Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day happens nationwide this Friday, 24 August, and there are a series of free events around Wellington. You need to plan your day.
At Unity Books, 57 Willis Street, from 12:00 to 1:00pm Bill Manhire and Ann Mallinson will co-chair a series of readings from Big Weather: Poems of Wellington, selected by Gregory O’Brien and Louise St John. Bill and Ann will read alongside Stephanie de Montalk, Dinah Hawken, David Beach, Diana Bridge, James Brown and Kirsten McDougall. The winner of the 2018 National Schools Poetry Award, judged by poet Louise Wallace, will also read their winning poem.
Vic Books present Poetry under Pressure from 12:00pm at Vicbooks, Easterfield Building, VUW, 1 Kelburn Parade, with Anna Jackson, Harry Ricketts, Anahera Gildea, Rebecca Hawkes, Tim Grgec and Joy Holley.
The Whitireia Creative Writing programme at Te Auaha and Landing Press combine for All of Us, with poems, competitions and readings about coming to and living in Aotearoa New Zealand. Featuring Adrienne Jansen, Karina Gallegos. Mary-Jane Duffy, Whitireia writing students and special guests, from 12:00pm to 2:00pm at the National Library foyer, Molesworth Street.
Poets from Mākaro Press, Fitzbeck Books and The Cuba Press bewitch, berate, busk and bewilder with Where the Wild Words Are from 1:00pm to 3.30pm at Wellington Central Library, Victoria Street. Poets include 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 and Helen Rickerby.
What potential does poetry hold for transforming academic knowledge and writing? In Talking Back to the Canon: Erasure Poetry and Pizza, a free workshop open to all university staff and students as well as the public, organisers 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 organisers will create a pop-up exhibit and free pizza will be available. Everyone is welcome, and all supplies are provided. Please RSVP to [email protected] for the 4:00pm to 6:00pm workshop at Room AM 101, off Kelburn Parade, Victoria University of Wellington.