Memories Lost and Found
Many people have been affected by dementia, brain injury or degenerative conditions which affect the memory and thought process, either directly or by supporting a family member or friend. These conditions change us, but they also give us access to memories in a different way, that can often inspire us to record our thoughts. Much research has been done in the neurological field evidencing the positive impact of writing and reading poetry on the brain. Inspired by this, and the poems of Des O’Brien, featured in his collection How Art we invite you to write a poem about memory or the mind, in response to your experience of dementia or Alzheimer’s.
Entry details: Entry open to adults aged 18+. For full details, terms and conditions, and prize information, visit www.dunedinlibraries.govt.nz/whats-on/competitions or pick up an entry form from any Dunedin Public Library.
Submission date: Opens 1 July. Closes 23 August 2019.
Contact: Kay Mercer, 03 474 3690
Further info: www.dunedinlibraries.govt.nz/whats-on/competitions | Facebook event/Changing Minds Lost and Found


The Great Book of Poetry
UBS Canterbury is celebrating Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 by making The Great Book of Poetry, a collection of poetry created by New Zealanders. Whether you’re a newbie or an experienced writer of poetry, we want to show your work! All poems will be featured in the book and all participants will go in the draw to win a poetry prize pack! The book will be released on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day, Friday 23 August 2019, and we invite participants, poets, and anyone else to come and see the finished book and take a look at our store poetry shelves.
Entry details: Free to enter. Open to all NZ residents. Limit of two poems per participant. Poems must be formatted to fit on an A4 portrait page and work must be original. Feel free to add colour and art to make your poem pop! Email your submissions and contact details to magdalena@ubscan.co.nz.
Submission dates: 12 July – 16 August 2019
Book released: Friday 23 August 2019 at the University Bookshop
Contact: Magda, magdalena@ubscan.co.nz
Further info: Facebook/ubscanterbury


The 24-Hour Poem Competition
There will be prizes. There will be chaos. There will be a Winner, a Runner-up, aContestants’ Pick and an Organiser’s Husband’s Choice. The challenge is to write a poem of no more than thirty lines, containing ten supplied words. The catch: you will only have the 24 hours of Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day itself to write and submit your poem. Thanks to the generosity of Victoria University Press, the winners will take home shortlisted poetry titles from the 2019 NZ Book Awards. The judge is Joanna Preston.
Entry details: Free to enter, but participants must pre-register for the competition by 16 August. Limit of one entry per participant, restricted to New Zealand citizens and residents. To register, visit jopre.com/npd2019-24hr-signup.
Registration: By 16 August 2019
Competition: midnight 22 August – midnight 23 August 2019
Further info: See contact details and full entry conditions at jopre.com/npd2019-24hr-signup


The Geometry | Open Book Poetry Competition
Celebrate National Poetry Day with Geometry and The Open Book. $500 First Prize, plus a year's subscription to Geometry journal and the My Book Bag book delivery service. Judge's selection published at www.theopenbook.co.nz/poetry-day-2019 and the winner published in Geometry. Join submitting poets and the judges for a reading of the winning poem and highly commended work at The Open Book, 201 Ponsonby Road, Auckland, on Sunday 25 August, 3pm. Judged by Anna Livesey and Sophie van Waardenberg.
Entry details: One poem per poet. Poets must be resident in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Submit your poem to poetry@theopenbook.co.nz and include your name and postal address in the email.
Submission dates: Opens 11 July. Entries close 31 July. Winner and judge’s selection will be notified by 20 August 2019.
Contact: poetry@theopenbook.co.nz
Further info: For competition see www.theopenbook.co.nz | Facebook event | To view Geometry journal (not competition) www.geoliterary.com


takahē magazine Hunt Ducker Poetry Competition
takahē magazine wants your words about native NZ birds! Give them a tweet, a chirrup, or a flap about your favourite fowl. Celebrate the natural beauty (or the natural comedy) of anything from a pīwakawaka to a kākāpō, an albatross to a fairy tern. They especially encourage entries from new and emerging poets. First prize is a year's membership to Forest & Bird and a year's subscription to takahē magazine, with your poem shared on social media and considered for publication by both organisations. Two runners-up receive takahē subscriptions, their poem shared on social media, and consideration for publication in takahē.
Entry details: Free. Open to any NZ resident aged 18+. Enter via Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, including #HuntDucker #takahēmagazine and #NZPoetryDay. All 3 hashtags must be included. 100 words maximum (title and hashtags excluded). Poems must be previously unpublished. Those not on social media can send entries to huntducker@takahe.org.nz. Winners announced on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019, so keep a beady eye on takahē social media channels on 23 August to see if you're a winner!
Submission dates: 13 July – Midnight 22 August 2019
Contact: Zoë Meager, huntducker@takahe.org.nz
Further info: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


Nationwide Poetry Competition 2019
Tararua District Library is celebrating Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 with a Nationwide Poetry Competition. Have your poem published on our blog and be in to win a prize and the glory. Winner announced on Friday 23 August, Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day and published on the Tararua District Library Blog. Judged by Chris Cape, Bush Poet.
Entry details: Free to enter. Open to all NZ residents aged18 and over. Submit your poems and contact details by email to library@tararuadc.govt.nz. Limit of 2 poems per entrant. All poems to be the original creation of the person submitting, and must be previously unpublished.
Submission dates: Opens 8 July. Closes 16 August 2019.
Contact: library@tararuadc.govt.nz
Further info: Facebook event/Nationwide Poetry Comp 2019 | wp.me/pjNGZ-4Yq


Poetry NZ Yearbook Student Poetry Competition
Calling all young poets! Entries are now open for the Poetry New Zealand Yearbook Student Poetry Competition.
Entry details: Free. Send us your previously unpublished original poem and be in to win a copy of Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2019. Winning poems will be published in the 2020 edition of the Poetry New Zealand Yearbook, and each poet and their school will also receive a copy of the book. Poems can be of any length, any style and about any subject. Entries will be judged by Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2020 editor, Johanna Emeney. The 12 winners will be announced on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day Friday, 23 August 2019.
Submission dates: Closed 30 June 2019.
Contact details: Please send your entry to editorial@masseypress.ac.nz
Further info: www.masseypress.ac.nz | Facebook/Masseyuniversitypress


The 2019 National Schools Poetry Award
The National Schools Poetry Award is held annually by the International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML), subject to funding. It is free to enter and open to Year 12 and 13 students across New Zealand. Prizes include cash, subscriptions to literary journals and a one-day masterclass at the International Institute of Modern Letters on Saturday 24 August, with paid flights and accommodation. Winner and 9 finalists will be announced on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day, Friday 23 August 2019.
Entry details: Posters and entry forms are sent to all eligible schools by March in each year that the Award is held. Students can also enter online, via our dedicated Schools Poetry Award website.
Submission dates: Closed 8 July 2019.
Contact details: poetryawards@vuw.ac.nz | 04 463 6854
Further info: www.schoolspoetryaward.co.nz/about/

Northland

Kawakawa

Kings Theatre Creative Poetry Open Mic (Warm-down event)
Get together with your family and friends at the fabulous Kings Theatre Creative in Kawakawa to be moved by an afternoon of diverse, compelling and engaging poetry. Join editors Piet Nieuwland and Olivia Macassey along with many poets featured in the freshly launched Fast Fibres Poetry Six. Unleash your creativity and perform your own poetry live at the open mic session.
Entry details: Koha. All ages welcome.
Date/time: Sunday 25 August, 1pm – 3pm
Location: Kings Theatre Creative, 80 Gillies Street, Kawakawa
Contact: Piet Nieuwland | fastfibres@live.com | 027 480 5548
Further info: Facebook event/Kings Theatre Creative Open Mic | www.fastfibres.wordpress.com


Matakohe

The Kauri Museum’s Poetry and Song Lyric Competition
Tell the story. Tell it true – charm it crazy.
– Sam Hunt
As guardians of the Kauri story, past, present and future /Ngā kaitiaki ō ngā kauri kōrero ō nehera, ō wātu me te wāheke; Northland’s Kauri Museum, acknowledges the importance of stories to take us on voyages through time, to places, into thoughts and emotions. To celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019, the museum is running a poetry and song lyric competition with the theme of ‘Voyaging’ – past, present, future. Judges include Jed Town, Ruth Smellie and Piet Nieuwland.
Entry details: Free to enter. Open to residents of Kaipara and Northland. Three categories: Open (18 and over), Senior student (12 – 17 yrs), Junior student (5 – 7 yrs) and (8 – 11 yrs).
Submission dates: Opens 20 July. Closes 10 August 2019. All finalists will be notified by 16 August. Awards and open mic night 23 August.
Contact: poetry@kaurimuseum.com | 09 431 7417
More info: Kaurimuseum.com/whats-on/events | Facebook/KauriMuseum


The Kauri Museum Open Mic Night
Join us at the Kauri Museum to celebrate thePhantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019and watch the competition finalists read and perform their entries. Open mic spots available on the night. Music and poetry performances by local artists.
Venue: The Kauri Museum, 5 Church Road, Matakohe
Date/time: Friday 23 August, 6.30pm – 8pm
Cost: $5 door sale
Contact: poetry@kaurimuseum.com | 09 431 7417
Further info: Kaurimuseum.com/whats-on/events | Facebook/KauriMuseum


Whangarei

The #Poetrybrick – Whangarei
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 30 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed in various places nationwide for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at book clubs/potlucks and BBQs, open mics etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: FREE. All welcome to share.
Date/time: 8am – 7pm, Friday 23 August
Location: The Butter Factory, 8 Butter Factory Lane, Whangarei
Contact: David Merritt, culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: Facebook event/The#Poetrybrick/Whangarei


NATIONAL POETRY DAY AT YOUTHSPACE
Poetry Posse present their Northlandish view of life, the universe and everything for 2019: poetry and spoken word of exceptional depth, power and reach.
Entry details: FREE. All welcome.
Date/times: 6pm – 8pm, Friday 23 August
*Poetry Posse perform: 6.30pm – 7.30pm
*Read your poems: 6pm – 6.30pm, 7.30pm – late (OPEN MIC. READERS WELCOME.)
Location: Youthspace, 36 Water Street, Whangarei (Cafler Park Gardens)
Contact: Vivian Thonger, vthonger@gmail.com
Further info: Facebook/Poets of Northland | Facebook event/Youthspace


Fast Fibres Poetry Six Launch
Get together with your friends and family at ONEONESIX Bank Street to celebrate the launch of Fast Fibres Poetry Six, Northland’s own poetry anthology. Be enthralled for a few hours with diverse and interesting new poetry from some of the our best poets including Piet Nieuwland, Arthur Fairley, Briar Wood, Olivia Macassey, Aaron Robertson, Robert Davis and many other talented word-players.
Entry details: FREE. All ages welcome.
Date/time: Thursday 22 August, 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Location: ONEONESIX Community Centre, 116 Bank Street, Whangarei
Contact: Piet Nieuwland | fastfibres@live.com | 027 480 5548
Further info: www.fastfibres.wordpress.com


Poetry in the Cave
Welcome to an exciting evening poetry venue, the Cave at the Butter Factory, Whangarei! Get together with your friends and family to join poets from the newly launched Fast Fibres Poetry Six. Some of Northland’s best, including Piet Nieuwland, Aaron Robertson, Briar Wood, Olivia Macassey, and Arthur Fairley will read their unique, engaging and refreshing work. This will be followed by an open mic.
Entry details: FREE. All ages welcome.
Date/time: Friday 23 August, 6pm – 8pm
Location: Butter Factory Cave, Butter Factory Lane, Whangarei
Contact: Piet Nieuwland | fastfibres@live.com | 027 480 5548
Further info: www.fastfibres.wordpress.com


POETRY POPUP – (Warm-down event)
Still feeling the poetry vibe? Warm down from Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day on Saturday with our POETRY POPUP at Whangarei Central Library. Please come along to read your own poetry and support Fast Fibres Poetry Six. This event is always great fun with a busy audience of library goers. See you there!
Entry details: Free. All welcome.
Date/times: Saturday 24 August, 10am – 12midday
Location: Whangarei Central Library, Rust Avenue, Whangarei
Contact: Piet Nieuwland | fastfibres@live.com | 027 480 5548
Further info: www.fastfibres.wordpress.com

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Waiheke

The #Poetrybrick – Waiheke
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 30 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed in various places nationwide for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at book clubs/potlucks and BBQs, open mics etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: FREE. All welcome to share.
Date/time: Friday 23 August, 8am – 7pm
Location: Waiheke High School,11 Donald Bruce Road, Waiheke
Contact: David Merritt, culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: Facebook event/The#Poetrybrick/Waiheke


North Auckland

The #Poetrybrick – Snells Beach
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 30 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed in various places nationwide for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at book clubs/potlucks and BBQs, open mics etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: FREE. All welcome to share.
Date/time: Friday 23 August, 8am – 7pm
Location: Mahurangi East Library, 21 Hamatana Road, Snells Beach
Contact: David Merritt, culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: Facebook event/The#Poetrybrick/SnellsBeach


Poetry on the Beach (warm-up event)
Come and write your own, original poem on the sand at Orewa Beach, and have your poem featured in our drone movie of the event. There will be random spot prizes and prizes for best poems. Your poem can be short or long, you can be creative with formatting and layout, and you are also welcome to decorate your poem with natural materials that are found in the beach environment. Then see your poem featured online in the drone movie on the event web site. Come along, be creative and let your imagination run wild!
Entry details: $5. Open to all ages and all levels of poetic experience, register online at https://poetryonthebeachnz2019.wordpress.com.
Date/times: Saturday 17 August, 1pm – 2:30pm (prize draw and poem reading at Orewa Library at 2.30pm).
Location: Moana Reserve, Orewa Beach, 317 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa, Auckland
Contact: Kristin Stock, kmstock@actrix.co.nz
Further info: poetryonthebeachnz2019.wordpress.com


Poetry in the Pub
The Hibiscus Coast Poetry Day event is back! We are once again joining with Puhoi Poetry Pundits and this year are gathering in the Puhoi Pub, Friday 23 August, 7.30pm– 9.30pm. Everyone with an interest in poetry is welcome: we will have poetry readings, prizes and assorted poetry fun! Coffee, wine and food is available. Please contact us if you are coming, to assist with seating arrangements. If you would like to present a poem (your own or someone else's) let us know so you can be added to the programme.
Entry details: Door entry: $2. All welcome. Please contact us if you are interested in coming, to assist with seating arrangements.
Date/times: Friday 23 August, 7.30pm– 9.30pm
Location: Puhoi Pub, Puhoi Main Street
Contact: dianenewcombe@hotmail.com, 021 483 849
Further info: Facebook event/Poetry in the Pub


North Shore

Kaipātiki Colleges Poetry Competition 2019 (closed event)
Celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day by entering your writing in the 2019 Kaipātiki Colleges Poetry Competition. This year's theme is ‘Pride/Whakahi’. Winners will be announced on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day, at the lunchtime Poetry Slam in the BC Library, Friday 23 August 2019.
Entry details: Entry free. Poets are welcome to freely interpret the theme. The competition is open to secondary students in the Kaipatiki area only. Please submit your entry via sharing on google docs with zel@birkenhead.school.nz.
Submission dates: Opens 9am, Monday 22 July. Entries close 3.15pm, Friday 16 August 2019. Your entry must include your full name and school name.
Contact: Mrs Elliott, zel@birkenhead.school.nz
Further info: Facebook/Birkenhead College


2019 Birkenhead College Poetry Slam (closed event)
Proof that the pen is mightier than the sword! Join us again for the annual BC Poetry Slam on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019. Experience passionate, rhythmic performances by BC students, covering the theme of ‘Pride/Whakahi’ OR take the stage yourself and wow the audience with your raps and rhymes.
Entry details: Free. Open to all BC school students. Poets are welcome to freely interpret the theme.
Date/times: Friday 23 August, lunchtime
Location: BC Library
Contact: Mrs Elliott, zel@birkenhead.school.nz
Further info: Facebook/Birkenhead College


Poetry Day Prelude: Shore Words
Get ready for the Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 in the best possible way. Join MC Stu Bagby to hear well-known poets Jo Emeney, current editor of the Poetry NZ Yearbook, poet and raconteur, Bernard Brown, whose law students have included David Lange and Winston Peters, widely travelled and much honoured poet, playwright and musician, Courtney Sina Meredith, plus songs from poet musician Caitlin Lucy Smith.
Entry details: Gold koha.
Date/time: Wednesday 21 August, 6.30pm – 7.30pm. Refreshments from 6pm.
Location: Takapuna Library, 9 The Strand, Takapuna
RSVP: Lester Chung, Lester.chung@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz | 09 890 4919
Further info: Facebook event/Shore Words | Auckland libraries/event


In Conversation & Verse: Jeffrey Paparoa Holman & Kevin Ireland (Warm-down event)
Celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019, and join us for conversation and verse with Devonport Bard, Kevin Ireland, and award winning poet from Christchurch, Jeffrey Paparoa Holman. Their latest editions will be available for sale and signing.
Entry details: Koha/donation – thank you
Date/times: Saturday 24 August, 3pm. This event sits alongside Jeffrey being in Auckland for several events.
Location: Kerr Street Artspace (Te Reo), Takarunga, Mt Victoria, Devonport
Contact: lynn.bip@xtra.co.nz, 09 446 1269
Further info: Facebook.com/DepotArtspace


Central Auckland

2019 Emerging Poets Competition
In association with The Divine Muses Poetry Reading & Unity Books Auckland, emerging poets with a connection to Auckland's tertiary institutions are invited to enter the Emerging Poets Competition in the lead up to Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019. This year's judge is poet, Elizabeth Welsh. Submit up to two unpublished poems, each one named separately on the entry form found on the website below. Winners announced on National Poetry Day at The Divine Muses Poetry Evening. Entries must be the original work of the person submitting it. Maximum length for each poem submitted is 50 lines. The entrant’s name or nom de plume must not appear on any of the submitted.
Entry details: FREE. The competition is open only to writers considered ‘emerging, i.e. have not published one or more books (fiction, poetry, nonfiction) with a New Zealand or overseas publisher, and is a current or former student at The University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology, Manukau Institute of Technology, Massey University (Albany Campus, Auckland) and Blue Haven workshops only. Entrants are asked to email their submission and completed application form in a single document – Word or .rtf format to Jane Sanders at jane.sanders@artagent.co.nz.
Submission dates: Open now. Entries close 2 August 2019.
Contact details: Siobhan Harvey, siobhan.harvey@aut.ac.nz
Further info: www.artagent.co.nz/poetry/poetry


THE DIVINE MUSES XVI – AN EVENING OF POETRY
The Divine Muses offers a stellar reading from nine of New Zealand's finest poets. Celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 by coming along to hear new readings from a rich mix of established and emerging authors, will bring together a mix of emerging and established poets. This year's readers are Raewyn Alexander, Bob Orr, Maualaivao Albert Wendt, Helen Rickerby, Siobhan Harvey, essa may ranapiri and Vana Manasiadis, as well as MC Michael Giacon and Judge of 2019 NEW VOICES Emerging Poets Competition, Elizabeth Welsh. This is the 16th anniversary of this reading. During the evening, the winners of the 2019 NEW VOICES – Emerging Poets Competition will be announced by Elizabeth Welsh, and invited to read their poems.
Entry details: FREE. Open to all ages.
Date/times: Friday 23 August, 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Location: Whare Wānanga Level 2, Central City Library 44 – 46 Lorne St, Auckland CBD
Contact: Siobhan Harvey, siobhan.harvey@aut.ac.nz
Further info: www.artagent.co.nz/poetry/divinemuses


The #Poetrybrick – Auckland Central
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 30 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed in various places nationwide for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at book clubs/potlucks and BBQs, open mics etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: FREE. All welcome to share.
Date/time: Friday 23 August, 8am – 7pm
Location: The Cross Street Market, 4 Cross Street, Newton, Auckland City
Contact: David Merritt, culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: Facebook event/The#Poetrybrick/AucklandCentral


Poets on Campus
Celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 with this public reading by established and fresh voices at the University of Auckland campus 1 – 2pm, outside the Auckland University Library. Feature poets: Ruby Porter, Anne Kennedy and David Taylor.
Entry details: Free event. All welcome.
Date/time: Friday 23 August, 1 – 2pm
Location: University of Auckland Campus outside Library entrance
Contact: p.morris@auckland.ac.nz


Poetry Object youth workshops with Zech Soakai and Courtney Sina Meredith
Write poetry about your own special, curious or unique object! This workshop will use poetry to unpack the power of talismans, heirlooms and more. Workshops are facilitated by Auckland poets, Zech Soakai and Courtney Sina Meredith. After the workshops, enter your poems in Poetry Object, the free poetry competition for young people. All submissions are published in Red Room Poetry’s digital library, and go in the running to win prizes from a pool worth over $10,000. Bring your special object on the day!
Entry details: Open to primary and secondary school bookings for groups of 20 or more (multiple sessions available). Booking fees apply per class, subsidised rates available! More information.
Date/times: August 20 – 23, school hours.
Location: At your school in Auckland!
Contact: Emma Rose Smith, emma@redroomcompany.org
Further info: Redroomcompany.org/projects/poetry-object/


Poetry While You Wait at Garnet Station Café
Join Raewyn Alexander on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day, Friday 23 August, for an all-day interactive poetry extravaganza. Tell Raewyn your poem's theme, who the poem is for and design the illustrations together. As you wait admire or purchase original Artist books, enjoy the cafe's interesting décor and coffee, while Raewyn creates a poem, just for you. Paper and pens available for children, or anyone who’d like to write a poem!
Entry details: Free. All ages welcome.
Date/times: Friday 23 August, 10am – 4pm
Location: Garnet Station Café, 85 Garnet Road, Westmere, Auckland
Contact: Raewyn Alexander, raewynalexandergood@gmail.com
Further info: www.garnetstation.com


I feel at home, away from home: Found Poetry workshop with Our Stories On Plate (warm-up event)
PLEASE JOIN US...as we play with words and phrases from a variety of written (non-poetic) sources to create a unique visual ‘found’ poem. Part creative writing, part doodling and part treasure hunt! Using random texts from old books or magazines, we select words that resonate. These words can be used to create a prose-poem or inspirational message about our experiences as a migrant or refugee to Aotearoa. We then black out the remaining words, or use doodling to isolate our chosen words or cut them out. All materials provided. Renu Sikka is founder of Our Stories On Plate, a non-profit community social enterprise for empowering refugee and migrant women through cooking and sharing their cultural food stories. She is committed to ensuring inclusion and participation are key factors in the lives of new Kiwis.
Entry details: FREE. Vegan Snacks and Masala Chai included!
Date/times: Saturday 17 August, 3pm – 6pm
Location: Mt Albert, Auckland
Contact: Renu Sikka, 027 353 6337
Further info: Facebook event/Our Stories On Plate


High Rise Poetry
High Rise Poetry is a high-noon, all languages open-mic poetry event for Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019, hosted by Isthmus Poets, alumni from the AUT Master of Creative Writing. Experienced poets, beginners, aspiring, poetic passersby – all welcome to share, listen, and enjoy coffee and cake.
Entry details: Free. Open to all ages.
Date/times: Friday 23 August, 12pm – 1pm
Location: Level 12, AUT Tower, corner Wakefield and Rutland Streets, Central City
Contact: Michael Giacon, mgiacon@aut.ac.nz
Further info: Facebook event/High Rise Poetry


All Tomorrow’s Poets #6
All Tomorrow’s Poets is an annual Time Out event showcasing new and diverse voices in New Zealand poetry. This year’s event will be an amplification of marginal voices, an exploration of identity and the multitudinous human stories that weave the social fabric of Aotearoa and features: Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, Courtney Sina Meredith, Simone Kaho, Vanessa Crofskey and Cait Kneller. We welcome you to join us upstairs for an intimate evening of poetry with snacks and BYO wine and beer.
Entry details: $5 entry as payment for our poets. All welcome; we advise children be accompanied by an adult or guardian.
Dates/times: Friday 23 August, 7pm – 8.30pm
Location: Upstairs at Time Out Bookstore, 432 Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden
Contact: Suri at books@timeout.co.nz | 09 630 3331
Further info: Facebook event/All Tomorrow's Poets


Books on the Bus NZ Poetry Book Drop
Books on the Bus NZ is celebrating Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day, Friday 23 August, with a themed book drop. Find poetry books by New Zealand and international poets around transport hubs – bus stops, ferry terminals and train stations as well as in buses and trains! Remember: If you find a book TAKE it with you. Enjoy the READ – take your time, take in the words. Read it from home or in transit. LEAVE the books for others to enjoy once you’re done. Return it to any train, bus, ferry, bus stop or train station in New Zealand.
Entry details: FREE
Date/time: Friday 23 August, 8am – 8pm
Location: Auckland
Contact: Jade-Ceres Munoz, violetdolor@gmail.com
Further info: Facebook event/Books on the Bus | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


An Interview with Charles Bukowski
Theoradical Hobohemians are back with their third show for Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019. This year we are pleased to present “An Interview with Charles Bukowski” who was once called the “Laureate of Amercan Lowlife.” It will be an intriguing night with NZ veteran actor Mick Innes portraying this most revered poet/writer, whose books were regularly stolen from libraries around the world. We kick off at 6pm at our favourite bar, Shanghai Lil’s, with a Bukowski Open Poetry Mic. The play, written by Auckland writer, Ruth Bioletti, will start at 7pm. Our guest musician is Grey Lynn’s cellist, Paul Van Houtte. He will play a piece dedicated to Bukowski during the play. Charles loved classical music. As he said, “If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start.”
Entry details: Free.
Date/time: Friday 23 August, 6pm (Bukowski Open Poetry Mic); 7pm (Bukowski One Act Play)
Location: Shanghai Lil’s, 335 Karangahape Rd, Auckland
Drink: The Boilermakers Dress code: The unkept leather look.
Further info: Instagram | Facebook | Facebook event/An Interview with Charles Bukowski


West Auckland

Kumeu Live Poetry Night with AJ Bell live in concert
Kumeu Arts Centre in conjunction with Kumeu Live and Phantom Billstickers present AJ Bell in Concert with Poets Gillian Roche, Arthur Amon and Sandra Fraser. A dynamic event interweaving poetry and music in front of a Kumeu Live audience. After readings by poets during the first hour of this diverse evening, AJ Bell will then perform a set of songs which aim to combine with the poets in a theatrical manner. His band will provide a musical interlude linking songs together with poems through mood and ideas.
Entry details: All ages welcome. BYO. Doors open 7.30pm. Concert starts 8pm.
Date/times: Saturday 24 August, 8pm – 10pm
Location: Kumeu Arts Centre, 300 Main Road, Huapai, Kumeu, Auckland
Contact: Guy Wishart, guywishart1@gmail.com
Further info: undertheradar.co.nz/tour/10682/Aj-Bell-And-The-Poets


South Auckland

Down South: Spoken Word and Poetry Open Mic (warm-up event)
MIT’s Creative Arts is hosting a Spoken Word and Poetry Open Mic with snacks, poetry prizes and all the snaps. Bring your beats, spit your words, break our hearts and lift us up with your words. New poems, old poems, cover poems, love poems: we want to hear what you have to share! Kick off Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 Down South and celebrate the voices of Aotearoa.
Entry details: FREE. Open to all ages.
Date/times: Wednesday 21 August, 3:30pm – 5pm
Location: Tanoa Room, Pasifika Centre, MIT’s North Campus (53 Otara Road, Otara)
Contact: Carrie Rudzinski, Carrie.Rudzinski@manukau.ac.nz
Further info: Facebook/creativeartsmit | Facebook event/Down South


Tuhinga Auaha II: The Power of Creative Composition
Join MUMA’s He Ararau team on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 in a themed creative composition workshop. This year's theme is Karangarua, meaning someone related through two different lines, or standing in a double relationship. Workshop Facilitator, Jade Stevens, has published poetry, and composed waiata among other things creative. He is a leader within his whānau, hapū, iwi, and the Manukau community and team leader at Manukau Urban Māori Authority. The workshop will introduce aspects of Te Ao Māori (Māori language and customs) and a glossary will be provided for participants.
Details: Free. Open to all ages.
Date/times: Friday 23 August, 10:30am – 3:30pm
Location: The Potters House, 1C Ryan Place, Manukau
Contact: Jade Stevens, jade@muma.co.nz
Further info: Facebook/He Ararau-Collective Impact | muma.co.nz
SHARED LUNCH: Nākū te rourou, nāu te rourou ka ora ai te iwi – with your food basket and mine the people will have food.


Auckland East

Little Wild Words & Music for Kids
Take 2 meters of verse, add 3 rolls of music and stitch. Hem edges. Run and play. Live at Howick Library and broadcast live on Facebook for Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019, award-winning kids songwriter, Claudia Robin Gunn, invites families, kindies and childcares everywhere to share the fun and magic of classic children’s poems set to music. Little Wild Words & Music for Kids is a short and sweet original song cycle including poems by Tennyson, Stephenson, Howden, Rosetti, Masefield and more. Participation is invited; families, kindies and childcares will be encouraged to learn one of the tunes ahead of time and sing along together for a great big Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 simultaneous sing-along.
Entry details: Free. Open to all.
Date/times: Friday 23 August, 10.30am – 10.50am
Location: Live at Howick Library, Auckland and at your place (Facebook Live)
Contact: Claudia Gunn, claudiagunn@gmail.com
Further info: www.littlewildmusic.com | Facebook event/littlewildmusic

Waikato/Coromandel

Thames

The #Poetrybrick – Thames
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 30 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed in various places nationwide for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at book clubs/potlucks and BBQs, open mics etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: FREE. All welcome to share.
Date/time: Friday 23 August, 8am – 7pm
Location: Huia Design Store, 712 Pollen Street, Thames
Contact: David Merritt, culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: Facebook event/The#Poetrybrick/Thames


Raglan

The #Poetrybrick – Raglan
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 30 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed in various places nationwide for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at book clubs/potlucks and BBQs, open mics etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: FREE. All welcome to share.
Date/time: 8am – 7pm, Friday 23 August
Location: Raglan Roast, 45 Wainui Road, Raglan
Contact: David Merritt, culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: Facebook event/The#Poetrybrick/Raglan


Inkspillers Youth Poetry Slam!
Calling all poets, songwriters, bards, scribblers, word doodlers, wordsmiths and spoken word artists. Dust off your vocal chords and join Inkspillers, Raglan Writers Collective, for an evening in celebration of the spoken word, at our inaugural youth poetry and slam event!
Entry details: KOHA. Open to audiences 18 years and under. Preregister to secure your spot, or just turn up on the night.
Date/times: Thursday 22 August, 7pm – 9pm
Location: Old School Arts Centre, Stewart Street, Raglan
Contact: Sarah Johnson, sarah@sarahjohnson.co.nz
Further info: Facebook event/Inkspillers Poetry Youth Slam!


Inkspillers Open Mic Night
Calling all poets, songwriters, bards, scribblers, word doodlers, wordsmiths and spoken word artists. Dust off your vocal chords and join Inkspillers, Raglan Writers Collective, for an evening in celebration of the spoken word, at our inaugural open mic night. Poetry, song, comedy and theatrics – everyone’s words are welcome.
Entry details: KOHA. Open to audiences 18+. Preregister to secure your spot, or just turn up on the night.
Date/times: Friday 23 August, 7pm – 10pm
Location: Raglan RSA Club, Bow Street, Raglan
Contact: Sarah Johnson, sarah@sarahjohnson.co.nz
Further info: Facebook event/Inkspillers Open Mic Night


Hamilton

The #Poetrybrick – Hamilton
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 30 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed in various places nationwide for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at book clubs/potlucks and BBQs, open mics etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: FREE. All welcome to share.
Date/time: 8am – 7pm, Friday 23 August
Location: Auteur House, 555 Victoria Street, Hamilton
Contact: David Merritt, culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: Facebook event/The#Poetrybrick/Hamilton


Poetry Brunch with Chris Tse
Buy your brunch and listen to acclaimed NZ poet Chris Tse celebrating Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019. Wellington writer, Chris Tse, studied film and English literature at Victoria University of Wellington, where he also completed an MA in creative writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters. He is the author of two collections of poetry published by Auckland University Press: How to be Dead in a Year of Snakes (winner of the Jessie Mackay Award for Best First Book of Poetry and a finalist at the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards) and HE'S SO MASC.
Entry details: Free.
Date/times: Friday 23 August, 9:30am – 10:30am
Location: Miltons Canteen, 127 Alexandra St, Hamilton
Contact: hamiltonbookmonth@gmail.com
Further info: Facebook event/Chris Tse | Hamiltonbookmonth.com/poetry-brunch


Poetry Writing Workshop with Heidi North (closed event)
Heidi North’s poetry and short stories have been published in New Zealand, Australia, the US, the UK and China. She won an international Irish award for her poetry in 2007, and has won New Zealand awards for her short fiction. Heidi’s first poetry book Possibility of Flight was published by Makaro Press in 2015. She joined the Shanghai International Writers Programme in 2016 along with ten other writers worldwide as the NZ fellow. She was awarded the Hachette/NZSA mentorship for 2017 to work on her first novel.
Date/times: Friday 23 August, 1:30pm – 3:15pm
Location: Wintec City Campus, Anglesea St, Hamilton
Contact: hamiltonbookmonth@gmail.com
Further info: Facebook/Hamilton Book Month | Hamiltonbookmonth.com/poetry-writing-workshop


KIRIKIRIROA Poetry Competition
Hamilton City Libraries, Poets Alive, and Poppies-Hamilton are celebrating Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 with a poetry competition, open to residents of the Waikato region. There are prizes to be won in each category. Have your poem published online and be in to win a prize and the glory. Winners will be announced 20 August, and will be invited to share their winning entries at the Kirikiriroa Slam. The winning poems will be published on the Hamilton City Libraries website and social media at http://hamiltonlibraries.co.nz. Judges: Vaughan Rapatahana, Elaine Riddell and Mere Taito. The competition has three classes: Junior: 5 – 12 years. Young Adult: 13 – 17 years. Adult/Open: 18+.
Entry details: Free. Open to all Waikato residents. Submit up to 2 poems. There are no set topics, but please limit your poems to no more than 30 lines. Include your name, email address and contact phone number, and DOB if you are entering the junior or young adult categories. Submit your poems and contact details to tracy.robinson@hcc.govt.nz. The competition excludes those who have published books of their own poems.
Submission dates: Opens 12 July 2019. Closes 12 August 2019.
Contact details: Tracy Robinson, tracy.robinson@hcc.govt.nz
Further info: Hamilton Libraries/whats-on/national-poetry-day


KIRIKIRIROA Slam, Spoken Word Competition @ the Central Library
Join Hamilton Slam Down Poetry and Poets’ Alive at the Hamilton City Libraries for Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019, Kirikiriroa Slam @ the Central Library, Friday 23 August. The Slam is a competition for spoken word poetry, join in if you dare or come to listen. There are two categories, Junior (10 – 17 years), and Open (18+). This is an opportunity to perform to a live audience. Participants may perform two original works. Registration is required and can be taken on the day. Prizes to be won. There will be a chance to have an audio recording of your performance if you wish. The winners of the Kirikiriroa Poetry Competition are invited to share their winning entries.
Entry details: FREE. All welcome.
RSVP: Register on library website before hand or register on the evening.
Date/times: Friday 23 August, 7pm – 9:30pm
Location: Central Library, 9 Garden Place, Central Hamilton
Contact: Tracy Robinson, tracy.robinson@hcc.govt.nz
Further info: Facebook event/KIRIKIRIKOA Slam

Bay of Plenty/Rotorua

Tauranga

The #Poetrybrick – Tauranga
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 30 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed in various places nationwide for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at book clubs/potlucks and BBQs, open mics etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: FREE. All welcome to share.
Date/time: Friday 23 August, 8am – 7pm
Location: Arts Village, 17th Avenue, Tauranga
Contact: David Merritt, culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: Facebook event/The#Poetrybrick/Tauranga


Katikati

Share a Poem
Grab a coffee and muffin and sit by the cosy fire. Read or listen to a poem your favourite poem or read you own.
Entry details: Free. Open to all ages: A donation to Cancer Society would be appreciated.
Date/times: Friday 23 August, 11.30am – 1pm
Location: Lighthouse Cafe, 10 Lockington Rd, Katikati (opp Matahui Rd)
Contact: Gaye Hemsley | 027 274 8753 or 07 577 1753
Further info: www.christinaproductions.co.nz/events | Facebook/chance2perform


Having Fun with Poetry (closed event)
Local writer/dance teacher Gaye Hemsley will visit two primary schools in Katikati Western Bay of Plenty. The younger children will be encouraged to act out her ‘Dance a Poem’ books. She will read some of her favourite children’s poetry including poems she learned as a child. As well as reading to older children different genres of poetry will be explained and children will be asked to create and read their own poem.
Entry details: Closed school event.
Date: Friday 23 August
Contact: Gaye Hemsley | 027 274 8753 or 07 577 1753
Further info: www.christinaproductions.co.nz/events | Facebook/chance2perform


Rotorua

The #Poetrybrick – Rotorua
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 30 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed in various places nationwide for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at book clubs/potlucks and BBQs, open mics etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: FREE. All welcome to share.
Date/time: Friday 23 August, 8am – 7pm
Location: Tea & Happiness, Rotorua
Contact: David Merritt, culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: Facebook event/The#Poetrybrick/Rotorua


Taupo

The #Poetrybrick – Taupo
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 30 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed in various places nationwide for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at book clubs/potlucks and BBQs, open mics etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: FREE. All welcome to share.
Date/time: Friday 23 August, 8am – 7pm
Location: Raw Balance NZ, 45 Oruanui Street, Taupo
Contact: David Merritt, culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: Facebook event/The#Poetrybrick/Taupo

Gisborne/Hawke’s Bay Region

Wairoa

The #Poetrybrick – Wairoa
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 30 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed in various places nationwide for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at book clubs/potlucks and BBQs, open mics etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: FREE. All welcome to share.
Date/time: Friday 23 August, 8am – 7pm
Location: Wairoa
Contact: David Merritt, culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: Facebook event/The#Poetrybrick/Wairoa


Napier

The #Poetrybrick – Napier
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 30 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed in various places nationwide for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at book clubs/potlucks and BBQs, open mics etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: FREE. All welcome to share.
Date/time: Friday 23 August, 8am – 7pm
Location: Napier
Contact: David Merritt, culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: Facebook event/The#Poetrybrick/Napier


Painted Poems
In a first for Napier Live Poets in Hawke's Bay, poets have collaborated with local artists to create a dual exhibition for Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 – called 'Painted Poems'. Painters have created a dialogue with, or commentary about a poem and vice-versa. The opening will be celebrated with the Napier community and will include a floor talk by one of Napier's leading poets, along with opportunities to meet and share with both painters and poets. The C.A.N. gallery is delighted to promote Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 with this innovative event in the city. All welcome!
Entry details: Free. All ages.
Date/times: The exhibition will run at Creative Arts Napier, Friday 16 August – Friday 30 August with the main launch on Friday 23 August, 5pm – 7pm.
Location: C.A.N. Gallery, 16 Byron Street, Napier
Contact: Jeremy Roberts | idiotdawn@gmail.com | 021 0279 8395
Further info: www.thecan.co.nz | Facebook event/Painted Poems


Hastings

Blackout Poetry
Using a pre-existing book page and a marker pen make something new! Collect book pages in-store and create a Blackout poem using the existing print. A fun way to dip into poetry writing for all ages and abilities.
Entry details: Free. All ages & abilities.
Dates: Book pages in-store from 1 August. On display 19 – 23 August.
Location: Wardini Books Havelock North (16 Te Mata Rd, Havelock North) | Wardini Books Napier (46 Hastings St, Napier)
Contact: Louise Ward, books@wardini.co.nz
Further info: Facebook event/Blackout Poetry


Wardini Children’s Poetry Competition
An opportunity for local young poets to get creating! Entry forms will be available from participating schools and Wardini Books. The competition will be judged by local guest poets Ben Fagan and Sara Hirsch from Motif Poetry and published in the local media and Wardini Books’ social media.
Entry details: Free.
Age categories: 5 – 7 years, 8 – 10 years, 11 – 13 years, 13 – 15 years, and 16 – 18 years.
Submission date: Entry forms available from 12 July. Poems due 9 August 2019. Winners will be contacted Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day, Friday 23 August 2019.
Location: Wardini Books Havelock North (16 Te Mata Rd, Havelock North) | Wardini Books Napier (46 Hastings St, Napier)
Contact: Louise Ward, books@wardini.co.nz
Further info: Facebook event/Children's Poetry Competition


Type from the Heart
Wardini Books are going old-school to give our community a chance to express themselves on the street! A typewriter will be outside both Wardini Books Havelock North and Wardini Books Napier for a week. Grab a blank page and start typing! Any poetry left behind will be displayed in-store but participating poets are welcome to take their creations away.
Entry details: Free. All ages, interactive and super retro!
Time/dates: Tuesday 19 – Friday 23 August
Location: Wardini Books Havelock North (16 Te Mata Rd, Havelock North) | Wardini Books Napier (46 Hastings St, Napier)
Contact: Louise Ward, books@wardini.co.nz
Further info: Facebook event/Type from the Heart

Taranaki

Okato

The #Poetrybrick – Okato
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 30 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed in various places nationwide for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at book clubs/potlucks and BBQs, open mics etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: FREE. All welcome to share.
Date/time: Friday 23 August, 8am – 7pm
Location: Café Lahar, Surf Highway 45, Okato
Contact: David Merritt, culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: Facebook event/The#Poetrybrick/Okato


Patea

The #Poetrybrick – Patea
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 30 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed in various places nationwide for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at book clubs/potlucks and BBQs, open mics etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: FREE. All welcome to share.
Date/time: Friday 23 August, 8am – 7pm
Location: Devils Cup Coffee, 44 Bedford Street, Patea
Contact: David Merritt, culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: Facebook event/The#Poetrybrick/Patea


New Plymouth

The #Poetrybrick – New Plymouth
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 30 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed in various places nationwide for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at book clubs/potlucks and BBQs, open mics etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: FREE. All welcome to share.
Date/time: Friday 23 August, 8am – 7pm,
Location: Escape Coffee Roasters, 15 Liardet Street, New Plymouth
Contact: David Merritt, culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: Facebook event/The#Poetrybrick/NewPlymouth


Fantastic Ekphrastic
Unleash your inner poet by writing a poem inspired by a piece of artwork created by a Taranaki artist! That's exactly what an ekphrastic poem is – a poem written in response to art. Take your pick from a selection of awesome images. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Choose the category appropriate to your / your child’s age group.
  • Take a look at ANY of the individual artworks and be inspired.
  • Write a poem about that image.
  • Send your poem to poet@thebandanabard.com with your contact details and name of the artist who inspired your poem.

It’s as easy as that!! Winners will be selected by a panel of esteemed Taranaki writers and winning poems published and displayed in Phantom Billsticker Frames around New Plymouth.
Entry details: FREE to enter. Primary, Intermediate, High School student categories plus an open category for anyone else who wants to have a go.
Time: Open now. Closes 9 August 2019.
Contact: Helen Griffiths, poet@thebandanabard.com
Further info: Facebook event/Fantastic Ekphrastic


‘What’s your story?’
Poetry as story-telling, as a journey, as a way of capturing personal and collective history, memory and language is what this event is about. Mikaela Nyman and Courtney Hilden are two of the Taranaki poets in More of Us (Landing Press), a collection of poetry by 46 writers from 29 countries who have come to New Zealand as migrants or refugees. Join Mikaela, Courtney, Paekakariki poet Rob Hack and María Eugenia Cárcamo for this celebration of poetry, story-telling and diversity.
Entry details: Free. All ages welcome.
Date/time: Friday 23 August, 4pm – 5:30pm
Location: Poppies Bookshop, 7 King St, New Plymouth
Contact: Mikaela Nyman, mikaela_nyman@icloud.com
Further info: Facebook event/What's your story?

Mangawhatu/Whanganui

Palmerston North

The #Poetrybrick – Palmerston North
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 30 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed in various places nationwide for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at book clubs/potlucks and BBQs, open mics etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: FREE. All welcome to share.
Date/time: Friday 23 August, 8am – 7pm
Location: Snails: Artist Run Spaces, 103 Taonui Street, Palmerston North
Contact: David Merritt, culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: Facebook event/The#Poetrybrick/PalmerstonNorth


Whanganui

The #Poetrybrick – Whanganui
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 30 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed in various places nationwide for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at book clubs/potlucks and BBQs, open mics etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: FREE. All welcome to share.
Date/time: 8am – 7pm, Friday 23 August
Location: Whanganui Girls’ College, 21 Jones Street, Whanganui
Contact: David Merritt, culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: Facebook event/The#Poetrybrick/Whanganui


Grand Words and Wine on NZ Poetry Day (warm-up event)
The Guyton Group Trust invite you to join them, along with their 2019 guest poet, Vivienne Plumb – and supporting poets – with a feast of words, wine and cheese. All funds raised will go towards The Guyton Group Trust’s poetic endeavours in Guyton Street. Guest Poet: Vivienne Plumb.
Entry details: $35
Time/date: Thursday 22 August, 5.30pm
Location: The Grand Hotel, Cnr Guyton & Wicksteed Streets, Whanganui
Contact: Lesley Stead, hello@paigesbooks.com | 06 348 9095
Further info: Facebook event/Grand Words and Wine


Dannevirke

Dannevirke Library Cut-Out Poetry
Celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 at the Dannevirke Library by creating your own cut-out poems. Take words from magazines (provided) and re-hash them to make your own unique poem. Prize for the best cut-out poem. Refreshments available.
Entry details: Free to enter. Open to all.
Date/times: Friday 23 August, 10am – 12pm
Location: Dannevirke Library,1 StationStreet, Dannevirke
Contact: library@tararuadc.govt.nz
Further info: Tararua District Library Blog | Tararua Library/Facebook


Woodville

Woodville Library Open Mic Poetry Evening (warm-up event)
Join us at the Woodville Library on Thursday 22August for an evening of poetry on the open mic. Bring along some poetry to recite – either your own, or your favourite poets, or both. Light refreshments provided. BYO permitted.
Entry details: Free. Adults 18+ only.
Date/times: Thursday 22 August, 6.30pm – 9pm
Location: Woodville Library, 45 Vogel Street, Woodville
RSVP: By 19 August. Please register your intention to come by telling staff at any branch of Tararua District Library, or email your name to Leilani.Gundry@tararuadc.govt.nz (06 376 0218).
Contact: library@tararuadc.govt.nz
Further info: Tararua Library Blog | Tararua Library/Facebook


Eketahuna

Eketahuna Library Open Mic Poetry Evening (warm-up event)
Join us at the Eketahuna Library on Thursday 22 August for an evening of poetry on the open mic. Bring along some poetry to recite – either your own, or your favourite poets, or both. Light refreshments provided. BYO permitted.
Entry details: Free. Adults 18+ only.
Date/times: Thursday 22 August, 6.30pm – 9pm
Location: Eketahuna Library, 31 Main Street, Eketahuna
RSVP: By 19 August. Please register your intention to come by telling staff at any branch of Tararua District Library, or email your name to Claire.Mills@tararuadc.govt.nz (06 376 0219).
Contact: library@tararuadc.govt.nz
Further info: Tararua Library Blog | Tararua Library/Facebook

Wellington/Kapiti Coast

Wellington Central
Lower Hutt
Upper Hutt
Kapiti Coast
Wairarapa

Wellington Central

The #Poetrybrick – Newtown
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 30 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed in various places nationwide for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at book clubs/potlucks and BBQs, open mics etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: FREE. All welcome to share.
Date/time: Friday 23 August, 8am – 7pm
Location: Black Coffee, 133 Riddiford Street, Newtown, Wellington
Contact: David Merritt, culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: Facebook event/The#Poetrybrick/Newtown


Windswept Slam The coolest little slam in the capital
Come down to The Black Sparrow for Wellington's newest poetry slam. Motif Poetry is proud to present a friendly, inclusive space for poets to come together and share their work. The winners of each of these four slams will go through to the Wellington Regional Final at the National Library of New Zealand in November. Our amazing co-host and venue The Black Sparrow have snacks and special slam-cocktails to sustain you.
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS SLAM POETRY. All poems and poets can take part in this fun format. The point is not the points, the points are just a bit of fun.
Entry details: Koha, 16+. Email kiaora@motifpoetry.co.nz to get involved.
Date/times: 7pm for a 7:30pm start. 27 August and 17 September.
Location: The Black Sparrow (Under the Embassy Theatre), 10A Majoribanks St, Mt Victoria, Wellington
Contact: Motif Poetry, kiaora@motifpoetry.co.nz
Further info: Facebook event | www.motifpoetry.co.nz/wellington


Poetry Share @ QMC (closed event)
Queen Margaret College students are hosting poetry slam in the library. Family and friends are encouraged to come along and share a poem and be part of the fun of Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019.
Entry details: Family and friends of QMC students.
Date/times: Friday 23 August, 1pm
Location: QMC Library
Contact: library@qmc.school.nz
Further info: www.qmc.school.nz


New and Newer: AUP New Poets at Book Hound
The AUP New Poets series kickstarted the careers of several celebrated writers and is being revived in 2019 with AUP New Poets 5. For Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 five past, present, and future AUP New Poets will read in a cosy event at Book Hound. Featuring Anna Jackson, who debuted in AUP New Poets 1 (1999) and is now editor of the renewed series; Carolyn DeCarlo and Rebecca Hawkes, whose work will be hot off the press in AUP New Poets 5 (launching 7 August 2019); and Chris Stewart and Ria Masae upcoming in AUP New Poets 6 (scheduled 2020).
Entry details: Free entry. All ages.
Date/times: Friday 23 August, 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Location: Book Hound, 132 Riddiford St, Newtown, Wellington
Contact: Anna Jackson, anna.jackson@vuw.ac.nz
Further info: Facebook event/AUP New Poets at Book Hound


Best New Zealand Poems18 (warm-up event)
As a warm-up to National Poetry Day, several poets read their poem selected for the annual online publication BNZP18, plus another they have selected from BNZP18. The poets will be introduced by Chris Price from the International Institute of Modern Letters.
Entry: Open to public. Free.
Date/times: As part of our Writers on Mondays series, this event will take place on Monday 19 August, 12.15pm – 1.15pm.
Location: Te Papa Marae, Level 4, Te Papa, Wellington
Contact: Katie.hardwick-smith@vuw.ac.nz, 04 463 6854
Further info: victoria.ac.nz/modernletters/about/events/writers-mondays


NZSA Poetry Reading + Open Mic (warm-up event)
Join the New Zealand Society of Authors, Wellington branch, as we celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019. We're inviting poets from our branch to read their poetry, and will also feature an open mic on the night.
Entry details: Koha. Everyone welcome!
Date/times: Monday, 19 August, 6pm – 8pm (Socialising from 5.30pm)
Location: Vic Books, Pipitea campus, Rutherford House (27 Lambton Quay, Wellington, near the railway station)
Contact: wellington@nzauthors.org.nz
Further info: Facebook/wellington.writers.9 | authors.org.nz/about/branches/wellington-branch


Wild Honey: Reading New Zealand Women's Poetry
For Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019, join Unity Books and Massey University Press to celebrate 'Wild Honey: Reading New Zealand Women’s Poetry' by Paula Green. Paula will introduce readings from carina gallegos, Stefanie Lash, Therese Lloyd, Maria McMillan and Manon Revuelta. All welcome. A big thank you to the sponsors Phantom Billstickers.
Entry details: Free. Open to all ages.
Date/times: Friday 23 August, 12pm – 1pm
Location: Unity Books, 57 Willis St, Wellington
Contact: Dylan Sherwood, 04 499 4245
Further info: Facebook event/Wild Honey: Reading New Zealand Women's Poetry


SHOW PONIES: A National Poetry Day Extravaganza
Poetry is popular now. To celebrate, several of Wellington’s coolest poets will pretend to be actual popstars for the evening. Chris Tse, Sam Duckor-Jones, Rebecca Hawkes, Joy Holley, Jackson Nieuwland and Freya Daly Sadgrove bring you a poetry reading-cum-arena show, complete with bright lights, beats and backup dancers. Followed by Wellington band Hans Pucket’s Midnight Karaoke Challenge – where participants can sign up in advance to front the band with a song of their choice – SHOW PONIES will be a lux, daring late night event to round off Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 with a bang, and a tonne of bangers.
Entry details: Friday 23 August, 9pm. $15 waged, $10 unwaged. R18. Tickets available via Just The Ticket and on the door.
Location: Meow, 9 Edward St, Te Aro, Wellington
Contact: Freya Daly Sadgrove, showponiespoetry@gmail.com
Further info: Facebook event/SHOW PONIES | eventfinda/show-ponies-extravaganza


Horse Meat: Mimicry poets to delight the whole family
Please join Mimicry poets at Vic Books café in celebration of Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019. Readings from Caroline Shepherd, Jane Arthur, Tim Grgec, Rose Peoples and Joy Holley, with MC Eamonn Marra. Copies of Mimicry 5, Aotearoa’s most playful arts journal, co-edited with media collective Mouthfull Productions, will be for sale.
Date/time: Friday 23 August, 12pm
Location: Vic Books, 1 Kelburn Parade, Wellington
Contact: events@vicbooks.co.nz
Further info: www.vicbooks.co.nz | Facebook event/Horse Meat


Lower Hutt

Poetry Evening with Bea Joblin
Join us for a fun evening of poetry! Bring your favourite poem to read, share or discover new favourites. Participate in collaborative poetry-writing. Families welcome. Feel free to bring a picnic dinner to enjoy at the library. Tea and coffee provided. Our MC for the night is writer, playwright, and filmmaker, Bea Joblin!
Entry details: FREE. Everyone welcome!
Date/times: Friday 23 August, 5.30pm – 7pm
Location: Naenae Library, 341 Cambridge Terrace, Lower Hutt
Contact: Hutt City Libraries, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further info: Facebook event/Poetry Evening with Bea Joblin


Reo Rangatahi Poetry Workshop
Nau mao, haere mai! Do you write poetry? Want to share it with others? Join us for Reo Rangatahi, an open mic event for youth! Get experience sharing your poetry in front of an audience, or get feedback from our guest slam poet Ben Fagan who may help you take your writing to the next level! Don’t want share? A supportive audience is very welcome too! Ben Fagan is a Wellington poet and the artistic director of Motif Poetry, a kiwi poetry production company. He helps organise the Wellington, Hawke’s Bay and National slams, and has performed across the US, UK and Aotearoa.
Entry details: FREE. Open to rangatahi/youth at college.
Date/times: Friday 23 August, 1pm – 2:30pm
Location: War Memorial Library, 2 Queens Drive, Lower Hutt
Contact: Hutt City Libraries, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further info: Facebook event/Reo Rangatahi Poetry Workshop


Rhyme Time, Poetry Writing Drop In Sessions (warm-up event)
Create a poem or two in this great warm-up event for Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019. Drop in after school every day from 19 – 23 August and use our activities to get inspired! Selected poems will then be on display on our Poetry Board.
Entry details: FREE. Everyone welcome. Tamariki and rangatahi encouraged to attend.
Date/times: 19 – 23 August, from 3pm
Location: Naenae Library, 341 Cambridge Terrace, Lower Hutt
Contact: Hutt City Libraries, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further info: Facebook event/Rhyme Time


Preschool Poetry, Naenae Library
Celebrate poetry with your little ones at storytime! Introducing children to stories and poems from a very young age enriches language development and expands vocabulary, giving them a valuable boost before starting school.
Entry details: FREE. For tamariki ages 2 – 5 years and their whānau or caregivers.
Date/times: Wednesday 21 August, 10:30am & Saturday 24 August, 11am
Location: Naenae Library, 341 Cambridge Terrace, Lower Hutt
Contact: Hutt City Libraries, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further info: Facebook event/Preschool Poetry Naenae Library


Preschool Poetry, Taita Library (warm-up event)
Celebrate poetry with your little ones at storytime! Introducing children to stories and poems from a very young age enriches language development and expands vocabulary, giving them a valuable boost before starting school.
Entry details: FREE. For tamariki ages 2 – 5 years and their whānau or caregivers.
Date/times: Tuesday 20 August, 11am – 11.30am
Location: Walter Nash Centre, Taine Street, Taita, Lower Hutt
Contact: Hutt City Libraries, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further info: Facebook event/Preschool Poetry Taita Library


Poetry at Preschool Storytime (warm-up event)
Join us at storytime for tamarki aged 2 – 5 years and their whānau or caregivers and celebrate poetry with your little ones. Introducing children to stories and poems from a very young age enriches language development and expands vocabulary, giving them a valuable boost before starting school.
Entry details: FREE. For tamariki ages 2 – 5 years and their whānau or caregivers.
Date/times: Thursday 22 August, 11am
Location: Koraunui Stokes Valley Community Hub, 186 Stokes Valley Road, Lower Hutt
Contact: Hutt City Libraries, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further info: Facebook.com/HuttCityLibraries


Popping Poetry (warm-up event)
Create some popping poetry with us to celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019.
Entry details: FREE. For tamariki aged 8+ and the whānau or caregivers.
Date/times: Thursday 22 August, 3.30 – 4.30pm
Location: Koraunui Stokes Valley Community Hub, 186 Stokes Valley Road, Lower Hutt
Contact: Hutt City Libraries, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further info: Facebook.com/HuttCityLibraries


Whitiwhiti Rotaroa (pakeke)
An opportunity to celebrate poetry by reading an original poem or two in the open mic session followed by a sumptuous selection of guest poets with our MC, the talented Moira Wairama!
Entry details: All are welcome. If you wish to participate and share a favourite or original poem in the open mic, please register at the Hub by Monday 19 August. For details of guest poets please visit the Koraunui Stokes Valley Community Hub.
Entry details: All are welcome. If you wish to participate in the Open Mic please register at the Hub.
Date/times: Friday 23 August, 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Location: Koraunui Stokes Valley Community Hub, 186 Stokes Valley Road, Lower Hutt
Contact: Hutt City Libraries, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further info: Facebook event/Whitiwhiti Rotarota (pakeke)


Whitiwhiti Rotarota (tamariki)
Local tamariki are invited to come and read one of their own poems at the Library together with poet Moira Wairama - NZ Storyteller who will also read a selection of her poems for tamariki in both Māori and English. If your school is interested in participating please contact Koraunui Stokes Valley Hub (04 562 9050) for more information.
Date/times: Friday 23 August, 11am – 12:30pm
Location: Koraunui Stokes Valley Community Hub, 186 Stokes Valley Road, Lower Hutt
Contact: Hutt City Libraries, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further info: Facebook event/Whitiwhiti Rotarota (tamariki)


Upper Hutt

Upper Hutt Poetry Competition Awards Night
Celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 and come listen to our shortlisted finalists from this year’s poetry competition.
Entry details: Free. Open to all ages.
Date/time: Friday 23 August, 4pm (Children/Youth category), 6pm (Adults category).
Location: Upper Hutt Central Library, 844 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt
Contact: Danny Tiata, danny.tiata@uhcc.govt.nz
Further info: Facebook/Upper Hutt City Library


Scribbles and Scribes
Create your own poem in this fun illustration and writing group.
Entry details: Free. Open to 8 – 12 year olds.
Date/time: Thursday 8 August, 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Location: Upper Hutt Central Library, 844 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt
Contact: Danny Tiata, danny.tiata@uhcc.govt.nz
Further info: Facebook/Upper Hutt City Library


Along the Edges (warm-up event)
Create a poem by stacking book, CD, DVD or audiobook spines. The poem should have a minimum of three titles and a maximum of eight titles.
Entry details: Free. Open to all ages. Submit your entry form with a picture of your poem by email: libraryprogrammes@uhcc.govt.nz or drop it into the library.
Date/time: Opens Thursday 1 August. Closes Sunday 18 August 2019.
Location: Upper Hutt Central Library, 844 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt
Contact: Danny Tiata, danny.tiata@uhcc.govt.nz
Further info: Facebook/Upper Hutt City Library


Kapiti Coast

If you’re a poet we want to know it! – Poetry Competition
Kāpiti Coast District Libraries annual poetry competition returns for the seventh year. Celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day by writing a poem on the theme “Together”.
All entries will be published as a print book and eBook. Winners will be announced on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day at the Open Mic Night at Paraparaumu Library on Friday 23 August, 5.30 – 6.30pm.
Entry details: Enter free, open to all users of the Kāpiti Coast District Libraries. You may submit one poem per person of no more than 10 lines. Please submit your entry using the appropriate form from one of these links. Entries may be in English or Te Reo Māori. Please read the guidelines and conditions of entry. By submitting your poem into this competition, you agree to these conditions.
Submission dates: Closed 30 June 2019.
Contact: Nisa Promchot, nisa.promchot@kapiticoast.govt.nz
Further info: kapiticoast.govt.nz/poetry |
www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/libraries


If you’re a poet we want to know it! – Open Mic Night
Join Kāpiti Coast District Libraries and celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 with an hour of poetry. Read your poem to a live audience, or just listen, to Kāpiti’s local poetry talent. Prize winners from our Poetry Competition will be announced on the night.
Entry details: FREE. All ages.
Date/times: Friday 23 August, 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Location: Paraparaumu Library, 9 Iver Trask Place, Paraparaumu
Contact: Nisa Promchot, nisa.promchot@kapiticoast.govt.nz
Further info: kapiticoast.govt.nz/poetry | Facebook.com/kapiticoastdistrictlibraries


Wairarapa

CLIMATE POSITIVE
Poetry, Song and Stories of positive action against the climate crisis with Extinction Rebellion Wairarapa, Carys Gibbs, Dinah Hawken, Gaye Sutton, and others. All ages welcome. Ka pai!
Entry: Free. Open to all ages.
Date/time: Friday 23 August, 7pm – 9pm
Location: Community Courthouse, 60 Holloway St, Carterton, Wairarapa
Contact: Alison, 021 078 9610 | Extinction Rebellion Wairarapa
Further info: Facebook event/Climate Positive | Extinction Rebellion


The #Poetrybrick – Featherston Booktown (warm-up event)
Join the six bookshops of historic Featherston Booktown as they celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 from one end of the town to the other! Meet Poetry Ambassador, David Merritt, as he performs, busks, talks to schools, hand-prints his poetry and generally makes Featherston his home for the week in the lead up to the day. David’s busking takes the form of setting up a table and printing words on paper (with stamps), then with recycled banana boxes he creates little zines of poetry. Keep an ear out for him as he busks his way in and out of Featherston Booktown!
Entry details: Free. All welcome.
Date/times: Friday 9 – Friday 16 August
Location: Featherston Booktown, South Wairarapa
Contact: Mary Biggs, 027 483 6181
Further info: Facebook event/The#Poetrybrick/FeatherstonBooktown


Featherston Booktown, Poetry Central 23 Aug – Loco Bookshop
On the day, at Loco Bookshop, Kate Mead will be hosting Featherston poet, Simon Fleck, who was born into “The Troubles” of Northern Ireland in the 70s and immigrated to New Zealand nearly 20 years ago. He started writing poetry and other works as a means of understanding the qualities that unite humankind as opposed to separating it.
Entry details: Free. All welcome.
Date/times: Friday 23 August, 11am
Location: Loco Bookshop, Featherston Booktown, South Wairarapa
Contact: Kate Mead, 027 513 1418
Further info: www.booktown.org.nz | Facebook/featherstonbooktown


Featherston Booktown, Poetry Central 23 Aug – Messines Bookshop: Military History
From 10am, don’t miss widely published poet, short story writer, reviewer, and critic, Robert McLean, reading poems from his latest book, Figure and Ground, together with new work at Messines Bookshop: Military History. Along with other works, Robert recently edited and launched previously unpublished wartime poetry book, Dan Davin’s A Field Officer’s Note Book, and memoir From Cairo to Casino.
Entry details: Free. All welcome.
Date/times: Friday 23 August, 10am – 12 noon
Location: Messines Bookshop: Military History, Featherston Booktown, South Wairarapa
Contact: Lincoln Gould, lincoln@messinesbooks.com | 021 753 920
Further info: www.booktown.org.nz | Facebook/featherstonbooktown


Featherston Booktown, Poetry Central 23 Aug – The Dickensian
Join Dave and Patsy Adams, the owners of Featherston’s newest bookshop, The Dickensian, from 2pm for a reading a selected classical poetry, both Victorian and Modern, including Keats, Dylan Thomas, Shelly and Wordsworth.
Entry details: Free. All welcome.
Date/times: Friday 23 August, 2pm – 3pm
Location: The Dickensian, Featherston Booktown, South Wairarapa
Contact: Dave Adams, 06 3088 870
Further info: www.booktown.org.nz | Facebook/featherstonbooktown


Featherston Booktown, Poetry Central 23 Aug – Mr Feather’s Den
Don’t miss visiting poet, Rachel Gomez, reading her work from 4pm to 5pm at C’est Cheese.
Entry details: Free. All welcome.
Date/times: Friday 23 August, 4pm – 5pm
Location: Mr Feather’s Den and C’est Cheese, Featherston Booktown, South Wairarapa
Contact: Sue Ryan, 0274 942 289
Further info: www.booktown.org.nz | Facebook/featherstonbooktown


Featherston Booktown, Poetry Central 23 Aug – For the Love of Books
Phillip Scott has been invited by owner Jennifer Grey to talk about and read from his book, Lines of Sight, a book of verse accompanying his own images and photos taken from around New Zealand. The images aren't generally your typical landscape photos, but more aimed at capturing "kiwi-ness". What is "kiwi-ness”? Come and check it out!
Entry details: Free. All welcome.
Date/times: Friday 23 August, 3pm – 5pm
Location: For the Love of Books, 89 Fitzherbert Street, Featherston Booktown
Contact: Jennifer Grey, 022 659 7573
Further info: www.booktown.org.nz | Facebook event/For the Love of Books


Featherston Booktown, Poetry Central 23 Aug – Featherston Ferret
For those who prefer a quiet read, the Featherston Ferret will be holding a small exhibition of shorter works by New Zealand poets. The poems will decorate the walls of the Featherston Ferret Bookshop. Enjoy a relaxing read!
Entry details: Free. All welcome.
Date/times: Friday 23 August, 9am – 5pm
Location: Featherston Ferret, Featherston Booktown, South Wairarapa
Contact: Denise or Terry, 04 384 8786
Further info: www.booktown.org.nz | Facebook/featherstonbooktown


Featherston Booktown, Poetry Central 23 Aug – Royal Hotel’s Open Mic
To cap the day, don’t miss Featherston Booktown’s Poetry Reading (open mic) event at the Royal Hotel. Tim Grgec and Mary McCallum will be there, along with other local poets. It’s an open mic, so members of the public are invited (and encouraged!) to take the floor and read their own, or favourite, poetry.
Entry details: Free.
Date/times: Friday 23 August, 7pm – 9pm
Location: Royal Hotel, Featherston Booktown, South Wairarapa
Contact: Mary Biggs, 027 483 6181
Further info: www.booktown.org.nz | Facebook/featherstonbooktown

Nelson Region

Blenheim

The #Poetrybrick – Blenheim
n an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 30 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed in various places nationwide for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at book clubs/potlucks and BBQs, open mics etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: FREE. All welcome to share.
Date/time: Friday 23 August, 8am – 7pm
Location: Blenheim
Contact: David Merritt, culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: Facebook event/The#Poetrybrick/Blenheim


Takaka

The #Poetrybrick – Takaka
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 30 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed in various places nationwide for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at book clubs/potlucks and BBQs, open mics etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: FREE. All welcome to share.
Date/time: Friday 23 August, 8am – 7pm
Location: Takaka
Contact: David Merritt, culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: Facebook event/The#Poetrybrick/Takaka


Nelson

The #Poetrybrick – Nelson
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 30 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed in various places nationwide for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at book clubs/potlucks and BBQs, open mics etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: FREE. All welcome to share.
Date/time: Friday 23 August, 8am – 7pm
Location: The Hollow Tea Store, 144 Bridge Street, Nelson
Contact: David Merritt, culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: Facebook event/The#Poetrybrick/Nelson


Nelson Poetry Map
The Nelson Poetry Map records and shares connections between poetry and places. Contribute poems to our open-access map, tagged to the locations you associate with those poems. Visit the locations and read the poems on your mobile device (or to take a virtual tour without leaving home). It is anticipated that wandering poetry readers on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day (Friday 23 August) will encounter fellow poetry readers at various locations.
Entry details: Free.
Date/times: Friday 23 August, 9am – 6pm
Location: 15 Church Street, Nelson
Contact: Thomas or Stella, books@volume.nz
Further info: volume.nz/poetrymap | Facebook event/Nelson Poetry Map


Poems and Coffee Come along and enjoy listening to some poems forPhantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019.
Entry details: Free. Open to everyone.
Date/times: Friday 23 August, 10.30am – 11.30am
Location: Stoke Library, 35 Putaitai Street, Stoke
Contact: library@ncc.govt.nz
Further info: nelsonpubliclibraries.co.nz/library/library-news/national-poetry-day-2019


Open Mic Poetry
An open mic poetry session to celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019. Come to read, or just listen, to Nelson’s local poetry talent. Supported by the Nelson Live Poets. All welcome.
Entry details: Free. Open to everyone. Register on arrival.
Date/times: Friday 23 August, 12pm – 1pm
Location: Elma Turner Library, 27 Halifax Street, Nelson
Contact: library@ncc.govt.nz
Further info: Facebook event/Nelson Open Mic


Poetry Fridge Door and Poetry Displays
Warm up for Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 at Nelson Library. Bring along your best poems to share on our oversized Poetry Fridge Door! While you’re here browse our poetry collection for further inspiration.
Entry details: Free. Open to everyone.
Date/times: Monday 12 August – Sunday 25 August. 9.30am – 6pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 10am – 6pm Wednesday. 10am – 4pm Saturday. 1pm – 4pm Sunday.
Location: Elma Turner Library, 27 Halifax Street, Nelson
Contact: library@ncc.govt.nz
Further info: nelsonpubliclibraries.co.nz/library/library-news/national-poetry-day-2019

Canterbury

Kaikoura

Kaikoura Poetry at the Museum
Back by popular demand it’s Poetry at the Museum! Listen, share, enjoy as we join the Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 celebrations with Kaikoura’s very own poetry talent. With an open mic session and readings by poets Jenny Wards, Te Awhina Arahanga and Amy Leigh Wicks it is a night celebrating all things poetry. Bring your creations along and unleash the power of poetry!
Entry details:
By donation.
Date/time: Friday 23 August, 7pm – 8.30pm
Location: Kaikoura Museum
Contact: Stephanie Lange, 03 319 7440
Further info: Facebook event/Kaikoura Poetry at the Museum


Lyttleton

The #Poetrybrick – Lyttelton
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 30 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed in various places nationwide for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at book clubs/potlucks and BBQs, open mics etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: FREE. All welcome to share.
Date/time: Friday 23 August, 8am – 7pm
Location: Lyttelton Coffee Company, 29 London St, Lyttelton
Contact: David Merritt, culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: Facebook event/The#Poetrybrick/Lyttelton


Christchurch

Poets in our Tūranga
Come along to Tūranga, our Central Public Library, from noon onwards on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day, Friday 23 August to hear readings by some of Christchurch’s best-known poets! Over 40 local poets and writers will take the stage over the course of the afternoon, even the Mayor of Christchurch, Lianne Dalziel, who will open proceedings. MCed by David Gregory and John Allison, this epic event is one for everyone. Stop, listen, stay or go on your way, touched by the magic of language.
Entry: Free public event. All welcome!
Date/time: Friday 23 August, in 30-minute segments from noon – 6.30pm
Location: Tūranga / Christchurch Public Library, 60 Cathedral Square, Christchurch (also accessible from Colombo and Gloucester Streets).
Contact: John Allison, john.allison.nz@gmail.com
Further info: Facebook/Canterbury Poets Collective


"Four Readings and a Festival"
Four Christchurch poets talk fame, fortune, first books and what possessed them to do it. Reading from their newborn collections are Erik Kennedy (shortlisted in the 2019 Ockham Book Awards for his collectionThere's No Place Like the Internet In Springtime), Victoria Broome (How We Talk to Each Other), Gail Ingram (Contents Under Pressure) and Marisa Cappetta (How to Tour the World on a Flying Fox). MC of the panel is Joanna Preston (Kathleen Grattan Award forThe Summer King).
Entry details: Free. Open to all ages.
Date/time: Thursday 22 August, 6pm – 7.30pm
Location: Spark Place, Ground Floor, Tūranga Central Library, 60 Cathedral Square, Christchurch
Contact: Gail Ingram, gailzingram@gmail.com
Further info: Facebook event/Four Readings and a Festival


At the Drop of a Hat
Use your words! At the Drop of a Hat is an interactive poetry show featuring Liz Breslin, Laura Williamson and Annabel Wilson. Audience members write themes, topics and ideas to drop into the hat on arrival. The full hat is offered out to the audience again – the challenge, then, is for the poets to perform, read or create poems related to what is drawn from the hat. The audience experience goes from pindrop profundity to belly-laugh territory. It’s simple, smart, energetic, entertaining, and different every time the poets play. Come along for this Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 warm-up event.
Entry details: $10, all ages (some swearing!).
Date/times: Thursday 22 August, 7pm – 8:30pm
Location: Exchange Christchurch (XCHC), 376 Wilsons Rd, Waltham, Christchurch
Further info: Eventfinda/At the Drop of a Hat | YouTube/Poetic Justice Wanaka | Facebook event/At the Drop of a Hat


Hagley Writers' Institute 2019 Poetry Competition
The Hagley Writers’ Poetry Competition is back! Judged by Helen Heath and Gail Ingram, the winning entry will be published as a poster by Phantom Billstickers. Winner and runner-up will be announced by Helen Heath (winner of the Peter and Mary Biggs Poetry Award at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2019) at the Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day Celebration, Scorpio Bookshop, Hereford St, Christchurch, Saturday 24 August, 5pm – 7pm.
Entry details: Free. Open to all Canterbury poets, 18+. Two poems per poet. Single line, Times New Roman, 11 or 12 font. Word limit of 50 words. Email submissions to Morrin Rout, writers@hagley.school.nz.
Submission dates: Open now. Entries close 31 July 2019.
Contact: Morrin Rout | writers@hagley.school.nz | 021 046 4189 or 03 329 9789
Further info: hagleywriters.net | Facebook event/Hagley Writers' 2019 Poetry Competition


Hagley Writers' Institute National Poetry Day Celebration
Winners of the Hagley Writers' Institute Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 competition will be announced by judge, Helen Heath (winner of the Peter and Mary Biggs Poetry Prize at the Ockham NZ Book Awards 2019). Readings from Helen Heath, Allison Glenny, 2019 Ursula Bethell Fellow, Gail Ingram, Frankie McMillan, Victoria Broome, Kerrin P Sharpe, Marisa Cappetta and the competition winners. Please come and join the celebrations – wine and nibbles provided.
Entry details: Free.
Date/time: Saturday 24 August, 5pm – 7pm
Location: Scorpio Books, Hereford St, Christchurch
Contact: Morrin Rout | writers@hagley.school.nz | 021 046 4189 or 03 329 9789
Further info: www.hagleywriters.net | Facebook event/Hagley Institute Scorpio Reading Event


Hagley Writers' Institute Workshop with award-winning poet, Helen Heath (closed event)
"How can we incorporate apparently dry facts and research into our poetry while keeping it fresh and fun?" Join Helen Heath for a workshop on found poems, ventriloquism, and randomisation. Helen will talk about the process of writing her latest book and the techniques she used before the class writes and workshops poems. Be prepared to do some homework before the workshop and bring along some material to work with. Come ready to share your writing with the class. Helen Heath is a poet and essayist from the Kāpiti Coast, Wellington. Her latest collection of poems – Are Friends Electric? (VUP 2018) – won the Peter and Mary Biggs Prize for poetry at the 2019 Ockham Book Awards.
Entry details: Free. Open to all Cantabrian poets, 18+. Class limit: 20. Registration is essential.
Date/time: Saturday 24 August, 1.30 – 2.30pm
Location: The Writers' Block, Hagley College, Hagley Ave, Christchurch
Contact: Morrin Rout | writers@hagley.school.nz | 021 046 4189 or 03 329 9789
Further info: www.hagleywriters.net | Facebook event/Hagley Writers' Institute Workshop/Helen Heath


Poet Among the Bookshelves
We have our very own local poet, Kerrin Sharpe, who is coming to guide some lucky participants on how to hone their skills of poetry-writing. This hour-long workshop with Kerrin will give you some of the best tips and tricks to improve your writing process, as well as feedback and advice from a poet with some amazing industry experience. Create a piece of poetry you can be proud of and have it featured in our UBS inaugural National Poetry Day online collection, as well as the chance to have it featured in The Commuting Book! Spaces are limited so please register to attend. Tea, coffee, and cake will be provided.
Entry details: Free. Open to all ages. Register before 16 August by emailing magdalena@ubscan.co.nz.
Date/times: Friday 23 August, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Location: University Bookshop, University Drive, Ilam, Christchurch
Contact: Magda, magdalena@ubscan.co.nz
Further info: www.facebook.com/ubscanterbury

West Coast

Westport

The #Poetrybrick – Westport
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 30 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed in various places nationwide for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at book clubs/potlucks and BBQs, open mics etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: FREE. All welcome to share.
Date/time: Friday 23 August, 8am – 7pm
Location: Westport
Contact: David Merritt, culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: Facebook event/The#Poetrybrick/Westport


Grey District

Grey District Library Poetry Competition
Join fellow poetry lovers in a competition to celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019. The writer of the most engaging poem within each age category will win a Paper Plus voucher. Winners will be announced at a Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day warm-up event hosted by the Grey District Library at 5.30pm on Wednesday 21August. Prize winning poems will be read aloud at two local rest homes on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day, Friday 23 August.
Entry details: Free. Open to Grey District residents only. Age categories: up to 8 years old; 9 to 13; 14 to 17; and 18 years and over.
Poems can be on any topic. One poem per person. Submit your poem, age range, address and contact details by email to poetrycompetition@greydc.govt.nz.
Submission dates: Opens Monday 29 July. Closes 4pm Friday 16 August 2019.
Contact details: Liz Burke, liz.burke@greydc.govt.nz | 03 768 5597
Further info: Facebook event/Grey District Library Poetry Competition | greydc/News-and-Events


Local Poets in Person: Prize-giving and Poetry Reading
Join the Grey District Library for an evening of poetry readings and light refreshment to celebrate the lead up to Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019. Hear entries from the Grey District Library Poetry Competition and announcement of the winners.
Entry details: Free
Date/time: Wednesday 21 August, 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Location: Grey District Library, 18 Albert Street Mall, Greymouth
Contact details: Liz Burke, liz.burke@greydc.govt.nz | 03 768 5597
Further info: Facebook events/Prize-giving & Poetry readings | greydc/News-and-Events


Local Poems on Tour (closed event)
To celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day Friday 23 August 2019, individual events will be held at two local rest homes to read Grey District Library Poetry Competition entries including the prize winning poems to residents.
Entry details: Closed event. Open to rest home residents only.
Contact Details: Ollie Witton, Ollie.Witton@greydc.govt.nz | 03 768 5597

Otago

Oamaru

The #Poetrybrick – Oamaru
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 30 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed in various places nationwide for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at book clubs/potlucks and BBQs, open mics etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: FREE. All welcome to share.
Date/time: Friday 23 August, 8am – 7pm
Location: Grainstore Gallery, Harbour Street, Oamaru
Contact: David Merritt, culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: Facebook event/The#Poetrybrick/Oamaru


Wanaka

The #Poetrybrick – Wanaka
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 30 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed in various places nationwide for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at book clubs/potlucks and BBQs, open mics etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: FREE. All welcome to share.
Date/time: Friday 23 August, 8am – 7pm
Location: Wanaka Wastebusters, Wanaka
Contact: David Merritt, culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: Facebook event/The#Poetrybrick/Wanaka


Dunedin

The #Poetrybrick – Port Chalmers
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 30 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed in various places nationwide for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at book clubs/potlucks and BBQs, open mics etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: FREE. All welcome to share.
Date/time: Friday 23 August, 8am – 7pm
Location: Port Chalmers, Dunedin
Contact: David Merritt, culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: Facebook event/The#Poetrybrick/PortChalmers


The #Poetrybrick – Dunedin 1
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 30 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed in various places nationwide for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at book clubs/potlucks and BBQs, open mics etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: FREE. All welcome to share.
Date/time: Friday 23 August, 8am – 7pm
Location: Morning Magpie, 46 Stuart Street, Dunedin
Contact: David Merritt, culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: Facebook event/The#Poetrybrick/Dunedin


The #Poetrybrick – Dunedin 2
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 30 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed in various places nationwide for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at book clubs/potlucks and BBQs, open mics etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: FREE. All welcome to share.
Date/time: Friday 23 August, 8am – 7pm
Location: The Daily Coffee, 366 Princess Street, Dunedin
Contact: David Merritt, culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: Facebook event/The#Poetrybrick/Dunedin


Eager To Break: A Launch Party (warm-up event)
Please join us for a party. A poetry reading for anyone who's ever thought they'd never go to a poetry reading. And love it. For one night only, we will fill a room with some of the best and brightest emerging talent in Dunedin. A warm up celebration for Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 and the release of 'Eager to Break', the debut collection from local poet Eliana Gray. There will be laughter, there will be drinks, there will be music, there will be feelings. Like a house party, but with less regret. Featuring, for your entertainment, readings from: Eliana Gray, Jordana Bragg, Kerry Lane, Emma Neale and music from Bathysphere. There will be work from the artists available for purchase. With special thanks to the DCC, CNZ & Kiwi Spirits Distillery.
Entry details: FREE. All ages.
Date/times: Thursday 22 August, 6pm – 9pm
Location: Olga Gallery, 32 Moray Place, Dunedin
Contact: Eliana Gray, gray.ec@gmail.com
Further info: Facebook event/Eager To Break


Poets in Space Readings of New Works by Dunedin Poets Responding to Local Spaces and Places
In partnership with the Otago-Southland NZ Society of Authors, and with the support of Phantom Billstickers, Dunedin Public Libraries invites you to celebrate National Poetry Day at our annual gala event. Eight esteemed poets have been charged with writing new works in response to local locations. These new works will be presented for the first time on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019. Featuring: Lynley Edmeades, Sally McIntyre, Shereen Asha Murugayah, Adam Stewart, Susan Wardell, Claire Lacey, Jessica Thompson and Molly Crichton.
Entry details: FREE. Booking Essential.
Time/date: Friday 23 August, 5.30pm. Join us for music, drinks and nibbles from 5.30pm.
Location: Dunedin City Library, Dunningham Suite, 4th Floor, 230 Moray Place, Dunedin
Contact: Kay Mercer, 03 474 3690 | library@dcc.govt.nz
Further info: dunedinlibraries.govt.nz/whats-on/events-calendar | Facebook events/Poets in Space


Gobbledegook Poetry Competition for Children (closed event)
Inspired by the delightful nonsense poetry of Joy Cowley, we challenge you to celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 by writing your own gobbledegook poem to make our judges laugh. Biggest laugh wins! Awesome prizes for you and your school, sponsored by Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day and Ignition Children’s Book Festival – a partnership between University Book Shop Otago and Dunedin Public Libraries. Prizes presented on Saturday 9November during the Ignition Children’s Book Festival www.ignitionkids.nz.
Entry details: Open to all South Island primary/intermediate school children (years 1 – 8).
Submission dates: Opens Friday 23 August. Closes MIDNIGHT MONDAY 30SEPTEMBER 2019.
Contact: Kay Mercer, 03 474 3690 | library@dcc.govt.nz
Further info: Facebook events/Gobbledegook Poetry Competition


Readings with Rhian Gallagher and Carolyn McCurdie
In conjunction with Volcanic Voices: East Otago Poets. Following Rhian’s and Carolyn’s readings there will be an open mic opportunity. Afternoon tea provided.
Entry details: FREE. All welcome.
Time/date: Friday 23 August, 2pm – 3.30pm
Location: Waikouaiti Library, 192 Main Road, Waikouaiti
Further info: Facebook event/Rhian Gallagher & Carolyn McCurdie readings


2019 WriteNow Poetry Competition (closed event)
The 2019 WriteNow Poetry Competition for Dunedin Secondary School students is open for entries! This year’s competition will be judged by Fiona Farrell. Fiona loves the way poetry sharpens our senses and our wits. She is looking forward to reading the work of Dunedin's young poets and intrigued to discover what that work will look like. She says, "Let's see what a poem can do!" Find out about prizes and how to enter on the WriteNow website, where you can also read the winning poems and judges' reports from previous competitions: https://writenow.nz/
WriteNow – there's no better moment!
Submission dates: Submissions closed 5pm, Friday 26 July 2019. Winners announced 19 August 2019 and winning poems published on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day, Friday 23 August 2019. All details on the WriteNow website: https://writenow.nz/
Contact details: poems@writenow.nz
Further info: https://writenow.nz/ | sue@suewootton.com


Central Otago

Take a Risk, Make a Poem
We offer the people of Central Otago an energising week of poetry improvisation and performance workshops and the opportunity to create a giant community poem. Works by locals as well as established poets and song writers will be posted throughout town and regular readings will be aired on Radio Central. Readings will be held at Central Stories on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day. Here, the public will be invited to read their own or their favourite poem, alongside our most celebrated local authors – Brian Turner, Jillian Sullivan, Michael Harlow, Mike Riddell and Kyle Mewburn. Come along for a relaxed, convivial celebration of the written word. Light refreshments.
Entry details: Free. All ages welcome.
Dates/times: Friday 23 August, 5.30pm
Location: Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery
Contact: info@centralotagoarts.com
Further info: Facebook event/Take a Risk, Make a Poem