Calendar of Events

The National Calendar of Events for 2021 is now live! Scroll on down to explore the vivid, fabulous selection of (zoom) events that will be run for Phantom National Poetry Day, 27th August 2021. This is our 24th year, and our second as a mostly virtual programme! Many of our planned events have pivoted to an online format, and are here for you to enjoy! Others have postponed, so they can run their events in person when lockdown lifts. All the details are here, so you can find an event or two, or three, or four, to attend and enjoy!

Let's unleash the power of poetry!


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Welcome to the National Calendar of Events 2021!


INTERNATIONAL


Aotearoa NZ Phantom National Poetry Day in Berlin 2021: Tensile, Tenuous & Tenacious Connections

Celebrating Aotearoa New Zealand's Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day with an evening of poetry, music and friendship: Us & poetry in a private Hof. To respect nature & neighbours starting 19:00 sharp! Open mic. Bring an Aotearoa New Zealand-related poem to share.
No bar: B.Y.O.B., vittles & vessels

Entry Details: KOHA. Covid-regulations compliant
Date/Times: 27 August 18:45 – 21:00
Location: Heinrich-Roller-Straße 22, 10405 Berlin, Germany

Name and Email: Sandra Sarala sandrasarala@yahoo.com

Further Info: Facebook event link https://fb.me/e/15ZXQ4tKC


AUS-NZ Poetry Month Showcase

Haere mai! Come along to this free online showcase celebrating the strong poetic-bond between our countries on NZ National Poetry Day Eve. Featuring readings by:

- the 2021 Mary and Peter Biggs Award for Poetry at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards shortlisted poets Mohamed Hassan, Nina Mingya Powles, Hinemoana Baker, Jackson Nieuwland and winner Tusiata Avia
- Aotearoa's Poet Laureate David Eggleton - new poems by some of Australia's leading contemporary poets and spoken word artists Omar Sakr, Sarah Holland-Batt, PiO, Hope One, Steven Oliver, and Maddie Godfrey, all commissioned as part of Poetry Month.
- a special collaborative piece created by Evelyn Araluen and Anahera Gildea
- book giveaways of the Ockham shortlisted poets (for NZ residents)

Presented in partnership with Phantom National Poetry Day and Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

Event Details: Tune in via Red Room Poetry's main FB feed from 6pm AEST / 8pm NZ Thurs 26 August.

Date/Time: Online only. 6pm AEST / 8pm NZ Thurs 26 August.

Contact: poetryday@nzbookawards.org.nz or https://www.facebook.com/redroompoetry

Further Info: AUS-NZ Poetry Showcase



NATIONWIDE


Phantom National Poetry Day Virtual Open Mic

It’s a social media takeover! Do you want to share your poetry or spoken word? Our Facebook and Instagram feeds are ready for your material. All throughout Phantom National Poetry Day on Friday 27 August we will be sharing and amplifying poetry and poetry-related material from our poets and wordsmiths. To share work, please follow these guidelines:

Facebook: share on your own channels, make it public, tag @NZPoetryDay and hashtag #NZPoetryDay and we will share onto our page. Or you can message either links or your poetry as a JPG or PNG as a Facebook message and we will post it directly to our page.

Instagram: Either share on your own Instagram and tag @NZPoetryDay and we will share to our stories, or send your tile to our Instagram account and we will post it to our account. Instagram frames will be available on our Instagram feed for anyone’s use.

And whichever way you share your work, don’t forget to use the hashtag #NZPoetryDay. Let’s get poetry trending across all channels on Friday!

Entry Details: Free Virtual Event

Date/Times: Friday 27th August, 8am-9pm

Location: Online Event, Nationwide

Contact: Erica Stretton poetryday@nzbookawards.org.nz

Further Info: Phantom National Poetry Day Facebook | Instagram


Little Wild Words and Music for Fairies, Pirates & Mermaids

Award winning songwriter for kids Claudia Robin Gunn shares a mini song cycle of vintage poetry about fairies and pirates for Phantom National Poetry Day. Poems brought to life as songs for a new generation’s delight. Engage the littlest learners in the magic of words. A children’s music livestream event. Tune in online as a family or as a classroom from wherever you are located on National Poetry Day. Suitable for ages 2-8.

Entry Details: Free Event – RSVP’s requested for shoutouts to your class or family

Date/Times: Friday 27th August, 2-2.30pm

Location: Online Event At Your Place

Contact: Little Wild Music 021399660

Further Info: Facebook Event Livestream: https://www.facebook.com/events/559942895050293


The Ultimate Reader of Love for the Book

An anthology of poets and writers opposed to the savaging of our national collections held in guardianship by the National Library of New Zealand.

Entry Details: Free. The anthology may be downloaded from posters which will begin to appear in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin from the weekend of August 14th. Anyone may download the anthology or get a free copy in hundreds of cafés at the end of August.

Date/Times: August 14th to August 30th.
Location: Hundreds of kiosks, official poster walls and cafés throughout New Zealand.
Contact: William Direen (editor)
Further Info: Facebook Event : https://www.facebook.com/events/848070169416777

Web address http://nodisposals.neocities.org
Eventfinda: Auckland Wellington Christchurch Otago


Staff Poetry Streaming from Vic Books

This National Poetry Day we'll be flooding our social streams with poems and virtual readings from our extraordinary staff. Discover the talent of our booksellers in these online poetry readings. Published poets Melissa Oliver and Ellen Butler, who by day make reading recommendations at Vic Books, will read their works online. Tune in to the giant power of poetry

Entry Details: Free online.

Date/Times: 27 August, 11am

Location: https://www.instagram.com/vicbooks/

Contact: enquiries@vicbooks.co.nz

Further Info: www.vicbooks.co.nz/events


Northland


Matakohe


POSTPONED: Phantom National Poetry Day Awards and Open Mic Night

Join the finalists at The Museum on Phantom National Poetry Day this year. Poetry and music performance by competition finalists, local artists and open mic. Stay posted for further details.

Entry Details: $5.

Date/Time:

Location: Temporary Exhibitions Gallery, The Kauri Museum, Matakohe

Contact: events@kaurimuseum.com

Further Info: Facebook Event


Whangarei


Fast Fibres Poetry 8 Launch

Get together with your friends and family at ONEONESIX Bank Street to celebrate the launch of Fast Fibres Poetry 8, Northland’s own poetry anthology. Be enthralled for a few hours with diverse and interesting new poetry from some of the our best poets including , Vivian Thonger, Shelley Arlidge, Arthur Fairley, Olivia Macassey, Piet Nieuwland, Malcolm Ford, and many other talented word-players.

Event Details: Free

Date/Times:

Location: 116 Bank Street, Whangarei

Contact: pietn@outlook.com


Play with Poetry

Join poets from Fast Fibres Poetry to play with words provided and use your own for a fun few hours at Creative Northland Headquarters. Create your own poems, listen to poetry being read from newsl launched FFP8 and displayed on screens.

Event Details: Free, all ages.

Date/Times:

Location: Creative Northland, Railway Station, Railway Road, Whangarei

Contact: pietn@outlook.com


Auckland Region

North Auckland
North Shore
Central Auckland
West Auckland
South Auckland
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North Auckland


Hibiscus Coast/Puhoi Poetry Day Event

Everyone with an interest in poetry is welcome: we will have poetry readings, prizes and assorted poetry fun! Coffee, wine, meals and bar food all available. If you would like to present a poem (your own or someone else's) please let us know so you can be added to the programme. This year we are celebrating a day early, and gathering in the Sugar Loaf Bar and Restaurant, 38 Waiwera Road, Waiwera. We look forward to seeing you there.

Entry Details: All welcome. Gold coins entry

Date/Times: Thursday 26th August 7.00-9.30pm

Location: the Sugar Loaf Bar and Restaurant, 38 Waiwera Road, Waiwera.

Contact: Diane: 021483849. dianenewcombe@hotmail.com


POSTPONED Poetry on the Beach

Come and write your own, original poem on the sand at Orewa Beach. There will be a people’s choice prize for the best poem on the day, and poems will be judged after the event by Siobhan Harvey.

Your poem can be short or long, you can be creative with formatting and layout, and you are welcome to decorate your poem with natural materials that are found in the beach environment. Come along, 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://poetryonthebeach2021.wordpress.com/

Date/Times: Please check website for new date.

Location: Poetry writing at Moana Reserve, Orewa Beach, 317 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa, Auckland, New Zealand. People’s prize draw and poem reading afterwards at Coast Bites and Brews, 342 Hibiscus Coast Highway at 4pm.

Contact: Kristin Stock, kmstock@actrix.co.nz

Further Info: https://poetryonthebeach2021.wordpress.com/


WILL RUN VIRTUALLY AS A CLOSED EVENT: Whangaparaoa Library Open Mic Poetry Night

Whangaparaoa Library is celebrating Phantom National Poetry Day with an Open Mic Poetry Night. Come celebrate the world of poetry with us, from Haikus and Waiatas to traditional poetry!

Are you ready to share your poetic creation with the world? Submit your poem by Friday 13 August to be considered. Email lena.kovac@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Every poet gets a 5 min slot to read their artwork. No offensive language, open to anyone 13 years and older. MC'd by local creative writer Bernadette How.

Event Details: Free

Date/Times: Friday 27 August from 6pm

Location: Whangaparaoa Library, 9 Main St Whangaparāoa

Contact: Lena Kovac lena.kovac@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Further Info: Check our Facebook page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/WhangaparaoaLibrary


CANCELLED: Poetry on the Line at Ōrewa Library

An all-day outdoor display of poetry outside Ōrewa Library hosted by Orewa Library and the Talking Poetry group.

Bring along a poem printed out on to one A4 page, or smaller, to peg on to the line that will be slung between the pillars outside the library. Poems will be accepted between 9.30am and 10am on Friday morning, or you can drop your page into the library the day before.

Shorter poems with large print are recommended for ease of reading, but not essential. Embellish your page with a frame or artwork or photo if you like. The poem does not have to be your own work but poet must be acknowledged. Our local poets who will be featured are Alan Wagstaff, Pam Gordon, Bronwyn Bryant, Kaye Bennett, Jackie Ross, Sue Courtney and more.

Entry Details: A free event

Date/Times: Friday 27 August from 9.30am to 5.30pm

Location: Ōrewa Library,12 Moana Avenue, Ōrewa 0931

Contact: Sue Courtney: sfcourtney@outlook.com
Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/408934443922573/


CANCELLED: Poetry and Music

Hosted by Ōrewa Library and the Talking Poetry group

Join poets from the Talking Poetry group Alan Wagstaff, Pam Gordon, Bronwyn Bryant, Kaye Bennett, Jackie Ross, Sue Courtney and more to celebrate Phantom Poetry Day for an hour of poetry and music. Put your name down to share your poem.

Please note, music accompaniment is not essential.

Entry Details: A free event

Date/Times: Friday 27 August from 2.30 to 3.30pm

Location: Ōrewa Library,12 Moana Avenue, Ōrewa 0931

Contact: Sue Courtney: sfcourtney@outlook.com

Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/338074521291711/


POSTPONED: AJ Bell and the Poets

Kumeu Live presents AJ Bell in Concert with local poets in celebration of Phantom National Poetry Day. The Poets include Arthur Amon, Richard Pamatatau, Anita Arlov, Andrea Malcolm and Gillian Roach. The evening will start with the poets reading their work and possibly combining their poetry with musical performances by AJ Bell and band.

Entry Details: Cost $25.00 Tickets on Under the Radar

Date/Times: 25th September, 7:45pm

Location: Kumeu Arts, 300 Main Rd, Huapai, Kumeu.

Contact: Guy Wishart, guywishart1@gmail.com

Further Info: Facebook Event Link: https://fb.me/e/4dZlCy0t7

Tickets to Event: https://www.undertheradar.co.nz/tour/15336/Aj-Bell-And-The-Poets.utr


North Shore


CANCELLED Phantom National Poetry Day Open Mic Event 2021

Join us to share your love of the spoken word on National Poetry Day 2021. Meet like-minded people in a friendly, supportive setting. You are welcome to simply sit back and listen, or take your turn on our microphone to share your original or all-time favourite poem. This year we will open our session with an audio of Patricia Langford reading one of her poems. Patricia was a good friend of the library and a very talented poet, she sadly passed away earlier this year but recorded an audio to be included in our Open Mic event.

Event Details: Free event. Open to all ages.

Date/Time: Friday 27 August 2021, 10:00-11:30

Location: East Coast Bays Library, 8 Bute Road, Browns Bay, Auckland.

Contact: Kathy.Bebb@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Further Info: https://fb.me/e/2aNqXUUNd

https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2021/phantom-national-poetry-day-2021-open-mic-event/auckland/browns-bay


CANCELLED: POETRY DAY PRELUDE: SHORE WORDS

Get ready for the Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day in the best possible way. Join MC Stu Bagby, plus poet and raconteur Bernard Brown, whose law students have included David Lange and Winston Peters, Janet Charman, author of many poetry books, and Bryan Walpert, poet, fiction writer, essayist and literary scholar. Plus songs from poet musician Caitlin Lucy Smith.

Cash only book table at the event.

Entry Details: RSVP: Please reserve a seat via the libraries’ website, ring 890 4900, or email takapunaevents@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz. Koha appreciated.

Date/Times: Wednesday, 25 August, 6pm - 7.30pm. Light refreshments from 6pm, event starts at 6.30pm

Location: Level 1, Takapuna Library, 9 The Strand, Takapuna, 0740

Contact: Jenny Cole jen.cole@btinternet.com

Further Info: https://www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz/Pages/news-and-blogs.aspx

https://www.facebook.com/TakapunaLibrary/


Central Auckland


Divine Muses with the Isthmus Poets, guest Poet Laureate David Eggleton, and an Emerging Poets Open Mic.

The long-running Phantom National Poetry Day event, Divine Muses, returns this year to the Auckland Central Library in the ground floor Event Space. The night will feature the Isthmus Poets: Alexandra Fraser, Michael Giacon, Lincoln Jaques, Denise O’Hagan, Maris O’Rourke and Gillian Roach. We are honoured and excited to welcome David Eggleton, the Poet Laureate, as special guest. For the first time there will also be an Open Mic for new and emerging poets to share one of their poems in a welcoming environment.

Entry Details: The event is free and open to all ages. Please note: the Open Mic is for new and emerging poets and slots are limited – first in, first signed up. For Open Mic guidelines and further information see https://www.facebook.com/isthmuspoets/

Date/Times: Friday 27th August, 6.00-7.45 pm

Location: The Event Space, Ground Floor, Auckland Central Library, 44 Lorne Street, Auckland CBD

Contact: Michael Giacon mlag@xtra.co.nz

Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/isthmuspoets/

http://www.artagent.co.nz/poetry/poetrynow.htm

Eventfinda: Divine Muses/Isthmus Poets Phantom National Poetry Day


Moving to Podcast : All Tomorrow’s Poets 2021

Time Out is thrilled to announce the return of All Tomorrow’s Poets, the celebrated annual poetry evening in their cozy upstairs lounge. A spread of snacks and non-alcoholic drinks will be in abundance. Get in early for a seat on the couch!

With live readings from: Lily Holloway, Divyaa Kumar, Frances Libeau, Sam Te Kani and Elizabeth Welsh.

Entry details: Free entry, BYO

Date: Moving to Podcast - check website

Location: Time Out Bookstore, 432 Mt Eden Road, Auckland 1021

Contact: books@timeout.co.nz

Further Info: https://www.timeout.co.nz/upcoming-events-1


Poetry While You Wait

Kia ora, on PHANTOM National Poetry Day. 10am - 2pm Facebook vid-call or message. I'll write a Poem While You Wait. I write about any topic in a variety of ways. A poem for you, or as a gift? Such a pleasant, fun activity anyway. I also may illustrate some poems, one year a puppy poem for a three year old looked great on the page with a dancing pup.

4 pm to 8 pm, in person, at Majenta Bar and Garnet Station, 85 Garnet Road, Westmere. Poetry While You Wait, on the spot.

About 9 years at this - people love the whole process. Poetry While You Wait began outside Jo's junk shop in Grey Lynn - then Garnet Station, Westmere, Tamaki Makaurau Auckland has hosted PWYW every year since then.

Entry: free

Submission dates: on the day online or in person ask me for a poem, free.

Contact: make friends with me on facebook https://www.facebook.com/raewyn.alexander

Further Info: my published poetry is local and international. Some is available online or in your local library


CANCELLED: Music-Poetry Jam Night

The University of Auckland Poetry Club is hosting their inaugural Music-Poetry night to celebrate National Poetry Day 2021. On Thursday 26 August, everyone is invited to Shadows Bar for an entertaining night where music meets poetry. The event will start at 6pm from when talented artists across Auckland perform their original pieces of poetry, singing, and rap. Come along to Shadows bar for a night filled with chill vibes and amazing performances.

Entry Details: Free entry for UoA Poetry Club members, Gold coin koha for everyone else

Dates/Times: 6PM, Thursday 26 August
Location: Shadows Bar, 8 Alfred Street, Auckland

Contact: UoA Poetry Club, uoapoetryclub@gmail.com

Further Info: https://fb.me/e/P1DgdPPn


POSTPONED: JAFA Poetry Slam

It's the first qualifying slam of the year! Come see the best of Auckland's poetry talent battle it out for a spot in the regional finals. Bring your poems for a short open mic, bring your clicks to cheer on our incredible feature Lily Holloway, and then bring your competitive energy as we dive into two rounds of a slam, judged by five randomly-selected people from the audience. Always raucous, enthusiastic, and full of joy, JAFA slam is the underground beating heart of the Auckland poetry scene.

Entry Details: $5 for students and unwaged, $10 general admission.
Date/Times:
Location: Cityside Church, Auckland.
Contact: Jessie Fenton newzealandpoetryslam@gmail.com

Further Info: www.facebook.com/JAFApoetryslam


Rhyme Your Why with NZ Poet Laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh

Hate poetry? Scared of it? Come and have fun and do one poetry writing exercise with Selina aka Mophead. Rhyme Your Why is a quick and easy way to mine your life for its gold using rhyme. Bring a plate and/or vino to share afterwards. Paper and pens supplied. Curiousity and playfulness yours to bring.

Entry Details: Koha of a plate and/or wine. Event open to anyone who can write independently. RSVPs are a must: Tahnee Vo: cast@auckland.ac.nz.

Date/Times: Friday 27th August, 7pm.

Location: Hypatia, 246 Khyber Pass, Auckland City (Grafton train station across the road, Wilson carpark up the road.

Contact: Tahnee Vo: cast@auckland.ac.nz

Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/549456092875023/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%7D]%7D


West Auckland


POSTPONED: A Poetry Path

Take a tour around some of the iconic spaces at Corban Estate Arts Centre for a series of site-specific poetry performances from West Auckland poets Serie Barford, Miriam Barr with John McNab, Christian Jensen, Kate Kelly, Daniel Larsen, Rachael Naomi with Matt Reece, Doug Poole, Ila Selwyn, Michael Steven, Sally Strangelove, Emma Walter, and Kirsten Warner. Gather at St Michael’s chapel and weave your way through the grounds of the historic Corban Estate winery buildings stopping off for poetry performances along the way. Follow the poets from the old chapel on a short walk through a stand of trees across to the old stills, passed the concrete rounds and over to the little theatre in the cellar. Come along an hour early to chalk your own words on the path we will follow. Please note, if it rains this event will move to the cellar venue.

Event details: Koha collected at the door to help pay the poets for their time.

Date/Time: NEW DATE Sunday 17th October

Location: Corban Estate Arts Centre, gather at St Michael’s chapel, finish at The Cellar

More info: https://facebook.com/events/s/a-poetry-path-poetry-day-prelu/222953573017345/


POSTPONED: The Power of Poetry in Titirangi Library

A group of five well-known West Auckland poets, Ron Riddell, Alistair Paterson, Murray Edmond, Ila Selwyn and Serie Barford, will recite for 15 minutes each at the Titirangi Library from 2 – 4 pm on Saturday August 28th, 2021. This event will be accompanied by acoustic music. Question time and discussion will be followed by afternoon tea. Books by the poets will be on display and some will be available for sale. Poems by selected West Auckland poets will also be printed and displayed in shop, café/restaurant and gallery windows in Titirangi during the week ending 27-28th of August, which is the time period designated to coincide with Phantom National Poetry Day 2021.

Entry Details: Free, open to all ages. Optional koha contribution.

Date/Times:

Location: Titirangi Library, 500 South Titirangi Rd., Titirangi, Auckland 0604.

Contact: Chris Carter, 09 817 0011 or Saray Torres 021 201 4868

Further Info: Facebook Event


South Auckland


Poetry in First Languages: Celebrating our Food and Culture!

Celebrating diverse cultures through poetry and art, Poetry in First Languages aims to support migrants and other local people in our community to find strength in their own cultural identities through their own first language they speak as a way of connecting to our country, culture and community to enhance their own hauora, well-being and knowledge.

Entry details: Free. Open to all ages. (please RSVP for catering purposes)

Dates/Times: 28th August from 11 till 1pm.

Location: Takanini Library and Community Hub -30, Walters Road, Takanini

Contact: Renu at renusik02@gmail.com

Further Info:


East Auckland


CANCELLED: Phantom National Poetry Day Aug 27 at Howick Library

Howick Library is celebrating Phantom National Poetry Day on Friday August 27th, 2021

We are inviting library patrons to visit Howick Library to write their own Haiku poem. We will display your poem in the library.

Entry is free: Open to children and adults

Submission dates: Monday 23rd August to Friday 27th August, 2021


CANCELLED: Song & Poetry Festival

The Song & Poetry Festival, a spin-off from the monthly Waiheke Song & Poetry Thing, is aimed at encouraging the island’s large and diverse creative community of poets, writers and musicians to come together to celebrate the arts.

The evening will feature poetry readings and musical performances by outstanding local artists, including poets Michelle Chote, Noa Native, Sue Fitchett, Julie Biuso, Mike Johnson and Leila Lees, and performances and original songs by Tanya Batt, Aaron Carpenter, Dollface, Shayn Wills and Zephy. Poet Laureate David Eggleton will take the guest spot and will also announce the winners of the Waiheke Poetry Competition.

Come early and enjoy handmade tacos and drinks in the courtyard at Pinter Bar.

Event Details: Bookings through iticket $18.00, or $21.00 at the door.

Date/Time:

Location: Artworks Theatre Oneroa

Contact: Julie Biuso julie@sharedkitchen.co.nz or Katy Soljak katsun@xtra.co.nz

Further Info: https://facebook.com/events/s/the-song-poetry-festival/215079987159193/

Waikato/Coromandel


Hamilton


POSTPONED: Flesh and Bone ii

Writers from the Moana explore the body and belonging in a colonised world. Join essa may ranapiri, Faith Wilson, Aimee-Jane Anderson O'Connor, Michelle Rahurahu, Maluseu Monise, Kelly Joseph and Pearl Hotene for an evening of poetry reading in an intimate setting at Browsers Bookshop in Kirikiriroa. All writers are connected through their place in the vast Pacific ocean, bringing their words, bones, bodies to life through reading their poetry aloud. Come along and sit with their words and feel challenged, invigorated and alive.

Entry details: Free. Event open to people of all ages (although strong language may be used)

Date/time:

Location: Browsers Bookstore, 298 Victoria Street, Hamilton/Kirikiriroa

Contact: Faith Wilson, faithcswilson@gmail.com

Further info: https://fb.me/e/H52mVUqN (Facebook event)


POSTPONED: NATIONAL POETRY DAY OPEN MIC

Calling all poets and poetry lovers! Help us celebrate National Poetry Day by reading one of your own original poems or sharing a favourite NZ poem at our open mic event. Your poem needs to be reasonably short (no longer than an A4 page or one minute when read aloud) with one poem per person please. Content should be suitable for a general audience. Spaces are strictly limited so arrive early to sign up! Registration is on a first in, first served basis. Parking is available in Ward & Nisbet Streets & in the Wintec parking building accessed through Ward St.

Entry Details: Free, open to all, no need to register.

Date/Times:

Location: THE LONG ROOM, WINTEC HOUSE, ANGLESEA ST, HAMILTON

Contact: Catherine Wallace hamiltonbookmonth@gmail.com

Further Info: National Poetry Day Open Mic | 2021 (hamiltonbookmonth.com)


POSTPONED: Poetry writing workshop

Writers are sometimes hamstrung by trying to come up with a big feeling or truth to hold up a poem, but there are many great ways you can use concept, form, or even another text, to find your way into a poem.

Local poet Elizabeth Kirkby-McLeod's bestselling and acclaimed collection, Family Instructions Upon Release, was built on the words of a play script! Join her for conceptual and unoriginal poetry exercises and find a way into your poetry through experimentation, rather than waiting for genius to strike!

Entry Details: Registration required, see link Poetry Writing Workshop | 2021 (hamiltonbookmonth.com)

Date/Times:

Location: Trust Waikato, 4 Little London Lane, HAMILTON

Contact: Catherine Wallace hamiltonbookmonth@gmail.com

Further Info: Poetry Writing Workshop | 2021 (hamiltonbookmonth.com)


Bay of Plenty/Rotorua


Katikati


CANCELLED: Share a Poem

See Katikati HAIKU Competition in the Competition Calendar to replace this event. Since the conception of National Poetry Day Christina Productions has organized celebrations for the day. Director Gaye Hemsley will visit a kindergarten, primary school and a retirement home doing 'having fun with poetry sessions' proving poetry is for all ages. Our community is invited to share a poem in a private room at a local cafe. Poems may be your own, or one of your favourite poets. If you don't want to participate in the reading just sit back and listen by a cozy fire. Special thanks to Chrome Cafe for use of their room.

Entry Details: Daffodil Day donation appreciated

Date/Time:

Location: Chrome Café, 3 Wharawhara Rd, Katikati

Contact: Gaye Hemsley, 07 5771753, mob: 0272748753, gayehemsley@gmail.com

Further info: www.christinaproductions.nz


Tauranga


ACTS WILL PERFORM AT TAURANGA FRINGE FESTIVAL: LINES & LYRICS

You’re invited to Tauranga Writers' celebration of local poets and songwriters. Buddy Mikaere, MC begins our evening with mahoia and karakia then introduces our performers and participants. First up, Doctor Archaeo and Captain Houndstooth from BoP Beat Poets. Next, Fiona Sullivan, a stalwart of poetry circles in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Steampunk Tauranga add their own unique take on poetry. Phantom NPD 2021 in Tauranga finishes with our stars of the evening – singers and songwriters with an international reputation. Empowering us with their words and music will be Marion Arts and Mana Farrell. Oh yes! – plus open mike.

Date/Times: Friday 23 October

Contact: Jenny Argante (Tauranga Writers) jenny.argante.als@gmail.com; txt 028 406 32 40

Further info: https://facebook.com/TaurangaWriters

https://taurangawriters.org.nz


Rotorua


Poetry in Windows

Poetry “eye candy” for passerby. A diverse range of poems by local poets displayed in the windows of over 20 participating outlets. Every day a different poem. A Poetry Encounter - when poetry comes out into the community in unexpected places, for all to enjoy.

Date/Times: National Poetry Day, 27 August until September 7 2021.

Location: Rotorua City Central businesses, and some further afield in suburban cafes, and retail outlets

Contact: FRANK/WALKER poetryBOMBrotorua@gmail.com

Further Info: Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PoetryBOMBrotorua/


Poetry On the Big Screen

In celebration of National Poetry Day Rotorua Library -Te Aka Mauri are showing a selection of poems from Rotorua locals on the big screen in the Community Pride Space. One of Poetry BOMB Poetry Encounters when poetry comes out into the community in unexpected places, for all to enjoy.

Date/Times: 23 August until 5 September

Location: Rotorua Library -Te Aka Mauri, 1127 Haupapa Street Rotorua,

Contact: Library contact Sue Heke sue.Heke@rotorualc.nz

& PoetryBOMB contact poetryBOMBrotorua@gmail.com

Further Info: Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PoetryBOMBrotorua/


Poetry and conversation with Tayi Tibble

The opening event for Rotorua’s Poetry Bomb 2021 calendar. We invite all poetry lovers to join us at McLeods Booksellers to welcome guest poet Tayi Tibble (Te Whānau ā Apanui/Ngāti Porou) in conversation with local poet Angela Frank.

Tayi won the Best First Book of Poetry Award at the 2019 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards for her collection of poems, Poukahangatus. Her latest book Rangikura was launched in June this year. This free event will include local poets for open mic poetry. To secure a reading spot we encourage a RSVP by Friday 20 August to shop@McLeodsbooks.co.nz. Event supported by: Rotorua Lakes Council/McLeods Booksellers/ Civic Arts Trust.

Entry Details: Entry by koha. See above, to secure an open mic spot we encourage a RSVP by Friday 20 August to shop@McLeodsbooks.co.nz

Date/Time: Monday August 23 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Location: McLeods Booksellers, 1148 Pukuatua Street, Rotorua

Contact: Frank/Walker organisers of PoetryBOMB poetrybombrotorua@gmail.com& McLeods Booksellers shop@McLeodsbooks.co.nz

Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/PoetryBOMBrotorua


RHYTHM & RHYME POETRY COLLAB

Performance Poetry & Music with Rotorua Mad Poets in collaboration with Poetry Bomb. A performance and open mic opportunity for locals and guests - nau mai haere mai! Supper provided, koha event. Locals please RSVP to secure an open mic spot. See below. Event supported by: Rotorua Lakes Council / Civic Arts Trust / Poetry Bomb.

Entry Details: No charge. Gold coin donation appreciated. For all ages. To secure a performance spot RSVP to Des ph 0274747060. Email dparsons@xtra.co.nz with names and description of performance.

Date/Time: Friday 27th August 6.30-8.30pm

Location: Te Aomarama Hall, Ohinemutu Village, Hurunga Street, access via Tunohopu Street, Ohinemutu, Rotorua 3010.

Contact: Jackie Evans Rotorua Mad Poets Co-chairperson jacquelineevans@xtra.co.nz, or Jill Walker Poetry Bomb Co-director poetrybombrotorua@gmail.com

Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/PoetryBOMBrotorua

https://www.facebook.com/NewZealandPoetrySociety/posts/rotorua


Frank/Walker’s Poetry Explosion at The Arts Village

Join the Poetry Explosion with workshops, open mic, performance and creative word play in collaboration with The Arts Village team and Poetry Bomb. Further details tbc. The Arts Village & Poetry Bomb Collaboration. Rotorua Lakes Council Civic Arts Trust.

Entry Details: Koha welcome. Nominal fee for workshops.Nau Mai Haere Mai

Date/Time: Saturday August 28th 10am -2pm

Location: Corner of Hinemoa & Hinemaru Streets, 1240 Hinemaru St, Rotorua

Contact: Poetry Bomb team poetrybombrotorua@gmail.com

Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/PoetryBOMBrotorua

https://www.facebook.com/RotoruaArtsVillage/


Gisborne/Hawke’s Bay Region


Napier


POSTPONED: ‘Art x Poem’ from Napier Live Poets 2021

Napier Live Poets are working with a local school – Sacred Heart College, for National Poetry Day, by pairing them with Napier Live Poet members. The project is called ‘Art x Poem’. The poets will each write a response to a student artwork. There will be a wall exhibition at Creative Arts Napier - of photos of the artworks and the relevant poems. There will also be a selection of other poems on the wall from Napier poets.

Event Details: Koha free. Open 7 days.

Date/Time: The Exhibition will begin the week before National Poetry Day – on August 20th and will be open daily to the public. On Friday August 27th, there will be a celebratory afternoon tea at 2:30 pm. Come along and read our wall!

Location: Creative Arts Napier, 16 Byron Street, Napier



Taranaki


Stratford


VIRTUAL EVENT: A Celebration of Poetry

It’s the home of Poet Gin so what better place for poets to gather on Phantom National Poetry Day? Fenton Street Art Collective in Stratford is where Pop Up Poetry Taranaki will be celebrating with words, platters and maybe a gin or two.

Entry Details: Tickets $10

Date/Time: Now Zoom Party. See Facebook

Location: Fenton Street Art Collective, Stratford

Contact: Helen 02102456720

Further Info: Pop Up Poetry Taranaki


Manawatū/Whanganui


Cut-Up Poetry

Celebrate National Poetry Day at your local community library by creating your own Cut-out Poems. Take words from magazines (provided) and re-hash them to make your own unique poem. Anyone welcome. Morning tea provided. This event is free to all, and no registration is required. Just turn up on the day!

Date/Times: 27 August 2021, 10.00am

Location:

Dannevirke Library, 1 Station Street, Dannevirke

Woodville Library, 45 Vogel Street, Woodville

Pahiatua Library, 167 Main Street, Pahiatua

Eketāhuna Library, 31 Main Street, Eketāhuna

Contact: library@tararuadc.govt.nz

Further Info: Tararua District Library | Facebook| Tararua.koutui.org.nz


Pass it-on Poetry

Come along to your local Library and have fun creating unique poems in collaboration with others! The first line of the poems will be provided (or you can come up with your own). The poems will be passed around, each person adding a new line until your starting poem comes back to you for the final line. You have now helped create a brand new collaborative poem. Anyone welcome, cuppa/biscuits provided. This event is free to all, and no registration is required. Just turn up on the day!

Date/Times: 23 August 2021, 2.30pm

Location:

Dannevirke Library, 1 Station Street, Dannevirke

Woodville Library, 45 Vogel Street, Woodville

Pahiatua Library, 167 Main Street, Pahiatua

Eketāhuna Library, 31 Main Street, Eketāhuna

Contact: library@tararuadc.govt.nz

Further Info: Tararua District Library | Facebook| Tararua.koutui.org.nz


Woodville


Poetry Open Mic Evening

Join us for an evening of poetry on the open microphone. Bring along some poetry to recite either your own, or your favourite poets, or both. Light non-alcoholic refreshments provided. 18+ only

Date/Times: 26 August 2021, 6.30pm-8pm

Location: Woodville Library, 45 Vogel Street, Woodville

Contact: library@tararuadc.govt.nz or call –Woodville 06 376 0212

Further Info: Tararua District Library | Facebook| Tararua District Library (NZ) : Te Whare pukapuka o Tāmaki-nui-a-Rua (wordpress.com)


Eketahuna


Poetry Open Mic Evening

Join us for an evening of poetry on the open microphone. Bring along some poetry to recite either your own, or your favourite poets, or both. Light non-alcoholic refreshments provided. 18+ only.

Date/Times: 26 August 2021, 6.30pm-8pm

Location: Eketāhuna Library, 31 Main Street, Eketāhuna

Contact: library@tararuadc.govt.nz or call – Eketāhuna 06 376 0114 |

Further Info: Tararua District Library | Facebook| Tararua District Library (NZ) : Te Whare pukapuka o Tāmaki-nui-a-Rua (wordpress.com)



Wellington/Kapiti Coast

Wellington Central
Lower Hutt
Upper Hutt
Kapiti Coast
Wairarapa
Porirua

Wellington Central


POSTPONED: Poetry Idols

This National Poetry Day, come celebrate poetry as an ongoing conversation, lavishly unrestrained and constantly shifting, stretching back in time and ahead into the future. Five brilliant local poets will each share work from a poet they idolise, then their own poems in response. Featuring Carolyn DeCarlo, Chris Tse, Freya Daly Sadgrove, Jordan Hamel, and Sinead Overbye. Zines available to purchase.

Entry Details: Free, open to all ages

Date/Time:

Location: Unity Books, 57 Willis St, Wellington

Contact: Ash Davida Jane, wellington@unitybooks.co.nz

Further info: https://fb.me/e/1AEw9slUh


CANCELLED: Twelve ways to rewrite a poem: co-make a letterpress poetry zine

How many ways can you rewrite a poem? Join poets Carolyn DeCarlo (co-founder of Food Court Books) and Jackson Nieuwland (winner of 2021 Ockham NZ Book Award Best First Book Poetry for I Am A Human Being, Compound Press) in a writing workshop that responds to the materiality of letterpress.

Then, work with printer Ya-Wen Ho to make a collaborative letterpress poetry zine. Experience hand-setting your poem using historic metal types at Wai-te-ata Press, Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington! Take home two copies at the end of the workshop.

Entry Details: Free. All welcome. Workshop limited to 10 people. Bookings essential. To book, email wtapress@vuw.ac.nz by Friday 20 August.

Date/Times:

Venue name: Wai-te-ata Press, Room 006, Rankine Brown, Gate 3 Kelburn Parade

Kelburn Campus, Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

Contact: Ya-Wen Ho ya-wen.ho@vuw.ac.nz

Further Info: https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/wtapress/about/events/twelve-ways-to-rewrite-a-poem-national-poetry-day-workshop


VIRTUAL EVENT: Jessie Mackay Prize on Jessie Street

It's a bummer that we won't be able to hold our cool National Poetry Day event in the shop this Friday. There were going to be free Acme cookies and coffee from Prefab! And six poets were going to read from the books that won them the Jessie Mackay Best First Book Award for Poetry over the past two decades.

We're planning on moving to an online version of the event, so please keep an eye on our social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) throughout the day for videos of readings from award winning poets. There won't be cookies, but you'll still be able to enjoy some great, award-winning poetry. You won't even need to change out of your trackpants.

Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages
Date/Times: 10:30am - 11:30am

Location: GOOD BOOKS, 16 Jessie St, Wellington
Contact: Eamonn, shop@goodbookshop.nz
Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/5954869547887357/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%7D]%7D


Open Heart Surgery

Poets and pals Rebecca Hawkes and Jordan Hamel present an evening with some of Wellington's most powerful poets, ripping open their chest cavities for all to see. Sit back with a glass of blood red wine and let the feelings ooze over you as several of the city's biggest-hearted artists share their agonies and ecstasies. For lovers of poetry and lovers of love. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll feel poetry plucking at your heartstrings... Follow our Facebook event as we reveal more of our stellar line-up.

Entry Details: Free. Ages 16 and up.

Date/Times: 27 August, 6pm – 7.30pm

Location: Good Books, 2/16 Jessie St, Te Aro, Wellington

Contact: Jordan Hamel hameljordan1@gmail.com and Rebecca Hawkes rebeccahawkesart@gmail.com

Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/527250304992241/


MOVING TO ZOOM: Shouting into the Void: Six Poets One Megaphone

Description: Six uncontainable poets burst off the page and out of the bookshop, taking to the street outside Food Court Books. Their mission: to make themselves heard with the help of a megaphone. They will barrage the audience and passing traffic with loud, brash, and emotional poetry. No one is safe when poets roam the streets.

Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages.

Date/Times: Saturday 28 August, 2-3pm.

Location: Food Court Books, 84 Constable Street, Newtown, Wellington

Contact: Jackson Nieuwland, foodcourtuniversitypress@gmail.com

Further Info: https://fb.me/e/2nElseU4g| https://www.foodcourtbooks.com/events/shouting-into-the-void-six-poets-one-megaphone


Poets at Book Haven

A bunch of local poets gather at a haven for books in Newtown, run by the inimitable Don Hollander, who might produce some baking. Bring your lunch. Featuring Richard Langston, Michael Fitzsimons, Kirsten Le Harivel, Sam Duckor-Jones and Michael McLane.

Event Details: Free event, open to all ages.

Date/Time: Friday 27 August, 12pm–1pm

Location: Book Haven, 160 Riddiford Street, Newtown

Contact: Don Hollander – email: shop@bookhaven.co.nz


PHYSICAL EVENT POSTPONED : VIRTUAL FACEBOOK EVENT CONTINUES
Open Mic Night (feat. Tim Saunders)

Come and join the NZSA Wellington on National Poetry Day for a spectacular open mic night, featuring farmer and poet Tim Saunders. Bring your own poem and read it at the event or listen to the wonderful poets of our city.
Please let us know beforehand if you plan to read a poem. Don't worry, you can always decide to go up spontaneously.

A little shy about speaking in front of a crowd? Send us your poem via wellington@nzauthors.org.nz and we'll showcase it on our Facebook page on the 27th of August.

Date/Time: Facebook, throughout the day

Location: Vic Books Pipitea

Contact: Jana Mittelstaedt via wellington@nzauthors.org.nz

Further info: https://www.facebook.com/events/621210732186058/


Lower Hutt


POSTPONED: An Evening of Poetry

Join us for a fun evening of poetry from some of Wellington’s finest poets who are showcasing their recent collections: Ashleigh Young, James Brown, Oscar Upperton, Michael Fitzsimons, Sam Duckor-Jones, Ash Davida Jane and last but definitely not least, Simon Sweetman.

Entry Details: FREE

Date/Times:

Location: Schrödinger's Books, 137 Jackson Street, Petone

Contact: Mary Fawcett, petonebooks@gmail.com

Further Info: https://schroedingersbooks.circlesoft.net/pages/5611-NationalPoetryDay, Facebook, Instagram


CANCELLED: Poetry Evening with Bea Joblin

Join us for a fun evening of poetry! Bring your favourite poem to share or discover new favourites. Participate in collaborative poetry-writing. Families welcome. Feel free to bring a picnic dinner to enjoy at the library. Tea and coffee provided. Our MC for the night is writer, director, producer, actress and poet, Bea Joblin! It will be an excellent evening for poets, people and families interested in poetry!

Entry details: FREE. Everyone welcome!
Date/times: Tuesday 24 August, 6pm – 7:30pm
Location: Naenae Library, 341 Cambridge Terrace, Lower Hutt
Contact: Hutt City Libraries, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz

Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/222632143058018/


Reo Rangatahi Poetry Workshop

Nau mai, haere mai! Do you write poetry? Want to share it with others? Join us for Reo Rangatahi, an open mic event for youth! Get experience sharing your poetry in front of an audience, or get feedback from our guest slam poet Ben Fagan who may help you take your writing to the next level! Don’t want to share? A supportive audience is very welcome too! Ben Fagan is a Wellington poet and the artistic director of Motif Poetry, a kiwi poetry production company. He helps organise the Wellington, Hawke’s Bay and National slams, and has performed across the US, UK and Aotearoa.

Entry details: FREE. Open to rangatahi/youth at college.
Date/times: Friday 27 August, 1pm – 2:30pm
Location: War Memorial Library, 2 Queens Drive, Lower Hutt
Contact: Hutt City Libraries, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1386330425094288


Poet’s Corner

Come and read your own, or favourite, poem to an enthusiastic audience.

Entry details: FREE. Everyone welcome, especially poets and people who enjoy poetry.
Date/times: Friday 27 August, 12noon-2pm
Location: Petone Library, 7A Britannia Street, Petone, Lower Hutt 5012
Contact: Hutt City Libraries, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further info: https://www.facebook.com/events/905521143407708/


Scones, tea and poetry: a lunchtime workshop

Join us for scones and tea, followed by a fun session learning about different forms of poetry and creating some of your own poetry.

Entry details: FREE. Everyone welcome!

Date/times: Friday 27 August, 12:15pm for scones and tea, followed by the workshop from 12:30pm
Location: Wainuiomata Library, Queen Street, Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt 5014

Contact: Hutt City Libraries, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz

Further info: https://www.facebook.com/events/323996569470226/


Poetry at Senior Morning Tea (cool-down event)

Let’s get together and share poems over a cup of tea. Come join us as we wordsmith with Witi, have fun with haiku, and laugh with limericks.

Entry details: FREE. This programme is for seniors.

Date/times: Monday 30 August, 12noon
Location: Petone Library, 7A Britannia Street, Petone, Lower Hutt 5012
Contact: Hutt City Libraries, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further info: https://www.facebook.com/events/4256975874369334


Playful Poetry – hands

Join us for fun poetry for tamariki afterschool. We'll read and discover new poems and have a go writing our own!

Entry details: FREE. For tamariki ages 5 – 12 years and their whānau or caregivers.
Date/times: Friday 27 August, 3:45pm
Location: Taita Library, Walter Nash Centre, Taine Street, Taita, Lower Hutt 5011

Contact: Hutt City Libraries, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further info: https://www.facebook.com/events/255328823065607


Poetry at Preschool Storytime (warm-up event)

Join us at storytime for tamariki aged 2 – 5 years and their whānau or caregivers and celebrate poetry with your little ones. Introducing children to stories and poems from a very young age enriches language development and expands vocabulary, giving them a valuable boost before starting school.
Entry details: FREE. For tamariki ages 2 – 5 years and their whānau or caregivers.
Date/times: Tuesday 24 August, 10:30am
Location: Wainuiomata Library, Queen Street, Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt 5014

Contact: Hutt City Libraries, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz

Further info: https://library.huttcity.govt.nz/WhatsOn


Poetry at Preschool Storytime (warm-up event)

Join us at storytime for tamariki aged 2 – 5 years and their whānau or caregivers and celebrate poetry with your little ones. Introducing children to stories and poems from a very young age enriches language development and expands vocabulary, giving them a valuable boost before starting school.
Entry details: FREE. For tamariki ages 2 – 5 years and their whānau or caregivers.
Date/times: Tuesday 24 August, 11am
Location: Taita Library, Walter Nash Centre, Taine Street, Taita, Lower Hutt 5011

Contact: Hutt City Libraries, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further info: https://library.huttcity.govt.nz/WhatsOn


Poetry at Preschool Storytime (warm-up event)


Join us at storytime for tamariki aged 2 – 5 years and their whānau or caregivers and celebrate poetry with your little ones. Introducing children to stories and poems from a very young age enriches language development and expands vocabulary, giving them a valuable boost before starting school.
Entry details: FREE. For tamariki ages 2 – 5 years and their whānau or caregivers.
Date/times: Wednesday 25 August, 11am
Location: Moera Library, 107 Randwick Crescent, Moera, Lower Hutt 5010

Contact: Hutt City Libraries, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further info: https://library.huttcity.govt.nz/WhatsOn


Poetry at Preschool Storytime (warm-up event)

Join us at storytime for tamariki aged 2 – 5 years and their whānau or caregivers and celebrate poetry with your little ones. Introducing children to stories and poems from a very young age enriches language development and expands vocabulary, giving them a valuable boost before starting school.
Entry details: FREE. For tamariki ages 2 – 5 years and their whānau or caregivers.
Date/times: Thursday 26 August, 10:30am
Location: Petone Library, 7A Britannia Street, Petone, Lower Hutt 5012
Contact: Hutt City Libraries, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz

Further info: https://library.huttcity.govt.nz/WhatsOn


Interactive Poetry Display

Come enjoy our interactive poetry display. Share your favourite poems or share one of your own! Help us write one long continuous poem or come help us fill in acrostic poems to celebrate our community!

Entry details: FREE. Everyone welcome!

Date/times: Monday 23 August – Monday 30 August
Location: Petone Library, 7A Britannia Street, Petone, Lower Hutt 5012
Contact: Hutt City Libraries, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further info: https://library.huttcity.govt.nz/WhatsOn


National Poetry Day Display

Entry details: FREE. Everyone welcome!

Date/times: month of August
Location: Moera Library, 107 Randwick Crescent, Moera, Lower Hutt 5010
Contact: Hutt City Libraries, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
Further info: https://library.huttcity.govt.nz/WhatsOn


National Poetry Day Display

Entry details: FREE. Everyone welcome!

Date/times: Monday 23 August – Friday 27 August
Location: Wainuiomata Library, Queen Street, Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt 5014
Contact: Hutt City Libraries, LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz

Further info: https://library.huttcity.govt.nz/WhatsOn



Upper Hutt



Kapiti Coast


Open Mic Night : Celebrate Poetry at the Open Mic Night – the lockdown online special!

Come and enjoy a night of poetry at the Phantom National Poetry Day Friday 27 August 5.30-6.30pm. Join your local librarians online using Zoom at this special lockdown edition of this popular annual event.

Anyone is welcome to come and read their poem, or just listen in at this friendly and inclusive event. The results of the competition will be announced, and the winners are encouraged to read their poems.

Not sure how to use Zoom? Check out the tutorial at our Niche Academy: https://my.nicheacademy.com/kapiticoast/course/6400

The 2021 edition of the poetry book, containing all the poems entered in the competition, will be available to purchase when our libraries reopen when we return to Alert Level 2.

Entry Details: Free. All ages welcome To RSVP for this event, email us at library.events@kapiticoast.govt.nz A email containing the link and passcode to join the Zoom event, along with instructions, will be sent out on Friday morning.

Date/Times: 27 August 5.30-6.30pm

Location: Paraparaumu Library, 9 Iver Trask Street, Paraparaumu

Contact: Martine Backhouse; martine.backhouse@kapiticoast.govt.nz

Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/520667495708178/ | www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/libraries


Wairarapa


POETRY ON AIR : Virtual Event

A medley of poetry in several languages, brought to you by Wairarapa Word, and recorded LIVE at Arrow FM, Wairarapa’s only community access radio station.

Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages. Listen at 92.7fm or www.arrowfm.co.nz. Watch at Wairarapa TV YouTube or Freeview Channel 41.

Date/Times: Friday, 27 August, 1-3pm

Location: Arrow FM, Whakaoriori, Masterton

Contact: Steve Laurence, Almo’s Books, 06 379 7103, events.waiword@gmail.com

Further Info https://www.facebook.com/events/243568653947161


Poetry at The Dickensian!

The Dickensian Bookshop will be holding poetry reading sessions throughout the afternoon, come along to hear a selection of poetry for all ages. Poems that will make you laugh, some that may make you cry and some that will stir other emotions! Gary and Dave will entertain and beguile you with poems personally selected to celebrate National Poetry Day. Spend all afternoon with us or just chose from one of the following sessions:

1:00pm to 2:00pm: Poems for Children and Childish Adults!

3:00pm to 4:00pm: Poetry from the vaults.

5:00pm to 6:00pm: Poetical surprises!

Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages.

Date/Times: 27th August, 1pm-6pm

Location: The Dickensian Bookshop, 78 Fox Street, Featherston

Contact: Dave Adams, thedickensianbookshop@gmail.com

Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/The-Dickensian-Bookshop-559220664591767/

www.thedickensianbookshop.com


POSTPONED: Weaving with Words

Adrienne’s work has seldom been publicly shown or sold.  Her organic style draws on space and form to reflect her own cultural and spiritual landscape.

While her weaving has always been gifted to special people in her life, her poetry has rested quietly on the back of journals and envelopes.

Entry Details: Entry is free.  You will be able to hold and turn some of the woven pieces in your hands to see and enjoy their form.

Date/Times: The Featherston Ferret Bookshop will be slightly rearranged from 6pm on Friday 27 August (the opening), then from 10.30am until 4.30pm on Saturday 28 August in order to share Adrienne’s final creations with people interested in Weaving and Poetry. Nau mai, haere mai. Please join us.

Location:40 Fitzherbert St, Featherston. (Across the road from the Grocery Store).

Contact: Naomi Middleton – tepurerehua@hotmail.com

Denise Eilers – ferretbookshop@gmail.com.


Porirua


Lucky Dip Poetry Zine Workshop

In celebration of National Poetry Day, Porirua City Centre Library is hosting a poetry zine making workshop – with a lucky dip twist! Come along and pick out a lucky dip pack containing a mystery selection of words, images and other poetry zine prompts. Then use these mystery elements to create your very own poetry zine! All materials provided.

Entry Details: Free entry. Suitable for all ages.

Date/Time: Friday 27 August, 3.15-5.15pm

Location: Porirua City Centre Library, 17 Parumoana Street, Porirua

Contact: Amelia.Byrnes@poriruacity.govt.nz

Further Info: Website | Facebook Event | Eventfinda


Nelson Region


Nelson


Nelson Poetry Map

The Nelson Poetry Map records and shares connections between poetry and places. Contribute poems to our open-access map, tagged to the locations you associate with those poems. Visit http://www.volume.nz/poetrymap.html, add a marker and paste the poem into the box. Visit the locations and read the poems on your mobile device (or to take a virtual tour without leaving home). It is anticipated that wandering poetry readers on National Poetry Day (27 August) will encounter fellow poetry readers at various locations.

Entry Details: Cost: Free. Event open to everybody.
Date/Times: Ongoing
Location: http://www.volume.nz/poetrymap.html
Contact: Stella & Thomas books@volume.nz
Further Info: Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/789660641746850 Website: http://www.volume.nz/poetrymap.html


CANCELLED: Harry Ricketts poetry reading

Come and hear Harry Ricketts read from his new 'Selected Poems', drawn from his published collections from 1989—2018. Meet the poet! The book will be for sale at the event, and is available from the VOLUME website: https://volume.circlesoft.net/p/selected-poems-harry-ricketts-340859ec-2a0b-41d0-97b7-ba6a8208046f?barcode=9781776564224&search_key=harry+rickett

Entry Details: Cost: Free. All welcome

Date/Times:

Location: Elma Turner Library, 27 Halifax Street, Nelson

Contact: Stella & Thomas books@volume.nz

Further Info: Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/557450145392668


CANCELLED: Poetry For Life with Cliff Fell

In the digital era, boundaries between genres such as nonfiction, poetry and fiction are becoming blurred and uncertain. This workshop will look at the development of what is known as the 'life poem', as practised by poets like Rachel Blau Duplessis in her 'Drafts' project. We will explore ways in which we write our lives into the poem and create and consider poems with this theme in mind. Open to poets and writers of all levels, but places are limited to 12. Cliff invites anyone who signs up for the workshop to submit a poem which he will read and give feedback on.

Cliff Fell is an award-winning poet and experienced teacher of creative writing.

Entry Details: FREE Event

Date/Time: Friday, 27 August at 1pm

Location: Elma Turner Library, 27 Halifax Street, Nelson Central

Contact: library@ncc.govt.nz

Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/114193184125582


Poetry and Place

Create poems based on photos around Nelson. Keep an eye out for the photo prompt on library social media and on the Red Wall at Elma Turner Library. Check out Volume’s Poetry Map and add your own poems. Blank verse, haikus, limerick or sonnets. All styles welcome.

Entry Details: FREE Event open to all ages.

Date/Times: Mon 23 August - Friday, 27 August

Location: Elma Turner Library, 27 Halifax Street, Nelson Central

Contact: library@ncc.govt.nz

Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/114193184125582


CANCELLED: Ode to the Dictionary

Try your hand at creating a poem from lines of a dictionary. Play around with the Word of the Day and create meaning from destruction. At the Red Wall.

Entry Details: FREE Event open to all ages.

Dates: Mon 23 August - Friday, 27 August

Location: Elma Turner Library, 27 Halifax Street, Nelson Central.

Contact: library@ncc.govt.nz

Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/114193184125582


CANCELLED: Poetry Shared Reading

Come listen to poetry in the Stoke Library and chat with us about your thoughts on it. Enjoy some old favourites or discover a new poem.

Refreshments provided

Entry Details: FREE Event open to all ages.

Date/Time: Friday, 27 August at 2pm

Location: Stoke Library, 35 Putaitai Street, Stoke, Nelson 7011

Contact: library@ncc.govt.nz

Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/114193184125582


CANCELLED in person: Open Mic Poetry

Roger Lusby is back to MC the annual Open Mic at Elma Turner Library. Come along and enjoy some poetry, or give it a go and read out your own creation.
Entry Details: FREE Event open to all ages. Register on arrival if you wish to speak.

Date/Time:
Location: Elma Turner Library, 27 Halifax Street, Nelson Central.
Contact: library@ncc.govt.nz
Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/114193184125582


Canterbury


Christchurch


Event now Online Zoom Open Mic: Poetry Takes You Places

Discover poetry and poets in special locations around Christchurch. In each place, a poet will share a poem, offer a prompt and words of wisdom. In the afternoon, sought-after poetry editor, Gail Ingram, will guide you as you turn your scribblings into polished pieces.

Pop up poets: Glenn Colquhoun, Claudia Jardine, Samantha Jory-Smart, Ray Shipley and James Norcliffe.

This event is organised by Write On School for Young Writers and supported by Creative Communities Christchurch. Thank you to Word Festival and Phantom National Poetry Day for their additional support in bringing our guest poets.

Entry Details: for students in Year 9-13, $25, registration essential as places limited

Date/Times: Friday 27th August 9:15-2:45

Location: Check out https://www.facebook.com/schoolforyoungwriters for details of Zoom event

Contact: Heather McQuillan schoolforyoungwriters@gmail.com

Further Info: https://www.schoolforyoungwriters.org/masterclasses


POSTPONED: Counterculture – Political Poetry Open Mic by South Island Writers and Canterbury branch NZSA

Join guest poets Joanna Preston, Gail Ingram, Jenna Heller and John Allison reading political poetry. Bring your own subversive, intellectual, honest and angry poems to counter the culture of racism, sexism, colonisation, identity politics, cancelling, siloing, climate change. Space Academy cafe will be open – check out their fab pizza. Sign up at the door to read. Maximum 20 poets. First in, first served. One or two poems up to 50 lines in total for both, please.

Free: General public – suitable for secondary students and up

Venue: Space Academy, 371 St Asaph St, ChCh city

Date:

Contact: SIWA at raqfoo@gmail.com

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1071103596630369


POSTPONED UNTIL LEVEL 1: Poetry & Coffee workshop

A free* poetry workshop with local poets Jenna Heller and Mena Johnson. Celebrate Phantom National Poetry Day with a hands-on workshop full of poetry, prompts and writing exercises. This workshop is aimed at aspiring or emerging poets over the age of 16. Even if you've never written a poem before, as long as you're interested in poetry, this workshop is for you! Attendees must be able to manage stairs up to the room at Switch New Brighton. *Coffee is not free but may be purchased before and after the event.

Entry Details: Free | Ages 16+ | Limit 20 | Registration required via Eventfinda.

Date/Time:

Location: Switch New Brighton, 78 Brighton Mall, New Brighton, Ōtautahi Christchurch

Contact: Jenna Heller via poetryncoffee@gmail.com

Further Info: EventFinda: https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2021/poetry-coffee-workshop/christchurch-district


POSTPONED: Poets in Tūranga

Poetry belongs in the public space. In this time, words have become another form of pollution. Poets have a responsibility to language. They experience what everyone may experience, and they feel it just as intensely. What they do with this is to express it as powerfully as possible, to give uncommon utterance to what is common amongst us. The Canterbury Poets Collective presents ten poets, at the foot of the main stairs in Tūranga. Featuring Nathan Joe, Annabel Wilson, Erik Kennedy, Catherine Fitchett, Gail Ingram, Andy Coyle, Kerrin P Sharpe, Jenna Heller, David Gregory, and John Allison.

Entry Details: This is a free public event

Date/Times:

Location: Tūranga / Christchurch Public Library, Cathedral Square, Christchurch

Contact: John Allison (john.allison.nz@gmail.com)

Further Info: Public Facebook Page: Canterbury Poets Collective


POSTPONED: How to Write a Poem

Come and hear from some of the best poets working in Aotearoa today. Karlo Mila’s Goddess Muscle spans a decade of work, and explores both the personal and political. Kate Camp’s How To Be Happy Though Human was described by David Eggleton as ‘like a bumper ride in a fairground … at once jarring and exhilarating’. Tayi Tibble‘s second collection, Rangikura, asks us to think about our relationship to desire and exploitation. Find out what drives these poets, what they think makes a good poem, and their insights into how you can write your own. Chaired by fellow brilliant poet, Bernadette Hall.

Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages

Date/Times:

Location: Philip Carter Family Concert Hall, The Piano. Christchurch 8023

Contact: Marianne Hargreaves, admin@wordchristchurch.co.nz

Further Info: https://wordchristchurch.co.nz/programme/how-to-write-a-poem/


POSTPONED: New Regent Street Pop-Up Festival

When is a festival not a festival? When it’s a festival-within-a-festival! On Friday night, follow us down the rabbithole into the packed-out bars, cafes, shops and broom-cupboards of New Regent Street for a selection of rapid-fire readings, launches, games, projections and talks. We transform Christchurch’s most characterful laneway into a literary hive, with a dozen venues hosting back-to-back events and activities. Romance at Gin Gin? Improvised poetry at the AV club? Rapid-fire book launches at The Last Word? Sea shanties and salty rants at The Institution? All this and more, featuring over fifty local and visiting writers for your pleasure. And best of all – it’s free! Check back here for the full lineup, online from 1 August.

Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages

Date/Times:

Location: New Regent Street, Christchurch

Contact: Marianne Hargreaves, admin@wordchristchurch.co.nz

Further Info: https://wordchristchurch.co.nz/programme/new-regent-street-pop-up-festival/


POSTPONED: CONFLUENCE

Curated and hosted by the one and only Daisy Speaks, Confluence is a celebration of the vā: a bringing together of the musical brilliance of Judah Band and The Byllie Jean Project with words from Ben Brown, Karlo Mila, Juanita Hepi, Dietrich Soakai, Hana Pera Aoake, Ruby Solly and Tusiata Avia; and of the tuakana/teina relationship between Māori and Pasifika peoples, both ancient and new. Expect soulful and joyous explorations of mana wahine, freedom, and stories shared across oceans.

There will be a 15 minute interval with the show finishing at 9.45pm

Supported by: Cross-Polynate

Entry Details: Ticketed $20/18. Open to all ages

Date/Times:

Location: Philip Carter Family Concert Hall, The Piano, Christchurch

Contact: Marianne Hargreaves, admin@wordchristchurch.co.nz

Further Info: https://wordchristchurch.co.nz/programme/confluence/


POSTPONED: Ray Shipley’s Late Night Poetry Hour

WORD is over the moon to once again feature the coolest nocturnal poetry salon in town. Ray Shipley’s Late Night Poetry Hour (or two) brings together visiting out-of-towners and hot locals for a night of poetry, frivolity, feelings, and staying up after our bedtimes. The night is hosted by (you guessed it) Ray Shipley, and features the words and wisdom of Tayi Tibble, RikTheMost, Claudia Jardine and Jadwiga, as well as a mini open mic for a handful of glorious audience poems.

Entry Details: Ticketed $15. R18

Date/Times:

Location: Little Andromeda, Level 1/134 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011

Contact: Marianne Hargreaves, admin@wordchristchurch.co.nz

Further Info: https://wordchristchurch.co.nz/programme/ray-shipleys-late-night-poetry-hour/


POSTPONED: ADAPTING AVIA

WORD invites you to spend an hour celebrating the incredible work and success of Ōtautahi’s own Tusiata Avia. Her adaptation of Wild Dogs Under My Skirt recently toured nationwide, and appeared off-Broadway to great acclaim. In 2020, she received a Queen’s Birthday honour and an Arts Foundation laureateship, and published her latest collection The Savage Coloniser Book, which won the poetry award at this year’s national book awards. Avia is joined by the dream team who staged Wild Dogs, Victor Rodger and Anapela Polata’ivao, to discuss taking a poetry book to the New York stage, the challenges of adapting her controversial new work, and what is next on her agenda.

Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages

Date/Times:

Location: Philip Carter Family Concert Hall, The Piano, Christchurch

Contact: Marianne Hargreaves, admin@wordchristchurch.co.nz

Further Info: https://wordchristchurch.co.nz/programme/adapting-avia/


POSTPONED: The Stardust Cabaret

Carl Sagan said ‘We are made of star-stuff’. This festival night, get cosy in the Little Andromeda bar and enjoy star-stuff-infused spoken word performances, MC’d by the glitter-bright RikTheMost. Let poets, spec-fic authors, observationists and storytellers sprinkle fabulosity and help you travel the cosmos within and without. With Nathan Joe, Ray Shipley, Sascha Stronach, Jack Swallows, Siobhan Tumai, Ray Shipley and more! Curated by AJ Fitzwater, with all proceeds going to support local charity Qtopia.

Entry Details: $10 on the door supporting Qtopia. R18

Date/Times:

Location: Little Andromeda, Level 1/134 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011

Contact: Marianne Hargreaves, admin@wordchristchurch.co.nz

Further Info: https://wordchristchurch.co.nz/programme/the-stardust-cabaret/


POSTPONED: A Clear Dawn: New Asian Voices from Aotearoa New Zealand

A Clear Dawn is the first ever anthology of Asian-New Zealand creative writing. It gathers together the brilliant work of a new wave of writers with roots in soils from Indonesia to China, India to Thailand, and of course Aotearoa as well. Co-editor Paula Morris hosts readings and conversation with a rich selection of contributors including E Wen Wong, Sharon Lam, Nod Ghosh, Russell Boey, Melanie Kwang and Neema Singh, with special guest Jeffrey Zhao on the erhu (Chinese classical ‘violin’).

Please note that Alison Wong was originally advertised as co-host for this session. We’re sorry to say that due to the suspension of quarantine-free travel with Australia, Alison is no longer able to join us.

Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages

Date/Times:

Location: TSB Space, Tūranga, 60 Cathedral Square Christchurch

Contact: Marianne Hargreaves, admin@wordchristchurch.co.nz

Further Info: https://wordchristchurch.co.nz/programme/a-clear-dawn-new-asian-voices-from-aotearoa-new-zealand/


POSTPONED: Christchurch Poetry Slam Finals

At the rough diamond in the crown of the poetry calendar – the Christchurch Poetry Slam – poets set aside the niceties and throw down like their lives depend on it, breathing fire and raising the bar a little more each time over three intense rounds. Did they nail it? YOU be the judge: the audience rules at the Poetry Slam. It’s about the poetry, not the points, so buckle up and don’t forget your hanky. Hosted by Doc Drumheller and Ciaran Fox.

Preliminary heat: Wednesday, 4 August, 7pm at Space Academy, 371 St Asaph St. $10 on the door

Entry Details: $10 on the door. R13

Date/Times:

Location: Foundation Cafe, Tūranga, 60 Cathedral Square, Christchurch

Contact: Marianne Hargreaves, admin@wordchristchurch.co.nz

Further Info: https://wordchristchurch.co.nz/programme/christchurch-poetry-slam-finals/


West Coast


Grey District


CANCELLED - Competition Winners' announcement will be held online on 25th August : Local Poets in Person: Prize-giving and Poetry Reading

Join the Grey District Library for an evening of poetry readings and light refreshment to celebrate the lead up to Phantom National Poetry Day. Hear entries from the Grey District Library Poetry Competition and announcement of the winners.

Entry details: Free.

Date/Time: Wednesday 25th August, 2021, 5.30pm - 6.30pm [Now online announcement]

Location: online

Contact details: Ollie Witton Ollie.witton@greydc.govt.nz or 03 768 5597

Further info: Facebook event


POSTPONED until later in the year : Local Poems on Tour

To celebrate Phantom National Poetry Day on Friday 27th August, 2021. 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.

Further info: Closed event; open to rest home residents only.

Contact details: Ollie Witton Ollie.witton@greydc.govt.nz or 03 768 5597


Otago


Dunedin


POSTPONED: Celebrating National Poetry Day: Non-Stop* Poetic Cabaret

Poetry and jazz fuse as a dozen pitch-perfect poets pit their prose against an intoxicating set of instrumentalists. Be entertained, be wined and dined, and immerse yourself in the joy of poetry.

Book your seat: ticket includes wine/beer/soft drinks and a selection of savoury and sweet dishes served to the table (please email library@dcc.govt.nz to advise of any dietary requirements when booking)

Presented by Dunedin Public Libraries in partnership with Otago-Southland NZ Society of Authors and Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature with the support of Phantom National Poetry Day and University Bookshop Otago

*poetic licence: actually stops by 8pm

Entry Details: Tickets $15 available from Dunedin City Library (03 474 3690 or Library@dcc.govt.nz) – note this is an R18 event, and is not suitable for children. PRIOR BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL as this is a catered event – sorry, no walk-ins on the night. (tickets can be reserved but must be paid for and collected in person within 48 hours)

Date/Time:

Location: Dunningham Suite, 4th Floor, Dunedin City Library, 230 Moray Place, Dunedin 9016

Further Info: visit www.dunedinlibraries.govt.nz/whats-on/events-calendar or contact Kay Mercer kay.mercer@dcc.govt.nz



Central Otago


NOW ONLINE: Pop-up Poetry Workshop

Uncover your inner wordsmith and explore wordplay techniques and poetry prompts in this online workshop hosted by writer Bethany Rogers. No experience needed! Give poetry a go this winter and get involved in a shared space for creativity of all abilities.

Entry Details: Free, online

Date/Times: 26 August, 5.30pm – 6.30pm

Location: Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86154053608?pwd=VEQ4cjRtSkwzQnY5QWVuKzZGNkRUQT09

Meeting ID: 861 5405 3608

Passcode: 453471

Contact: 03 441 0600, queenstown.library@qldc.govt.nz

Further Info: Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day | Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes Libraries (codc-qldc.govt.nz)


NOW ONLINE: Coffee + Poems

Fill your favourite coffee cup and join this virtual celebration of New Zealand poetry. Recite your favourite poem or share a piece of your own.National Poetry Day is a celebration of all sorts of poetry by all kinds of people, whether you’re a literary genius or it’s your first fling, your voice must be heard!

Entry Details: Free, online

Date/Times: 27 August, 10.30am – 11.30am

Location:Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83755328242?pwd=Y2tCNkVjS3ZnakloUFNUeXVaMm5Mdz09

Meeting ID: 837 5532 8242

Passcode: 164846

Contact: 03 441 0600, queenstown.library@qldc.govt.nz

Further Info: Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day | Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes Libraries (codc-qldc.govt.nz)