Calendar of Events

With over 100 events and activities taking place across New Zealand on or around 25 August, the Calendar of Events gave everyone a chance to unleash the power of poetry and rub shoulders with New Zealand’s poets. Check out what was on near you for Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2017!


Look out for events with the gold 20th anniversary logo above their title.
These included a poet/poets from our celebration
20/20 Collection.


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Nationwide | Northland | Auckland Region | Waikato/Coromandel | Bay of Plenty/Rotorua | Gisborne/Hawke’s Bay Region | Taranaki | Mangawhatu/Whanganui | Wellington/Kapiti Coast | Nelson Region | Canterbury | West Coast | Otago



CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2017


NATIONWIDE - (and some international too!)


Aotearoa-New Zealand National Poetry Day in a Berlin Polish Club
- International event
Celebrate New Zealand-Aotearoa's 20th National Poetry Day with an evening of poetry, music and friendship. With your poetry hosts, Hinemoana Baker and Sandra Sarala
Entry Details: Koha warmly welcomed.
Date/Times: Friday 25 August, 20:00–23:00 (Berlin time)
Location: Club der polnischen Versager (Polish Loser's Club), Ackerstraße 169, 10115 Berlin, Germany
Contact: Sandra Sarala https://www.facebook.com/dasandrasarala.singingpoetpress | sandrasarala@yahoo.com
Further Info: Aotearoa-New Zealand National Poetry Day in a Berlin Polish Club | http://www.hinemoana.co.nz/ | https://www.facebook.com/dasandrasarala.singingpoetpress

Poetry Phone - Warm-up/NPD
In this great warm up for National Poetry Day you can txt or call Poetry Phone live poetry readings 022 300 8164 or 021 474 555. Poetry lines are open from Wednesday 23rd to Friday 25th August, round the clock. You can also make poetry requests for friends & lovers, and we will give them a call. Send requests to drusdrus@gmail.com or 022 300 8164, be sure to include a bit of info about the recipient so we get the right poem for them. Auckland-based txters & callers will be invited to the Poetry Phone party on the 25th of August at 6pm - call for directions to the mystery venue!
Entry Details: R18, usual txt and call charges apply.
Date/Times: 23-25 August, phones open round the clock
Location: 0223008164 / 021 474555 ; call up for an invitation to the poetry phone party
Contact: Drus at drusdrus@gmail.com
Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/pg/poetryphone101/


Over Land and Sea - National/International
On National Poetry Day this year New Zealand poet tracey sullivan (not a typo!) will be walking, cycling, maybe even running the straats, laans, wegs and paths of Amsterdam and The Hague - city, forest and dune - delivering New Zealand poetry to the Netherlands. In Dutch "over" can also mean about. With a nod to both the distance and the connection between the two countries, the theme of the poems will be land and sea. Join the Facebook event and add the New Zealand poetry you would like to see shared. tracey welcomes your contributions. Please note: if the work is not your own, or you do not own the copyright for it, please send in the first instance to the Facebook event page as a personal message so that the work can be attributed and credited correctly and the correct permission sought, or to the contact email address below.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages
Date/Times: August 25th New Zealand time. Open now for contributions.
Location: Amsterdam, The Hague, https://www.facebook.com/events/799167783574990/
Contact: traceyhsulivan@gmail.com
Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/799167783574990/


Red Room Poetry Object 2017
With a $10,000 prize pool, including the opportunity to be published on trains and planes, Red Room Poetry Object is a free poetry competition that invites students (Years 3-10) and their teachers to write poems inspired by their special and curious objects. The competition is open to students in Years 3-10 across Australia and New Zealand. Unique learning resources and workshops are also available for teachers. Red Room Poetry Object 2017 welcomes poems in a variety of styles and languages from Australasia's budding poetic voices.
Entry Details: Open to students Years 3-10. Register at http://redroomcompany.org/poetry-object/register/. Submit here http://redroomcompany.org/poetry-object/submit/
Submission Dates: Deadline Friday 22 September 2017
Contact: poetryobject@redroomcompany.org
Further Info: redroomcompany.org/projects/poetry-object


Poetry in a Box - Many Places at Once
Poet David Merritt has not only come up with a unique and innovative way of presenting poetry but has arrived at a solution for busy poets to be in many places simultaneously, up and down the country for National Poetry Day. In eight different locations, from Dunedin to Northland, he will be touring 25-30 poems in a box around a cafe, library or market or seat bench and invite members of the public to read them. Some boxes stay on tour for several weeks.
Entry Details: Free and open to all ages.
Date/Time: Varies slightly from one venue to another but mostly 8am - 3pm, Friday 25th, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August
Locations:
Paparoa - Empire Collectables + Farmers Market, 1994 Paparoa Valley Road
Auckland - St Kevins Arcade, K Road, Elam Library, Devonport.
Tauranga - Tauranga Public Library and Polytech campus.
Rotorua : The Rogue Stage / Rotorua Food and Farmers Market
Wellington - Memphis Belle Cafe, Dixon Street, VUW library, Blacks coffee, Newtown
Nelson - The Hollow Tea House, 144 Bridge Street.
Christchurch - Lyttelton Coffee Co/ Henry Traders / Lyttelton Market,
Dunedin - Otago Uni Campus / Otago Farmers Market / Morning Magpie Cafe /Student flats /
Contact: David Merritt. culvert23@gmail.com 0223904153
Further Info: Most areas have a co-ordinator as well. Check Facebook events page. Facebook.com/lrfpress | Facebook.com/remotepoetry | Event Page https://www.facebook.com/events/761781307359098/


Given Words
NZ poets are invited to participate in the Given Words poetry competition.
Stage 1 : Send us a video saying one word of your choice. Only one word per person. It can be a noun, verb or adjective, and any language spoken in New Zealand. Send the video by Sunday 23 July to nzgivenwords@gmail.com along with your name and town.
Stage 2: Begins on 1 August when we will publish a video of our five favourite words from all those you have sent us. You then have until National Poetry Day 25 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 (judged by NZ poet Charles Olsen) will receive prizes courtesy of Massey University Press and Mākaro Press and will be translated into Spanish for the Palabras Prestadas poetry blog.
Entry Details: Free entry. Open to all NZ citizens. 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. Submissions close at midnight on National Poetry Day.
Submission Dates: Stage One: 23 June – 23 July / Stage Two: 1 August to 25 August.
Contact: Charles Olsen – nzgivenwords@gmail.com
Further Info: nzgivenwords.blogspot.co.nz | Twitter | Facebook event | Promo video


National Online Poetry Competition
Tararua District Library is celebrating Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day with our Online Poetry Competition for the whole country. Have your poem published online and be in to win a prize and the glory. Competition open 10th July to 20th August 2017. Winner announced 25 August, Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day. Competition judged by Muriel Cowan, local author and poet. Send up to 2 poems on any topic. Up to 2 poems per entrant will be published on the Tararua District Library Blog at https://tararualibrary.wordpress.com/2017/07/07/poetry-competition-2017-ready-steady-go/
Entry details: Free to enter. Open to all NZ residents aged 18 and over (except Employees of the Tararua District Council). 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 it, and must be previously unpublished.
Submission Dates: 10 July – 18 August 2017
Contact: library@tararuadc.govt.nz
Further Info: See submission guidelines online at https://tararualibrary.wordpress.com/2017/07/07/poetry-competition-2017-ready-steady-go/


Feel A Little Poetic?
Join poet Jenny Palmer and illustrator Evie Kemp, creators of the bestselling Feel A Little book, to make your very own blackout poem! Children of any age can print, create and share a Shy or Happy feelings poem at www.feelalittle.com. Individuals, families and schools are all encouraged to get involved and follow www.facebook.com/feelalittle for poetic prompts and printables along the way! The winners, drawn Poetry Day, will have their poem published online and as a large scale print to keep! Don't be Shy! You'll Feel A Little Happy you joined in!
Entry Details: This is a free event open to children of all ages. To enter, find printable forms at www.feelalittle.com and submit completed with contact details via email poem@alittleink.co.nz or social media www.facebook.com/feelalittle and @feelalittlenz by Poetry Day Eve 24 August 5pm
Submission Dates: 1 August - 25 August 2017
Contact: Jenny Palmer poem@alittleink.co.nz
Further Info: www.feelalittle.com and www.facebook.com/feelalittle and @feelalittlenz


My wide white bed: What's in that pocket?
Ever wondered what's in a nurse's pocket? There's a poem in My wide white bed (to be published October 2017, Landing Press) where author Trish Harris makes her own fantastical list of items in a nurse’s pocket. Now we want to know what you think! Send in a list of four items and be in the draw to win two vouchers for dinner and a movie, and copies of the book. The competition begins on National Poetry Day, and is open for two weeks. Winners will be contacted, and announced on our Landing Press website and Facebook page. Be sure to subscribe/follow us. A list of all items submitted will be posted on these sites as well.
Entry details: Free entry by email to landingpressnz@gmail.com (from 25 August). All ages welcome. Nationwide.
Submission Dates: 25 August–8 September
Contact: Margot and Christine (harrisbook@whitireia.ac.nz)
Further info: https://www.facebook.com/landingpressnz | https://landingpress.wordpress.com/


VOLUME Poetry Spam (Junk Poetry Competition)
Choose a piece of spam or junk mail, an advertisement or other unsolicited words (either printed or received by e-mail). Write a poem using only the vocabulary of the piece of junk you have chosen.
Entry details: Free to enter. Open now to all New Zealand residents.
Submission Dates: Entries must be received by 18 August. Send to books@volume.nz or to VOLUME, PO Box 364, Nelson 7040. The winner will be announced on National Poetry Day (25 August) and in our newsletter (subscribe here: www.volume.nz).
Contact: books@volume.nz
Further Info: Download instructions at http://tinyurl.com/poetryspam


Upper Hutt Library Annual Competition
Upper Hutt Library’s annual poetry national competition returns this year on the 20th year celebration of National Poetry Day! Celebrate this milestone with us by writing a poem based on the theme 1997 (when NPD first began). Please have fun - and we can’t wait to read your poetry!
Entry Details:There are three entry categories: Children (up to 12), Youth (13 – 18), Adults (over 18 years). Pick up a form and place it, with your poem, into our competition box at Upper Hutt Central Library, or submit your poems online at http://upperhuttlibrary.co.nz/upper-hutt-poetry-competition. Winners will be announced at the awards night 25th August at Upper Hutt Library (see Events Calendar).
Submission Dates:Entries open Monday 10th July. Entries close Sunday 13th August 2017.
Contact Details: libraryprogrammes@uhcc.govt.nz
Further Info: http://upperhuttlibrary.co.nz/upper-hutt-poetry-competition/


Write Wainuiomata
Do you have a story to tell? A poem to share? Sport Wainuiomata and Hutt City Libraries are celebrating Wainuiomata and National Poetry Day with the 'Write Wainuiomata Poetry and Short Fiction Competition'. All submissions must include the word “Wainuiomata”. The competition officially opens for submissions on National Poetry Day (Friday 25 August) and closes on Friday 19 September. Winners will be announced on Saturday 14 October. Entries can be written in either English or Māori. A reader/writer support person can assist those with dyslexia, sight impairments or have difficulties with literacy. Winning entries to be published online on the Sport Wainuiomata website.
Entry Details: Free to enter. Open to all ages. There are 2 categories: all ages, and youth up to 15 years-old.
1) Submit online your poems and contact details by email to sportwainuiomatainc@gmail.comwith “Write Wainuiomata” in the subject line.
2) OR Submit in person a hard copy of your poems with a cover page providing contact details, in person to Wainuiomata Community Library.
3) Limit of 2 entries per entrant.
Contact: sportwainuiomatainc@gmail.com OR LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further Info: See submission guidelines on posters in Hutt City Libraries or online at: www.sportwainuiomata.com

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NORTHLAND

Kawakawa

Kings Theatre Creative Poetry Open Mic - Warm-down event
Get together with your family and friends at Kings Theatre Creative in Kawakawa to be moved by an afternoon of diverse, compelling, engaging and outrageous poetry. Feature poets include Olivia Macassey, Martin Porter, Piet Nieuwland and many others who are in the freshly launched Fast Fibres Poetry 4. Unleash your creativity and perform your poetry live at the open mic session.
Entry Details: $5 koha, all ages welcome
Date /Time: Sunday 27 August 1.30pm to 4pm
Location: Kings Theatre Creative 80 Gillies Street Kawakawa
Contact: Piet Nieuwland fastfibres@live.com 0274805548
Further Information: https://www.facebook.com/KingsTheatreCreative/ | https://fastfibres.wordpress.com/


Whangarei

Lingo+Learn
An open writing and poetry workshop designed for anyone wanting to learn and engage in Poetry and writing, Hosted by Whangarei collective Poetry Posse at NYT (86 Bank Street - upstairs). Bring lead or ink, paper or pad, water and snacks and an open mind.
Entry Details: Free, open to all. Register by 24th August at The Old Stone Butter Factory or by email to vincenttnathan@gmail.com
Date/Times: Friday 25th August - workshop 10am - 2pm.
Location: Northland Youth Theatre
Contact: Vincent Nathan email: vincenttnathan@gmail.com Txt: 0212147714
Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/317914338635589/?ti=icl


Lingo+Love – Open Mic & Slam
The Old Stone Butter Factory will be an epicentre of eccentric eclecticism as the open mic explodes with Lingo from all corners of the universe. We then succumb to the voice of youth in a final Youth Poetry Slam. Hosted by Poetry Posse member Vincent Nathan. Be prepared for a linguistic feast of words!
Entry Details: Free, open to all. Sign up to read on the open mic on the night. To register for the slam competition, please email your details to vincenttnathan@gmail.com
Date/Times: Friday 25th August. Slam starts at 6.30pm.
Location: The Old Stone Butter Factory
Contact: Vincent Nathan email: vincenttnathan@gmail.com | Txt:0212147714
Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/317914338635589/?ti=icl


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 and read your poetry and support Fast Fibres Poetry 4. It should be fun with a busy audience of library goers. See you there!
Entry Details: Free, all welcome
Date/Times:Saturday 26 August from 11am till 1pm.
Location:Whangarei Central Library
Contact: Piet Nieuwland at fastfibres@live.com
Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/KingsTheatreCreative/ | https://fastfibres.wordpress.com/


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AUCKLAND REGION

North Auckland - Waiwera | Devonport | Northcote
Central Auckland - Waiheke | CBD & Central Suburbs
West Auckland - Kumeu | Swanson
South Auckland - Otara

North Auckland


Waiwera

Poetry in the Pub is back!
The Hibiscus Coast /Puhoi National Poetry Day event at the Sugar Loaf Bar and Restaurant returns once more! Readings of original and others' poems will take place. These will be interspersed with coffee, wine and food, and some poetry-based fun, including raffle of a poetry book, poetry trivia game and haiku or couplet writing. There will be a prize for an original poem, either judged, if we have the services of someone authorised to do so, or a "pot luck" prize from among the poets who presented an original poem. Everyone with an interest in poetry is extremely welcome: this will be the sixth such event we have held, all great fun. 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: $2.00. All welcome. Please contact us if you are interested in coming, to assist with seating arrangements.
Date/Times: Friday 25th August 2017, 7.00 – 9.30pm
Location: Sugar Loaf Bar and Restaurant, 38 Waiwera Road, Waiwera
Contact: dianenewcombe@hotmail.com | 021483849
Further Info: Poster and details are online at https://puhoinz.com/waxing-lyrical/


Devonport


Following event includes 20/20 Collection poet/poets!

20 Poets in Devonport: The Michael King Writers Centre & Depot Artspace
Celebrate 20 years of National Poetry Day...with...20 Poets in Devonport. Twenty poets, past & present, in readings and presentations for this national celebration. Readings include 20/20 Collection poets Kevin Ireland and Johanna Emeney, also Michelle Leggott, Te Awhina Arahunga, Denys Trussell, Paul Morris, Ian Rockell and others, with young poets from the Michael King Writers Centre, Young Writers Programme and readings of A.R.D. Fairburn, Denys Glover, Barry Brickell and Lee Dowrick. Help us create a collaborative poem for Devonport on the night! STOP PRESS!!! C.K.Stead, 20/20 poet and National Poet Laureate will read his work, including the piece especially created... "A Birthday" (The Royal New Zealand Navy turns 75). WAIT THERE'S MORE!! New Zealand Actor and Navy reservist Mark Hadlow will also read a selection of Denis Glover poems written while Denis was in the Royal New Zealand Navy in the 1940s.
Entry details: Free, Open to all ages
Date/ Time: Friday 25 August, from 5.30 - 7pm
Location: The Depot Artspace, 28 Clarence Street, Devonport
Contact: Lynn Dawson, Chair of Friends of the Michael King Writers Centre lynn.bip@xtra.co.nz
Further Info: Facebook event | http://www.nzbookawards.nz/national-poetry-day/20-20-collection/

Northcote

Childrens’ Multi-lingual Poetry Workshop
Red Room Poetry Object is a selection of workshops, linked to an Australasian poetry competition, that invites students (Years 3-10) and their teachers to write poems inspired by their special and curious objects. In these unique workshops, students will be guided by celebrated Filipino-Australian poet Ivy Alvarez as they investigate the mysteries of their objects. Drawing on personal and re-imagined stories, students will use poetry as a tool to explore the universe of hidden histories within their treasured belongings. A range of poetic devices will be introduced before budding poets embark upon a journey of language translation for those who are familiar with a second language. To get involved with the workshops in the North Shore or Central Auckland, contact Susy Carryer at scarryer@diocesan.school.nz
Entry details: Register Your School for the Competition: http://redroomcompany.org/poetry-object/register
Date: Friday 25 August 2017
Location/Times: Northshore - Northcote College (9:00AM - 11:00AM) | Central Auckland - Diocesan School for Girls (1:00PM - 3:00PM)
Contact: poetryobject@redroomcompany.org
Further Info: redroomcompany.org/projects/poetry-object


Central Auckland


Poetry Live! Celebrates National Poetry Day - Warm-up event
Get warmed up for National Poetry Day 2017 with New Zealand's longest running live weekly poetry event. On our annual Resurrection Night, all are invited to dress up as or pay homage to a favourite poet from the past on the open mic, with special guest C.K.Stead. Music by Cricket Farm. Open Mic; sign up on the night. Prizes and fun giveaways.
Entry Details: Koha. All ages (under 18 with a guardian)
Date/Time: Tuesday 22rd August 8:00 onwards.
Location: The Thirsty Dog, 469 Karangahape Rd, Auckland CBD
Contact Details: poetrylive@gmail.com
Further Info: www.poetrylive.co.nz | PoetryLive! on Facebook


2017 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 National Poetry Day 2017. 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 Entry. 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 or Massey University (Albany Campus, Auckland 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:1st June 2017 - 1st August 2017
Contact Details:Siobhan Harvey - siharvey@aut.ac.nz
Further Info: artagent.co.nz/poetry/poetry.htm


Pop Up Poetry – Warm-up/NPD event
Warm-up for National Poetry Day with the team from Word – The Front Line, South Auckland Poets Collective, Poetry Live and the Jafa Poetry Slam. Young poets from across Auckland share their love of poetry and the spoken word in unexpected places in the Central City Library. Hear their voices as you browse the shelves or listen attentively as they perform to add their voices to the library space.
Entry Details: Free, all welcome
Date/Times: Various times from Saturday 18th to Friday 25th August.
Location: Central City Library (Level 1, Various Locations)
Contact: Ken Arkind at kenarkind@gmail.com
Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/aucklandlibraries/ | South Auckland Poetry Collective | http://www.actioneducation.co.nz/word---the-front-line.html


Stuck Up Word Art - Warm-up event
Create your own unique form of expression using our giant words at the central city library. Find them scattered on the floor for you to use. Make those words work for you: arrange, rearrange, group and swap them into your own poetic works. The words can be found during the week leading up to, and on National Poetry Day itself. Come on over and carpet the floor with the power of poetry!
Entry Details: Free, all welcome
Date/Times: Saturday 18th to Friday 25th August
Location: Central City Library, Auckland CBD
Contact: Sean Taylor - Librarian Activation: sean.taylor@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz
Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/aucklandlibraries/


Poetry While You Wait
Last year, a kind man going see his son play rugby asked for a sonnet for Syrian children. Birthday guests received a hilarious rhyming tribute to their uncle. Two builders, upon seeing such quirky verse, said they'd write a poem for Raewyn Alexander. There were a bounty of poems created, and ready-made lines given away as posters. What about this year? Call in for coffee and delish at Garnet Station Cafe, 85 Garnet Road, Westmere, Auckland. Receive a free poem while you wait by international poet Raewyn Alexander – at your service, without charge. See you there on Aotearoa’s Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day!
Entry Details: All welcome, free of charge
Date/Times:
25 August 2017, 10am – 5pm
Location: Garnet Station Cafe, 85 Garnet Road, Westmere, Auckland.
Contact: raewynalexandergood@gmail.com
Further Info: www.raewynalexanderarts.com


Books on the Bus NZ Poetry Book Drop
Books on the Bus NZ is celebrating National Poetry Day on 25 August by doing 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: 25 Aug 2017, 8am to 8pm
Location: Auckland
Contact: Jade-Ceres Munoz, violetdolor@gmail.com
Further Info: www.booksonthebus.nz | https://www.facebook.com/events/324598621327327/


Write Poetry, Feel Good
Are you disheartened by your meagre existence? Has your heart been left out on the sidewalk like an old sock? Does the plasterboard prison of your office cubicle make your soul weep? Perhaps you're madly or subtly in love with something but haven't found a way to express it? Perhaps you feel you have too many words and need to give some away? Or do you just want to know how to write a poem? If any of these symptoms or scenarios are familiar to you, then you may benefit from a hefty dose of lunchtime poetry. Join us for our National Poetry Day workshop, where we'll stimulate your synapses and induce creative expression into your personage. You will write yourself silly, bare your soul, grit your teeth, giggle, produce a surprising masterpiece or several, and walk out feeling lighter. We promise!
Entry Details: Free, all welcome
Date/Times: Friday 25th August, 12pm-3.00pm
Location: Central City Library - Whare Wānanga (Level 2)
Contact: Rata Gordon (Express Yourself Project Leader) at rata@toiora.org.nz
Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/330891590688835/ | https://www.facebook.com/aucklandlibraries/


Childrens’ Multi-lingual Poetry Workshop
Red Room Poetry Object is a selection of workshops, linked to an Australasian poetry competition, that invites students (Years 3-10) and their teachers to write poems inspired by their special and curious objects. In these unique workshops, students will be guided by celebrated Filipino-Australian poet Ivy Alvarez as they investigate the mysteries of their objects. Drawing on personal and re-imagined stories, students will use poetry as a tool to explore the universe of hidden histories within their treasured belongings. A range of poetic devices will be introduced before budding poets embark upon a journey of language translation for those who are familiar with a second language. To get involved with the workshops in Central Auckland or theNorth Shore, contact Susy Carryer at scarryer@diocesan.school.nz
Entry details: Register Your School for the Competition: http://redroomcompany.org/poetry-object/register
Date: Friday 25 August 2017
Location/Times: Central Auckland - Diocesan School for Girls (1:00PM - 3:00PM) | Northshore - Northcote College (9:00AM - 11:00AM)
Contact: poetryobject@redroomcompany.org
Further Info: redroomcompany.org/projects/poetry-object


Time Out Bookstore's Pavement Poetry
Join local poets on National Poetry Day to see how much of the pavement in Mt Eden Village can be covered with poetry in an hour. Chalk your own or your favourite verse on the pavement for the community to enjoy until it wears away with foot-traffic and rain. Meet outside Time Out Book Store at 12:30 or join in at any time. Limited pavement chalk provided - if you can, bring some with you.
Entry Details: Free. All ages.
Date/times: Fri 25 August, 12.30-1.30pm
Location: Starting at Time Out Bookstore and moving around the Mt. Eden Village, Mt Eden Road.
Contact: books@timeout.co.nz | 09-6303331
Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1463540257032603/


Say it out loud!!
What are those people saying, huddled together over sushi in the cafeteria? Who are they talking about? What keeps them awake at night? What do they think of when they are alone at the bus stop? Say it out loud!! is a National Poetry Day event for students of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. The aim is to fill the atrium with words. Open mic – bring your own poems or something you would like to read. Register on the day. Guest poet is Tim Health, winner of Poetry Idol, multiple poetry slams and guest poet at the 2017 Auckland Readers and Writers Festival.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all staff and students of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.
Date/Times: 25 August, 12pm-1pm
Location: Atrium, Building 505, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, 85 Park Road, Grafton
Contact: Tony O’Brien a.obrien@auckland.ac.nz
Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/FMHS-poetry-event-1022221387891585/



Following event includes 20/20 Collection poet/poets!

Poets Live on Campus!
Hear some of Auckland's most acclaimed poets live on campus, celebrating the 20th anniversary of Phantom Billstickers' National Poetry Day. Renowned poets include 20/20 Collection poets C. K. Stead, Selina Tusitala Marsh along with Michele Leggott and Ian Wedde. These will be joined by students reading their own work and selections from the 20/20 Collection. Presented by the University of Auckland in conjunction with Auckland University Press.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages
Date/Times: 25 August, 1pm-2pm
Location: University of Auckland General Library, Princes St, Auckland, 1010
Further Info: www.press.auckland.ac.nz | www.facebook.com/AUPBooks/


Following event includes 20/20 Collection poet/poets!

Selina Tusitala Marsh – Tightrope Book Launch
On Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2017, please join us in celebrating the launch of Selina Tusitala Marsh's new poetry collection, Tightrope. Maori and Pasifika books sold on the night to celebrate Reading Brown! Teachers in particular are most welcome!
Entry Details: Free entry, open to all
Date/Times: 4.30 pm, Friday 25 August 2017
Location: Fale Pasifika, University of Auckland, Auckland, 1010
Contact: a.long@auckland.ac.nz
Further Info: Facebook event | https://www.facebook.com/AUPBooks/ | AUP website events


Auckland: Speaks
Auckland: Speaks is a multi-media performance event in which local poets, storytellers, rappers and dancers create original works of art from the voice of their own home. It’s a series of love letters from Auckland to itself. Imagine if Ponsonby wrote a letter to K’rd or if Rangitoto challenged the Sky tower to a rap battle. Performers include Jess Holly Bates, Jahra Rager, The South Auckland Poets Collective, Members of the Niu Wave Collective and more! Produced by Ken Arkind. Music Direction by Ramon Narayan.
Entry Details: Free. All Ages.
Date/Times: Friday, August 25th 6:00 – 8:00PM
Location: Central City Library 44/46 Lorne St, Auckland, 1010
Contact: Ken Arkind Email: kenarkind@gmail.com
Further Info: Blog: https://ourspeakscity.tumblr.com | See our Facebook Event: Auckland: Speaks


An Interview with Mary Shelley
The comedy poetry troupe Theoradical Hobohemians are performing at Shanghai Lil's. A Krd bar in Auckland, for this year's National Poetry Day! "An Interview with Mary Shelley" is a one act play about her life. It is an interactive theatre-poetry show and we encourage the audience to ask Mary Shelley anything about her Nineteenth Century literary smash hit "Frankenstein", or her life with Romantic Poetry giant Percy Shelley, and beloved friend Lord Byron.IncludesByronic Open Poetry Mic - Please bring your (((short))) poems to share with us after the interview or recite a bit of Romantic poetry. Lord Byron, Percy and Mary Shelley will form a panel to give feedback to the poets and pick a winner. (Prize: Signed copy of her Frankenstein book!)
Entry Details: Free entry. Costumes optional, but elegant hats and fake moustaches a must! Cocktail: The Wrench
Date/Times: Friday 25th August, 7pm Main Show
Location: Shanghai Lil’s, 335 Krd, Auckland
Contact: SugarLumps Productions ruthbioletti@gmail.com
Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/theoradicalhobohemians| https://www.instagram.com/theoradical_hobohemians/ Shanghai L'l's | https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2017/an-interview-with-mary-shelley/auckland/ponsonby


Following event includes 20/20 Collection poet/poets!

The Divine Muses XIV Poetry Reading
The Divine Muses will bring together a mix of emerging and established poets to celebrate National Poetry Day 2017. This year's confirmed readers are: 20/20 celebration poets C. K. Stead, Simone Kaho, Paula Green, also Michael Giacon, Vana Manasiadis and Siobhan Harvey. This year marks the 15th anniversary of this reading. The evening will also see the announcement of our annual Emerging Poets Competition (this year judged by Maris O'Rourke) which support emerging writers and is sponsored by Unity Books.
Entry Details: Free, open to all ages.
Date/Times: 25 August, 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Location: St Paul Gallery, St Paul Street, Auckland CBD
Contact: To reserve seats or for further information contact Siobhan Harvey, siharvey@aut.ac.nz
Further Info: http://artagent.co.nz/poetry/poetry.htm


All Tomorrow's Poets #4
All Tomorrow's Poets showcases cutting-edge New Zealand poetry and situates it in the context of Aotearoa New Zealand’s literary history. Featuring Divyaa Kumar, Makanaka Tuwe, Evangeline Riddiford-Graham and the work of Olivia Hall and Carrie Rudzinski. Space is limited - first in first served. BYO welcome.
Entry Details: $5 entry - to be passed onto the performing poets. All ages - minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Date/times: Friday 25th August 2017 6.30-8.30pm
Location: Upstairs at Time Out Bookstore, Mt Eden Road
Contact: books@timeout.co.nz | 09-6303331
Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1584212814985755/


Poetry Party at the Golden Dawn
It’s a wrap! Come up to Ponsonby Road and party after your other readings have finished to celebrate another scintillating National Poetry Day. Unwind and have some fun. Listen to Freaky Meat – funky jazz with the noir, beat-speak vocal styles of poet Shane Hollands. South Auckland Poets Collective founder Daren Kamali is performing with Pacific multi-media artist Ole Maiava as Unlicensed Savages of Aotearoa. Catch poems and performances by Elizabeth Morton, Kirsten Warner, Anita Arlov and others.
Entry Details: $5. Licensed premises.
Date/Times: 25 August, 9pm-12 pm
Location: The Golden Dawn Tavern of Power, 134 Ponsonby Road, Auckland.
Contact: Kirsten Warner, flamingpearl@ihug.co.nz
Further Info: Check out our Facebook event


Compound Press & min-a-rets – Warm-down event
Knock out National Poetry Day with the relaunch of min-a-rets #7 (first issue in 3 years) edited by Zarah Butcher-Mcgunnigle, with readings by Hana Pera Aoake (Wgt), Owen Connors, Craig Foltz, & Ursula Robinson (Melb). Also featuring a multi-lingual & multi-media performance by NZ-Taiwanese poet Ya-Wen Ho for a new Compound Press chapbook by Korean-Peruvian poet Ae Hee Lee. Books for sale. Some drinks provided. BYO welcome. Hopefully things get weird.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages.
Date/Times: Saturday 26 August, 7pm-9pm
Location: 5c 55-57 High St, Auckland Central
Contact: Chris Holdaway, chris@compoundpress.org
Further Info: compoundpress.org, facebook.com/compoundpress/


Waiheke Island

This Island is Full of Voices - Warm-up event
This Island is Full of Voices is an afternoon workshop which focuses on recognising the poetry that exists in our everyday lives and finding the language to express it. Whether the starting point is a moment of beauty in the natural world, a conversation overheard, or the smell of your child's summer skin, it is about noticing and capturing and sharing. As an Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day warm up event, participants are encouraged to enter any work generated by the workshop in the National Poetry Day Waiheke Love Jam poetry competition.
Entry Details: waged $15, low wage/no wage trade, exchange, pay what you can
Date/Time: July 30th, 1-4pm
Location: Waiheke Community Library, 131-133 Ocean View Rd, Oneroa, Waiheke Island
Contact: traceyhsullivan@gmail.com
Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/841870815980109/


Waiheke Poetry Love Jam Poetry Competition
Waiheke Song & Poetry Thing proudly presents this all-island poetry competition leading up to our Saturday night finale, Love Jam 2017. Winners will be announced on the night, and their poems performed for the audience, as part of the awesome evening blend of warmth, words and music. C’mon Waiheke, let’s get writing!
Cost: Free (there are prizes!)
Open to: Waiheke residents only. Three categories: 5-12 yrs, 13 - 18 and adult.
Submission details: Email entries with name, age and contact details to katsun@xtra.co.nz. Paper copies can be put into the special poetry box at the Waiheke Library with name, age and contact details attached to the poem. The box will be at the library from July 26th, as part of a display of local and national poetry.
Submission Dates: Open now. Deadline extended to 18th August, 4pm.
Contact: Katy Soljak: katsun@xtra.co.nz
Further Info:www.fb.com/events/671019349759341


Waiheke Poetry Love Jam - Warm-down event
Waiheke Song & Poetry Thing proudly presents a Love Jam 2017. Featuring local poets Sophia Johnson, Rata Gordon, Sue Fitchett, Michelle Chote & others, original song and music plus lots of love: a blend of warmth, words and music. This is a warm down event following National Poetry Day supported by the Waiheke Library and local island businesses. An all-island poetry competition (see above) will be held leading up to the night with winners announced and their poems performed for the audience. This will be a ticketed event with refreshments made by Julie Biuso of Shared Kitchen. Any extras made on the night will go to performing poets.
Entry Details: $20 for waged, $10 for unwaged, students and children are free, cash on the night. Please reserve your seats or miss out!
Date/Times: Sat 26th August, 6.30-8.30pm
Location: Waiheke Library
Contact: For more information & reservations email Kathyvoyles@gmail.com
Further Info: www.fb.com/events/671019349759341


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West Auckland


Kumeu

Free Poetry Meets Art Workshop with Artist Claire Delaney
Bring along a printed photocopy of a poem you have written to this workshop and let artist Claire Delaney guide you to create a beautiful mixed media artwork to take home with you. Why not write your poem at Kumeu Library first by participating in the book spine competition at Kumeu Library? All budding poets and artists welcome.
Entry Details: Free. Adults only. Spaces are limited please book in advance by emailing thetinshed@clear.net.nz or Tel: (09) 412 9480. Date/Times: Friday the 25th of August. 11am-1pm.
Location: 300 Main Road. Kumeu (behind the Library). Auckland
Contact: Kelly Kensington. Email: thetinshed@clear.net.nz
Further Info: Website www.kumeuartscentre.co.nz | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kumeu-Arts-Centre-Incorporated


Swanson

Children's Poetry Day Party! - Warm-down event
Come party... poetry style! Hear local young poets read, and listen to special guests: Paula Green, Gus Simonovic and Caroline Masters. Collaborate with Paula as she makes up poems on the spot and enjoy the free refreshments. Copies of The Secret Book of Poetry, a wonderful collection of children's poetry, will be for sale on the day. Open mic for young poets - bring your poems to share!
Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages.
Date/Times: Saturday 26 August 4.30 - 6.30pm
Location: Ranui Community House, 474 Swanson Rd, Auckland
Contact: Gus Simonovic at gus@printablereality.com or Caroline Masters at carolinejanemasters@gmail.com
Further info: https://www.facebook.com/secretspoetryproject/ |https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2017/childrens-poetry-day-party/auckland/ranui | https://therunciblespoon.net/


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South Auckland


Down South: Spoken Word and Rap Open Mic – Warm-up event
MIT's Faculty of Creative Arts is hosting a Spoken Word and Rap Open Mic with free food, poetry prizes, and all the snaps. Bring your beats, spit your words, break our hearts, and lift us up. New poems, old poems, love poems: we want to hear from you! Kick off National Poetry Day Down South in style and celebrate the voices of Aotearoa.
Entry Details: Free and open to all ages. Sign up on the day or ahead of time by email listed below.
Date/Times: Thursday 24 August, 3:30pm - 5pm
Location: The Black Room, MIT Faculty of Creative Arts
Address: 50 Lovegrove Crescent, Otara
Contact: Carrie Rudzinski, carrie.rudzinski@manuka.ac.nz
Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1370697529650320/


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WAIKATO/COROMANDEL

Hamilton

Hamilton Youth WorkshopsWarm-up/closed event
In the month running up to Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2017, Hamilton City Libraries are celebrating with a series of youth based workshops held by Donna Skoludek and Maria Huata from Hamilton Slam Down Poetry. These closed, student-only events will be releasing the power of poetry at local high schools.
Entry Details: closed event – students only
Date/Times: 9th August – 14th August, 2017
Location: Rototuna Junior High School, Hamilton Boys High School, Melville High School
Contact: tracy.robinson@hcc.govt.nz
Further Info: https://www.hamiltonlibraries.co.nz/ | https://www.facebook.com/HamiltonCityLibraries


Kirikiriroa Slam/Rap Spoken Word Competition
Hamilton City Libraries and Hamilton Slam Down Poetry are celebrating Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2017 with a children/youth Open Mic and Slam (spoken word) Competition. This Open Mic Slam Competition is open only to those under 25 years of age to participate. Register at www.hamiltonlibraries.co.nz and give the spoken word a go!
Entry Details: Free event open to the public. Date/Times: Friday 25th August, 6-10pm
Location: Creative Waikato, 131 Alexandra St., Hamilton
Contact: Tracy Robinson, tracy.robinson@hcc.govt.nz
Further Info:https://www.hamiltonlibraries.co.nz/ | https://www.facebook.com/HamiltonCityLibraries

Tauranga

Stand and Deliver!
ARTbop and Tauranga Writers invite poets, whether page or performance, and songwriters, too, to celebrate National Poetry Day 2017 with an evening of words and music -- OPEN MIKE! -- at the Mount Social Club cafe bar. Admission free - drinks and food from the bar from tasty snacks to a full meal. Guest poets and singer-songwriters Marion Arts, John Baxter, Archaeo and Marcel Currin. Let the wild revels begin!
Entry Details: Free, all welcome
Date/Times: Friday, 25th August 6.00pm
Location: Mount Social Cafe Bar, 305 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui
Contact: Full details from taurangawritersnz@gmail.com or text 028 406 32 40
Further Info: http://www.taurangawriters.org.nz/ | Mount Social Club cafe bar http://mountsocialclub.co.nz/

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BAY OF PLENTY/ROTORUA


Rotorua

Madness in Atlantis Book Launch – Warm up event
Are you mad about poetry? The Rotorua Mad Poets Society launch their eleventh anthology of verse, entitled "Madness in Atlantis" at Rotorua Library on Thursday 24 August at 4pm. The book includes a diverse range of poetry, including a chapter about 30 poems by young Rotorua poets, with themes of Matariki and Rotorua. Results of the Youth Poetry competition will be announced. Finger food and drinks to follow and books will be available to buy. All are welcome to come along.
Entry Details: All are welcome to come along to this free event. No booking is required.
Date/Times: Thursday 24 August 4-5pm.
Location: Rotorua Library, 1238 Pukuatua St, Rotorua
Contact: Rotorua Library. Email library@rotorualc.nz
Further Info: Facebook Event | Rotorua Library Events


Rhythm & Rhyme Evening
Join us on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day as we celebrate poetry, read by our members, and listen to the music of the “world-famous in New Zealand” Thermaleles. Readings from our poets Des Parsons, Jackie Evans, Khushi Usmati, Jane Fear, Robyn Newton, Lynne Street and others. Browse and buy copies of previously published anthologies. A gorgeous supper will be available!
Entry: by Koha ($2.oo); Open to members of the public and our younger poets and their families.RSVP by Wednesday 16th August (to assist catering)
Location: Te Runanga Tea house in Rotorua's Government Gardens
Date/Times: Friday 25th August, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Contact: Secretary Jackie JacquelineEvans@xtra.co.nz
Further Info: Mad Poets Society group page, at https://www.facebook.com/groups/RotoruaMadPoetsSociety/


Katikati

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 25th August
Contact: Gaye Hemsley 0272748753 or 075771753
Further Info: http://christinaproductions.co.nz/events

Poem & a Daffodil - -Closed event
Being Daffodil Day as well as National Poetry Day local writer/entertainer Gaye Hemsley will visit two local rest homes in Katikati Western Bay of Plenty. Each resident will be given a daffodil and a postcard with a poem relating to Daffodil Day
Entry Details: Closed rest-home events.
Date: Friday 25th August
Contact: Gaye Hemsley 0272748753 or 075771753
Further Info: http://christinaproductions.co.nz/events


Share a Poem
Grab a coffee and muffin and sit by the cozy fire. Read or listen to a poem your favourite poem or read you own. It’s Daffodil Day so wear something yellow.
Entry Details: Free Open to all ages: A donation to Cancer Society would be appreciated.
Date/Times: Friday 25th August 11.30am - 1.00p.m.
Location: Lighthouse Cafe, 10 lockington Rd, Katikati - Opp Matahui Rd
Contact: Gaye Hemsley 0272748753 or 075771753
Further Info: http://christinaproductions.co.nz/events

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GISBORNE/HAWKE'S BAY REGION

Napier


Getting Crafty with Haiku – Lead-up to and NPD event
We are looking for your Haikus to celebrate Poetry Day - we will be transcribing them onto rocks and setting some of them free around Ahuriri. For every one returned to us there is a chocolate fish and a chance of a poetry prize. Bring in your haiku’s anytime up to and including Poetry Day in any medium. On Poetry Day we will have a display of haiku’s and a further chance to add yours to our collection, pens, paper and rocks provided. If you come at 12.30pm there will be readings too.
Entry Details: Free, all ages welcomed
Date and Time: 25th August 8.30am -5.00 pm
Location: Beattie & Forbes - and all around Ahuriri
Contact: Megan books@beattieandforbes.co.nz
Further info: www.beattieandforbes.co.nz


Napier CAN Live Poets @ Napier Cathedral
Celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day on 25th August this year. Join local poets and invited readers reading their own work. Marty Smith will read her poetry at 5.30 pm. This is a great opportunity to hear the best of Napier’s Poetry Group reading in the Cathedral with its great acoustics, surrounded by acclaimed stained windows by world acclaimed artist Beverley Shore Bennett. Walk the ‘Pillars of Poems’ while enjoying a glass of wine and listening to music.
Entry Details: Entry is free, but koha towards the Cathedral and a gold coin for the refreshments is requested.
Date/Times: 5.30 onwards 25 August
Location: Napier Cathedral, 28 Browning St, Napier
Contact: Jeremy Roberts 021 02798395 or idiotdawn@gmail.com
Further Info: ecfairbrother@waiapu.com

Gisborne


Gisborne Haiku Competition
To support National Poetry Day we are holding a Haiku competition for Gisborne/East Coast residents. Entry is free and open to all ages - and you may enter as many Haiku as you like. There will be spot prizes for each age group: primary and intermediate students, secondary students, and adults. Your Haiku will be displayed in the library – come in and take a ‘Haiku Trail’- and may feature on our Facebook page. Create your Haiku in the 3 line, 17 syllable format (5/7/5).
Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages, entries restricted to Gisborne – East Coast region
Submission details: Open now, closes Thursday 24 August 5.00 pm
Further Info: Submit your entries to: info@gpl.govt.nz, via our Facebook page: @GisborneLibrary, or deliver to us at 53 Awapuni Road, Gisborne

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TARANAKI


Spoken Word Open Mic Night
Be transported to a world of Spoken Word art and celebrate National Poetry Day at Puke Ariki Library. Headliner talent My Own Darling creator Grace Taylor will demonstrate her skills and passion for poetry, alongside local Taranaki artists. The mic will be open for anyone wanting to share their own work, favourite works, or team efforts. Sign up on the night or get in touch beforehand.
Entry Details: Gold Coin entry. Event open to all.
Date/Times: Friday 25th August 6.30pm – 8pm
Location: Puke Ariki Library, Level 1
Contact: Emily Simons pukearikiadmin@npdc.govt.nz
Further Info: http://pukeariki.com/Whats-On/Event-Detail/e/3074/title/spoken-word-open-mic-night-for-national-poetry-day


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MANGAWHATU/WHANGANUI

Whanganui


Following event includes 20/20 Collection poet/poets!

Bill Manhire and Glenn Colquhoun Recite
Are you ready for a stunning evening, beautiful venue, and incredible poets? Hosted by The Guyton Group Trust and sponsored by Moore, Stephens, Markhams Whanganui, we bring you a poetry packed evening with National Poetry Day 20/20 Collection poet Bill Manhire and word maestro Glenn Colquhoun. Bill and Glenn will recite their poetry as a fundraiser for the planned full-sized bronze sculpture of James K Baxter, which will be sited in Guyton Street, Whanganui. Join us on the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Day. Wine and nibbles provided.
Entry Details
: All welcome. Entry $20 - or more, if your generosity towards the project is open ended.
Date and Times
: Friday 25 August 2017, 5.30 pm.
Location : Sarjeant on the Quay, 38 Taupo Quay, Whanganui 4500. GPS 39.9342405, 175.055598300000004
Contact : Paige’s Book Gallery, phone 06 348 9095
Further Info:hello@paigesbooks.com

Tararua

Woodville Library Open Mic Poetry Evening - Warm-up event
Join us at the Woodville Library on Thursday 24th August for an evening poetry on the open mic. Bring along some poetry to recite – either your own, or your favourite poets, or both. Light non-alcoholic refreshments provided. BYO permitted.
Entry Details: Koha. Adults 18+ only
Date/Times: 24 August, 6.30pm-9pm
Location: Woodville Library , 45 Vogel Street, Woodville
Further Info: Coming? Tell us by 18 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


Poetry and Pikelets

Poetry lovers - join us at the Dannevirke Library on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day this year, for a discussion on all things poetry! Bring along some poetry to share. (It can be your own, your favourite Poets, or both). Pikelets, tea and coffee provided.
Entry Details: Free. Adults only
Date/Times: 25 August, 10am-12pm
Location: Dannevirke Library , 1 Station Street, Dannevirke
Further Info: Coming? Tell us by 18 August: Please register your intention to come by telling staff at any branch of Tararua Distric
Library, or email your name to Alice.Leadbetter@tararuadc.govt.nz<mailto:Alice.Leadbetter@tararuadc.govt.nz> 06 374 4255

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WELLINGTON REGION

Wellington Central

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Kapiti Coast

Wellington Central


Following event includes 20/20 Collection poet/poets!

Best New Zealand Poems (part of Writers on Mondays series) - Warm-up event
What better way to anticipate the Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day than with a line-up of 13 of the best? Come along to hear Nick Ascroft, James Brown, John Dennison, Adrienne Jansen, Bill Manhire, Bill Nelson, Claire Orchard, Kerrin P Sharpe, Oscar Upperton, Tim Upperton, Airini Beautrais, Marty Smith and Ashleigh Young read their poem selected for the annual online publication Best New Zealand Poems, plus a favourite New Zealand poem. The poets will be introduced by the selector and editor of the BNZP16 website, Jenny Bornholdt.
Entry Details: Open to the public and free of charge.
Date/Times: Monday 21 August 2017 : 12.15-1.15pm
Location: Te Papa Marae, Level 4, Te Papa, Wellington
Contact: Katie.hardwick-smith@vuw.ac.nz 04- 463 6854
Further Info: Go to the IIML website: http://www.victoria.ac.nz/modernletters/about/events/writers-mondays


Ahoy! Poetry Afloat.
Poet David Merritt takes poetry onto the high seas with a day long installation and poetry reading on the Cook Strait Interislander ferries.
Entry Details: Open to all passengers and crew on board.
Date/ Times: 3 sailings 10am, 2pm, 6pm, Thurs 24th OR Fri 25th August - weather dependent
Location: The Interislander ferry Aratere, Cook Strait.
Contact: David Merritt. culvert23@gmail.com | 0223904153
Further Info: Facebook.com/dmpe


Poetry Ngaio
An evening of poems by some of the terrific NZ writers with connections to Ngaio and Crofton Downs. Readers include Kerry Popplewell, Kate Spencer, John Howell, Janis Freegard, Carmen Downes and more. Includes open mic. Light refreshments provided. (You’ll also be able to see/add to a display of poems responding to local photographs, which runs at Cummings Park Library 14-28 August.)
Entry details: Admission free, all welcome
Date/times: Friday 25 August, 7.30-9.30pm
Location: Cummings Park Library, Ottawa Road, Ngaio, Wellington
Contact: Kerry Hines poetryngaio@hotmail.comFurther info: https://poetryngaio.wordpress.com/


Sea of Words
Your words. Our poets.Come into the National Library and drop a word relating to the sea (plus your name and contact details) into our giant origami boat on display. Get an instant prize of an individually-wrapped biscuit and a poem from one of two new collections of poetry, Keel & Drift by Adrienne Jansen and Everything is here by Rob Hack. Go in the draw to win dinner for two and a cruise on a boat in Mana, or copies of these great collections. At the end of the day our poets will use all your words to create an entirely new poem that will be posted on Facebook, and the Landing Press and Escalator Press websites.
Entry details: Free. Open to all ages.
Date/Times: 25 August, 10am–4pm
Location: National Library Foyer, Wellington.
Contact: Margot and Christine (harrisbook@whitireia.ac.nz)
Further info: https://www.facebook.com/events/798383210334435 | https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2017/sea-of-words-national-poetry-day-event/wellington | https://landingpress.wordpress.com/ | http://www.escalatorpress.co.nz/

Finding Poetry on the Page
Workshop 1
Unleash the power of poetry through lead, ink and paper. Come for two hours, be converted for life; National Poetry Day is your opportunity to taste the letterpress revival for free at Wai-te-ata Press. Sign up for one of three timeslots throughout the day. Bring a line of poetry or make up your own on the spot to typeset and handprint a collaborative ‘found’ poem. Garamond, Rockwell, Univers… pick your poison from our historic metal and wood type collection. Newbies and seasoned enthusiasts welcome. Walk away with a copy of your creation to help keep letterpress alive.
Entry details: Free, event open to anyone, numbers limited. RSVP to wtapress@vuw.ac.nz by 21 August.
Date/Times: Friday 25 August, 10am-12pm
Location: Wai-te-ata Press, Room 006 Rankine Brown, Gate 3, Kelburn Parade, Kelburn Campus, Wellington
Contact: Sydney Shep, wtapress@vuw.ac.nz
Further info: www.victoria.ac.nz/wtapress/about/events/finding-poetry-on-the-page-workshop-1


Following event includes 20/20 Collection poet/poets!

Starling Issue 4 - Reading at Vic Books
We're launching Starling Issue 4 with a National Poetry Day celebration! Join us for a reading at Vic Books, featuring Ellie Borrie, Rebecca Hawkes, Joy Holley, Sharon Lam, Essa Ranapiri, and IIML’s National Schools Poetry Award Winner and 20/20 Collection poet Louise Wallace - she will be reading her 20/20 poem!
Entry Details:
Free, all welcome
Date/Times:
Friday 25 August, 10:45am
Location:
Vic Books Kelburn, Easterfield Building, 21 Kelburn Parade, Wellington
Contact:
Alex Sipahioglu 04 2806206 or alex.sipahioglu@vicbooks.co.nz
Further Info:
https://www.facebook.com/vicbooksnz/ | https://www.vicbooks.co.nz/


Where the Wild Words Are
Come and hear Mākaro Press poets bewitch, berate, busk and bewilder at the Wellington Central Library. Mary Cresswell • Lindsay Pope • Janis Freegard • Tim Jones • John Howell • Keith Westwater • Mary McCallum • Julie Hanify • Pete Carter • Robyn Cooper • Peter Rawnsley • Maggie Rainey-Smith.
Entry details: Free
Date/times: Friday, 25 August, 1-3pm
Location: Wellington Central Library, Victoria Street, Wellington.
Contact: makaropress@gmail.com
Further info: Facebook event | www.makaropress.co.nz


Finding Poetry on the Page
Workshop 2
Unleash the power of poetry through lead, ink and paper. Come for two hours, be converted for life; National Poetry Day is your opportunity to taste the letterpress revival for free at Wai-te-ata Press. Sign up for one of three timeslots throughout the day. Bring a line of poetry or make up your own on the spot to typeset and handprint a collaborative ‘found’ poem. Garamond, Rockwell, Univers… pick your poison from our historic metal and wood type collection. Newbies and seasoned enthusiasts welcome. Walk away with a copy of your creation to help keep letterpress alive.
Entry details: Free, event open to anyone, numbers limited. RSVP to wtapress@vuw.ac.nz by 21 August.
Date/Times: Friday 25 August, 12-2pm
Location: Wai-te-ata Press, Room 006 Rankine Brown, Gate 3, Kelburn Parade, Kelburn Campus, Wellington
Contact: Sydney Shep, wtapress@vuw.ac.nz
Further info: www.victoria.ac.nz/wtapress/about/events/finding-poetry-on-the-page-workshop-2


Manifesto Aotearoa Poetry
Join Unity Books Wellington for National Poetry Day when Nick Ascroft, Mary Cresswell, Anahera Gildea, Liang Yujing, and Keith Westwater will read from their work in Manifesto Aotearoa: 101 Political Poems edited by Philip Temple & Emma Neale (Otago University Press).
Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages
Date/Times: Friday 25th August, 12-1pm
Location: Unity Books Wellington, 57 Willis Street, Wellington
Contact: Dylan Sherwood, wellington@unitybooks.co.nz
Further info: facebook event: https://tinyurl.com/y7xydje9 | eventfinda: https://tinyurl.com/ycoft3by | Unity website post: http://tinyurl.com/ycc2ms6d


Finding Poetry on the Page
Workshop 3
Unleash the power of poetry through lead, ink and paper. Come for two hours, be converted for life; National Poetry Day is your opportunity to taste the letterpress revival for free at Wai-te-ata Press. Sign up for one of three timeslots throughout the day. Bring a line of poetry or make up your own on the spot to typeset and handprint a collaborative ‘found’ poem. Garamond, Rockwell, Univers… pick your poison from our historic metal and wood type collection. Newbies and seasoned enthusiasts welcome. Walk away with a copy of your creation to help keep letterpress alive.
Entry details: Free, event open to anyone, numbers limited. RSVP to wtapress@vuw.ac.nz by 21 August.
Date/Times: Friday 25 August, 2-4pm
Location: Wai-te-ata Press, Room 006 Rankine Brown, Gate 3, Kelburn Parade, Kelburn Campus, Wellington
Contact: Sydney Shep, wtapress@vuw.ac.nz
Further info: www.victoria.ac.nz/wtapress/about/events/finding-poetry-on-the-page-workshop-3


Feel Brave – Warm-down event
Author visit and wellbeing workshop with award winning children's Author Avril McDonald
Join UK based Wellington award winning author Avril McDonald at the Wellington Central Library as she tells her 'Feel Brave' children's stories and demonstrates simple games and exercises that children can use everyday to help them mange tough emotions and reach their potential. Each book tells a story in beautiful rhyme of a simple problem children may face (e.g. self-confidence, anxiety, fears, worries, change, loss, grief, making relationships, calming down) and offers a really simple strategy to cope with it. This event will be the last of her NZ 30 school book tour through NZ before she returns to the UK. Entry is free and children will have the opportunity to purchase personally dedicated signed books after the event.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages. The Feel Brave books are officially for 4-7 year olds but are enjoyed by all ages.
Date/Times: Saturday 26th August, 10.30am - 11.30am (the day after poetry day so that all children can attend out of school hours).
Location: Wellington Central Library, 65 Victoria St, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand
Contact: Kassie McLuskie, Wellington City Libraries kassie.mcluskie@wcc.govt.nz
Further info: website: www.feelbrave.com Facebook: @Feelbraveltd Twitter: @feel_brave

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Upper Hutt

Children’s Poetry & Craft – Warm-up event
The Upper Hutt City Library is warming up for National Poetry Day with a creative poetry workshop for the kids. Come along and create your own special poem inspired craft. All craft material is supplied.
Entry Details: Free, all welcome
Date/Times: Sunday 12th August, 2pm – 3pm
Location: Upper Hutt library
Contact: Danny at Danny.Tiata@uhcc.govt.nz

Competition Awards Night
Upper Hutt Library’s annual poetry competition returns this year on the 20th year celebration of National Poetry Day (to enter, see competition calendar). Join us on National Poetry Day to celebrate our competition winners and all things poetry!
Entry Details: Free, all welcome.
Date/Times: 25th August, 6.30-8.30pm
Location: Upper Hutt Central Library
Contact: Danny at Danny.Tiata@uhcc.govt.nz
Further Info: http://upperhuttlibrary.co.nz/upper-hutt-poetry-competition/

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Lower Hutt


Rhyme Time - Warm-up event
Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day is on its way. How good are your rhyming skills? Join us (and our rhyming dictionaries) to create a poem or two in this Poetry Day warm-up event.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages.
Date/Times: Saturday 12 August, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: Naenae Library, Hillary Court, Naenae, Hutt City
Contact: Lillian Pak, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further Info: www.library.huttcity.govt.nz | www.facebook.com/HuttCityLibraries | https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/whatson/events/lower-hutt


Poetry of the Valley and the Hills
Poetry is a great way to reflect on the environment around us. Poets will read poetry reflecting on their unique experience of the landscape. We will feature poets from around the Wellington area and have an open mic where anyone can read out their poetry. The evening will begin with drinks and nibbles and a time to mix and mingle and meet others. This Lower Hutt Event continues the successful Poetry Day event of recent years.
Entry Details: Entry is free. Readers, poets, writers, anyone interested in our environment, and all ages are welcome.
Date/Time: Friday 25th August 7.30pm.
Location: St Marks Centre, 58 High Street, Lower Hutt. Opposite the Hutt Library
Contact: Vivienne Ball. Email: viviennemayball@gmail.com 0274358543
Further Info: https://pro.eventfinda.co.nz/edit-event/447566/feature | https://www.facebook.com/events/325189967930588/


Positive Poetry
– Warm-down event
Warm down from Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day at the Naenae Library. Listen to a selection of thought-provoking poetry, and have a go at writing one of your own.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages.
Date/Times: Saturday 26 August, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: Naenae Library, Hillary Court, Naenae, Hutt City
Contact: Lillian Pak, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further Info: www.library.huttcity.govt.nz | https://www.facebook.com/HuttCityLibraries | https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/whatson/events/lower-hutt


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Kāpiti Coast

"Kāpiti Haiku" Poetry Competition
Celebrate National Poetry Day by entering Kāpiti Coast District Libraries’ fifth annual poetry competition. For the competition as a theme/poetry type "Kāpiti Haiku". We challenge poets to write a haiku (three lines), up to 3 entries per person. Entries are open for the month of June. We have 3 age categories; Children 6 – 12 years, teen 13 – 18 years, Adult 19+ years. We will also host an open mic night on National Poetry Day to announce the winners of the poetry competition and present prizes. Special guest poets will be Kāpiti Poetry Workshop members starting the evening with their haiku. An e-book of the haikus will be available to download for free.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all Kāpiti Coast District Library users.
Submission dates: 1 – 30 June 2017
Contact: Juana Kelsen, juana.kelsen@kapiticoast.govt.nz
Further Info: kapiticoast.govt.nz/poetry


If you’re a poet we want to know it! “Kāpiti Haiku” Open Mic Night
Join Kāpiti Coast District Libraries and celebrate National Poetry Day with an hour of poetry. Celebrations will start with readings by members of the Kāpiti Poetry Workshop, followed by an open mic session, where you will have the opportunity to read your haiku to a live audience. Prize winners from the “Kāpiti Haiku” Poetry Competition will be announced on the night.
Entry details: Free. All ages.
Date/Times: 25 August, 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Location: Paraparaumu Library, 9 Iver Trask Place, Paraparaumu
Contact: Juana Kelsen, juana.kelsen@kapiticoast.govt.nz
Further info: http://kapiticoast.govt.nz/poetry


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NELSON

Nelson Poetry Map - Warm-up/National Poetry Day event
The Nelson Poetry Map records and shares connections between poetry and places. Contribute poems to this open-access map, tagging them to the locations you associate with those poems. Visit the locations and read all the poems on your mobile device (or take a virtual tour without leaving home). Wandering poetry readers on National Poetry Day will no doubt encounter fellow poetry readers at various locations.
Entry details: Open for everyone to use and contribute.
Dates/Times: Contribute poems now. Crawl the locations on National Poetry Day (25 August) and meet other poetry readers!
Location: www.volume.nz/poetrymap.html and Nelson generally!
Contact: books@volume.nz
Further Info: Download a printable poster at http://tinyurl.com/nelsonpoetrymap


Poetry Fridge Door - Warm-up event
Warm up for Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day at Nelson Library. Bring along your best poems to share on our oversized Poetry Fridge Door!
Entry Details: Free. Open to all.
Date/Times: 19th – 25th August, 2017, 9:30am – 6.00pm, every day.
Location: Elma Turner Library, 27 Halifax Street, Nelson
Contact: library@ncc.govt.nz
Further Info: nelsonpubliclibraries.co.nz/my-library/library-news/national-poetry-day-2017


Open Mic Poetry
An open mic poetry session to celebrate Phantom Bilstickers National Poetry Day 2017. Come to read, or just listen, to Nelson’s local poetry talent. All are welcome, please arrive on time for registration.
Entry Details: Free, open to everyone, register to read on arrival.
Date/Times: Friday 25th August, 2017, 12pm – 2pm
Location: Elma Turner Library, 27 Halifax Street, Nelson
Contact: library@ncc.govt.nz
Further Info: nelsonpubliclibraries.co.nz/my-library/library-news/national-poetry-day-2017

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CANTERBURY

Christchurch

The Great Wall of Poetry
UBS Canterbury is celebrating the readers and writers of poetry by building a Great Wall of Poetry. It doesn’t matter whether you are a published poet, an amateur enthusiast, or a student of the craft: we just want to share your work! All submissions will be featured on the wall and go into the draw to win a poetry prize pack. The winner will be announced on National Poetry Day at the University Bookshop’s lunchtime event Sight and Sound at UBS. Limit of two poems per person, work must be original. Email your submissions to fern@ubscan.co.nz.
Entry Details: Free to enter. Open to all Canterbury residents. Limit of two poems per person, work must be original. Email your submissions and contact details to fern@ubscan.co.nz.
Submission Dates: 11 July – 20 August 2017. Winner announced 25 August, 12:45pm, at the University Bookshop.
Contact: Fern at fern@ubscan.co.nz
Further Info: For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/235981823588869/?ti=icl


Young Poets Open Mic – ages 6 to 12 - Warm-up event
Warm up for National Poetry Day with the Young Poets Open Mic. Proving that the future of poetry is in safe hands, young poets aged 6-12 will share their words. Promising to be full of surprises, this event will feature young poets from The School for Young Writers and local schools. All young poets are welcome to take part in the open mic section and we’ll even provide experienced readers for those who would like the support.
Entry Details: Koha appreciated. Audience open to all ages. Poets aged 6-12 welcome to register or just sign up to read on the day
Date/Times: Thursday August 24th. 4.30 - 5.30 pm
Location: XCHC Café and Exhibition Space, 376 Wilsons Road. Café facilities will be operating.
Contact: Heather McQuillan schoolforyoungwriters@gmail.com
Further Info: https://theschoolforyoungwriters.wordpress.com/ | https://web.facebook.com/pg/schoolforyoungwriters/events/

Young Poets Open Mic – ages 13 – 25 – Warm-up event
Warm up for National Poetry Day with the Young Poets Open Mic. Proving that the future of poetry is in safe hands, young poets aged 13-25 will share their words. Promising to be full of surprises, this event will feature young poets from The School for Young Writers. All young poets are welcome to take part in the open mic section.
Entry Details: Koha appreciated. Audience open to all ages. Poets aged 13 - 25 welcome to register or just sign up to read on the day
Date/Times: Thursday August 24th. 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm
Location: XCHC Café and Exhibition Space, 376 Wilsons Road. Café facilities will be operating.
Contact: Heather McQuillan schoolforyoungwriters@gmail.com
Further Info:https://theschoolforyoungwriters.wordpress.com/ | https://web.facebook.com/pg/schoolforyoungwriters/events/



Following event includes 20/20 Collection poet/poets!

Sight and Sound at UBS
Come and see the University Bookshop’s poetry wall and hear two of Canterbury’s most treasured poets perform. James Norcliffe, renowned author and featured poet in Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 20/20 Collection, and Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, award-winning poet and Senior Adjunct Fellow from the UC School of Humanities, will entertain us by reading from some of their most popular collections. The winner of The Great Wall of Poetry competition will be announced and guests will be invited to read the work submitted by the members of the public.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages.
Date/Times: 25 August, 12:00-1:00pm
Location: University Bookshop, University Drive, Ilam, Christchurch
Contact: Fern by emailing fern@ubscan.co.nz
Further Info: For more information or to find out how to contribute to the poetry wall please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/235981823588869/?ti=icl



Following event includes 20/20 Collection poet/poets!

Poetry Live, Christchurch!
Be part of Poetry Live, Christchurch! at XCHC on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day. Covert poets, come out of the closet in a friendly place. Join established poets, reading at the Open Mic. And/or bring a poem for the Poetry Wall. Featured poets: 20/20 poets James Norcliffe/Marisa Cappetta, with Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, Kerrin P Sharpe, Jane Simpson, Karen Zelas. Bring your friends. Signed books for sale, cash only.
Entry Details: Free; koha appreciated. All ages welcome.
Date/Times: 25 August, 5.30pm-7.30pm
Location: Exchange Café (XCHC), 376 Wilsons Road, Waltham, Christchurch. Refreshments for sale.
Contact: Karen Zelas, www.karenzelas.com
Further Info: Facebook event page: goo.gl/kAipuD | Eventfinda: Poetry Live, Christchurch!


Politics and Poetry: Sailing in a New Direction
(Title from the opening of Curnow's 'Landfall in Unknown Seas')
Earlier this year we saw the publication of political poetry collection Manifesto Aotearoa. Now the government election is looming. Join us in this exploration of politics within poetry - and the poetry within the politics? Ben Brown, Danielle O'Halloran, Ray Shipley, Doc Drumheller, Andy Coyle and 20/20 Collection poet James Norcliffe will be reading work that engages with the big issues. A small number of classic New Zealand polemical poems will be read in between throughout the night.
Entry Details: Free entry, all welcome
Date/Times: Friday 25th August, 7:30 to 10 p.m.
Location:Space Academy, 371 St Asaph Street, Christchurch
Contact: Erik at erik@erikkennedy.com
Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/273249263153741/


Free Public Workshop – Warm-down event
Celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day and release the power of poetry at our free public Saturday workshop with renowned Lyttelton poet, Ben Brown. Grab your pens and paper, and get creative! All welcome.
Entry Details: Free to all. Please register by Monday 21 August, 2017.
Date/Times: 10.30-12.30, Saturday, 26 August 2017
Location: The Writers' Block, Hagley College, Hagley Avenue, Christchurch.
Contact/Further Info: For further information and to register please contact Director, Morrin Rout, Hagley Writers' Institute |Phone: 03 3299789 |Mob: 0210464189 |Email: writers@hagley.school.nz

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WEST COAST

Grey District


Grey District Library Poetry Competition
Join fellow poetry lovers in a competition to celebrate National Poetry Day, 2017. The writer of the most engaging poem within each age category will win a Paperplus voucher. Winners will be announced at a National Poetry Day warm-up event hosted by the Grey District Library at 5.30pm on Wednesday 23rd August. Prize winning poems will be read aloud at two local rest homes on National Poetry Day, Friday 25th August.
Entry details: Free. Open to Grey District residents only. Age categories are 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 no later than 4pm Friday 18th August, 2016.
Submission Dates: Monday 31st July to 4pm Friday 18th August, 2017.
Contact Details: Ollie Witton Ollie.Witton@greydc.govt.nz or 03 768 5597
Further Info: See our Facebook event


Local Poets in Person: Prize-giving and Poetry Reading - Warm-up event
Join the Grey District Library for an evening of poetry readings and light refreshment to celebrate the lead up to National Poetry Day. Hear entries from the Grey District Library Poetry Competition and announcement of the winners.
Entry details: Free
Date/Time: Wednesday 23rd August, 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Location: Grey District Library, 18 Albert Street Mall, Greymouth
Contact Details: Ollie Witton Ollie.Witton@greydc.govt.nz or 03 768 5597
Further Info: See our Facebook event


Local Poems on Tour
To celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day on Friday 25th August, 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
Date/Times: 25 August, Times vary
Contact: Ollie Witton Ollie.Witton@greydc.govt.nz or 03 768 5597

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OTAGO REGION


Queenstown


'Read your poem better, write your poem better - a workshop' by Ian Loughran
This workshop delivered by Dunedin writer Ian Loughran will provide participants with a unique and intriguing exploration into the relationship between reading poetry and writing poetry and how a better awareness of and skill at reading your poem can enhance your writing. Ian’s remarkable list of literary achievements as a writer, broadcaster & stand-up comic provide him with the scope and experience to deliver a workshop that will enhance your writing, give you new ideas and inspire creativity. This is a fantastic opportunity to work with one of New Zealand’s acclaimed poets and is not to be missed.
Entry Details: Free | Bookings essential | limited spaces |adults only
Date/Times: Friday 25th August |1pm-2pm
Location: Queenstown Library, 10 Gorge Road
Contact: Alexandra.Bassett@qldc.govt.nz | 03 441 0600
Further Info: www.facebook.com/qtlakeslibraries | www.qldc.govt.nz/events |libraries.codc-qldc.govt.nz


Youth Creative Writing Workshop – The Letterman Poetry Collective
Join members of the exceptionally talented Letterman Poetry Collective for this writing workshop just for youth. An opportunity to further develop your writing, learn to enhance your performance & delivery and gain new skills and techniques to optimise your prose. The Letterman Poetry Collective; have extensive experience delivering both workshops and original spoken word poetry to diverse audiences and groups throughout New Zealand. Each member will bring their own skill and unique performance experience to the workshop, inspiring fun, creativity and the joys of writing and performance.
Entry Details: Free | Bookings Essential | Limited Spaces |Youth Workshop 10 yrs +
Date/Times: Friday 25th August | 3.30pm – 5pm
Location: The Youth Booth, 66 Stanley Street, Queenstown
Contact: Alexandra.Bassett@qldc.govt.nz |03 441 0600
Further Info: www.facebook.com/qtlakeslibraries | www.qldc.govt.nz/events |libraries.codc-qldc.govt.nz

Speak Up / Poetry Power
An evening of performance poetry featuring the multi-talented Ian Loughran, celebrated NZ poet, playwright, author and comic. Ian will wow the audience with his highly engaging performance style. Also featuring, The Letterman Poetry Collective: Marina Alefosio, Dietrich Soakai, Luti Richards & Zane David Scarborough, former members of the acclaimed South Auckland Poets Collective. Their spoken word performances, creativity and talent will ensure an exceptional evening of poetry.
Entry Details: Free / Adult
Date/Times: Friday 25th August | 6pm-8pm
Location: Queenstown Arts Centre,49 Stanley Street, Queenstown
Contact: Alexandra.Bassett@qldc.govt.nz |03 441 0600
Further Info: www.facebook.com/qtlakeslibraries | www.qldc.govt.nz/events |libraries.codc-qldc.govt.nz

Wanaka

Kath Bee Children’s Songwriter & Performer - Warm-up event
Kicking off our National Poetry Day events & in celebration of the recent publication of her most popular song 'Dragons Under My Bed' into a picture book, Kath Bee will be entertaining the little ones with her rhythm and rhymes and catchy tunes. This is a fantastic way to introduce your preschooler to the joys of words, sounds & rhythm. Don't miss this high energy, toe-tapping, fun and engaging performance from award-winning New Zealand songwriter.
Entry Details: Free / Suitable for Pre-schoolers
Date/Times: Thursday 10th August, 10.30 am – 11.30am
Location: Wanaka Library, 1 Bullock Creek Lane
Contact: Eve Marshall-Lea /eve.marshall-lea@qldc.govt.nz
Further Info: www.facebook.com/qtlakeslibraries | www.qldc.govt.nz/events | libraries.codc-qldc.govt.nz


Read your poem better, write your poem better - a workshop' by Ian Loughran – Warm-up event
This workshop delivered by Dunedin writer Ian Loughran will provide participants with a unique and intriguing exploration into the relationship between reading poetry and writing poetry and how a better awareness of and skill at reading your poem can enhance your writing. Ian’s remarkable list of literary achievements as a writer, broadcaster & stand-up comic provide him with the scope and experience to deliver a workshop that will enhance your writing, give you new ideas and inspire creativity. This is a fantastic opportunity to work with one of New Zealand’s acclaimed poets and is not to be missed.
Entry Details: Free | Bookings required | limited spaces |adults only
Date/Times: Thursday 24th August -2pm – 3pm
Location: Lake Wanaka Centre - Faulks Room, 89 Ardmore Street, Wanaka
Contact: Eve Marshall-Lea /eve.marshall-lea@qldc.govt.nz
Further Info: www.facebook.com/qtlakeslibraries | www.qldc.govt.nz/events | libraries.codc-qldc.govt.nz


Youth Creative Writing Workshop – The Letterman Poetry Collective – Warm-up event
Join members of the exceptionally talented Letterman Poetry Collective for this writing workshop just for youth. An opportunity to further develop your writing, learn to enhance your performance & delivery and gain new skills and techniques to optimise your prose. The Letterman Poetry Collective have extensive experience delivering both workshops and original spoken word poetry to diverse audiences and groups throughout New Zealand. Each member will bring their own skill and unique performance experience to the workshop, inspiring fun, creativity and the joys of writing and performance.
Entry Details: Free | Bookings Essential | Limited Spaces |Youth Workshop 10 yrs. +
Date/Times: Thursday 24th August -3.30pm – 5pm
Location: Lake Wanaka Centre - Faulks Room, 89 Ardmore Street, Wanaka
Contact: Eve Marshall-Lea /eve.marshall-lea@qldc.govt.nz
Further Info:www.facebook.com/qtlakeslibraries | www.qldc.govt.nz/events| libraries.codc-qldc.govt.nz


Speak Up / Poetry Power – Warm-up event
An evening of performance poetry featuring the multi-talented Ian Loughran, celebrated NZ poet, playwright, author and comic. Ian will wow the audience with his highly engaging performance style. Also featuring, The Letterman Poetry Collective: Marina Alefosio, Dietrich Soakai, Luti Richards & Zane David Scarborough, former members of the acclaimed South Auckland Poets Collective. Their spoken word performances, creativity and talent will ensure an exceptional evening of poetry.
Entry Details: Free / R18
Date/Times: Thursday 24th August 6pm-8pm
Location: Wanaka Library, 1 Bullock Creek Lane
Contact: Eve Marshall-Lea /eve.marshall-lea@qldc.govt.nz
Further Info:www.facebook.com/qtlakeslibraries| www.qldc.govt.nz/events| libraries.codc-qldc.govt.nz

Dunedin


University of Otago - One Short Poem (and a hat)
Celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day in the Link over lunchtime. Come and listen to twenty people reading one short poem, and share your own poem with untold others in chalk outside or sticky notes inside. Prize for the best hat.
Entry Details: Free entry and free chalk. Open to all ages.
Date/Times: 25 August 2017, noon.
Location: The Link, IS Building, University of Otago, Cnr of Cumberland and Albany Streets, Dunedin
Contact: Jacob Edmond, Jacob.edmond@otago.ac.nz
Further Info: www.otago.ac.nz/continuingeducation



Following event includes 20/20 Collection poet/poets!

Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day: The Perfect 10
Hosted by the Otago-Southland NZ Society of Authors, this gala evening celebrating poetry brings together 10 illustrious Otago poets, alongside some of the region’s upcoming young writers. With writer Diane Brown at the helm, special guests include: Peter Olds, David Howard, Fiona Farrell, Liz Breslin, Victor Billot, Sue Wootton, Jenny Powell, Kay Cooke, also 20/20 Celebration poets Brian Turner and Jillian Sullivan. A reception commences at 5.30pm with Bill Martin on piano.
Entry Details: TICKETS $5 (bookable in person, at your local Dunedin Public Library). All welcome, but most suited to high-school aged children and adults. Prior booking essential for catering purposes.
Date/Times: Friday 25th August, 5.30pm
Location: Dunningham Suite, Dunedin City Library, 230 Moray Place, Dunedin 9016
Contact: Kay Mercer, Events Coordinator Dunedin Public Libraries – library@dcc.govt.nz or 03 474 3690
Further Info: http://www.dunedinlibraries.govt.nz/events/literary/adults/national-poetry-day-the-perfect-10 | http://www.nzbookawards.nz/national-poetry-day/20-20-collection/


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