Calendar of Events

With around 150 events and activities across New Zealand on or around Phantom Billstickers 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. Scroll down to view this diverse and extraordinary celebration of poets and poetry.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2018


INTERNATIONAL


Kiwi and Cobblestones - Celebrating New Zealand's National Poetry Day at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
As part of the biggest arts festival in the world, some of New Zealand's best UK-based and visiting performers get together to celebrate NZ National Poetry Day. With stories of being far from home, hilarious cultural differences and the challenges of a kiwi accent, James Nokise, Miss Leading, Sara Hirsch, Name UL, Toi Warbrick and Ben Fagan will create a small piece of Aotearoa in a bustling Edinburgh. There will be snacks.
Entry Details: Free entry. All ages.
Date/Times: 24 August 2018, 16:00-17:00 BST
Location: The Saltire Society, 9 Fountain Close, 22 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1TF
Contact: Ben Fagan, kiaora@motifpoetry.co.nz
Further Info:Facebook Event | www.motifpoetry.co.nz/poetryday


AotearoaNZ National Poetry Day in Berlin
Celebrating poetry from Aotearoa-New Zealand. Aotearoa-New Zealand poets and artists read/perform their poetry and the work of their compatriots. Music also highly likely. Definitely biscuits. With Angela Dwyer, Hans Kellett, and Sandra Sarala. Super-congenial bar service from St Georges’ resident (US) poet Shane Anderson, offering you wine, beer, and Schörle for 1 buck 50 each. You’re welcome to bring along your favourite Aotearoan poem to share.
Entry Details: Free/Koha/Donation
Date/Times: 24 August, 20:30 – 22:30
Location: St George’s English Bookshop, Wörther Straße 27, 10405 Berlin Prenzlauer Berg; tram M2
Contact: Sandra Sarala, sandrasarala@yahoo.com
Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/212080452850878/


NATIONWIDE

Radio NZ Needs You!
If you write poems and would like to read one to be heard on Lately with Karyn Hay the week of Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day, download the RNZ Voxpop App from the Appstore or wherever you get your apps, and read a short poem of up to two minutes onto it. Simple as that. Make sure you say who you are, and what it's called and - if you like, other deets such as where it's been published. Karyn will play it on air on her show. We already have lots of poems to play, some from published authors, others from complete novices. Have a go! And please, share away!!
1.To download the VoxPop app search for "RNZ VoxPop" in the app store on your iPhone or android phone.You can find also find the app here:VoxPop Apple: https://apple.co/2xviRLw | VoxPop Android: http://bit.ly/2fHo89g
2. Give yourself a username and give the app permission to use the microphone.
3. Select the National Poetry Day button and it will bring up the microphone to begin recording.
4. Touch the microphone in the red circle to begin recording and then touch it again to end recording. You can "replay" to listen back and if you are happy hit the "publish" button to send the reading to us.
Entry details: Free
Contact & Further Info: If you have any issues or questions email me: ceinwen.curtis@radionz.co.nz



The 24-Hour Poem Competition
There will be prizes. There will be chaos. There will be a Winner, a Runner-up, and an Organiser’s Other-half’s Choice. The challenge is to write a poem of no more than thirty lines, containing ten supplied words. The catch is: you will only have the 24 hours of Poetry Day itself to write and submit your poem. Thanks to the generosity of publishers Anahera Press, Auckland University Press, Cold Hub Press, Otago University Press and Victoria University Press, the winners will take home poetry titles from the 2018 NZ Book Awards. The judge is Joanna Preston.
Entry details: Free to enter, but participants must pre-register for the competition by 17 August. Limit of one entry per participant, restricted to New Zealand citizens and residents. To register, visit https://jopre.wordpress.com/npd2018-24hr-signup/.
Dates: Registration: by 17 August 2018. Competition: midnight 24 August – midnight 25 August 2018.
Contact & Further Info:See full entry conditions at: https://jopre.wordpress.com/npd2018-24hr-signup/


Little Wild Words & Music for Kids
Take 2 meters of verse, add 3 rolls of music and stitch. Hem the edges. Gentle wash only. Experience a folksy, sleepy song cycle bringing vintage verse to life for kiwi kids.The brainchild of award winning songwriter Claudia Robin Gunn, this event is a virtual bedtime concert families can share from the comfort of their own home. She has written new compositions for a host of beautiful verse to help parents share the joy of poetry with their kids. Words + Music = double the magic. Participation is invited; families will be encouraged to learn the tunes and sing along together at home for a great big Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day simultaneous sing-along.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all
Date/Times: August 24th 2018, 7.00 - 7.45pm
Location: Your place (Live on Facebook)
Contact: Claudia Robin Gunn - claudiagunn@gmail.com
Further Info: www.littlewildmusic.com | www.facebook.com/events/263239697581542/


Poetry Bricks
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 23 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed in various places nationwide for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at bookclubs / potlucks and BBQ's, open mic's etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: Free, all welcome to share
Date/Time:Mostly 8am - 3pm 20-26th August
Location: A city or town near you
Contact: David Merritt at culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: Central Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/1926454157422091/


Given Words
Given Words returns for Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2018. It is open to all New Zealand citizens and residents. On 1 August we will publish in Given Words five words selected from the poetry of Spanish poet Antonio Machado (1875-1939). You then have until National Poetry Day 24 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. We have also prepared a Class plan for teachers to use with their students.
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
Submission Dates: 1 August to midnight on 24 August
Contact Details: Charles Olsen – nzgivenwords@gmail.com
Further Info: nzgivenwords.blogspot.co.nz | Facebook event


The Geometry | Open Book Poetry Competition
Celebrate National Poetry Day with Geometry and The Open Book. $250 First Prize, plus a year's subscription to Geometry journal and the My Book Bag book delivery service. Judge's selection published at http://theopenbook.co.nz and the winner published in Geometry Issue 4. Join submitting poets and the judges for a reading of the winning poem and highly commended work at The Open Book, 201 Ponsonby Road, Auckland, on Saturday 25 August, 3pm. Judged by Anna Livesey and Sophie van Waardenberg.
Entry details: One poem per poet. Poets must be resident in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Submit your poem to poetry@theopenbook.co.nz and include your name and postal address in the email.
Submission dates: Open 11 July. Close 31 July. Winner and judge’s selection will be notified by August 20.
Contact: info@theopenbook.co.nz
Further Info: For competition see http://theopenbook.co.nz | Facebook event | To view Geometry journal (not competition) www.geoliterary.com


National Online Poetry Competition
Tararua District Library is celebrating Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day with an Online Poetry Competition for the whole country. Have your poem published online and be in to win a prize and the glory. Competition open 9th July to 17th August 2018. Winner, as judged by local author Lyn McConchie, will be announced on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day. There will also be a People’s Choice prize, as judged by the people! Send up to 2 poems on any topic. Up to 2 poems per entrant will be published on the Tararua District Library Blog.
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.
Submission Dates: 9 July – 17 August 2018
Contact: library@tararuadc.govt.nz
Further Info: See submission guidelines online at https://tararualibrary.wordpress.com/2018/06/26/poetry-competition-2018-on-your-marks-get-set-go/


Unleash the Power of Poetry
Upper Hutt City Library’s annual poetry competition returns this year. Celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day by writing a poem based on the theme “Together”. Entries can be dropped off to Pop-Up Library, CBD Towers Level 1, 84-90 Main Street, Upper Hutt or emailed to libraryprogrammes@uhcc.govt.nz<mailto:libraryprogrammes@uhcc.govt.nz>
Entry Details: Enter free, nationwide. There are 3 entry categories:
· Children (up to 12)
· Youth (13-18)
· Adults (over 18)
Winner to be announced at the Poetry Awards Night, Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day Friday 24th August 2018.
Submission Dates: Submissions open Monday 9 July and close on Monday 13 August, 12pm
Contact: libraryprogrammes@uhcc.govt.nz<mailto:libraryprogrammes@uhcc.govt.nz>
Further Info:http://upperhuttlibrary.co.nz/upper-hutt-poetry-competition/


THE GREAT NEW ZEALAND PROSE DELETION (Poetry Competition)

Entry Details:
1. Choose one page of New Zealand published prose.
2. Make 2 copies of the page.
3. On one copy, delete (perhaps using a marker pen) or erase (perhaps using white-out) everything you don’t want in your poem.
4. Your poem is what remains.
5. Send us both copies by 20 August.
The winner will be announced at VOLUME at 2 PM on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day (24 August). The winner will receive a trophy and a copy of the 2018 Poetry New Zealand Yearbook.
Submission Dates: Open now. Submit by 20 August.
Contact: Stella or Thomas: books@volume.nz
Further Info:books@volume.nz


Poetry NZ Yearbook Student Poetry Competition
Calling all young poets! Entries are now open for the Poetry New Zealand Yearbook Student Poetry Competition.
Entry Details: Entry free. Send us your previously unpublished original poem and be in to win a copy of the 2018 Poetry New Zealand Yearbook for your school library and the 2017 edition for yourself. Poems can be of any length, any style and about any subject. Entries will be judged by Poetry New Zealand Yearbook editor Jack Ross. The 12 winners will be announced on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day August 24, 2018.
• When you enter please indicate whether you are a Year 11, Year 12, or year 13 student at a New Zealand school and please name your school
• Four prizes will be given in each of these three age-group categories
• Successful entrants must agree to their names and schools appearing in media and publicity for the award
Submission Dates: Open now - Entries close May 31 2018
Contact: Please send your entry to editorial@masseypress.ac.nz
Further Info: http://www.masseypress.ac.nz | Facebook


Red Room Poetry Object Competition 2018
Red Room Poetry Object invites students (Years 3-10) and teachers to write poems inspired by their own special and curious objects. Providing authentic publication outcomes and learning resources, Poetry Object is the largest free poetry-writing competition in Australasia. All participants can call themselves published poets, with all submissions featured in the Poetry Object digital library, visited by a worldwide audience of over 250,000 per year**. Three winning poems and a school installation will be awarded prize packs, with their poems featuring in an exciting public exhibition. (NB: Check out the poetry workshops with Courtney Sina Meredith in participating Auckland schools).
Submission Dates: Opens Tuesday 10 April 2018. Competition Closes: Friday 22 September 2018 midnight AEST
Contact: poetryobject@redroomcompany.org
Further Info: redroomcompany.org/projects/poetry-object


If you’re a poet we want to know it!
Celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day by entering up to three haiku in the Kāpiti Coast District Libraries Sixth Annual Poetry Competition.This year's theme is "Food for Thought." All entries will be published as a print book and eBook. Winners will be announced on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day at the Open Mic Night at Paraparaumu Library on Friday 24 August 5.30 - 6.30pm.
Entry Details: Entry free. You may submit up to three haiku for the competition. Poets are welcome to freely interpret the theme.The competition is open to three age groups:
Child 6 - 12 years
Teen 13 - 18 years
Adults 19+ years
Please submit your entry using the appropriate form from one of these links. Entries may be in English or Te Reo Māori. Please read the guidelines and conditions of entry. By submitting your haiku into this competition, you agree to these conditions.To learn more about haiku, please read our descriptionof a haiku.
Submission Dates: Open now. Competition closes 30 June 2018.
Contact: https://www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/poetry
Further Info: Kapiti Coast Library on Facebook | Website https://www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/libraries


National Schools Poetry Award
The National Schools Poetry Award is held annually. It is free to enter and open to Year 12 and 13 students across New Zealand. Prizes include cash, subscriptions to literary journals and a one-day masterclass at the International Institute of Modern Letters on Saturday 25 August, with paid flights and accommodation. The Masterclass is convened by poets James Brown and Hera Lindsay Bird. Winners will be announced on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day: Friday 24 August 2018. For more details of prizes go to: http://www.schoolspoetryaward.co.nz/prizes/.
Entry details: Enter online via our dedicated Schools Poetry Award website:http://www.schoolspoetryaward.co.nz/enter-competition/ or download an entry form and post it to: National Schools Poetry Award, International Institute of Modern Letters, c/- Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, WELLINGTON 614O. Otherwise find our downloadable entry form here: https://www.victoria.ac.nz/modernletters/about/events/schools-poetry/howtoenter
Submission Dates: Open now. DEADLINE EXTENDED to 9 JULY 2018
Contact:Katie.hardwick-smith@vuw.ac.nz | 04- 463 6854
Further Info: Go to the IIML website: http://www.schoolspoetryaward.co.nz/about/

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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 5. Unleash your creativity and perform your poetry live at the open mic session.
Entry Details: $5 koha, all ages welcome
Date /Time: Sunday 26 August 1.30pm to 4pm
Location: Kings Theatre Creative 80 Gillies Street Kawakawa
Contact: Piet Nieuwland fastfibres@live.com 0274805548
Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/KingsTheatreCreative/ | https://fastfibres.wordpress.com/


Whangarei

Fast Fibres Poetry Five Launch - Warm-up event
Get together with your friends and family at ONEONESIX Community Centre to celebrate the launch of Fast Fibres Poetry Five. Be enthralled for a few hours with diverse and interesting new poetry from some of the best of Northlands poets including Olivia Macassey, Martin Porter, Piet Nieuwland, Arthur Fairley and many others.
Entry details: gold coin donation, all ages welcome
Date/time: Thursday 16 August, 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Location: ONEONESIX Community Centre at 116 Bank Street Whangarei
Contact: Piet Nieuwland fastfibres@live.com 0274805548
Further Info: https://fastfibres.wordpress.com


Extra Dirty Word
Dirty Word is a monthly, live Spoken Word and Poetry open mic evening hosted by Slam finalist Vincent Nathan. This August we have an Extra Dirty Word on Friday 24th, in celebration of Phantom Billsticker’s National Poetry Day. With feature poets & prizes to give away, you’ll want to pull out your favourite old-time poems as well as writing something new especially for the occasion! Bring your own words to share in an evening of soul expanding wonderment or just lend your ears to the free sp eech from these free minds. Inspiration guaranteed! Butter Factory - Whangarei's culture bunker.
Entry Details: Open mic, to pre-register your interest, contact Vincent Nathan (details below)
Date/Times: Friday 24th August, 7pm - 10pm (approx.)
Location: The Old Stone Butter Factory, 8 Butter Factory Lane, Whangarei CBD
Contact: Vincent Nathan email: vincenttnathan@gmail.com | Txt:0212147714
Further Info:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1870174573047636 | Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/dirtiest-word-national-poetry-day-spoken-word-open-mic-tickets-48261942770 | Butter Factory Website


POETRY POPUP with Fast Fibres Poetry Five– 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. Featuring Fast Fibres Poetry Five poets Olivia Macassey, Piet Nieuwland, Aaron Robertson, Martin Porter and many more. Please come along and read your poetry and support Fast Fibres Poetry 5. It should be fun with a busy audience of library goers. See you there!
Entry Details: Free, all welcome
Date/Times: Saturday 25 August from 10am till 12midday.
Location: Whangarei Central Library, Rust Avenue
Contact: Piet Nieuwland at fastfibres@live.com
Further Info: https://fastfibres.wordpress.com


Paparoa

Poetry Brick
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merrit has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 23 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at bookclubs / potlucks and BBQ's, open mic's etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: Free, all welcome to share
Date/Time: Mostly 8am - 3pm 20-24th August
Location: Paparoa
Contact: David Merritt at culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: Paparoa https://www.facebook.com/events/618677381848293/| Central Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/1926454157422091/

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AUCKLAND REGION

North Auckland - Wellsford | Mahurangi East | Warkworth | Puhoi | Orewa | Albany | Birkenhead | Browns Bay | Takapuna
Central Auckland - Waiheke | CBD & Central Suburbs
West Auckland -
Waikowhai | Sunnyvale /Fruitvale | Kumeu
South Auckland - Otara | Manurewa


North Auckland

Rodney North

Running round town with my words on fire
Winter Words in collaboration with Rodney North Librariesbrings you live human art installations in Mahurangi East, Warkworth and Wellsford Libraries. Parade of art through Central meeting spaces in each area from 2pm onwards. Live poetry and static pop-up bill-boards.
Entry details
: Free, all welcome
Date/Times:
Friday 24 August
Location:
Warkworth Library, 2 Baxter Street Warkworth, and Wellsford Library 13 Port Albert Road, Wellsford. Probably various locations in between...
Contact: Fleur Coleman find us on Facebook: 'Winter Words' or email the Friends: mahueastfriends@gmail.com
Further info: Send us a shout out email if you want to come and tautoko (support) our event.


Puhoi

Poetry at the Pub
The Hibiscus Coast Poetry Day event is back! We are once again joining with Puhoi Poetry Pundits and this year are gathering in the Puhoi Pub, Friday August 24th, 7.30-9.30. Everyone with an interest in poetry is welcome: we will have poetry readings, prizes and assorted poetry fun! Coffee, wine and food is available. Please contact us if you are coming, to assist with seating arrangements. If you would like to present a poem (your own or someone else's) let us know so you can be added to the programme. This year we are having a haiku section: please bring a haiku you have written. If you would like to have it in the small book booklet which we will have available on the night – please email it by August 19th.
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 August 24th, 7.30-9.30.
Location: Puhoi Pub, Puhoi Main Street
Contact: dianenewcombe@hotmail.com | 021483849
Further Info:
https://puhoinz.com/event/poetry-at-the-pub/


Orewa

Poetry on the Beach – Saturday wrap up event
Come and write your own, original poem on the sand at Orewa Beach, and have your poem featured in our drone movie of the event. There will be random spot prizes and prizes for best poems. Guest judge 2018 Ockham Poetry Award finalist and 2018 Phantom Billstickers poster poet Briar Wood.Your poem can be short or long, you can be creative with formatting and layout, and you are also welcome to decorate your poem with natural materials that are found in the beach environment. Then see your poem featured online in the drone movie on the event web site. Come along, be creative and let your imagination run wild! Poetry on the Beach is a wrap up event for National Poetry Day
Entry Details: $5, open to all ages and all levels of poetic experience, register online at https://poetryonthebeach2018.wordpress.com/
Date/Times: Saturday 25th August 2018, 11:30am-1:30pm (prize draw and filming at 1:30pm).
Location: Moana Reserve, Orewa Beach, 317 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa, Auckland, New Zealand.
Contact: Kristin Stock, kmstock@actrix.co.nz
Further Info: https://poetryonthebeach2018.wordpress.com/


North Shore

Albany

Massey University Reading for National Poetry Day
Come hear an hour of poetry from emerging, up-and-coming local poets (to be announced soon) .
Entry details: Free and open to the public
Time/Date: 12-1:30 p.m, Friday 24 August 2018
Location: AT2, Atrium Building, Massey University Albany Campus
Contact: Bryan Walpert (b.walpert@massey.ac.nz) or Jack Ross (j.r.ross@massey.ac.nz)
Further info: For more information, please contact Jack or Bryan



Browns Bay

Open Mic at East Coast Bays Library
Join us to celebrate National Poetry Day with an Open Mic Event introduced by celebrated local poet Stu Bagby. Listen to poets share their work with the community or take your turn reciting your work. It will be a celebration of the spoken word.
Entry details: Free. Everybody welcome
Date/Time: Wed 22nd Aug 10.30am - 12pm
Location: East Coast Bays Library, 8 Bute Rd, Browns Bay, Auckland 0630
Contact: Phone: 09 377 0209
Further info: https://www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz/pages/event.aspx?EventId=3699


Birkenhead

Birkenhead College Poetry Workshop - closed event
A unique opportunity to work with one of Phantom Billstickers’ Poetry Poster Poets, Matt Elliott. Matt will take you through how he came to write his Poster Poem, read some of his favourite New Zealand poems and workshop some ways of getting started on a poem. Any work you produce during the workshop is eligible for the 2018 Birkenhead College Poetry Competition.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all BC school students.
Date/Time: Monday, 2nd July – Period 2
Location: BC Library
Contact: Mrs Elliott, at the library to register
Further Info: zel@birkenhead.school.nz


Birkenhead College Poetry Competition 2018 - closed event
Celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day by entering up to three poems in the 2018 Birkenhead College Poetry Competition. This year's theme is ‘Home/Tūrangawaewae’. The winning entry will be published in the school newsletter and on the school’s website. Winners will be announced on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day, at the lunchtime Poetry Slam in the BC Library, Friday 24 August.
Entry Details: Entry free. You may submit up to three poems for the competition. Poets are welcome to freely interpret the theme. The competition is open to BC students only. Please submit your entry via sharing on google docs with zel@birkenhead.school.nz.
Submission Dates: Competition opens after the Poet’s Workshop, Period 2 on the 2nd of July. Competition closes 3.15pm, Monday, 6 August 2018.
Contact: Mrs Elliott, zel@birkenhead.school.nz
Further Info: facebook.com/birkenheadcollege/


2018 Birkenhead College Poetry Slam – closed event

Proof that the pen is mightier than the sword! Join us again for the annual BC Poetry Slam on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day this year. Experience passionate, rhythmic performances by BC students, covering a range of topics and styles. OR take the stage yourself and wow the audience with your raps and rhymes.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all BC school students.
Date/Times: 24 August, lunchtime
Location: BC Library
Contact: Mrs Elliott, zel@birkenhead.school.nz
Further Info: facebook.com/birkenheadcollege/


Poetry Brick – North Shore
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 23 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed at 4 Cross St Gallery (among other places nationwide) for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at bookclubs / potlucks and BBQ's, open mic's etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: Free, all welcome to share
Date/Time:Mostly 8am - 3pm 20-26th August
Location: North Shore Auckland
Contact: David Merritt at culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: Auckland Northshore https://www.facebook.com/events/1109111419243558/ | Central Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/1926454157422091/


Takapuna

Poetry Day Prelude: Shore Words – warm up event
Get ready for Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day in the best possible way. Join us at Takapuna Library for an hour of top poetry from Liz Morton, Anne Kennedy, Kevin Ireland and Kirsten Warner, with songs by Bernie Griffen. M.C. is Stu Bagby. Copies of Stu's book will be available for purchase. Light refreshments served from 6pm. Event at 6.30pm
Entry Details: Free, all welcome
Date/Times: Thursday, 23 August, 6pm - 7.30pm
Location: Takapuna Library, 1 The Strand, Takapuna 0740
Contact: RSVP to helen.woodhouse@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or phone 09-890-4903
Further info:https://www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz/Pages/events-search.aspx


Young Writer’s Poetry Party – Saturday warm down event
Come party... poetry style as we celebrate the launch of The Book of Wishes; an anthology of poems by young writers. Hear young poets read, listen to special guests and enjoy the free refreshments. Copies of The Book of Wishes will be for sale on the day.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages.
Date/Times: Saturday 25 August 4.30
Location: Lake House Arts Centre, 37 Fred Thomas Drive, Takapuna Auckland
Contact: Gus Simonovic at gus@printablereality.com or Caroline Masters at carolinejanemasters@gmail.com
Further info: www.thepoetrypeople.com


Central Auckland


Poetry Live!
Presents Resurrection Night with René Harrison and Golf Weather! – warm up event
This Tuesday celebrate National Poetry Day early at Poetry Live by welcoming back Resurrection Night!, a once yearly night where we celebrate the poets of our past. Come and read a work or two from one of your favourite bygone poets and even dress up as one of them! Prizes up for grabs! To help celebrate the night we have two fantastic special guests: our muso for the evening, Golf Weather, and our featured poet for the evening René Harrison.The first half of Open Mic will be for Resurrected Poets. This will be a cracking night! MC’d by the James Crompton, the resurrected Rachel Naomi and Kate Kelly.
Entry Details: Koha. All ages (under 18 with a guardian)
Date/Time: Tuesday 21st 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


An Interview with Sigmund Freud Thursday warm up event
Theoradical Hobohemians will storm Shanghai Lil’s for Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day! We are soooo grateful they have not banned us after last years riotous Gothic poetry night. Poets from all over the country will converge on this show with their E ciggerettes & slam their way into K Rd poetical history...again! Sigmund Freud is our guest genius this year. Please join us as we Interview Sigmund “Please call me Siggy” in our One Act Play before the Open Poetry Mic. Freud will head a poetry panel which will attempt to psychoanalyse each poet through their poem! This will be an amazing and controversial night! If you are a poet that needs a bit insight into “why you write what you write” this show could be for you.
Entry details: Free entry. Attire: Hobohemian Shabby Chic
Date/Times: 7pm onwards, Thursday 23rd August 2018
Location: Shanghai Lil, 335 Karangahape Rd, Auckland
Contact: SugarLumps Productions ruthbioletti@gmail.com
Further info: https://www.facebook.com/theoradicalhobohemians| https://www.instagram.com/theoradical_hobohemians/?hl=en |Shanghai L'l's | https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2018/an-interview-with-sigmund-freud/auckland/ponsonby


Poetry Brick Auckland
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merrit has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 23 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed at 4 Cross St Gallery (among other places nationwide) for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at bookclubs / potlucks and BBQ's, open mic's etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: Free, all welcome to share
Date/Time:Mostly 8am - 3pm,20-24th August
Location: 4 Cross St Gallery, Auckland
Contact: David Merritt at culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: https://www.facebook.com/events/377292279466120/| Central Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/1926454157422091/


Books on the Bus NZ Poetry Book Drop
Books on the Bus NZ is celebrating National Poetry Day on 24 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: 24 Aug 2018, 8am to 8pm
Location: Auckland
Contact: Jade-Ceres Munoz, violetdolor@gmail.com
Further Info www.booksonthebus.nz | https://www.facebook.com/events/1665639326823586/


Poetry While You Wait
Your poem written free, while you sip coffee, enjoy delish. Fun lines, a birthday surprise. love poem, a solemn commemoration, surprising rhyme, or lyric.... Activity table 1pm – 4pm all ages make a poetry poster - free tuition!
Entry Details: All welcome, free of charge
Date/Times:
24 August 2018, 10am – 5pm
Location: Garnet Station Cafe, Garnet Station Cafe Westmere, Auckland
Contact: raewynalexandergood@gmail.com
Further Info: www.raewynalexanderarts.com


Fresh!
Celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day with this public reading by established and fresh voices at the University of Auckland campus 1-2 PM, outside the library. Feature poets: C.K. Stead | Briar Wood | Sue Wootton | Jamie De Jong | Daniel Nissen-Ellison | Richard Pamatatau | Aiwa Pooamorn | Ruby Porter | Sophie van Wardenburg | Toyah Webb |
Jamie Trower
Entry details: Free event, all welcome
Date/Time: Friday 24th August, 1-2pm
Location: University of Auckland Campus outside Library entrance
Contact: p.morris@auckland.ac.nz


Children’s Poetry Extravaganza Workshop
Join us for a sensational children’s poetry workshop on NZ Poetry Day. The workshop will be led by Paula Green, poet and editor of ‘A Treasury of NZ Poems for Children’. Come and write poems with Paula that will pop and sing and shine. Afterwards we’ll have a poetry reading to share all the wonderful poems. Finally, you can choose your favourite line from your poem and write it on our window. Afternoon tea and heaps of book prizes provided.
Entry Details
: Free | Event open to children aged 5+ | RSVP to shop@dorothybutler.co.nz by 20th August 2018
Date/Times: Friday 24th August, 3.30 pm – 5 pm
Location: Dorothy Butler Bookshop, 1 Jervois Road, Ponsonby, Auckland.
Contact: Mary Wadsworth (mary@dorothybutler.co.nz)
Further Info: Facebook Event | Website



dark flutterings: Women Poets Read/Rally

Haere mai, Afio mai, Talitali fiefia, Ni sa bula, Kalōs īrthate

Come and celebrate voice, space and synergy, come and hear these acclaimed women poets and advocates read their work this National Poetry Day. Anne Kennedy -- Leilani Tamu -- Tulia Thompson -- Simone Kaho -- Vana Manasiadis and more....The phrase 'dark flutterings' comes from a poem by Karlo Mila, 'The dark butterfly.This event will be powerful.

Entry details: Free, an all ages event
Date/time: Friday, 24 August, 6pm
Location: St Kevin’s Arcade, Karangahape Rd
Contact: putere.poetry@outlook.co.nz
Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/682674108734972/


The Divine Muses XV Poetry Reading
The Divine Muses will bring together a mix of emerging and established poets to celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2018. This year's readers are Albert Wendt, Riemke Ensing, Briar Wood, Bryan Walpert, Maris O'Rourke, Sue Wootton and Siobhan Harvey. MC is Michael Giacon. 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 Morton) which support emerging writers and is sponsored by Unity Books.
Entry Details: Free, open to all ages.
Date/Times: 24 August, 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Location: The Portal, Ground Floor, Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences Building, WZ, AUT, 31 Symonds Street, Auckland CBD 1010
Contact: To reserve seats or for further information contact Siobhan Harvey at siharvey@aut.ac.nz,


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 Penny Ashton, Stevie Sikuea, Vanessa Crofsky, Zech Soakai, Word - the Front Line Youth Poets, The South Auckland Poets Collective, Members of the Niu Wave Collective and more! Produced by Ken Arkind. Music Direction by DJ Exile.
Entry Details: Free. All Ages.
Date/Times: Friday, August 24th 6:30 – 8:00PM
Location: Central City Library 44/46 Lorne St, Auckland, 1010
Contact: Ken Arkind: kenarkind@gmail.com
More info: Blog: https://ourspeakscity.tumblr.com | See our Facebook Event: Auckland: Speaks


All Tomorrow’s Poets #5
All Tomorrow's Poets is our annual celebration of new and diverse voices in poetry. Our selection of poets reflects new movements in poetry and amplifies voices that exist at the margins. Pack yourself in with beers and wines and join us for an intimate evening of poetry. Poets Selina Ershadi, Tayi Tibble, Sam Te Kani, Maka Tuwe, Janna Tay, Jamie de Jong.
Entry Details: $5 entry as payment for our poets.
Dates/Times: Friday 24th August 2018 6.30pm-8.30pm.
Location: Upstairs at Time Out Bookstore, 432 Mt Eden Road
Contact: Suri at books@timeout.co.nz| 09 630 3331
Further info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1289865817783126/


Geometry | Open Book Reading – Saturday wrap-up event
Celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day with Geometry and The Open Book. Come along to hear selected poets reading their submissions to our poetry competition. Winner published in Geometry Issue 4. Find out how to enter here: https://theopenbook.co.nz/events/poetry-day-2018
Entry details: Free, all welcome
Date/Time: Saturday 25th August, 3pm
Location: The Open Book, 201 Ponsonby Rd, Auckland
Contact: info@theopenbook.co.nz
Further info: https://theopenbook.co.nz/events/poetry-day-2018


Compound Press & Minarets Journal @ National Poetry Day -Saturday wrap-up event
As Emily Dickinson said: “If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.” Or maybe George Romero: “I’m like my zombies. I won’t stay dead!” Minarets Issue 9 features collaborative “exquisite corpse” poems by 30 writers Frankenstein’d together by ringmaster Craig Foltz. Organ donors from NZ and abroad include Anna Jackson, Steph Burt, Lisa Samuels, Pam Brown, Trey Sager, Quintan Wikswo, and more. Who knows how we’ll summon them. Also launching a new chapbook, Mitochondrial Eve, by Kirsten Warner. Books for sale. Some drinks and snacks provided.
Entry: Free.
Date: Saturday 25 August, readings 7-9pm
Location: Objectspace Gallery, 13 Rose Rd, Ponsonby, Auckland
Contact: Chris Holdaway, press@compoundpress.org
Further Info: compoundpress.org / minarets.info / objectspace.org.nz | Facebook:facebook.com/events/1761505373935378/


Waiheke Island

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 2018. 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!)
Entry Details: 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 competition boxes will be at the Waiheke library from June 27.
Submission Dates: Open from now to August 4 5.00 pm
Contact: Katy Soljak: katsun@xtra.co.nz
Further Info:https://www.facebook.com/events/400226830476668/


Waiheke Poetry Love Jam 2018 - Sat warm down event
Waiheke Song & Poetry Thing proudly presents Love Jam 2018. Featuring MC actress/comic Emma Bower, poets Rata Gordon, Michelle Chote, Brent Simpson (last year's poetry winner) original songsters and musicians Tommy Pickett, The Domestics, Jaimie Stone, & Katy Soljak; others TBA. This is a warm down event following National Poetry Day supported by the Waiheke Library and local island businesses. An all-island poetry competition 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.
Entry Details: $20 for waged, $10 for unwaged, children are free, cash on the night. Please reserve your seats by emailing julie@sharedkitchen.co.nz
Date/Times: Sat 25th August 5.00 -8.30
Location: Waiheke Library, Oneroa, Waiheke
Contact: Katy Soljak: katsun@xtra.co.nz
Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/400226830476668/

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West Auckland

Poetry Object Workshop – school event
Write poetry about your own special, curious or unique object! This magical journey will use poetry to unpack the power of talismans, heirlooms and more. Workshops are facilitated by Auckland poet and performer Courtney Sina Meredith, whose work is an ‘ongoing discussion of contemporary urban life with an underlying Pacific politique’. After the workshops, enter your poems in Red Room Poetry’s free competition, Poetry Object. All submissions are published in Red Room Poetry’s digital library, and go in the running to win prizes from a pool worth over $10,000. Bring your special object!
Entry Details: Open to primary and secondary school bookings for groups of 20 or more (multiple sessions available). For cost structures see here.
Date/Times: August 20, school hours.
Location: Waikowhai Intermediate school
Contact: Emma Rose Smith, emma@redroompoetry.org
Further Info: https://redroomcompany.org/projects/book_a_workshop/


Training Poets between the Vales
Two poets (in training) accompanied by a musician, will pop up speaking poetry on trains travelling between the vales - Sunnyvale and Fruitvale stations. Commuters will be invited to join in - words will be distributed - helpers will be sought - commuters will be praised and poems will be heard. Bronson Price aka ‘MELODOWNZ’ | Midnight Poetry Band: Sally Strangelove | Olivia 'Tomorrow' Montgomery | Shannon 'Shadowcat' De La Rocha & James 'the Drum Daimon' Rimmer | Martin Sercombe and Britta Pollmuller - your Media Projects NZ team | Ron Riddell, Caroline Masters and Gus Simonovic!
Entry details: Free participation for train commuters (train fare applies)
Date/Times: Friday 24 August, 4pm - 6pm
Location: Trains between Sunnyvale and Fruitvale
Contact: gus@printablereality.com
Further info: www.goingwestfest.co.nz


Kumeu Live Open Mic Poetry Night with AJ Bell in Concert – Saturday wrap-up event
Come and celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day with an evening of poetry and great live music. Poets are invited to read their works to a Kumeu live audience prior to AJ Bell performing with special guests.
Entry details: Concert $19 - Admission free to poets who register in advance at kumeuarts@gmail.com
Date/Time: Saturday 25th of August - 7-10pm
Location: Kumeu Arts Centre, 300 Main Road, Kumeu (behind the library)
Contact: kumeuarts@gmail.com
Further info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2106929322914216/


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South Auckland

Poetry Object workshops -Seeking hosts schools now!
Write poetry about your own special, curious or unique object! This magical journey will use poetry to unpack the power of talismans, heirlooms and more. Workshops are facilitated by Auckland poet and performer Courtney Sina Meredith, whose work is an ‘ongoing discussion of contemporary urban life with an underlying Pacific politique’. After the workshops, enter your poems in Red Room Poetry’s free competition, Poetry Object. All submissions are published in Red Room Poetry’s digital library, and go in the running to win prizes from a pool worth over $10,000. Bring your special object!
Entry Details: Open to primary and secondary school bookings for groups of 20 or more (multiple sessions available). For cost structures see here.
Date/Times: August 20-23, school hours.
Location: At your school in Auckland!
Contact: Emma Rose Smith, emma@redroompoetry.org
Further Info: https://redroomcompany.org/projects/book_a_workshop/



Otara

Down South: Spoken Word and Poetry Open Mic – Thurs warm up event
MIT's Faculty of Creative Arts is hosting a Spoken Word and Poetry 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
Date/Times: Thursday 23rd August, 3:30pm - 5pm
Location: The Tanoa Room, Manukau Institute of Technology Pasifika Centre
Address: 53 Otara Road, Otara
Contact: Carrie @ carrie.rudzinski@manukau.ac.nz
Further Info: Check out NZ Poetry Slam on Facebook or https://www.facebook.com/events/209433399758141


Manurewa

Fortunately Poetry – closed event

You never have to snap out of your feelings,
but it’s always good to open up about them.
‘Fortunately Poetry’ is here to help!

Jenny Palmer and Evie Kemp, author and illustrator of the Feel A Little book, collaborate with the students of Manurewa Central School this Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day for book readings, DIY Fortunately Poetry poems and rhyming feelings fortune cookies!
Entry details: Manurewa School students only
Date/Times: Friday 24 August
Location: Manurewa Central School
Contact: Jennypoem@alittleink.co.nz
Further info: Follow along for printables, prompts and activities at https://www.facebook.com/feelalittle


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WAIKATO/COROMANDEL


Raglan

Poetry Brick
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 23 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at bookclubs / potlucks and BBQ's, open mic's etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: Free, all welcome to share
Date/Time:Mostly 8am - 3pm 20-24th August
Location: Raglan
Contact: David Merritt at culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: Raglan / Kawhia https://www.facebook.com/events/254658608503336/| Central Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/1926454157422091/


Hamilton

KIRIKIRIROA Slam, Spoken Word Competition and Open Mic Night @ the Central Library
Join us, Hamilton Slam Down Poetry, Te Ahu Rei a Rangitahi and Hamilton City Libraries for a Spoken Word Slam and Open Mic Night @ the Central Library. The Slam is a competition for spoken word poetry, join in if you dare or come to listen. There are two categories, Junior (young people aged 10-17 years), and Open (18 +years). This is an opportunity to perform to a live audience. Participants may perform two original works. Open to the public. Registration is required and can be taken on the day. Prizes up to the value of $300 to be won. The Open Mic after the Slam is an opportunity for people to stand up and give it a go if they feel inspired to do so.
Entry Details:
Free event. All welcome. Any RSVP requirements.
Date/Times:
Friday 24th August 2018, 6-9pm
Location:
Central Library, 9 Garden Place, Central Hamilton
Contact:
Tracy Robinson, Email (tracy.robinson@hcc.govt.nz)
Further Info: www.hamiltonlibraries.co.nz| https://www.facebook.com/HamiltonCityLibraries


Poetry Brick Hamilton
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 23 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed in Hamilton for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at bookclubs / potlucks and BBQ's, open mic's etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: Free, all welcome to share
Date/Time:Mostly 8am - 3pm 20-24th August
Location: Hamilton location TBA
Contact: David Merritt at culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: https://www.facebook.com/events/230691451107801/ | https://www.facebook.com/events/1926454157422091/


Tairua

Poetry for Kids at Tairua Library
Join Judi from Rainbow Poetry for an afternoon of fun performance poetry at Tairua Library.
Entry details: Free, all welcome
Date/Times: Friday 24th August at 1:30–4:30
Location: Tairua Library, 2 Manaia Rd, Tairua
Contact: http://www.rainbowpoetry.co.nz/contact-us.html
Further info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2101263866803580/ | http://www.rainbowpoetry.co.nz/


Tauranga

Poetry Brick Tauranga
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 23 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed in Tauranga for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at bookclubs, potlucks and BBQ's, open mic's etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: Free, all welcome to share
Date/Time: 20-24th August
Location: Tauranga location TBA
Contact: David Merritt at culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: https://www.facebook.com/events/291499394729086/ | https://www.facebook.com/events/1926454157422091/


Taupo

Poetry Brick
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 23 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at bookclubs / potlucks and BBQ's, open mic's etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: Free, all welcome to share
Date/Time: 20-24th August
Location: Taupo
Contact: David Merritt at culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: https://www.facebook.com/events/471830236615300/ | Central Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/1926454157422091/

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Rotorua

Poetry Brick Rotorua
Poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 23 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed in Rotorua for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at bookclubs / potlucks and BBQ's, open mic's etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: Free, all welcome to share
Date/Time:Mostly 8am - 3pm 20-24th August
Location: Rotorua start location TBA
Contact: David Merritt at culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: Rotorua https://www.facebook.com/events/1573555836086045/ | https://www.facebook.com/events/1926454157422091/


Katikati

Share a Poem
Grab a coffee and muffin and sit by the cosy fire. Read or listen to your favourite poem or read your own.
Entry Details: Free Open to all ages: A donation to Cancer Society would be appreciated.
Date/Times:
Friday 24th August 11.30am - 1.00p.m.
Location: Lighthouse Cafe, 10 lockington Rd, Katikati - Opp Matahui Rd
Contact: Gaye Hemsley 0272748753 or 075771753
Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/chance2perform/ | http://christinaproductions.co.nz/events


A Poem and a Song - Closed event
Writer/entertainer Gaye Hemsley will visit two local rest homes in Katikati Western Bay of Plenty. Gaye will recite the words to some songs which are in fact, poems. Residents will sing along with the music.
Entry Details: Closed rest-home events.
Date: Friday 24th August
Contact: Gaye Hemsley 0272748753 or 075771753
Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/chance2perform/ | http://christinaproductions.co.nz/events


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 24th August
Contact: Gaye Hemsley 0272748753 or 075771753
Further Info: : https://www.facebook.com/chance2perform/ | http://christinaproductions.co.nz/events

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GISBORNE/HAWKE'S BAY REGION


Wairoa

Poetry Brick
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merrit has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 23 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at bookclubs / potlucks and BBQ's, open mic's etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: Free, all welcome to share
Date/Time: 20-24th August
Location: Wairoa
Contact: David Merritt at culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: https://www.facebook.com/events/287887161771978/| Central Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/1926454157422091/


Gisborne

Radiating Awesomeness!warm up event
Warm up for Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day with Radiating Awesomeness, our live poetry jam at Whirikoka Campus, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. Hosted by Jodie Reid, this session supports local writers, singers and poets with a platform to perform in front of a live audience. Grab lunch from the campus cafeteria and enjoy staff, students and others in the community performing live poetry!
Entry details: Free, all welcome
Date/Times: 12.00pm to 1.00pm
Location: In the Cafeteria, Whirikoka Campus 630 Childers Road, Gisborne
Contact: 0800 355 553
Further info: www.twoa.ac.nz


Napier


Haiku at the Beach
We are bringing poetry to the beach by creating our own haiku stone beach outside the shop. We need your haiku’s – any topic welcome – although we are celebrating 50 years in bookselling – so happy to receive any on that theme. We will transcribe them onto beach stones to create a beach of poetry outside the shop. At 12.30 pm we will have haiku readings from Erice Fairbrother, Jeremy Roberts and others from the CAN poetry group, come along and get them to read out your favourite. Let us have your submissions by Thursday the 23rd, and a random one will win a $50 voucher.
Entry Details: Send us your haiku poetry NOW. Free event open to all ages
Date/Time: Friday 24th August 2018, all day, 12.30pm for readings from CAN Poets
Location: Beattie & Forbes Books and Post, 72 Bridge St, Ahuriri
Contact: Megan Landon books@beattieandforbes.co.nz
Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/219980058641920/ www.beattieandforbes.co.nz


Poetry Jam
From Friday 24 August, to celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day, feel free to join us for a free-for-all interactive Poetry Jam! The walls of the Small Gallery will be transformed word by word, as we invite you to write your poems in any way you choose. Be creative and imaginative, bring the whole family, this will be your moment to shine!
Entry Details: Free, all welcome
Dates/Times: 24th Aug - 28th Aug 10am - 4pm (Sunday 10-2pm)
Location: Creative Arts Napier, Community Arts Centre, 16 Byron St, Napier
Contact:https://www.facebook.com/creativeartsnapier/
Further info:https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2018/poetry-jam/napier


Napier Live Poets Open Mic
The community speaks! A wonderful opportunity to share the power & pleasure of live poetry. Napier Live Poets present a free community event for all ages. Bring along your own poems to read & listen to poems written by local poets. Seating & refreshments available. Plenty of parking outside.
Entry Details: Free event open to all
Date/Time: Friday 24th August, 5 – 7 pm
Location: 16 Byron Street, Napier CBD
Contact: Jeremy Roberts – idiotdawn@gmail.com or 021 02798395
Further Info: www.facebook/napierlivepoets


Napier/Hastings Poetry Brick
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 23 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at bookclubs / potlucks and BBQ's, open mic's etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: Free, all welcome to share
Date/Time: 20-24th August
Location: Napier/Hastings
Contact: David Merritt at culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1781893758567930/| Central Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/1926454157422091/


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TARANAKI


Sticky Poetry Exhibit
Pop Up Poetry Taranaki celebrates Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day this year with a striking exhibit of poetry written by residents from all over the region. All ages are encouraged to participate in this free all-day public celebration of vast and varied local writing talents. Wander through the thoroughfare, peruse the collection of poems - all written on sticky notes! Choose your favourites and collect spot prizes while you discover how entertaining poetry can be.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages.
Date/Times: 24 August, 10am - 7pm
Location: Walkway between The Warehouse & Devon Street, New Plymouth
Contact : Helen Griffiths, helen@rumpus-room.co.nz
Further Info : https://www.facebook.com/PopUpPoetryTaranaki



New Plymouth Poetry Brick
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 23 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at bookclubs / potlucks and BBQ's, open mic's etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: Free, all welcome to share
Date/Time: 20-24th August
Location: New Plymouth
Contact: David Merritt at culvert23@gmail.com
Further info:https://www.facebook.com/events/323039598237041/ | Central Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/events/1926454157422091/


Patea Poetry Brick
Poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 23 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at bookclubs / potlucks and BBQ's, open mic's etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: Free, all welcome to share
Date/Time: 20-24th August
Location: Patea
Contact: David Merritt at culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: https://www.facebook.com/events/224729358160738/| Central Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/1926454157422091/

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MANGAWHATU/WHANGANUI


Palmerston North

Where the Wild Words Are
Poets from Mākaro Press, Fitzbeck Books and Seraph Press bewitch, berate, busk and bewilder at Palmerston North City Library, The Square, Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day: helen rickerby • renée • johanna aitchison • helen lehndorf • peter rawnsley • john boyd • robin peace • mary mccallum
Entry details: Free event
Date/time: Friday 24 August, 7.30-9pm
Location: Palmerston North City Library, The Square, Palmerston North
Contact: makaropress@gmail.com
Further info: www.makaropress.co.nz | Facebook


Palmerston North Poetry Brick
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 23 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed at Palmerston North Library for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at bookclubs / potlucks and BBQ's, open mic's etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: Free, all welcome to share
Date/Time: 20-24th August
Location: Palmerston North Library
Contact: David Merritt at culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2612799345610941/| Central Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/events/1926454157422091/


Whanganui

Breakfast with Baxter
Join local personalities and visitors from further afield as they share their favourite Baxter poems while you enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast. All held in the beautiful heritage dining room at The Grand Hotel. Breakfast will be followed by an auction of donated goods and services. All proceeds to the James K Baxter Sculpture Project.
Entry details: Tickets are $30 and available for purchase from Paige's Book Gallery. Cnr Guyton and Wicksteed Streets, ph 06 348 9095, email hello@paigesbooks.com
Date/Time: Friday 24 August 2018, 7am
Location: The Grand Hotel, Cnr Guyton and St Hill Streets, Whanganui
Contact : Paige’s Book Gallery, phone 06 348 9095
Further Info:hello@paigesbooks.com


Tararua

Woodville Library Open Mic Poetry Evening – Thurs warm up event
Join us at the Woodville Library on Thursday 23rd August for an eveningof poetry on the open mic. Bring along some poetry to recite – either your own, or your favourite poets, or both.Light refreshments provided. BYO permitted.
Entry Details: Gold coin donation. Adults 18+ only
Date/Time: 23 August, 6.30pm-9pm
Location: Woodville Library , 45 Vogel Street, Woodville
Contact: Coming? Tell us by 20 August. Please register your intention to come by telling staff at any branch of Tararua District Library, or email your name to library@tararuadc.govt.nz or phone 06 376 0200
Further info: See our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/TararuaLibrary/and Blog https://tararualibrary.wordpress.com/2018/06/29/woodville-poetry-slam-2018/


Pahiatua Library Blackout Poetry
Celebrate National Poetry Day at the Pahiatua Library by creating your own Blackout Poem. Bring along an old tattered book (that won’t mind being recycled!), or an old magazine/newspaper, to create your own Blackout Poetry. Don’t have an old book? We will have a limited supply of old books/magazines/newspapers for use.
Entry details: Free! Open to all ages!
Date/Times: 24 August, During opening hours
Location: Pahiatua Library ,167 Main Street, Pahiatua
Contact: library@tararuadc.govt.nz
Further info: See our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/TararuaLibrary/ and Blog https://tararualibrary.wordpress.com/2018/07/04/blackout-poetry-event-24-august-2018/


Eketahuna Library Blackout Poetry
Celebrate National Poetry Day at the Eketahuna Library by creating your own Blackout Poem. Bring along an old tattered book (that won’t mind being recycled!), or an old magazine/newspaper, to create your own Blackout Poetry. Don’t have an old book? We will have a limited supply of old books/magazines/newspapers for use.
Entry details: Free! Open to all ages!
Date/Times: 24 August, During opening hours
Location: Eketahuna Library ,31 Main Street, Eketahuna
Contact: library@tararuadc.govt.nz
Further info: See our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/TararuaLibrary/ | https://tararualibrary.wordpress.com/2018/07/04/blackout-poetry-event-24-august-2018/


Dannevirke Library Blackout Poetry
Celebrate National Poetry Day at the Dannevirke Library by creating your own Blackout Poem. Bring along an old tattered book (that won’t mind being recycled!), or an old magazine/newspaper, to create your own Blackout Poetry. Don’t have an old book? We will have a limited supply of old books/magazines/newspapers for use.
Entry details: Free! Open to all ages!
Date/Times: 24 August, During opening hours
Location: Dannevirke Library ,1 Station Street, Dannevirke
Contact: library@tararuadc.govt.nz
Further info: See our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/TararuaLibrary/ | https://tararualibrary.wordpress.com/2018/07/04/blackout-poetry-event-24-august-2018/

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WELLINGTON REGION

Wellington Central

Lower Hutt:

Upper Hutt:

Kapiti Coast|


Wellington Central

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 14 of the best? Seven poets read their poem selected for the annual online publication Best New Zealand Poems 2017, plus another they have selected from BNZP17. Come along and hear Airini Beautrais, Chris Tse, Marty Smith, Liz Breslin, Greg Khan, Makyla Kurtis and Hanna Mettner. The poets will be introduced by the selector and editor of the BNZP17 website, Selina Tusitala Marsh via video.
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


Poetry Quartet – warm up event
Therese Lloyd, Tayi Tibble, Chris Tse and Sam Duckor-Jones. These poets write works of boldness with an acute eye on relationships in the modern world. Therese Lloyd’s The Facts, Poūkahangatus by Tayi Tibble (Te Whānau ā Apanui/Ngāti Porou), He’s So MASC by Chris Tse and People from the Pit Stand Up by Sam Duckor-Jones are diverse and exciting books of poetry. Each writer engages with language in innovative ways to explore and reimagine love, trust, intimacy and the politics of being. Come and hear the new wave of New Zealand poets in a reading and discussion chaired by poet and essayist Chris Price.
Entry Details: All ages, admission free
Date/Time: Mon 6 Aug 2018, 12:15pm–1:15pm
Location: Te Papa Te Marae, 55 Cable Street, Wellington
Contact:Katie.hardwick-smith@vuw.ac.nz
Further info: https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2018/writers-on-mondays-poetry-quartet/wellington | https://www.victoria.ac.nz/modernletters/about/events/writers-mondays


Wellington Poetry Brick
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 23 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed at the Memphis Belle Coffee House (among other places nationwide) for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at bookclubs / potlucks and BBQ's, open mic's etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: Free, all welcome to share
Date/Time: 20-24th August
Location: Memphis Belle Coffee House, Wellington
Contact: David Merritt at culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1014697788707385/| Central Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/events/1926454157422091/


Reading and Open Mic – warm up event

Join New Zealand Society of Authors (Wellington) at our next branch meeting as we celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day. We are inviting poets from our branch to read their poetry, and will also feature an open mic. Drinks and food available to purchase from Vic Books bar. Looking forward to hearing your poetry!
Entry details: Everyone welcome! Koha at the door: $3 NZSA members, $5 non-members.
Date/Time: Monday 20 August 7pm – 9pm (7pm: Bar opens. 7.30pm: NZSA Wellington Branch meeting. 7.45pm: Celebrating National Poetry Day with poetry readings and open mic.
Location: Vic Books Pipitea, Rutherford House, 27 Lambton Quay, Pipitea, Wellington 6011
Contact: wellington@nzauthors.org.nz with any enquiries.
Further info: https://www.facebook.com/events/181456089386710/ | https://authors.org.nz/event/poetry-reading-open-mic-a-monday-warm-up-event-for-national-poetry-day/


Poetry Brick Newtown
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merrit has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 23 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed at the Black Coffee, Newtown (among other places nationwide) for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at bookclubs / potlucks and BBQ's, open mic's etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: Free, all welcome to share
Date/Time: 20-24th August
Location:Black Coffee, 133 Riddiford Street, Newtown, Wellington
Contact: David Merritt at culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: https://www.facebook.com/events/287846945284361/| Central Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/1926454157422091/


Queen Margaret College Poetry Competition – closed event
QMC Library is celebrating Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day with an Online Poetry Competition for our whole school. There will be a winner in each 3 categories, Junior, Middle and Senior. The judge’s selection will be published in a hard covered book "Poetry @ QMC 2018" and the winner from each category will be awarded a copy.
Entry details: Free to enter. Open to all QMC students. Limit of 4 poems per entrant. Submit your original previously unpublished poems by email to library@qmc.school.nz include an image if you wish. All entries will be published online qmclibrary.weebly.com
Submission Dates: 18 July – 28 August 2018
Contact: library@qmc.school.nz. Or come in and see us for more information


Big Weather: Poems of Wellington
Join Unity Books for readings from Big Weather: Poems of Wellington selected by Gregory O’Brien & Louise St John.Bill Manhire and Ann Mallinson will co-chair and read at this event along with Stephanie de Montalk, Dinah Hawken, David Beach, Diana Bridge, James Brown and Kirsten McDougall.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages
Date/Times: Friday 24th August, 12-1pm
Location: Unity Books Wellington, 57 Willis Street, Wellington
Contact: Dylan Sherwood, wellington@unitybooks.co.nz
Further info: Website: http://unitybooks.nz/event/national-poetry-day-2018/ | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/476405276142911/ | Eventfinda: https://tinyurl.com/y85kj8my


National Schools Poetry Award

The National Schools Poetry Award is held annually. It is free to enter and open to Year 12 and 13 students across New Zealand. Prizes include cash, subscriptions to literary journals and a one-day masterclass at the International Institute of Modern Letters on Saturday 25 August, with paid flights and accommodation. The Masterclass is convened by poets James Brown and Hera Lindsay Bird. Winners will be announced on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day: Friday 24 August 2018. For more details of prizes go to: http://www.schoolspoetryaward.co.nz/prizes/.
Entry details: Enter online via our dedicated Schools Poetry Award website:http://www.schoolspoetryaward.co.nz/enter-competition/ or download an entry form and post it to: National Schools Poetry Award, International Institute of Modern Letters, c/- Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, WELLINGTON 614O. Otherwise find our downloadable entry form here: https://www.victoria.ac.nz/modernletters/about/events/schools-poetry/howtoenter
Submission Dates: Open now. DEADLINE EXTENDED to 9 JULY 2018
Contact: Katie.hardwick-smith@vuw.ac.nz | 04- 463 6854
Further Info: Go to the IIML website: http://www.schoolspoetryaward.co.nz/about/


Poetry under Pressure
Join us at Vic Books to celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2018 with: Anna Jackson |Harry Ricketts | Anahera Gildea | Rebecca Hawkes | Tim Grgec | Joy Holley
Date/Time:
Friday August 24th at 12:00pm
Location:
Vicbooks, Kelburn
Contact:
alex.sipahioglu@vicbooks.co.nz
Further info:https://www.vicbooks.co.nz/news-and-events| https://www.facebook.com/vicbooksnz


All of Us - Wellington
Whitireia Creative Writing programme at Te Auaha and Landing Press combine to bring you ALL OF US, a Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day event with poems, competitions and readings about coming here and living here in Aotearoa New Zealand. Featuring Adrienne Jansen, Karina Gallegos. Mary-Jane Duffy, Whitireia writing students, and some special guests.
Entry details: Free, all welcome
Date/Times: 12-2pm on Friday 24 August.
Location: National Library foyer, Molesworth St, Wellington
Contact: mary-jane.duffy@whitireia.ac.nz
Further info:
https://www.facebook.com/landingpressnz/ | https://www.facebook.com/WhitireiaCreativeWritingProgramme/


Where the Wild Words Are
Poets from Mākaro Press, Fitzbeck Books and The Cuba Press bewitch, berate, busk and bewilder at Wellington Central Library: mary cresswell • nicola easthope • jamie trower • janis freegard • tim jones • john boyd • rob king • richard langston • mary mccallum • anne powell • john howell • peter rawnsley • stefanie lash • keith westwater • helen rickerby
Entry details: Free event
Date/times: Friday, 24 August, 1-3.30pm
Location: Wellington Central Library, Victoria Street, Wellington.
Contact: makaropress@gmail.com
Further info: www.makaropress.co.nz |Makaro on Facebook |thecubapress.nz


Talking Back to the Canon: Erasure Poetry and Pizza
What potential does poetry hold for transforming academic knowledge and writing? This free workshop is open to all university staff and students as well as the public. Organizers will provide copies of pages from famous anthropology texts throughout history, and attendees will be able to erase, argue with and transform the texts into new, unexpected and subversive meanings. Erasure poetry is accessible and fun, and no experience in poetry writing is required. After creating poems organizers will create a pop up exhibit and free pizza will be available. All are welcome, and all supplies provided. You can bring your own academic text to erase if you wish.
Entry Details: Free, RSVP to Catherine.trundle@vuw.ac.nz
Date/Times: 24th August 2018, 4-6pm
Location: Room AM 101, off Kelburn Parade, Victoria University of Wellington
Contact: Catherine Trundle, Catherine.trundle@vuw.ac.nz
Further Info: https://www.victoria.ac.nz/sacs/about/events


National Schools Poetry Award Masterclass – closed warm-down event
Celebrating the winners of the annual National Schools Poetry Award this is a one-day masterclass at the International Institute of Modern Letters on Saturday 25 August. The Masterclass is convened by poets James Brown and Hera Lindsay Bird. This is a closed event for the competition winners only, who will be announced on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day: Friday 24 August 2018.
Date/Times: Sat 25 August, all dayLocation: IIML
Contact:Katie.hardwick-smith@vuw.ac.nz | 04- 463 6854
Further Info: Go to the IIML website: http://www.schoolspoetryaward.co.nz/about/

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Upper Hutt

Unleash the Power of Poetry
Upper Hutt City Library’s annual poetry competition returns this year. Celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day by writing a poem based on the theme “Together”. Entries can be dropped off to Pop-Up Library, CBD Towers Level 1, 84-90 Main Street, Upper Hutt or emailed to libraryprogrammes@uhcc.govt.nz<mailto:libraryprogrammes@uhcc.govt.nz>
Entry Details: Enter free, nationwide. There are 3 entry categories:
· Children (up to 12)
· Youth (13-18)
· Adults (over 18)
Winner to be announced at the Poetry Awards Night, Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day Friday 24th August 2018.
Submission Dates: Submissions open Monday 9 July and close on Monday 13 August, 12pm
Contact: libraryprogrammes@uhcc.govt.nz<mailto:libraryprogrammes@uhcc.govt.nz>
Further Info:http://upperhuttlibrary.co.nz/upper-hutt-poetry-competition/


Upper Hutt Competition Awards Night

Upper Hutt Library’s annual poetry competition returns this year with poem entries based on the theme “Together” (to enter, see competition calendar). Join us on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day to celebrate our competition winners and all things poetry!
Entry Details: Free, all welcome.
Date/Times: Friday 24th August, Children & Youth – 4.00pm | Adults – 6.00pm
Location: Pop-Up Library, CBD Towers Level 1, 84-90 Main Street, Upper Hutt.
Contact: libraryprogrammes@uhcc.govt.nz<mailto:libraryprogrammes@uhcc.govt.nz>
Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/541152619612892/ |: http://upperhuttlibrary.co.nz/upper-hutt-poetry-competition/

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Lower Hutt


A Passionate Poet
This event is being run in conjunction with Te Omanga Hospice.Mary Death is the Director of Nursing at Te Omanga Hospice. She describes her poetry as "scribbles". Her passion, and compassion, guide her words to the page as she writes of the patients, their families and every day things that bring her joy, and at times pain.She will tell you stories of life as a palliative care nurse and share with you her 'scribbles' to enable you to be touched by the beauty of life and of death
Entry Details
: FREE
Date/Times: Thursday 23 August, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Location: War Memorial Library, 2 Queens Drive, Lower Hutt
Contact:
Lillian Pak, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further Info: www.library.huttcity.govt.nz | www.facebook.com/HuttCityLibraries


Poetry Displays

Hutt City Libraries is celebrating National Poetry Day with a different poetry display in each of its eight libraries. Visit all eight libraries during the week of National Poetry Day!
Entry Details: FREE
Dates/Times: During opening hours from Monday 20 August to Friday 24 August
Locations:

· War Memorial Library, 2 Queens Drive, Hutt City

· Eastbourne Library, 38 Rimu Street, Eastbourne, Hutt City

· Moera Library, 171 Randwick Road, Moera, Hutt City

· Naenae Library, Hillary Court, Naenae, Hutt City

· Petone Library, 7 Britannia Street, Petone, Hutt City

· Stokes Valley Library, Scott Court, Stokes Valley, Hutt City

· Taita Library, Walter Nash Centre, Taine Street, Taita, Hutt City

· Wainuiomata Library, Queen Street, Wainuiomata, Hutt City

Contact: Lillian Pak, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further Info: www.library.huttcity.govt.nz | www.facebook.com/HuttCityLibraries


Poetry at Preschool Storytime
Preschool Storytime is a weekly programme for children aged 2-5 years. Introducing children to stories from a very young age enriches language development and expands vocabulary, giving them a valuable boost before starting school. During the week of National Poetry Day, we will be incorporating age appropriate poems.
Entry Details: FREE event for preschool children and their whanau
Dates, Times & Locations:

· Tuesday 21 August, 10am – 10:30am, Taita Library, Walter Nash Centre, Taine Street, Taita, Lower Hutt

· Tuesday 21 August, 10:30am – 11am, Wainuiomata Library, Queen Street, Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt

· Tuesday 21 August, 2pm – 2:30pm, War Memorial Library, 2 Queens Drive, Lower Hutt

· Wednesday 22 August, 10:30am – 11am, Naenae Library, Hillary Court, Naenae, Lower Hutt

· Wednesday 22 August, 11am – 11:30am, Moera Library, 171 Randwick Road, Moera, Hutt City

· Wednesday 22 August, 2pm – 2:30pm, Eastbourne Library, 38 Rimu Street, Eastbourne, Lower Hutt

· Thursday 23 August, 10:30am – 11am, Petone Library, 7 Britannia Street, Petone, Lower Hutt

· Thursday 23 August, 11am – 11:30am, Stokes Valley Library, Koraunui Stokes Valley Hub, Scott Court, Stokes Valley, Lower Hutt

· Friday 24 August, 11am – 11:30am, War Memorial Library, 2 Queens Drive, Lower Hutt

Contact: Lillian Pak, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further Info: www.library.huttcity.govt.nz | www.facebook.com/HuttCityLibraries


Reo Rangatahi
Nau mai, haere mai! Do you write poetry? Want to share it with others? This youth event is open to newbie writers and experienced poets. No pressure to share, just come along and meet some teens who write like you do! Local writer and performer Freya Daly Sadgrove will be here to share her poetry too. Freya has a Masters in poetry from the International Institute of Modern Letters and her work has appeared in various publications, including Sweet Mammalian, Scum, Shabby Doll House and The Spinoff. Also welcome are people who are talented at being a supportive audience!
Entry Details: FREE youth event
Date/Times: Friday 24 August | 1pm – 2pm
Location: War Memorial Library, 2 Queens Drive, Lower Hutt
Contact: Lillian Pak, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further Info: www.library.huttcity.govt.nz | www.facebook.com/HuttCityLibraries


Poetry Writing Workshop
Have you ever wanted to write poetry? This workshop will cover genres of poetry, as well as give you help to start writing poems yourself. Spaces are limited, bookings are essential. Book in online now
Entry Details: FREE workshop. For ages 10 – 101
Date/Times: Friday 24 August | 4pm – 5:30pm
Location: Wainuiomata Library, Queen Street, Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt
Contact: Lillian Pak, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further Info: www.library.huttcity.govt.nz | www.facebook.com/HuttCityLibraries


Poetry Evening with Geraldine Brophy
Join us for a fun evening of poetry! Bring your favourite poem to read, share or discover new favourites. Participate in collaborative poetry-writing. Our MC for the night is actress and writer, Geraldine Brophy. Families welcome. Feel free to bring a picnic dinner to enjoy at the library. Tea and coffee provided.
Entry Details: FREE, everyone welcome
Date/Times: Friday 24 August, 6pm-7pm
Location: Naenae Library, Hillary Court
Contact: Lillian Pak, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further Info: www.library.huttcity.govt.nz | www.facebook.com/HuttCityLibraries


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Kāpiti Coast & Porirua


All of Us – Porirua LibraryThurs warm-up event
Poems celebrating the mix that we all are. Adrienne Jansen and Carina Gallegos will read from their new collection All of us, joined by a bunch of exciting young new migrant and local writers. There'll be a word choir, a competition, a collective poem - lots of fun whether you like poetry or not. Join us for food, drink, and mingle time too.
Entry details: Free, all welcome!
Date/Times: 5.30PM, Thurs 23 August.
Location: Porirua City Centre Library, corner of Parumoana and Norrie Streets, Porirua
Contact: Adrienne Jansen: adriennejansen1@gmail.com
Further info: http://www.porirualibrary.org.nz/What-s-On


If you’re a poet we want to know it! - Poetry Competition
Celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day by entering up to three haiku in the Kāpiti Coast District Libraries Sixth Annual Poetry Competition.This year's theme is "Food for Thought." All entries will be published as a print book and eBook. Winners will be announced on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day at the Open Mic Night at Paraparaumu Library on Friday 24 August 5.30 - 6.30pm.
Entry Details: Entry free. You may submit up to three haiku for the competition. Poets are welcome to freely interpret the theme.The competition is open to three age groups:
Child 6 - 12 years
Teen 13 - 18 years
Adults 19+ years
Please submit your entry using the appropriate form from one of these links. Entries may be in English or Te Reo Māori. Please read the guidelines and conditions of entry. By submitting your haiku into this competition, you agree to these conditions.To learn more about haiku, please read our descriptionof a haiku.
Submission Dates: Open now. Competition closes 30 June 2018.
Contact: https://www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/poetry
Further Info: Kapiti Coast Library on Facebook | Website https://www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/libraries


National Poetry Day Ōtaki
On Friday August 24, at 4pm at the Ōtaki Library, a combined celebration of National Poetry Day and Women getting the vote 125 years ago, has been arranged by Otaki writers Ann Chapman and Renée.
There will be an hour long reading of selected poems by Aotearoa NZ women poets from 1893 to 2018. We have many wonderful women poets and you probably have your favourites. Or you might have one of your own you’d like to read to us.
Poetry can be found among the Library’s collection and also online.
Everyone is invited to this dual celebration.
Entry Details: Free, all welcome
Date/Times: Friday August 24 at 4pm
Location: Ōtaki Library, 13 Main St, Otaki 5512
Contact: annchapman@inspire.net.nz


If you’re a poet we want to know it! Haiku - Open Mic Night
Join Kāpiti Coast District Libraries and celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day with an hour of poetry. Read your haiku to a live audience, or just listen, to Kāpiti’s local poetry talent. Prize winners from the “Food for Thought” Haiku Poetry Competition will be announced on the night.
Entry details: Free. All ages.
Date/Times: 24 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


THE GREAT NEW ZEALAND PROSE DELETION (Poetry Competition)
Entry Details:
1. Choose one page of New Zealand published prose.
2. Make 2 copies of the page.
3. On one copy, delete (perhaps using a marker pen) or erase (perhaps using white-out) everything you don’t want in your poem.
4. Your poem is what remains.
5. Send us both copies by 20 August.

The winner will be announced at VOLUME at 2 PM on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day (24 August). The winner will receive a trophy and a copy of the 2018 Poetry New Zealand Yearbook.
Submission Dates: Open now. Submit by 20 August.
Contact: Stella or Thomas: books@volume.nzFurther Info:books@volume.nz


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). CLICK HERE to use the map: http://www.volume.nz/poetrymap.html .Use the navigation menu at the top left of the map. It is anticipated that wandering poetry readers on National Poetry Day (24 August) will encounter fellow poetry readers at various locations.
Entry details: Open for everyone to use and contribute. Usable any time up to and including Friday 24 August.
Dates/Times: Contribute poems now. Crawl the locations on National Poetry Day and meet other poetry readers! Usable any time up to and including Friday 24 August.
Location: Nelson (actual and virtual).
Contact
: Stella or Thomas: books@volume.nz
Further info: The interface: http://volume.nz/poetrymap.html |FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/784798258575237/


Nelson/Motueka Poetry Brick
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 23 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at bookclubs / potlucks and BBQ's, open mic's etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: Free, all welcome to share
Date/Time: 20-24th August
Location: Nelson/Motueka
Contact: David Merritt at culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: https://www.facebook.com/events/230201460937755/| Central Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/1926454157422091/


THE POEM SWAP
Put a favourite poem into the hat. Draw out someone else's favourite. Read the poem aloud. Have a hot drink (bring a cup). Take your new poem home.
Date/Times: Friday 24 August, 2 PM.
Location: VOLUME, 15 Church Street, Nelson.
Contact: Stella or Thomas books@volume.nz
Further info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1611908892253763/


Poetry Fridge Door
Warm up for Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day at Nelson Library. Bring along your best poems to share on our oversized Poetry Fridge Door! While you’re here browse our poetry collection for further inspiration.
Entry Details: Free. Open to everyone.
Date/Times: Monday 20th August – Friday 24th August. 9.30am – 6.00pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 10.00am – 6.00pm Wednesday.
Location: Elma Turner Library, 27 Halifax Street, Nelson
Contact: library@ncc.govt.nz
Further Info: nelsonpubliclibraries.co.nz/library/library-news/national-poetry-day-2018


Open Mic Poetry
An open mic poetry session to celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2018. Come to read, or just listen, to Nelson’s local poetry talent. Supported by the Nelson Live Poets and the Golden Bay Live Poets. All welcome.
Entry Details: Free. Open to everyone. Register on arrival.
Date/Times: Friday 24th August, 12pm – 1pm
Location: Elma Turner Library, 27 Halifax Street, Nelson
Contact: library@ncc.govt.nz
Further Info: nelsonpubliclibraries.co.nz/library/library-news/national-poetry-day-2018


KAIKOURA

Poetry at the Museum
Come and join the Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day celebration withKaikoura’s poetry talent sharing their words. Readings by poets Te Awhina Arahanga and Amy Leigh Wicks followed by open mic. Bring your creations along and unleash the power of poetry!
Entry details: Free, donations gratefully received
Date/Time: 7 - 8.30pm Friday 24th August 2018
Location: Kaikoura Museum
Contact: Stephanie Lange, 03 319 7440
Further info: check for updates on our Facebook page @kaikouramuseu


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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 in the draw to win a poetry prize pack. The wall will be unveiled on 24 August and poets are invited to read the work submitted by members of the public and shop our poetry shelves.
Entry Details:
Free to enter. Open to all NZ residents. Poems must be formatted to fit on an A4 landscape page. Email your submissions and contact details to leah@ubscan.co.nz.
Submission Dates:
12 July – 18 August 2018. Wall Unveiled 24 August at the University Bookshop
Further Info: For more information contact Leah at leah@ubscan.co.nz , or visit www.facebook.com/ubscanterbury


Lyttleton Poetry Brick
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 23 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at bookclubs / potlucks and BBQ's, open mic's etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: Free, all welcome to share
Date/Time: 20-24th August
Location: Lyttleton
Contact: David Merritt at culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: https://www.facebook.com/events/217435895764818/ | Central Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/events/1926454157422091/


Young Writers Poetry Pentathlon – warm up event
To celebrate National Poetry Day, 2018, enter a team in New Zealand’s first Poetry Pentathlon. Five poetic challenges to get you thinking and creating. Think game-show meets writing class meets everyone’s a winner! Places are strictly limited. Poetry will be created and read on the night. MC: Karen Healey.
Entry Details: $10 per team and gold coin donation for audience. Event open to teams from Year 5-8 and Year 9-13 ( up to 5 per team). Teams must have registered with schoolforyoungwriters@gmail.com
Date/Times: Thursday August 23, 6.30-8.00pm * please note this is the day BEFORE National Poetry Day.
Location: Space Academy, 371 St Asaph St, Christchurch
Contact: Heather McQuillan schoolforyoungwriters@gmail.com
Further Info: www.schoolforyoungwriters.org/poetry-pentathlon


The 24-Hour Poem Competition
There will be prizes. There will be chaos. There will be a Winner, a Runner-up, and an Organiser’s Other-half’s Choice.The challenge is to write a poem of no more than thirty lines, containing ten supplied words. The catch is: you will only have the 24 hours of Poetry Day itself to write and submit your poem.Thanks to the generosity of publishers Anahera Press, Auckland University Press, Cold Hub Press, Otago University Press and Victoria University Press, the winners will take home poetry titles from the 2018 NZ Book Awards. The judge is Joanna Preston.
Entry details: Free to enter, but participants must pre-register for the competition by 17 August. Limit of one entry per participant, restricted to New Zealand citizens and residents. To register, visit https://jopre.wordpress.com/npd2018-24hr-signup/.
Dates: Registration: by 17 August 2018. Competition: midnight 24 August – midnight 25 August 2018.
Contact & Further Info:See full entry conditions at: https://jopre.wordpress.com/npd2018-24hr-signup/


NEW EVENT -Elizabeth Smither Reading at Scorpio Books
Scorpio Books are celebrating Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day with a lunchtime reading by visiting 2018 Ockham Poetry Award prize-winner Elizabeth Smither. Copies of Smither’s prizewinning Night Horse will be available for purchase and signing.
Entry details: free, all welcome
Date/Time: Lunchtime event start time 12.30, Friday 24th August
Location: Scorpio Books, The BNZ Centre, 120 Hereford Street, Christchurch CBD
Contact: Rachel@scorpiobooks.co.nz | (03) 379 2882
Further info: http://www.scorpiobooks.co.nz/Home.htm


Poet as a Pickpocket: A poetry workshop
Join local poet Kerrin P. Sharpe for an hour long poetry workshop. Benefit from her industry experience and let her guide you through the writing process, with exercises, feedback, and advice. Create a piece of poetry you can be proud of and have it featured in UBS’s inaugural National Poetry Day online collection. Spaces are limited so please register to attend. Tea and coffee will be provided.
Entry Details:
Free. Open to all ages. Register before 18 August by emailing leah@ubscan.co.nz.
Date/Times:
24 August, 12:30-1:30pm
Location:
University Bookshop, University Drive, Ilam, Christchurch
Contact:
Leah by emailing leah@ubscan.co.nz
Further Info: For more information or to find out about our poetry wall please visit www.facebook.com/ubscanterbury


We Are the Persistence
Christchurch Feminist Poets presents an evening of spoken word poetry that will move you, inspire you and make you think about society today and the ongoing struggle for equality. Bringing together a stellar group of Christchurch’s most powerful and thought provoking poets, this event is a unique opportunity to hear a cross section of voices, all driven to make the world a better place. Featuring Tusiata Avia, Ray Shipley, Alice Andersen, Rebecca Nash and Isla Martin, this event will immerse the audience in poetry that is as diverse as it is uplifting.
Entry Details: Koha entry (which goes to the poets performing), all age
Date/Time: Friday 24 August, doors open 7:30pm, show runs 8pm to 9:30pm
Location: Space Academy, 371 St Asaph Street, Christchurch
Contact: Melanie McKerchar melaniemckerchar@snap.net.nz
Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2122830254614300/


Hagley Writers' Institute Free Workshop - Exploring prose poetry with acclaimed writer and editor, Michelle Elvy - Saturday wrap up event
In this workshop, Michelle will explore the overlap between prose poetry and flash fiction. Michelle is the founder of the journal Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction and National Flash Fiction Day. She is Assistant Editor of the internationally acclaimed Best Small Fiction series. Her latest project is Bonsai: Best small fictions from Aotearoa New Zealand (CUP 2018), edited with Frankie McMillan and James Norcliffe.
Entry Details: Free to all Canterbury poets 18+Date/Times: 10.30am-12.30pm Saturday 25 August 2018
Location: Writers' Block, Hagley College, Hagley Ave, Christchurch
Contact: Morrin Rout, Director, Hagley Writers' Instituteemail: writers@hagley.school.nz
Further Info: www.hagleywriters.net. Facebook - Hagley Writers' Institute.


Hagley Writers' Institute Free Workshop : Elizabeth Smither - Saturday wrap up event
Acclaimed poet, writer and winner of the 2018 Ockham Poetry Prize will be available for a one-off workshop at Hagley. Limited to 20 people. Please RSVP to secure your seat
Entry Details: Free to all Canterbury poets 18+
Date/Times: 1.30 - 3.30 pm Saturday 25 August 2018
Location: Writers' Block, Hagley College, Hagley Ave, Christchurch
Contact: RSVP Morrin Rout, Director, Hagley Writers' Institute email: writers@hagley.school.nz
Further Info: www.hagleywriters.net. Facebook - Hagley Writers' Institute.


Poetry in the Library
Come celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day with performances by four Christchurch poets.
Entry Details: Free. Suitable for all ages.
Date/Time: Sat 25th 2-3pm
Location: New Brighton Library, 213 Marine Parade, New Brighton, Christchurch 8061
Further info: https://christchurch.bibliocommons.com/events/search/q=poetry/event/5b04e3b47399ca35001fc5d8


Speed Date an Editor – Sunday wrap-up event
One poem, four editors, seven minutes. Got a poem you’d love some feedback on? Always wanted the chance to ask an editor questions? Come down to The Laboratory, Lincoln to Speed Date an Editor. Featuring Jeni Curtis (takahē magazine), Gail Ingram (takahē) Erik Kennedy (Queen Mob’s Teahouse) and Joanna Preston (ex-takahē and Kokako). Supported by the Selwyn District Council Creative Communities Fund. Participants will need to bring four copies of their poem.
Entry Details: $5. Limit of 16 places, poems no longer than 50 lines (not including title and stanza breaks)
Date/Times: Sunday 26 August 2018, 11 am –1.30 pm.
Location: The Classroom, The Laboratory, 17 West Belt, Lincon
Contact: Joanna Preston preston.joanna@gmail.com
Further Info: For more information and to sign up, visit https://jopre.wordpress.com/speed-date-an-editor/

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WEST COAST

Grey District

Grey District Library Poetry Competition
Join fellow poetry lovers in a competition to celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2018. 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 22nd August. Prize winning poems will be read aloud at two local rest homes on National Poetry Day, Friday 24th 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.nzno later than 4pm Friday 17th August, 2018.
Submission Dates: Monday 30th July to 4pm Friday 17th August, 2018.
Contact Details: Ollie Witton Ollie.Witton@greydc.govt.nz or 03 768 5597
Further info: Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/146797525870746


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 22rd 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 event https://www.facebook.com/events/631306737058886


Local Poems on Tour – closed even
To celebrate National Poetry Day on Friday 24th 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
Contact: Ollie Witton Ollie.Witton@greydc.govt.nz or 03 768 5597


Local Poets at Rest – closed event
To celebrate National Poetry Day 2018, a small poetry competition open to rest home residents only, will be coordinated by the Grey District Library.
Entry details: Closed event; open to rest home residents only
Contact : Ollie Witton Ollie.Witton@greydc.govt.nz or 03 768 5597

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OTAGO REGION

Oamaru

Oamaru Poetry Brick
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 23 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at bookclubs / potlucks and BBQ's, open mic's etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: Free, all welcome to share
Date/Time: 20-24th August
Location:Oamaru
Contact: David Merritt at culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: https://www.facebook.com/events/267565260716029/| Central Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/events/1926454157422091/


Dunedin

2018 WriteNow Poetry Competition
The 2018 WriteNow Poetry Competition for Dunedin Secondary School students is open for entries! This year’s competition will be judged by Dunedin poet, novelist, editor and 2018 Ockham poetry award finalist Sue Wootton for The Yield (Otago University Press). The WriteNow prize ceremony will be held on Friday 24 August as part of Dunedin’s National Poetry Day public event and placegetters will be invited to read. All placegetters also receive book tokens courtesy of the University Book Shop, and will be invited to be interviewed and podcast by Otago Access Radio’s Youth Zone (listen to some young Dunedin poets here). WriteNow - there's no better moment!
Entry details: Junior (years 9-10), Senior (years 11-13). See the full Conditions of Entry here.
Submission Dates: Open now. Submissions close 5pm on Friday 27 July 2018. Results will be released on Monday 20 August 2018
Contact: poems@writenow.nz
Further Info: https://writenow.nz/ | suewootton.com


National Poetry Day Poetry Competition for Primary Schools, Dunedin
A poetry competition to celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day, open to all primary schools in Dunedin. Two entry categories: age 7-9, and age 10-12. Winners will be notified by 1st August and must be available to attend the National Poetry Day event at Dunedin City Library at 5.30pm on Friday 24th August to present a reading of their poem. Competition judged by Diane Brown and Majella Cullinane
Entry Details: Free. Dunedin primary school children aged 7-12 inclusive. Two entry categories: age 7-9, and age 10-12. Submission details, subject prompts and online entry form here
Submission Dates: Competition opens 1st May 2018; competition closes 30th June 2018 at 12noon.
Contact: Majella Cullinane majellacullinane@hotmail.com
Further Info: Dunedin Public Libraries website


Dunedin Poetry Bricks – North and South
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. Two clusters of 23 individual poems, assembled into two bricks, will be installed for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Bricks are available for overnight use at bookclubs / potlucks and BBQ's, open mic's etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: Free, all welcome to share
Date/Time: 20-24th August
Location: Roaming Dunedin – check Facebook
Contact: David Merritt at culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: Dunedin South https://www.facebook.com/events/500092450411815/ | Dunedin North https://www.facebook.com/events/1014224202078487/ | Central Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/events/1926454157422091/


National Poetry Day: A Question of Poets
In partnership with the Otago-Southland NZ Society of Authors, Dunedin Public Libraries invites you to celebrate National Poetry Day at our annual gala event.Six seasoned poets, some youthful vigour and a clutch of fresh-faced beginners mark the ingredients for a poetry-filled evening, with a selection of readings and a hearty discussion of what it means to be a poet.Hosted by Diane Brown, with special guests: Emer Lyons, Iona Winter, Michael Stevens, Jonathan Cweorth, Rhian Gallagher, and Majella Cullinane, plus the winners of the Dunedin primary and high school poetry competitions 2018.Drinks and buffet supper served during the interval.WITH THANKS TO NATIONAL POETRY DAY SPONSORS PHANTOM BILL STICKERS
Entry Details: TICKETS $5 (Bookable in person, at your local library) All welcome. Prior booking essential for catering purposes.
Date/Time: Friday 24th August, 5.30pm
Location: Dunningham Suite, 4th Floor, 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: https://www.dunedinlibraries.govt.nz/whats-on/events/literary2/adults/national-poetry-day-a-question-of-poets


Alexandra

The POETRY EVENT
Join us on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day for an evening celebrating poetry and local poets (Brian Turner, Michael Harlow, Jenny Bornholdt, Gregory O’Brien & Liz Breslin) all reading their poems on the theme of Rivers. The Alexandra Primary School Choir will also be performing, plus we will have a display wall celebrating poems contributed by local writers, school children and historic local writers such as David McKee Wright. In conjunction with Central Otago District Arts Trust (CODAT) and Radio Central.
Entry Details: Entry by koha or donation
Date/Time: 5:30 Friday August 24
Location: Central Stories Museum & Art Gallery, Alexandra
Contact: enquiries@centralstories.com
Further details: https://www.facebook.com/CentralStoriesMuseum


Wanaka

Wanaka Poetry Brick
In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merritt has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers' Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 23 individual poems, assembled into a brick, will be installed for the public to read, enjoy and share through schools, public libraries, universities and polytechs, cafes, galleries, markets, family homes. The Poetry Brick is available for overnight use at bookclubs / potlucks and BBQ's, open mic's etc. Includes travelling notes for multiple curators. The poet will also be on nationwide tour at the same time in the days over Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day and will address the poems as he finds them.
Entry details: Free, all welcome to share
Date/Time: 20-24th August
Location: Wanaka – check Facebook
Contact: David Merritt at culvert23@gmail.com
Further info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1716500865065248/| Central Facebook paghttps://www.facebook.com/events/1926454157422091/



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