Calendar of Events

With 100 events and activities taking place across New Zealand on or around National Poetry Day, the calendar of events gives everyone a chance to unleash the power of poetry and rub shoulders with New Zealand’s poets. New 2017 events will be added soon, so watch this space for what is happening near you.

In the meantime, follow the region links below to view past events. Posters can be viewed in the 2016 National Poetry Day album on Facebook.


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Nationwide
Northland
Auckland Region
Coromandel
Hamilton

Bay of Plenty
Hawke's Bay Region
Central North Island
Wairarapa
Hutt City Region
Wellington & Kapiti Coast

Nelson Region
Canterbury
West Coast
Otago


Nationwide

Online Poetry Competition
See the Competitions Calendar to find out more.

Poems in Your Pocket
Print it – Fold it – Pocket it – Share it! Poems in Your Pocket is back for National Poetry Day 2016. A single page folds into a pocket-sized poetry booklet featuring four contemporary Kiwi poets for you to enjoy and share with the people you meet on National Poetry Day. Slip your own or your favourite poems among the pages and stage your own impromptu poetry readings. Poems in Your Pocket 2016 brings you poems by Tusiatia Avia, Lynley Edmeades, Simone Kaho and Johanna Aitchison. Edited by Miriam Barr.
Entry Details: Free and open to all. Poems in Your Pocket can be downloaded online and printed on your home printer.
Dates/Times: 3 August -26 August 2016
Location: Nationwide. Download at nzbookawards.nz/national-poetry-day/poems-in-your-pocket.
Contact: Miriam Barr, miriamnpd@gmail.com
Further info: nzbookawards.nz/national-poetry-day/poems-in-your-pocket

Given Words Online Poetry Project in Spain
For National Poetry Day 2016, poets in NZ are invited to participate in a special one-off English version of an online Spanish poetry project run by Nelson-born poet Charles Olsen called Palabras Prestadas (or Given Words). You can write about anything but there are five words which must appear in the poem. These come from Australian poet Les Murray's poem ‘High Speed Trap Space’ and they are: walled, crane-swing, jaw, blubber and blurt. The words can be in any order and verbs can change tense. A selection of the entries will be published at the end of September 2016 on the Palabras Prestadas Spanish blog. The best poem will be translated into Spanish and win a copy of the poetry collection Antípodas by Charles Olsen (published in 2016 by Huerga y Fierro, Spain, bilingual edition)
Entry Details:
Free entry. Open to all NZ citizens. Maximum length 200 words. Only one poem per person. The poem must include the five words above. Submit your poem by email including your full name and town of residence to librodepalabrasprestadas@gmail.com. Submissions close at midnight on National Poetry Day.
Dates/Times:
3 August - midnight 26 August
Location: Nationwide.
Contact Details:
Charles Olsen – librodepalabrasprestadas@gmail.com
Further Info:
libropalabrasprestadas.blogspot.com.es
facebook.com/events/1554125634894753/

TEARAWAY Young Poets Feature
To celebrate National Poetry Day, TEARAWAY - The Voice of NZ Youth - will be publishing poems by young people (13-24) all over NZ. If you are aged between 13 and 24 submit a poem by the 21st of August and you could see your poetry published online in a special TEARAWAY feature on National Poetry Day. Check out TEARAWAY on National Poetry Day to read poems from the youth of Aotearoa.
Entry Details: Free. Open nationwide. Send up to 5 poems per submission. Submit your poems by email to the editor with “POETRY DAY” in the subject line. Include your name, age and school (if you’re at school). Submissions close Sunday 21 August, 2016.
Dates/Times: Submissions open until midnight 21 August. Poems published 26 August 2016.
Location: Nationwide. Online at TEARAWAY - tearaway.co.nz/category/features/the-common-room/
Contact: editor@tearaway.co.nz
Further Info: tearaway.co.nz/submissions-open-national-poetry-day/

Poetry Phone
No matter where you are on National Poetry Day you can call or text to get poetry sent to you or a friend. Text or call 021.474.555 or 022.300.8164 anytime from 9 am on the 24th of August to 6pm on the 26th of August and the Phone Poets will furnish you with a poem. If you tell the Poets what is going on in your life, they'll find a poem to fit. You can also make requests for friends - including poems written to order. This is a free service to celebrate National Poetry Day 2016, but standard txting and calling rates apply.
Entry Details: Standard calling/txting rates
Date/Times: 9am 24 August - 6pm 26 August; 24 hour service.
Location: Nationwide
Contact: Drus Dryden, 021.474.555, drusdrus@gmail.com or Alice Sparrow, 022.300.8164, alice.sparrow@yahoo.co.nz
Further Info: ofa.carbonmade.com/projects/2346591
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Moon Poetry Radio Broadcast on Planet FM, 104.6
Listen in every Sunday night at 10.10pm for the month following National Poetry Day to hear readings from the Auckland-based poets who took part in the Moon Poetry Radio Recording session on National Poetry Day together with the winners of the Moon Poetry Improvisation Game (see Auckland events for info about how to participate in the recording session in the central suburbs, and the improvisation game in Devonport).
Entry Details: Free. Open to anyone with an internet connection or an FM radio.
Date/times: Sun 28 August, Sun 4 September, Sun 11 September, Sun 18 September, 10.10 pm - 10:40 pm
Location: Nationwide. Listen in live online at planetaudio.org.nz/ or tune your radio dial to 104.6 FM
Contact: moonpoetryplanet@gmail.com
Further Info: Facebook.com/moonpoetryplanet

Poetry on Planes and Trains: Red Room Poetry Object Competition
National Poetry Day marks one month until the Red Room Poetry Object Competition closes. Red Room Poetry Object is a free poetry writing competition inviting students and their teachers to submit poems about objects that are special to them. 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. With a $10,000 prize pool, including the opportunity to be published on trains and planes, Red Room Poetry Object 2016 is set to be the competition’s most exciting year yet.
Submission Details: Free to enter. Open to school students in Years 3-10 and their teachers, in New Zealand and Australia. Register your school here, check out the free learning resources here, and then submit your poems here. Register your school and submit your poems by Friday 23 September.
Dates: Deadline Friday 23 September 2016.
Contact: education@redroomcompany.org
Further Info: redroomcompany.org/projects/poetry-object

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Northland

Kawakawa

Kings Theatre Creative Poetry Open Mic
Get together with your family and friends at Kings Theatre Creative in Kawakawa to wrap up National Poetry Day and be moved by an afternoon of diverse, compelling, engaging and outrageous poetry. Feature poets Aaron Robertson, Piet Nieuwland, and Martin Porter are in Fast Fibres Poetry 3, freshly launched on National Poetry Day. Unleash your creativity and perform your poetry live at the open mic session. Add to a collaborative poem being written during the afternoon. Bring a postcard for the PEN Writers in Prisons project.
Entry Details: $5 koha, all ages welcome
Date/Times: Sunday 28 August 1.30pm to 4pm
Location: Kings Theatre Creative, 80 Gillies Street, Kawakawa
Contact: Piet Nieuwland fastfibres@live.com 0274805548
Further Information: facebook.com/poetrykawakawa/
facebook.com/KingsTheatreCreative/
fastfibres.wordpress.com/

Whangarei

Zine Launch, Open Mic and Poetry Slam
Whangarei celebrates National Poetry Day with a multifaceted event including the launch of Fast Fibres III, an open mic session and a poetry slam competition judged by Vincent Nathan (National Poetry Slam winner), Stuart Devinie (actor/director), Jess Collins (Northland Youth Theatre), Amy Groome (Whangarei Girls High School), and Luke Bird (Actor/MC). Share your work on the open mic, compete in the slam or simply come along to soak up your local poetry scene and show your support for the slam poet who moves you most - it's the audience's job to influence the judges. You are also invited to bring a postcard for the international writers in prison project.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages. Sign up to read on the open mic on the night. To register for the slam competition, please email your details to slamwhg@gmail.com.
Date/Times: Friday 26 August, 6pm-9pm Location: The Old Stone Butter Factory
Contact: slamwhg@gmail.com
Further Info: writeupnorth.co.nz
facebook.com/events/206874609711133/

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Auckland Region

North Auckland - Waiwera - Devonport
Central Auckland - Waiheke - CBD & Central Suburbs
West Auckland - Karekare - Kumeu

North Auckland

Waiwera

Hibiscus Coast/Puhoi Poetry Day Event 2016
Poetry in the Pub is back! This year the crowd is gathering in Waiwera at the Sugar Loaf Bar and Restaurant. Everyone with an interest in poetry is extremely welcome to this night of poetry readings and assorted poetry fun! Coffee, wine and food are available. Please RSVP to assist with seating arrangements. If you would like to present a poem (your own or someone else's) please register to be added to the programme.
Entry Details: $2.00 on the door. RSVP and register to read by 21.8.16. Open to adults 18+
Date/Times: Friday 26 August 7.00pm to 9.30pm
Location: The Sugar Loaf Bar and Restaurant, 38 Waiwera Road Waiwera
Contact: Diane Newcombe, 021483849; dianenewcombe@hotmail.com
Further Info: puhoinz.com/go/use-your-loaf

Devonport

Moon Poetry Open Mic and Improvisation Game
This is the perfect way to wrap up your National Poetry Day celebrations. Come along to an event where you can take part in the show. Share your work in the open microphone and play the Improvisation Game. Two poets from the open mic list will be chosen at random and given a prompt-card, with one or two words, which they must use to improvise a poem together within a time limit. The best collaborative improvisation will be selected by the audience, and the winning pair will be invited to promote and recite their poems on the "Moon Poetry" radio programme which runs every Sunday at 10:10 pm, in Planet FM, 104.6 (at UNITEC).
Entry Details: $2 on the door. Sign up to read your poems by emailing moonpoetryplanet@gmail.com. Sign up by 25 August 2016.
Date/times: 27/08/2016 at 8 pm - 12 am
Location: Devonport Theatre's, "The Vic" Lounge Pub: 56 Victoria Rd, Devonport, Auckland 0624
Contact: moonpoetryplanet@gmail.com
Further Info: Facebook.com/moonpoetryplanet

Central Auckland

Waiheke Island

Waiheke's Song and Poetry Thing Quick-Competition
See the Competitions Calendar to find out more.

Song and Poetry Thing
Have you ever wanted to hear or share original poetry and songs? Warm up for National Poetry Day at the Song and Poetry Thing, a community event held in the heart of Oneroa village which encourages performers to share original compositions in a supportive environment that is open to all. Come and join a fun evening with a wide variety of poets and song writers, from first-timers to veteran performers.
Entry Details: Free entry. Open to all ages. As the location is a bar any person under 18 years of age has to be accompanied by an adult. Sign up from 6.30 pm onward
Date/Times: Thursday 25th August. Performances start at 7pm - 9:30pm
Location: Sandbar in Oneroa Village (down steps beside The Four Square); Oceanview Rd, Oneroa. Waiheke island
Contact: Katy Soljak katsun@xtra.co.nz or Sue Fitchett fitchettsue@gmail.com
Further Information:facebook.com/events/243931005993387/


CBD & Central Suburbs

Poetry live Celebrates National Poetry Day
Get warmed up for National Poetry Day 2016 with New Zealand's longest running live weekly poetry event. All are invited to pay homage to a favourite poet or poem on the open mic, with special guests Vivienne Plumb and Peter Bland. Music by Emma Walter. Open Mic; sign up on the night. Prizes and fun giveaways.
Entry Details: Koha. All ages (under 18 with a guardian)
Date/Times: Tuesday 23rd August 8:00 onwards.
Location: The Thirsty Dog, 469 Karangahape Rd, Auckland CBD
Contact details: poetrylive@gmail.com
Further info: poetrylive.co.nz/national-poetry-day-poetry-live-16/
facebook.com/groups/37443247217/

Phantoms at LOUNGE
Join NZEPC and Auckland University Press on the eve of National Poetry Day to hear local poets read with MC Michele Leggott in a special National Poetry Day LOUNGE event. You'll be able to buy a drink from the cash bar and books from the bookstall. There'll be prizes to win, too. Poets featured are: Greg Kan, Stephanie Christie, Ya-Wen Ho, Erena Johnson, Ruby Porter, Owen Connors, Daren Kamali, Richard von Sturmer.
Entry Details: Entry is free.
Date/Times: Thursday, 25 August 2016, 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Location: Old Government House Lounge, Corner of Princes St and Waterloo Quadrant, Auckland CBD
Contact Details: AUP contact Louisa Kasza, l.kasza@auckland.ac.nz
Further Info: facebook.com/AUPBooks
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Poetry Love for Free
Free Poems for All and to All Free Poems. Free All Poems. Come down to Garnet Station on National Poetry Day and poet Raewyn Alexander will write a haiku, a lyric, a sonnet, a sestina, a mirror poem... for you or anyone you choose, or give a poem prepared earlier. You can write a poem as well. Gorgeous paper and pens available, manifest your muse too.
Entry Details: Free. Simply accept a poem, for love, or koha welcome.
Date/Times:10 am – 10pm, Fri 26 August
Location:Garnet Station Café, 85 Garnet Rd, Westmere
Contact: raewynalexander@hotmail.com for further info.

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. Time Out Bookstore is pleased to host local poet, Daniel Larsen and the Toi Ora Live Art Trust creative writing students to kick things off. 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 26 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: facebook.com/events/151987338546358/

Moon Poetry Radio Recording Session at Planet FM, 104.6
Come to Planet FM on National Poetry Day and record your poetry for radio. The recordings will be broadcast on the half-hour Moon Poetry Radio Show every Sunday for a month following National Poetry Day at 10.10pm.
Entry Details: Free. Register to record up to 5 minutes of poetry by emailing your contact details, a sample of your work and a brief biographical note to moonpoetryplanet@gmail.com. Register by 15 August 2016. You will receive an invitation to record in one of four half-hour spots between 4 and 6 pm on National Poetry Day. Visit the nationwide section of the calendar of events for details on the broadcast.
Date/times: Fri 26 August, 4-6pm.
Location: Planet FM, UNITEC, Gate 2 in: 79 Carrington Rd, Auckland 1024.
Contact: moonpoetryplanet@gmail.com
Further Info: Facebook.com/moonpoetryplanet

The Divine Muses XIII Poetry Reading
The Divine Muses Poetry Reading XIII brings a stellar line-up of New Zealand poets. This year's readers are poet Maris O'Rourke, celebrated classic poet Riemke Ensing, author and 2016 Michael King Writer's Centre resident, Vivienne Plumb, poet, art biographer and artist, Greg O'Brien, renowned poet and editor Jenny Bornholdt and Siobhan Harvey. Come and hear these wonderful writers read their work in the Gus Fisher Art Gallery’s sumptuous surroundings. Spot prizes will be awarded throughout the evening. Books and handmade poems on sale at the book table. Additionally, the evening will showcase the winner and runners-up of the 2016 Emerging Poets Competition. This year's judge, poet and editor, Vana Manasiadis will offer her judge’s report. The winner and runner-up will read their poems. All ages welcome.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages.
Date/Times: 26 August, 6.30 pm- 8:00 pm Location: Gus Fisher Art Gallery, 74 Shortland Street, Auckland CBD
Contact: To reserve seats or for further information contact Siobhan Harvey, siharvey@aut.ac.nz
Further Info: artagent.co.nz/poetry/poetry.htm

All Tomorrow's Poets #3
All Tomorrow's Poets showcases cutting-edge New Zealand poetry and situates it in the context of Aotearoa New Zealand’s literary history. The feature poets are Zarah Butcher-McGunnigle, Gregory Kan, Sam Te Kani, Makanaka Tuwe, Bianca Rocca, Riomata Pasqualino, Owen Connors, Tourettes, Jared Wells. 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 26th August 2016 6.30-8.30pm
Location: Upstairs at Time Out Bookstore
Contact: books@timeout.co.nz, 09-6303331
Further Info: facebook.com/events/1098309063597087/

FLOCK
FLOCK is ensemble poetry performance, as you’ve never really known it before. Drawing on physical theatre traditions, FLOCK incorporates sound-poetry and spoken word, in a percussive site-specific performance. Featuring a troupe of spoken word artists who bring a diverse voice from across Auckland to the stage: Inda Yansané, Onehou Strickland, Ila Selwyn, Peter Rimmer, Sally Louise, Shane Hollands, Miriam Barr, and special guests. Directed by Genevieve McClean.
Entry Details: $10 Tickets from Under the Radar at undertheradar.co.nz/ Limited door sales held from 8pm. Parents and guardians of children younger than about 9 or 10 are respectfully advised to find childcare so that they can come and see the show (some adult themes).
Date/Times: Friday 26 August, 8.30pm -10pm
Location: The Old Folks’ Association Hall, 8 Gundy St, Off K’rd, Auckland city.
Contact: Genevieve 0273316120
Further Info: facebook.com/events/320321184980292/
facebook.com/groups/1599603387028136/
flockpoetry.blogspot.co.nz/

National Poetry Day Wrap Up - Girl Talk Launch
Join a wrap up event for National Poetry Day, to celebrate the launch of the Auckland chapter of the Girl Talk events based on the popular Girls on Key events that began in Melbourne. Feature poet Genevieve McClean. Check out some fierce and fabulous female and LGBTQI+ poets, or grab the mic and wow the crowd with your own words. All genders welcome on the open mic. As a double whammy, this event supports charity, with a portion of the door charge going to the Auckland Women's Centre. Families welcome. If you brave the open mic, you pay the concession price! Grab a cuppa and celebrate diverse and ground breaking poetry of the female kind.
Entry Details: $10 or $8 student concession. Open to all ages and genders.
Date/Times: Saturday 27 August, 4pm-6.30pm
Location: 121 Cafe, 121 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland
Contact: Anna Forsyth girlsonkey@gmail.com
Further Info: facebook.com/events/569399626571318/

West Auckland

Karekare

Poetry in the Dunes
"Runes of fact and fiction" - Sam Sampson. West Auckland poets are winding up to wow you and woo you, provoke and entertain you. Join Sam Sampson, Janet Charman, Serie Barford, Jenny Clay, Sandra Coney, Rewi Spraggon, Elizabeth McRae & Sue Gee with special guests The Rutherford Writers from Rutherford College. Plus 20 minutes Open Mic - Bring your own poem. Come early to write your name on the list at the door. Follow the flames along the estuary from the beach carpark to the iconic Karekare Surf Life Saving Clubhouse. Antipasto provided. Drinks available. MC Sir Bob Harvey.
Entry Details: Koha. All donations go to KKSLSC. All ages welcome.
Date/Time: Fri 26th August, 6.15 - 8.30pm
Location: Karekare Surf Life Saving Clubhouse, Karekare Beach, Waitakere, Auckland NZ
Contact Details: Sue Gee suzannegeenz@yahoo.co.nz
Further Info: facebook.com/events/292835901064854/

Kumeu

Kumeu Arts Centre Open Mic Night
To celebrate National Poetry Day 2015, join Kumeu Arts Centre in their ‘Open Mic Poetry Night’, for all members of the community. Come along, enjoy some refreshments, recite your own (or your favourite) poetry and listen to other peoples’ work. This is always a popular evening, with many people sharing their love of the written word in a warm and supportive environment. All ages and abilities welcome.
Entry Details: Gold coin donation. Open to all ages.
Date/Times: Friday 26 August, 7pm – 9pm
Location: Kumeu Arts Centre, 300 Main Road, Huapai, Auckland (behind the Kumeu Library)
Contact: Sarah Ellis-Kirifi thetinshed@clear.net.nz
Further Info: kumeuartscentre.co.nz/events.html

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Coromandel

Katikati
Tauranga

Katikati

Select a Haiku
Take a stroll through the Katikati Haiku Path. Read local and overseas Haiku inscribed on boulders for a chance to win ‘Chocolates & Bubbly.’ Adults are invited to write down their favourite Haiku from the walk to enter the free competition. Deliver your entry together with your contact details to Haiku Poetry Path Competition 73 Wills Rd Katikati or email to gaye@christinaproductions.co.nz
Entry Details: Free and open to all.
Date & Times: From 3 Aug to Friday 26th August
Location: Haiku path runs along the river behind Katikati shops.
Contact: Gaye Hemsley 0272748753 or 075771753
Further Info: christinaproductions.co.nz/events

A Poem & a Daffodil
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 26th August

Having Fun with Poetry
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 learnt 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 26th August

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. 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 26th August 11.30am - 1.00p.m.
Location: The Long Table Café 603 State Highway 2, Katikati
Contact: Gaye Hemsley 0272748753 or 075771753
Further Info: christinaproductions.co.nz/events

Tauranga

Tauranga Poetry Open Mic
A great way for the poetry writers of Tauranga to present to their poems to the public and celebrate National Poetry Day 2016. Featuring actors from Night Owl Cinemas' Silent Cinema. Hosted by Sam Woodward and Dhaivat Mehta. In association with ArtBOP and Creative Tauranga's Incubator Project.
Entry Details: Free. All ages. Register for the open mic on arrival.
Date/Times: Fri 26 August, 11:00am-1:00pm
Location: Arcade Arts, the walkway between Creative Tauranga, Council Bldg and the Library on Willow St, Tauranga
Contact: Sam Woodward at ArtBOP info@artbop.co.nz
Further Info: creativetauranga.org.nz
taurangawriters.org.nz

Tauranga Performance Poetry Night
Celebrate National Poetry Day 2016 with an evening of music and performance poetry. Take to the stage and share your own poems on the open mic.
Entry Details: Free. All ages. Register for the open mic on arrival.
Date/Times: Fri 26 August, 5:50pm-7:00pm
Location: Wharf St Stage, near Art Gallery and Rye Restaurant, Wharf St, Tauranga
Contact: Sam Woodward at ArtBOP info@artbop.co.nz
Further Info: creativetauranga.org.nz
taurangawriters.org.nz

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Hamilton

School poetry workshop with Glenn Colquhoun
Selected year 10 students will be invited to participate in a poetry workshop with poet Glenn Colquhoun. Students will hear Glenn read and will develop a range of writing strategies in a practical session. In association with Hamilton Book Month.
Entry Details: Closed School Event.
Date/Times: Friday 26 August 1-2.30pm Location: Rototuna Junior High School, Kimbrae Drive, Hamilton
Contact: Catherine Wallace cwallace@orcon.net.nz
Further Info:hamiltonbookmonth.wix.com/2016#!poetry-workshop/tglo7

Poems for Pets
Come along and soak up some poetry to help raise funds for New Lives Animal Rescue! New Lives work with local pounds and the community to rescue unwanted, neglected and unclaimed dogs and other animals. With well over 100 animals in care at any given time, the bills mount up very quickly! They'll be bringing some adoptable furry friends down for an evening of poetry. With readings from some of Mayhem Literary Journal's finest writers including award winning Playwright Renēe Boyer, current Nexus Editor Brittany Rose, and winner of the 2014 2degrees Poetry Slam Rachael Elliott, Poems for Pets aims to raise much needed funds for New Lives Animal Rescue. This event is brought to you in association with Mayhem Literary Journal, New Lives Animal Rescue and the Waikato Students Union.
Entry Details: By donation, all proceeds to New Lives Animal Rescue. All ages welcome.
Date/Times: Fri 26th August 2016, 5pm - 6:30pm
Location: Level Zero, Student Centre, University of Waikato.
Contact: Rachael Elliott relliott@waikato.ac.nz
Further Info: facebook.com/events/817592751676071/

Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day Junior Slam
Join Hamilton Slamdown Poetry and Te Ahuirei a Rangitahi Trust at the Hamilton City Libraries for Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2016. The Slam is a competition for the performance of original spoken word poetry; join in if you dare or come to listen. The Junior Slam is for young people aged 10 to 16 years. This is an opportunity to perform to a live audience. Participants may perform two original works. Registration is required and can be done on the day. Prizes to the value of $250.00 to be won.
Entry Details: Free entry. Register to compete on arrival. All welcome to attend as audience.
Date/Times: Friday 26th August 2016, 6:30 – 8pm, Open Slam 8- 10pm
Location: Level 1, Central Library, 9 Garden Place, Central Hamilton, Hamilton
Contact Details: Tracy Robinson at email: tracy.robinson@hcc.govt.nz
Further Info: hamiltonlibraries.co.nz/page/pageid/2145881105?trumbaEmbed=date%3D20160826 facebook.com/HamiltonCityLibraries

Poetry evening with Glenn Colquhoun
Come and hear award winning Kapiti poet and doctor Glenn Colquhoun in conversation with local poet and author Peter Dornauf. Glenn will read from his work and answer questions. In association with Hamilton Book Month.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all.
Date/times: Friday 26 August, 6.30-8pm
Location: Creative Waikato Big Space, 131 Alexandra Street, Hamilton
Contact: Catherine Wallace cwallace@orcon.net.nz
Further Info:hamiltonbookmonth.wix.com/2016#!glenn-colquhoun/c1fao

Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day Open Slam
Join Hamilton Slamdown Poetry and Te Ahuirei a Rangitahi Trust at the Hamilton City Libraries for Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2016. The Slam is a competition for the performance of original spoken word poetry; join in if you dare or come to listen. Anyone over 16 can enter the Open Slam for an opportunity to perform to a live audience. Participants may perform two original works. Registration is required and can be done on the day. Prizes to the value of $250.00 to be won.
Entry Details: Free entry. Register to compete on arrival. All welcome to attend as audience.
Date/Times: Friday 26th August 2016, 8-10pm
Location: Level 1, Central Library, 9 Garden Place, Central Hamilton, Hamilton
Contact Details: Tracy Robinson at email: tracy.robinson@hcc.govt.nz
Further Info: hamiltonlibraries.co.nz/page/pageid/2145881105?trumbaEmbed=date%3D20160826 facebook.com/HamiltonCityLibraries

Acting Up
A fun workshop for children aged 8 -13 to get a taste of performing poetry while having fun with language. Children will be inspired to find their own inner poet and write poetry for a performance at a poetry soiree to follow. They will be tutored by experienced drama teachers Sandra Timlin and Kenzi Larsen, and published poet and author Judi Billcliff.
Entry Details: $7.00 per child. Open to children aged 8-13 years. Sponsorship offered for 4 children to attend free. Details at www.rainbowpoetry.co.nz. Children should have had lunch and bring a water bottle. R.S.V.P. registrations needed by 19th August
Date/Times: Sunday 28th August 12.30p.m - 3.00p.m.
Location: Marian School performing arts centre, 30 Beale Street, Hamilton.
Contact: Judi Billcliff rainbowpoetry@gmail.com 0275315381
Further Info: www.facebook.com/events/587203204781081/
www.rainbowpoetry.co.nz

Time for Rhyme
Wrap up National Poetry Day 2016 with a fantastic dramatic and entertaining afternoon poetry soiree for all the family. Gather up the kids, friends, neighbours, your sense of humour and a gold coin, as you learn that ‘Poetry Rocks!’ A fun poetry production where local children perform poems from Judi Billcliff's work the Granny series alongside poems they have written during an afternoon workshop beforehand.
Entry Details: Gold coin donation. Everyone is welcome.
Date/Times: Sunday 28th August 3.15p.m-4:30pm
Location: Marian School performing arts centre 30 Beale Street Hamilton.
Contact: Judi Billcliff rainbowpoetry@gmail.com 0275315381
Further Info: www.facebook.com/events/312283119103042/
www.rainbowpoetry.co.nz

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Bay of Plenty Region

Rotorua

Share a Poem
Rotorua residents are invited to share their favourite poem and go in the draw to win one of seven prizes. Share your poem on the Atlantis Books Facebook Page or drop it off at the shop with your name and contact details. There will be FIVE chances to win a Readings Cinema pass and TWO chances to win a $20 Atlantis Books voucher. Atlantis Books is where the Mad Poets meet every Wednesday afternoon from 4-5pm. All welcome.
Entry Details: Open to Rotorua residents of all ages. Poems must be shared with Atlantis Books on Facebook or in person before midday on Friday 26 August 2016 along with name and contact details (Facebook prizewinners will be notified by a reply comment on their post).
Date/Times: Friday 19 August - midday Friday 26 August 2016.
Location: 1206 Eruera Street, Rotorua and online at facebook.com/atlantisbooksnz/Contact: rotorua@atlantisbooks.co.nz
Further Info: facebook.com/atlantisbooksnz/

Little Shoppe of Poems: Poetry Shots
Enjoy performance and recited poetry from well-known Rotorua poets Brian Potiki and Keith Nunes. Kick off the Little Shoppe of Poems Festival and start your National Poetry Day celebrations early.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages.
Date/Times: Wednesday 24 August, 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm
Location: McLeods Book Sellers, 1148 Pukuatua St, Rotorua
Contact: Julia Charity, julia@lookafterme.co.nz
Further Info: eventfinda.co.nz/2016/little-shoppe-of-poems-poetry-shots/rotorua

Little Shoppe of Poems: Workshops
Fascinated about poetry but want to improve your craft? Learn from well-known Poets in a series of workshops designed to give you more confidence with poetry. Choose from three workshop options: (1) Units of Poetry (2) Tricks and toys – literary tools or (3) Performance poetry. Workshops are facilitated by Matthew Lark and Julia Charity. Join the Open Mic session to follow at 7.45pm and share your work with an audience.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages.
Date/Times: Thursday 25 August, 5.30 pm – 7.45 pm
Location: RAVE Arts Village, 1240 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua.
Contact: Julia Charity, julia@lookafterme.co.nz
Further Info: eventfinda.co.nz/2016/little-shoppe-of-poems-workshop/rotorua

Little Shoppe of Poems: Open Mic
Join the Little Shoppe of Poems Festival on the eve of National Poetry Day as local Rotorua poets take on the open mic. All welcome to share a poem. Sign up to read on arrival.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages.
Date/Times: Thursday 25 August, 7:45 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: RAVE Arts Village, 1240 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua.
Contact: Julia Charity, julia@lookafterme.co.nz
Further Info: eventfinda.co.nz/2016/little-shoppe-of-poems-workshop/rotorua

Little Shoppe of Poems: Rhythm and Rhymes
Got a thing about words and lyrics? Come and be entertained by local musicians and poets. The highlight of The Little Shoppe of Poems Festival. Featured poets and musicians are: Des Parsons, Jackie Evans, Jane Fear, Chris Webber, Matthew Lark, Julia Charity, and the Thermales.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages.
Date/Times: Friday 26 August, 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm
Location: The Rotorua Museum, Owhatura Drive, Rotorua.
Contact: Julia Charity, julia@lookafterme.co.nz
Further Info: eventfinda.co.nz/2016/little-shoppe-of-poems-rhythm-and-rhymes-festival/rotorua

Little Shoppe of Poems: Recital
A light and convivial introduction to poetry and rhymes. A collection of readings of well loved and respected poetry by well-known Rotorua and Taupo Poets. Come along for a cup of tea and an afternoon of poetry to suit all tastes. Featured poets include: Geni Johnson, Joanne Burgman, Shirley O’Leary, Frank May, Kushi Usmani and more.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages.
Date/Times: Sunday 26 August, 2.30 pm – 4:-0 pm
Location: RAVE Arts Village, 1240 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua
Contact: Julia Charity, julia@lookafterme.co.nz
Further Info: eventfinda.co.nz/2016/little-shoppe-of-poems-recitals/rotorua

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Hawke's Bay Region

Napier
Hastings
Havelock North

Wardini Book's Great Big National Poetry Day Competition
See the Competitions Calendar to find out more.

Napier

Plastering our Patch with Poetry Posters
For National Poetry Day this year the windows at Beattie & Forbes will be covered in NZ poetry posters, in the spirit of Phantom Billstickers. Send in your favourite NZ poem or one of your own to become part of the fabulous display. As a bonus Erice Fairbrother and friends will do a free reading at 12pm – bring your lunch.
Entry Details: Free public display. Send your poems to books@beattieandforbes.co.nz by 5pm Thursday 25 August.
Date/Times: Friday 26th August from 8.30 am – finishing Sunday 28th August.
Location: Beattie & Forbes Books & Post, 72 Bridge St, Ahuriri, Napier
Contact: Megan books@beattieandforbes.co.nz
Further Info: facebook.com/events/138350323257889/

Lunch Poems at Beattie & Forbes
Celebrate National Poetry Day with a free lunchtime poetry reading with local poet Erice Fairbrother and friends – bring your lunch.
Entry Details: Free. All ages
Date/Times: Friday 26th August, 12pm - 1pm
Location: Beattie & Forbes Books & Post, 72 Bridge St, Ahuriri, Napier
Contact: Megan books@beattieandforbes.co.nz
Further Info: facebook.com/events/138350323257889/

Rap Around Poetry
Celebrate National Poetry Day by joining Wardini Books Napier for an evening of poetry in its many and varied forms be it rap, riddle or renga. Come along and share your own work or that of one of your favourite poets or artists. Individual and group performances are sought for a lively evening of sharing and entertainment. Winners of the Wardini Books’ Great Big National Poetry Day Competition will be invited to perform their winning works.
Entry details: Free. Suitable for those 12 years and up.
Date/Times: Friday 26th August 2016, 7pm onwards.
Location: Wardini Books, 44 Hastings Street, Napier
Contact Details: Louise at Wardini Books email books@wardini.co.nz, phone 06 8777783 or see our Facebook page
Further info: wardinibooks.circlesoft.net/pages/811-EVENTS
facebook.com/wardinibooks/

Hastings

Pop out poetry
Poems will be let loose throughout the Hastings District Libraries to celebrate NZ Poetry Day. Poetry will pop out of the collections the week of 22-26 August; anywhere from sports to general fiction. You could spot them anywhere!
Entry Details: Free. All ages.
Date/Times: Mon 22 August - Fri 26 August, 9am - 6pm
Locations:
- Hastings War Memorial Library, Civic Square, Warren St, Hastings
- Flaxmere Library, Flaxmere Community Centre, Swansea Road, Flaxmere
- Havelock North Library, 30 Te Mata Road, Havelock North
Contact: libraries@hdc.govt.nz
Further Info: hastingsdc.govt.nz/poetry-loose-month

Lunchtime Poetry
Local poets Jenny and Emily Dobson will perform a mother and daughter duo at a free lunch-time event on NZ Poetry Day, August 26. Jenny Dobson has a long association with local poetry and with the Hastings War Memorial Library, having performed at Poetry Day and Women’s Writing Events over many years. Her poem Quiet Please is displayed in the library as a commissioned artwork marking the 50th anniversary of Hastings becoming a city. Emily Dobson completed her MA in creative writing at Victoria University in 2004, winning the Adam Prize for best folio and the Schaeffer Fellowship to Iowa University. She has published two books of poetry and was one of the writers featured in last year’s Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival. Emily is also the poetry judge for this year’s HB Shorts writing competition.
Entry Details: Free. All ages.
Date/Times: Fri 26 August, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Hastings War Memorial Library, Civic Square, Warren St, Hastings
Contact: libraries@hdc.govt.nz
Further Info: http://www.hastingsdc.govt.nz/poetry-loose-month

Havelock North

Pop out poetry
Poems will be let loose throughout the Hastings District Libraries to celebrate NZ Poetry Day and Havelock North is in on the action. Poetry will pop out of the collections the week of 22-26 August; anywhere from sports to general fiction. You could spot them anywhere!
Entry Details: Free. All ages.
Date/Times: Mon 22 August - Fri 26 August, 9am - 6pm
Locations: Havelock North Library, 30 Te Mata Road, Havelock North
Contact: libraries@hdc.govt.nz
Further Info: hastingsdc.govt.nz/poetry-loose-month

Little Bit of Poetry at Bedtime
Dress up snugly in your pyjamas and onesies and snuggle up for a lovely dose of poetry before bed to celebrate National Poetry Day. Hear children’s poetry performed by Hasting's very own Story Troll and listen to performances from the youngest winners of Wardini Books’ Great Big National Poetry Day Competition. The Great Wardini will be on hand to perform some magic with a poetical twist. A wonderful start to your family weekend.
Entry details: Free. Open to families – most suitable for children aged 5 to 12.
Date/Times: Friday 26th August 2016 at 6pm – 6.30pm
Location: Wardini Books, 16 Te Mata Road, Havelock North, Hastings 4130
Contact details: Louise at Wardini Books, email books@wardini.co.nz, phone 06 8777783
Further info: wardinibooks.circlesoft.net/pages/811-EVENTS

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Central North Island

Whanganui
Tararua

Whanganui

Graffiti Poetry
The main streets of Whanganui will come alive with Graffiti Poetry which will appear spontaneously throughout the week of the 22nd August. Both national and Wanganui poets will be celebrated in chalk on the city's pavements.
Entry Details: Free - All ages
Date/Times: Week of the 22 - 28 August 2016
Locations: City centre, Guyton St, well known city landmarks, libraries in Whanganui
Contact: Kelly Scarrow. Email: thebibliofilo@gmail.com
Further Info:facebook.com/inkedlibrarian/events

Pre-loved Poetry
Come and read your favourite New Zealand poem, the author can be someone you admire or even yourself! If you can't decide who to read - just turn up and listen - there will be local "icons" participating and a chance to win spot prizes. Come along afterwards for drinks and discussion at the Rutland arms.
Entry Details: Free entry. All ages welcome.
Date/Times: 26th August 2016, 6:00pm - 7:00pm.
Location: The Flying Monkey, 44 Ridgeway Street, Whanganui.
Contact: Kelly Scarrow. Email: thebibliofilo@gmail.com
Further Info:facebook.com/inkedlibrarian/events

Tararua

Open Mic Evening at Woodville Library
Join the Woodville Library for an engaging and entertaining evening of poetry in the lead-up to the celebration of Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2016. Bring along your favourite poetry to read at our Open Mic evening. Non-alcoholic refreshments and supper provided. BYO Wine/Beer.
Entry Details: Koha. Open to adults only.
Date/Times: Wednesday 24 August, 6.30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Woodville Library, 42 Vogel Street, Woodville
Contact: library@tararuadc.govt.nz
Further Info: facebook.com/pages/Tararua-District-Libraries/210509005520
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Wairarapa

Carterton

Poetry after 5
An opportunity to share your favourite poem (and maybe a glass of wine) after work at Almo's Books in Carterton. Bring a poem to share or just come along and listen to your local poets.
Entry Details: Koha. Sign up to read on arrival.
Date/Times: Fri 26 August, 5:30-7:30pm
Location: Almo’s Books, 42 High Street North Carterton
Contact: Steve Laurence email steve@almobooks.co.nz
Further Info: almobooks.co.nz

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Hutt City Region

Naenae
Stokes Valley
Moera
Eastbourne
Wainuiomata
Hutt City
Taita
Petone

Naenae

Poetry at Preschool Storytime with Naenae Library
During the week of National Poetry Day, Preschool Storytime sessions at each of the Hutt City libraries will feature fun poetry readings for young children. Children aged 2-5 years will be introduced to poetry and the joys of word-play while they enrich their language development, expand their vocabulary, and get a valuable boost before starting school. Parents and caregivers are welcome to join the fun. Dates and times vary across each of the eight library locations Lower Hutt.
Entry Details: Free. Suitable for children aged 2 – 5 years and their parents and/or caregivers
Dates/Times: Wednesday 24 August, 10:30am – 11:00am
Location: Naenae Library, Hillary Court, Naenae
Contact: Lillian Pak, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further Info: eventfinda.co.nz/2016/poetry-at-preschool-storytime3/lower-hutt
facebook.com/HuttCityLibraries

Poet Tree at Naenae Library
Are you a secret poet? Come and share your favourite poetic word or phrase and add it to the Poet Tree display at one of your local Hutt City libraries. You can then write and add a poem inspired by the words on the tree.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages.
Date/Times: Monday 22 August to Friday 26 August, library opening hours.
Location: Naenae Library, Hillary Court, Naenae
Contact: Lillian Pak, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further Info: library.huttcity.govt.nz
facebook.com/HuttCityLibraries

Tipi Haere - Words on the Move in Naenae
Nau mai, Haere mai. Hutt City Libraries are celebrating National Poetry Day with a road show of poetry performances. Renowned New Zealand poet Apirana Taylor and young poets from across the Hutt Valley will read their work at scheduled library appearances throughout the day concluding with a special performance at Taita Library which will also feature poet and DJ Antsman and musician Tomi Te Taite. Your MC throughout the day is writer, storyteller and poet, Moira Wairama.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages.
Date/Times: Friday 26 August, 10:15am – 10:45am
Location: Naenae Library, Hillary Court, Naenae
Contact: Lillian Pak, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further Info: eventfinda.co.nz/2016/tipi-haere-words-on-the-move/lower-hutt library.huttcity.govt.nz
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Stokes Valley

Poetry at Preschool Storytime with Stokes Valley Library
During the week of National Poetry Day, Preschool Storytime sessions at each of the Hutt City libraries will feature fun poetry readings for young children. Children aged 2-5 years will be introduced to poetry and the joys of word-play while they enrich their language development, expand their vocabulary, and get a valuable boost before starting school. Parents and caregivers are welcome to join the fun. Dates and times vary across each of the eight library locations Lower Hutt.
Entry Details: Free. Suitable for children aged 2 – 5 years and their parents and/or caregivers
Dates/Times: Wed 24 August, 10:30am – 11:00am and Thurs 25 August, 10:30am – 11:00am
Location: Stokes Valley Library, Scott Court, 184 Stokes Valley Road, Stokes Valley
Contact: Lillian Pak, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further Info: eventfinda.co.nz/2016/poetry-at-preschool-storytime7/lower-hutt
library.huttcity.govt.nz

Poet Tree at Stokes Valley Library
Are you a secret poet? Come and share your favourite poetic word or phrase and add it to the Poet Tree display at one of your local Hutt City libraries. You can then write and add a poem inspired by the words on the tree.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages.
Date/Times: Monday 22 August to Friday 26 August, library opening hours.
Location: Stokes Valley Library, Scott Court, 184 Stokes Valley Road, Stokes Valley, Hutt City
Contact: Lillian Pak, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further Info: library.huttcity.govt.nz
facebook.com/HuttCityLibraries

Moera

Poetry at Preschool Storytime with Moera Library
During the week of National Poetry Day, Preschool Storytime sessions at each of the Hutt City libraries will feature fun poetry readings for young children. Children aged 2-5 years will be introduced to poetry and the joys of word-play while they enrich their language development, expand their vocabulary, and get a valuable boost before starting school. Parents and caregivers are welcome to join the fun. Dates and times vary across each of the eight library locations Lower Hutt. Entry Details: Free. Suitable for children aged 2 – 5 years and their parents and/or caregivers Dates/Times: Wednesday 24 August, 11:00am – 11:30am Location: Moera Library, 171 Randwick Road, Contact: Lillian Pak, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz Further Info: Moera eventfinda.co.nz/2016/poetry-at-preschool-storytime4/lower-hutt www.library.huttcity.govt.nz | www.facebook.com/HuttCityLibraries

Poet Tree at Moera Library
Are you a secret poet? Come and share your favourite poetic word or phrase and add it to the Poet Tree display at one of your local Hutt City libraries. You can then write and add a poem inspired by the words on the tree.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages.
Date/Times: Monday 22 August to Friday 26 August, library opening hours.
Location: Moera Library, 171 Randwick Road, Moera, Hutt City
Contact: Lillian Pak, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further Info: library.huttcity.govt.nz
facebook.com/HuttCityLibraries

Eastbourne

Poetry at Preschool Storytime with Eastbourne Library
During the week of National Poetry Day, Preschool Storytime sessions at each of the Hutt City libraries will feature fun poetry readings for young children. Children aged 2-5 years will be introduced to poetry and the joys of word-play while they enrich their language development, expand their vocabulary, and get a valuable boost before starting school. Parents and caregivers are welcome to join the fun. Dates and times vary across each of the eight library locations Lower Hutt.
Entry Details: Free. Suitable for children aged 2 – 5 years and their parents and/or caregivers
Date/Times: Wednesday 24 August, 2:00pm – 2:30pm
Location: Eastbourne Library, 38 Rimu Street, Eastbourne
Contact: Lillian Pak, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further Info: eventfinda.co.nz/2016/poetry-at-preschool-storytime5/lower-hutt
facebook.com/HuttCityLibraries

Poet Tree at Eastbourne Library
Are you a secret poet? Come and share your favourite poetic word or phrase and add it to the Poet Tree display at one of your local Hutt City libraries. You can then write and add a poem inspired by the words on the tree.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages.
Date/Times: Monday 22 August to Friday 26 August, library opening hours.
Location: Eastbourne Library, 38 Rimu Street, Eastbourne, Hutt City
Contact: Lillian Pak, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further Info: library.huttcity.govt.nz
facebook.com/HuttCityLibraries

Wainuiomata

Poetry at Preschool Storytime with Wainuiomata Library
During the week of National Poetry Day, Preschool Storytime sessions at each of the Hutt City libraries will feature fun poetry readings for young children. Children aged 2-5 years will be introduced to poetry and the joys of word-play while they enrich their language development, expand their vocabulary, and get a valuable boost before starting school. Parents and caregivers are welcome to join the fun. Dates and times vary across each of the eight library locations Lower Hutt.
Entry Details: Free. Suitable for children aged 2 – 5 years and their parents and/or caregivers
Date/Times: Friday 26 August, 10:30am – 11:00am
Location: Wainuiomata Library, 36 Queen Street, Wainuiomata
Contact: Lillian Pak, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further Info: eventfinda.co.nz/2016/poetry-at-preschool-storytime8/lower-hutt
library.huttcity.govt.nz
facebook.com/HuttCityLibraries

Poet Tree at Wainuiomata Library
Are you a secret poet? Come and share your favourite poetic word or phrase and add it to the Poet Tree display at one of your local Hutt City libraries. You can then write and add a poem inspired by the words on the tree.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages.
Date/Times: Monday 22 August to Friday 26 August, library opening hours.
Location: Wainuiomata Library, 36 Queen Street, Wainuiomata, Hutt City
Contact: Lillian Pak, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further Info: library.huttcity.govt.nz
facebook.com/HuttCityLibraries

Tipi Haere - Words on the Move in Wainuiomata
Nau mai, Haere mai. Hutt City Libraries are celebrating National Poetry Day with a road show of poetry performances. Renowned New Zealand poet Apirana Taylor and young poets from across the Hutt Valley will read their work at scheduled library appearances throughout the day concluding with a special performance at Taita Library which will also feature poet and DJ Antsman and musician Tomi Te Taite. Your MC throughout the day is writer, storyteller and poet, Moira Wairama.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages.
Date/Times: Friday 26 August, 11:30am – 12:00noon
Location: Wainuiomata Library, 36 Queen Street, Wainuiomata
Contact: Lillian Pak, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further Info: eventfinda.co.nz/2016/tipi-haere-words-on-the-move2/lower-hutt library.huttcity.govt.nz
facebook.com/HuttCityLibraries

Hutt City

Poetry at Preschool Storytime at the War Memorial Library
During the week of National Poetry Day, Preschool Storytime sessions at each of the Hutt City libraries will feature fun poetry readings for young children. Children aged 2-5 years will be introduced to poetry and the joys of word-play while they enrich their language development, expand their vocabulary, and get a valuable boost before starting school. Parents and caregivers are welcome to join the fun. Dates and times vary across each of the eight library locations Lower Hutt.
Entry Details: Free. Suitable for children aged 2 – 5 years and their parents and/or caregivers
Date/Times: Tuesday 23 August, 2:00pm – 2:30pm
Location: War Memorial Library, 2 Queens Drive, Hutt City
Contact: Lillian Pak, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further Info: eventfinda.co.nz/2016/poetry-at-preschool-storytime2/lower-hutt
library.huttcity.govt.nz
facebook.com/HuttCityLibraries

Poet Tree at the War Memorial Library
Are you a secret poet? Come and share your favourite poetic word or phrase and add it to the Poet Tree display at one of your local Hutt City libraries. You can then write and add a poem inspired by the words on the tree.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages.
Date/Times: Monday 22 August to Friday 26 August, library opening hours.
Location: War Memorial Library, 2 Queens Drive, Hutt City
Contact: Lillian Pak, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further Info: facebook.com/HuttCityLibraries

Tipi Haere - Words on the Move in Hutt City
Nau mai, Haere mai. Hutt City Libraries are celebrating National Poetry Day with a road show of poetry performances. Renowned New Zealand poet Apirana Taylor and young poets from across the Hutt Valley will read their work at scheduled library appearances throughout the day concluding with a special performance at Taita Library which will also feature poet and DJ Antsman and musician Tomi Te Taite. Your MC throughout the day is writer, storyteller and poet, Moira Wairama.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages.
Date/Times: Friday 26 August, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: War Memorial Library, 2 Queens Drive, Hutt City
Contact: Lillian Pak, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further Info: eventfinda.co.nz/2016/tipi-haere-words-on-the-move3/lower-hutt
facebook.com/HuttCityLibraries

Poems of the Seasons and of the Land: Poetry Readings and Open Mic
In the beautiful but sometimes wild land of New Zealands coastline four seasons can be experienced in one day. The poetry of Aotearoa New Zealand often reflects the weather and the unique landscape. Landscape poets from around the region will present their entertaining and inspiring poetry. Featuring Anne Powell, Keith Johnson, Adrienne Jansen, Harvey Malloy, Kerry Hines, Kerry Popplewell, Martin de Jong, Tim Jones, and Peter Carter. Writers, readers, conservationists, locals interested in the arts, and all ages are invited.
Entry Details: Entry is free and all are welcome
Date/Times: Friday August 26th, 7.30pm – 10pm, beginning with complimentary refreshments
Location: St Marks Church Complex 58 Woburn Road, Hutt City (opposite Hutt Library)
Contact Details: Viv Ball, viviennemayball@gmail.com (04) 5895668; 027 4358543
Further Info: facebook.com/events/1098675493538211/

Taita

Poetry at Preschool Storytime with Taita Library
During the week of National Poetry Day, Preschool Storytime sessions at each of the Hutt City libraries will feature fun poetry readings for young children. Children aged 2-5 years will be introduced to poetry and the joys of word-play while they enrich their language development, expand their vocabulary, and get a valuable boost before starting school. Parents and caregivers are welcome to join the fun. Dates and times vary across each of the eight library locations Lower Hutt.
Entry Details: Free. Suitable for children aged 2 – 5 years and their parents and/or caregivers
Date/Times: Tuesday 23 August, 10am -10:30am Location: Taita Library, Walter Nash Centre, 22 Taine Street, Taita
Contact: Lillian Pak, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further Info: eventfinda.co.nz/2016/poetry-at-preschool-storytime/lower-hutt
www.library.huttcity.govt.nz
facebook.com/HuttCityLibraries

Poet Tree at Taita Library
Are you a secret poet? Come and share your favourite poetic word or phrase and add it to the Poet Tree display at one of your local Hutt City libraries. You can then write and add a poem inspired by the words on the tree.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages.
Date/Times: Monday 22 August to Friday 26 August, library opening hours.
Location: Taita Library, Walter Nash Centre, 22 Taine Street, Taita, Hutt City
Contact: Lillian Pak, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further Info: library.huttcity.govt.nz
facebook.com/HuttCityLibraries

Tipi Haere - Words on the Move in Taita
Nau mai, Haere mai. Hutt City Libraries are celebrating National Poetry Day with a road show of poetry performances. Renowned New Zealand poet Apirana Taylor and young poets from across the Hutt Valley will read their work at scheduled library appearances throughout the day concluding with a special performance at Taita Library which will also feature poet and DJ Antsman and musician Tomi Te Taite. Your MC throughout the day is writer, storyteller and poet, Moira Wairama.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages.
Date/Times Friday 26 August, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Taita Library, Walter Nash Centre, 22 Taine Street, Taita
Contact: Lillian Pak, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further Info: eventfinda.co.nz/2016/tipi-haere-words-on-the-move-end-of-the-journey/lower-hutt library.huttcity.govt.nz | facebook.com/HuttCityLibraries

Petone

Poetry at Preschool Storytime with Petone Library
During the week of National Poetry Day, Preschool Storytime sessions at each of the Hutt City libraries will feature fun poetry readings for young children. Children aged 2-5 years will be introduced to poetry and the joys of word-play while they enrich their language development, expand their vocabulary, and get a valuable boost before starting school. Parents and caregivers are welcome to join the fun. Dates and times vary across each of the eight library locations Lower Hutt.
Entry Details: Free. Suitable for children aged 2 – 5 years and their parents and/or caregivers
Date/Times: Thursday 25 August, 10:30am – 11:00am
Location: Petone Library, 7 Britannia Street, Petone
Contact: Lillian Pak, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further Info: eventfinda.co.nz/2016/poetry-at-preschool-storytime6/lower-hutt
library.huttcity.govt.nz
facebook.com/HuttCityLibraries

Poet Tree at Petone Library
Are you a secret poet? Come and share your favourite poetic word or phrase and add it to the Poet Tree display at one of your local Hutt City libraries. You can then write and add a poem inspired by the words on the tree.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages.
Date/Times: Monday 22 August to Friday 26 August, library opening hours.
Location: Petone Library, 7 Britannia Street, Petone, Hutt City
Contact: Lillian Pak, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further Info: library.huttcity.govt.nz
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Poetry Evening with Geraldine Brophy
Come and join an evening of poetry where you get a turn on the microphone. Bring your favourite poems to share and/or sit back and discover some new favourites. Feel free to bring a picnic dinner. Tea and coffee provided. Families welcome. Your MC will be actress and writer, Geraldine Brophy. Sign up to read on the night.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages.
Date/Times: Friday 26 August, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Petone Library, 7 Britannia Street, Petone
Contact: Lillian Pak, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further Info: eventfinda.co.nz/2016/poetry-reading-evening/lower-hutt
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Wellington & Kapiti Coast

Wellington City
Paraparaumu

Wellington City

Best NZ Poets of 2015
Warm-Up for National Poetry Day 2016 What better way to anticipate National Poetry Day * than with a line-up of 11 of the best? Come along to hear Sarah Jane Barnett, David Beach, Hera Lindsay Bird, John Dennison, Dinah Hawken, Alex Hollis, Gregory O'Brien, Frances Samuel, BryanWalpert 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 BNZP15 website, John Newton. (*National Poetry Day is on Friday 26 August).
Entry details: Free. Open to all.
Date/Times: Monday 22 August 2016, 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: victoria.ac.nz/modernletters/about/events/writers-mondays

TRANSPOSITIONS: Celebrating New Zealand Poetry in Translation
Translation is the closest form of reading. A multimodal, cross-cultural and internationally facing gathering to celebrate New Zealand women poets and their translators: language to language, words to images, and images back to language in a circular flow of transpositioning elements. The event will be held the night before National Poetry Day at Wai-te-ata Press, Victoria’s letterpress studio. Poets Hinemoana Baker, Emma Barnes, Anahera Gildea and Faith Wilson will contribute their poems, and Victoria students will read the Italian translations. The poetry readings will be followed by a panel discussion and other interactive opportunities. Lines from the poems read during the night can be printed in the linked event, Making Transpositions Visible: New Zealand Poetry in Letterpress, held at Wai-te-ata on National Poetry Day.
Entry details: Free – RSVP required. Date/Times: 25 August 2016, 5:30-7:00
Location: Wai-te-ata Press, Room 006 Rankine Brown, Gate 3, Kelburn Parade, Kelburn Campus, Wellington 6012.
Contact: Francesca Benocci, francesca.benocci@vuw.ac.nz
Further info: victoria.ac.nz/wtapress/about/events/transpositions-celebrating-new-zealand-poetry-in-translation victoria.ac.nz/slc

Making Transpositions Visible: New Zealand Poetry in Letterpress
Unleash the power of poetry through lead, ink and paper. Come for an hour, be converted for life; National Poetry Day is your opportunity to taste the letterpress revival for free at Wai-te- ata Press. In conjunction with Transpositions: Celebrating NZ Poetry in Translation, guests are encouraged to bring one line from a NZ woman poet to typeset. The lines will be compiled into a collaborative ‘found’ poem and printed as an A3 poster at the end of the day. Guests will receive a copy of their creation to help keep letterpress alive.
Entry details: Free, no need to register first, drop in for an hour whenever it suits between 10am and 3pm on National Poetry Day.
Date/Times: 26 August 2016, open 10am-3pm
Location: Wai-te- ata Press, Room 006 Rankine Brown, Gate 3, Kelburn Parade, Kelburn Campus, Wellington
Contact: Sydney Shep, sydney.shep@vuw.ac.nz
Further Info: victoria.ac.nz/wtapress/about/events/making-transpositions-visible-new-zealand-poetry-in-letterpress

Vic Books Presents: Seraph Press Poets and Friends
Come and celebrate National Poetry Day 2016 with Seraph Press Poets and Friends.Seraph Press publishing celebrates an extraordinary group of poets from many different voices and geographies here in Aotearoa. Seraph Press has invited some of their authors, mainly from out-of-town, to join with some of their friends who are staff or students at Victoria University to share their poetry at Vic Books on National Poetry Day 2016. Order coffee and delicious food from the Vic Books Café and sit back and spend an hour listening to nine fabulous poets. Featuring Helen Lehndorf, Johanna Aitchison, Vana Manasiadis, Paula Green, Amy Leigh Wickes, Yujing Liang, Anne Kennedy, Marco Sonzogni and Anahera Gildea.
Entry Details: A free event and all ages welcome.
Date/Times: Friday 26th August, 10.30am to 11.30am
Location: Vic Books, Easterfield Building, Victoria University, 1 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington
Contact Details: Marion Castree, 04 280 6205, email marion@vicbooks.co.nz
Further Info: facebook.com/events/616506468507852/
vicbooks.wordpress.com/national-poetry-day-2016/
seraphpress.co.nz/home/seraph-press-poets-friends-national-poetry-day-event-at-vic-books

Poetry Day at the National Library
Poetry at its best with Wellington poets Anna Jackson, Magnolia Wilson, Ashleigh Young, James Brown and John Dennison in a lunchtime reading at the National Library. The poets will read their own work and poems by poets they like. Bring your lunch if you wish, and be early for a good seat.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all.
Date/Times: 26 August, 12.10-1pm
Location: GF programme room, National Library of New Zealand, corner of Molesworth & Aitken Streets, Wellington
Contact: Peter Ireland peter.ireland@dia.govt.nz
Further Info: natlib.govt.nz/events/poetry-day-at-the-national-library

Six Poets In Sixty Minutes
Celebrate National Poetry Day by heading to Unity Books to listen to Hera Lindsay Bird, Harvey Molloy, Bill Nelson, Rachel O’Neill, Kerrin P Sharpe and Tim Upperton read from their work.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages.
Date/Times: Friday 26 August, 1-2pm
Location: Unity Books, 57 Willis Street, Wellington
Contact: Dylan Sherwood wellington@unitybooks.co.nz
Further Info: facebook.com/events/1025945207453375/
eventfinda.co.nz/2016/six-poets-in-sixty-minutes/wellington
unitybooks.nz/event/event-six-poets-in-sixty-minutes-national-poetry-day-friday-26th-august-1-2pm/

Poets in the Park
A panoply of poets perform their work for passersby and prescient perchers. Bring a packed or purchased lunch to hear poets of Mākaro Press and Steele Roberts, whose offices peek over the park. Come and hear: Harvey Molloy • Kerry Popplewell • Tim Jones • Maggie Rainey-Smith • Keith Westwater • Pete Carter • Robyn Cooper • Peter Stuart • Stefanie Lash • Polina Kouzminova • Jamie Trower.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages.
Date/Times: 26 August, 12-1.15pm
Location: Glover Park, Ghuznee Street, Wellington city. Update: event now at Wellington Central Library due to weather
Contact: makaropress@gmail.com
Further Info: facebook.com/events/146600455764804/

Buckets of Poets
Poets busk their poems beside the ebullient bucket fountain of Cuba Mall. Bring your lunch and be prepared to be blown away by the poets of Mākaro Press and Steele Roberts, whose offices are in the Cuba precinct. Come and hear: Harvey Molloy • Kerry Popplewell • Tim Jones • Maggie Rainey-Smith • Keith Westwater • Pete Carter • Robyn Cooper • Peter Stuart • Stefanie Lash • Polina Kouzminova • Jamie Trower.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages.
Date/Times: 26 August, 2-3.15pm
Location: The bucket fountain, Cuba Mall, Wellington. Update: event now at Wellington Central Library due to weather
Contact: makaropress@gmail.com
Further Info: facebook.com/events/1775235166025022/

Poetry Day with Sweet Mammalian
People often say that they don’t “get” poetry, which is a terrible shame because poetry is great. Pip Adam, Matt Bialostocki, Alexandra Hollis, Grisham Langston, Freya Daly Sadgrove and Anna Taylor are people who “get” poetry, and they’re here to help. They’ll each read one poem that they love and discuss why they love it and what it means to them. This is a free, casual event which may include discussion. BYO welcome.
Entry Details: Free. Open to everyone. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Date/Times: Friday August 26th from 5:30 to 6:30
Location: Aro Valley Community Centre, 48 Aro St, Wellington
Contact: Hannah, Magnolia and Morgan at sweetmammalian@gmail.com
Further Info:
facebook.com/Sweet-Mammalian-1463238260571958/
sweetmammalian.com/#!news-and-events/c1pz

Conspiring to Strangeness: Poems and a Talk
What is the lyric voice and how is it used to navigate the poetic worlds we create? Taking as their guide a phrase from Helen Macdonald, a number of poets will explore the power and potential of strangeness in their writing in a set of contradicting and unnerving readings. Featuring work by Freya Daly Sadgrove, Simon Gennard, Hannah Mettner, Harry Ricketts, Louise Wrightson, and surprise guests.
bnEntry details: Free. Open to all ages. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Date/Time: 26th August, 7:30–9pm. Location: Toi Poneke Arts Centre, 61–69 Abel Smith Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Contact: Alexandra Hollis, hollis.alexandra@gmail.com
Further Info: facebook.com/events/1021443941305054/

Paraparaumu

If you’re a poet we want to know it! Matariki/Winter Open Mic Night
Join Kapiti Coast District Libraries and celebrate National Poetry Day with an evening of poetry. Prize winners from the Kapiti Coast Matariki/Winter Poetry Competition will be announced, followed by an open mic. Poets who participated in the competition are encouraged to read, as well as poets of all ages who would like an opportunity to read before an appreciative audience.
Entry details: Free. All ages.
Date/Times: 26 August, 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Location: Paraparaumu Library, 9 Iver Trask Place, Paraparaumu
Contact: Juana Kelsen, juana.kelsen@kapiticoast.govt.nz
Further info: kapiticoast.govt.nz/poetry

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Nelson Region

Nelson
Motueka

Nelson

Random Poetry Generator & Poetry Fridge Door
Check out the random poetry generating computer at Elma Turner Library. Inspiring and/or optimistic poems are only the push of a button away. Random poems can be displayed in the library on the extra sized fridge door, or people can bring their own, human created, poems for display.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all.
Date/Times: 8th – 26th August, 2016, 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-2016

Open Mic Poetry
An open mic poetry session to celebrate National Poetry Day 2016. 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 26th August, 2016, 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-2016

Motueka

Poetry Extravaganza Evening
Join Motueka Library to celebrate National Poetry Day with poetry readings by accomplished poet Lesley McKay and poets from the floor. Share your own poem or a favourite poem or just listen and enjoy. Lesley McKay has won the Poems in the Waiting Room poetry contest twice and has published poems about the Christchurch earthquake's Red Zone. Enjoy this opportunity to be touched by the magic of poetry, to get involved in the poetry community and discover poets. Light refreshments will be provided.
Entry Details: Gold coin donation appreciated. All welcome.
Date/Times: Fri 26 August, 6:30-7:30pm
Location: Motueka Public Library, 12 Pah Street, Motueka
Contact: library@tasman.govt.nz
Further Info: itson.co.nz/2016/13217-motueka-library-poetry-extravaganza-evening

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Canterbury

Christchurch

Young Poets: Peg up a Poem
Warm up for National Poetry Day in Christchurch. Pieces from young local poets (ages 8-25) will be pegged up and on display in the XCHC café exhibition space for the fortnight leading up to National Poetry Day, Friday August 26th. Don’t miss this exciting visual display of young poets work with the added possibility of ‘pop-up’ readings and performances, hosted by The School for Young Writers, Faultline Poetry Collective, XCHC, and in association with WORD Christchurch.
Entry Details: Koha appreciated. Viewing open to all ages.
Date/Times: Monday August 15 to 26, during café opening hours Monday-Friday 7.30 - 3.00 and Friday evenings 5.00 - 10.00
Location: XCHC Café and Exhibition Space, 376 Wilsons Road. Café facilities will be operating.
Contact: Heather, schoolforyoungwriters@gmail.com
Further Info:facebook.com/events/1414947131856175/

Poetic Licence
Join South Island Writers' Association in conjunction with Airing Cupboard to warm-up for National Poetry Day 2016. This is an Open Mic event you can participate in as reader or audience. Enjoy the creativity of local poets and light refreshments as well.
Entry Details: Free entry
Date/Times: 19th August 2016 6:00 - 7:30pm
Location: Sydenham Room, South Library, Columbo Street, Christchurch
Contact Details: Kay Luff popo.kay @xtra.co.nz
Further Info: southislandwriters.co.nz

Young Poets: Performance and Open Mic
Warm up for National Poetry Day at the Young Poets Performance and Open Mic. Proving that the future of poetry is in safe hands, current National Rising Voices Youth Poetry Slam champion, Sophie Rea, will mc two sessions of readings, performances and open mic as young poets, aged 8-25, share their words. Promising to be full of surprises, this event will feature young poets from The School for Young Writers and Faultline Poetry Collective, and is presented in association with WORD Christchurch. All young poets are welcome to take part in the open mic section for their age group and we’ll even provide experienced readers for those who feel the need.
Entry Details: Koha appreciated. Audience open to all ages. Performers welcome within the age groups specified.
Date/Times: Wednesday August 24th. 4.00 - 5.00 pm for poets aged 8-12 and 5.30 - 7.00 pm for poets aged 13-25.
Location: XCHC Café and Exhibition Space, 376 Wilsons Road. Café facilities will be operating.
Contact: Heather, schoolforyoungwriters@gmail.com
Further Info: facebook.com/events/156371001447335/

National Poetry Day Celebration Readings
Come and join the celebration with the Hagley Institute tutors, graduates and students. Winners of the Hagley Institute 2016 Poetry Day competition will be announced by judge, James Norcliffe and there will be readings from Frankie McMillan, Bernadette Hall, Christina Starchurski, Teoti Jardine, Jeni Curtis, Marisa Cappetta, Rose Collins and the competition winners. In conjunction with WORD Christchurch Writers Festival
Entry details: Free, open all ages
Date/Times: 12.30-1.30 pm, Friday 26 August
Location: Scorpio Bookshop, Hereford St, Christchurch
Contact Details: Morrin Rout, Director, Hagley Writers' Institute - writers@hagley.school.nz.
Further Info: facebook.com/events/520102951512387/
hagleywriters.net

Red Zone Poetry
In Christchurch, more than 400,000 people have been through more than 14,000 earthquakes over the last 5 years. Other books will tell of the earthquakes from the point of view of the geologist, the seismologist, the historian, or photographer; Leaving the Red Zone tells of the Canterbury earthquakes from the point of view of the human heart. In association with Word Christchurch, editors James Norcliffe and Joanna Preston will talk about how this rich and comprehensive collection came to be, accompanied by readings from contributing poets Jeni Curtis, Catherine Fitchett, Bernadette Hall, Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, David Howard, Robynanne Milford, Brindi Joy, and Karen Zelas.
Entry Details: Free.
Date/times: Friday, 26 August, 3.30-4.30pm
Location: The Box, The Piano, 156 Armagh St
Contact: admin@wordchristchurch.co.nz
Further Info: wordchristchurch.co.nz

National Poetry Day Wrap-Up Celebration
Four local poets read their work at Parklands Library to wind down after National Poetry Day. Featuring poets Andrew Bell, Damien Taylor, Dylan Kemp, and Robyn Lees.
Entry Details: Free. All ages.
Date/Times: Saturday 27th August 2pm-3.30pm.
Location: Parklands Library, 46 Queenspark Drive, Parklands, Christchurch 8083.
Contact: Andrew Bell for further info. Ph 021-127-0678. Email Andrew.Bell@ccc.govt.nz

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West Coast

Grey District

Grey District Library Poetry Competition
See the Competitions Calendar to find out more.

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 National Poetry Day. Hear entries from the Grey District Library Poetry Competition and announcement of the winners.
Entry Details: Free
Date/Times: Wednesday 24th 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: facebook.com/events/1714345438814932/
facebook.com/GreyDistrictLibrary

Local Poems on Tour
To celebrate National Poetry Day on Friday 26th August, individual events will be held at three 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 or 03 768 5597

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Otago Region

Dunedin
Oamaru
Wanaka

Dunedin

Decadence: Ten Otago Poets
As a prelude National Poetry Day the New Zealand Society of Authors, in partnership with Dunedin Public Libraries, brings 10 acclaimed Otago poets together for an evening to celebrate the region's literary talent. Guests include novelist, memoirist, and poet Diane Brown, multiple award-winner Emma Neale, Lynley Edmeades whose debut collection was published in April, and distinguished Alexandra-based poet Michael Harlow, plus the co-editor of Glottis: New Writing, Richard Reeve, and poet, short story writer, novelist, playwright, critic, editor and past Poet Laureate Vincent O’Sullivan. Light refreshments and laid-back jazz from Bill Martin Nathan Berg on arrival.
Entry Details: Tickets: $5. RSVP essential. All welcome.
Date/Times: Thursday 25th August, 6pm-8pm (Reception at 5.30pm)
Location: 4th Floor, Dunningham Suite, Dunedin City Library, 230 Moray Place, Dunedin
Contact Details: Kay Mercer Library@dcc.govt.nz 03 474 3690
Further Info: dunedinlibraries.govt.nz/events/literary/adults/from-a-rich-land-the-poetry-of-otago
facebook.com/events/636258813189610/

Poetry Tree
Spring is coming, so help make the poetry tree beautiful again. Pick up a leaf from your local Dunedin library in Mosgiel, Port Chalmers, Blueskin Bay, or Waikouaiti. Write a poem for National Poetry Day and hang it on the Poetry Tree.
Entry Details: Free. Suitable for people aged 5 and upwards.
Date/Times: Friday 26th August, 9.30am-8pm
Locations: All Dunedin Public Libraries
- Mosgiel Library, 7 Hartstonge Avenue, Mosgiel
- Dunedin City Library, 230 Moray Place, Dunedin
- Port Chalmers Library, 20 Beach Street, Port Chalmer
- Blueskin Bay Library, 28 Harvey Street, Waitati
- Waikouaiti Library, 192 Main Road, Waikouaiti
Contact Details: Kay Mercer Library@dcc.govt.nz 03 474 3690
Further Info: dunedinlibraries.govt.nz/events/literary/kids/poetry-tree
facebook.com/events/1755231484723690/

The Dunedin Poem
26th August is National Poetry Day! Celebrate by helping to create a poem for Dunedin by Dunedin. Local poet Diane Brown has gifted the first line of this new poem. You are invited to write the next line. Throughout National Poetry Day 2016, the poem will grow, and Dunedin Public Libraries will design a poster of the finished version to display.
Entry Details: Free. All welcome to contribute (no offensive language, please).
Date/Times: Friday 26th August, 9.30am-8pm
Locations: All Dunedin Public Libraries
- Mosgiel Library, 7 Hartstonge Avenue, Mosgiel
- Dunedin City Library, 230 Moray Place, Dunedin
- Port Chalmers Library, 20 Beach Street, Port Chalmer
- Blueskin Bay Library, 28 Harvey Street, Waitati
- Waikouaiti Library, 192 Main Road, Waikouaiti
Contact: Kay Mercer Library@dcc.govt.nz 03 474 3690
Further Info: dunedinlibraries.govt.nz/events/literary/teens/the-dunedin-poem
facebook.com/events/1013323298735794/

Oamaru

Poetry Reading at Oamaru Library
Celebrate National Poetry Day with Oamaru Library. Members of the Waitaki Writers group are performing poetry in the library.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all.
Date/Times: 26 August 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Oamaru Library, 62 Thames Street, Oamaru
Contact: library@waitaki.govt.nz
Further Info: culturewaitaki.org.nz/waitaki-district-libraries/event/celebrate-national-poetry-day-2016

Wanaka

Space and Time Poetry Competition for Children
See the Competitions Calendar to find out more.

Poetry Creation Station
Head along to Wanaka Library to get creative with poetry. A Poetry Creation Station will be located at Wanaka Library for all those wanting to test out their poetry skills. Create something special to give to a friend or leave a poem behind on display to inspire others. This activity is a fusion of craft, creativity and poetry that will suit all ages.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages. This is a free on-going activity across the week of National Poetry Day.
Date/Times: Monday 22nd August – Friday 26th August. Open during regular library opening hours: Mon-Wed 9:00am - 5:30pm; Thurs 9:00am – 7:00pm; Fri 9:00am – 5:30pm; Sat 10:00am - 5:00pm.
Location: Wanaka Library, 1 Bullock Creek Lane, Wanaka
Contact: Eve Marshall-Lea / eve.marshall-lea@qldc.govt.nz
Further Info: facebook.com/queenstownlibrary/
eventfinda.co.nz/2016/poetry-creation-station/wanaka

A Poem In Your Pocket at Wanaka Library
Pop in to Wanaka Library and grab some surprise poems to keep tucked away in your pocket ready to share with a friend, family or a co-worker. Spread the poetry celebrations and share on Facebook. The librarians at Wanaka Library will have a steady supply of ready-to-go poems kept in a handy location at the library for all to enjoy and take away, including a print-copy of National Poetry Day's 2016 Poems in Your Pocket fold-out featuring Tusiata Avia, Simone Kaho, Lynley Edmeades and Johanna Aitchison.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages. This is a free on-going activity across the week of National Poetry Day.
Date/Times: Monday 22nd August – Friday 26th August. Open during regular library opening hours Mon-Wed: 9:00am - 5:30pm; Thurs: 9:00am – 7:00pm; Fri: 9:00am – 5:30pm; Sat: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Wanaka Library, 1 Bullock Creek Lane, Wanaka
Contact: Eve Marshall-Lea / eve.marshall-lea@qldc.govt.nz
Further Info: facebook.com/queenstownlibrary/
eventfinda.co.nz/2016/a-poem- in-your- pocket/wanaka
nzbookawards.nz/national-poetry-day/poems-in-your-pocket/

Book Spine Poetry Display at Wanaka Library
This fun and quirky display will have you coming back for more. Pop in each day during Wanaka Library's week of National Poetry Day celebrations and see what the Wanaka library staff, have put together. The idea is simple and fun, it involves stacking books in a particular order so the titles on the book spines create a poem. A display for all to enjoy! This is a great chance to come in to Wanaka Library and get some inspiration for your own poetry writing. See if you would have arranged the titles in a different way, and what other poems you would make out of the spine poetry on display.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages. This is a free to view on going display for the week of National Poetry Day.
Date/Times: Monday 22nd August – Friday 26th August. Open during regular library opening hours: Mon-Wed 9:00am - 5:30pm; Thurs 9:00am – 7:00pm; Fri 9:00am – 5:30pm; Sat 10:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Wanaka Library, 1 Bullock Creek Lane, Wanaka
Contact: Eve Marshall-Lea / eve.marshhall-lea@qldc.govt.nz
Further Info: facebook.com/queenstownlibrary
eventfinda.co.nz/2016/book-spine-poetry-display/wanaka

J & K Rolling Outrider Poetry Readings and Open Mic
Come along to Wanaka Library to experience beautiful poetry in a beautiful setting. New Zealand poetry writers Jenny Powell & Kay McKenzie Cooke will wrap up the Poetry Day celebrations at Wanaka Library with live readings of their original works. A must see event for all poetry lovers. What a great opportunity to hear two of New Zealand’s well-known poets read their work, and share their love of poetry. An open mic session will be available at the end of the show for those wanting to share their creativity. So be prepared and have a little something to read on hand.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all.
Date/Times: Friday 26th August, 3:45pm – 5.30pm
Location: Wanaka Library, 1 Bullock Creek Lane, Wanaka
Contact: Eve Marshall-Lea / eve.marshall-lea@qldc.govt.nz
Further Info: facebook.com/queenstownlibrary
eventfinda.co.nz/2016/j-k-rollings-outrider-poetry-readings-and-open-mic/wanaka

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