This unique singer/songwriter/chanteuse/raconteuse is equally at home singing in English or in French but has a truly “kiwi” background as a dairy-farmer’s daughter from the South Waikato.
Following on the success of her iconic track Family At The Beach, she has recently completed and released the album Kiwiana, a collection of original songs about her native land.
About *night swimming*:
Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa / the mighty Pacific Ocean pervades *night swimming* - whether swimming or sailing, surfing or drifting, or just quietly contemplating, the author is never far from its shores. These are lyrical poems of aroha and whanau, loss and yearning, renewal and erasure – the tide going out, the tide coming in.
Kiri Piahana-Wong is a New Zealander of Māori (Ngāti Ranginui), Chinese and Pākehā (English) ancestry. She has degrees in law and English literature from the University of Auckland, and has had a varied working life, including roles as a legal editor, sailing instructor, freelance writer, event manager and publisher. Her work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, most recently in* Dear Heart: 150 New Zealand Love Poems*(Godwit), *Mauri Ola: Contemporary Polynesian Poems in English* (AUP), *Trout, JAAM*and *Ora Nui*. Kiri was an MC at Poetry Live from 2010-11. She lives at Laingholm on Auckland’s west coast. Night swimming is her first collection.
*with readings from the book by Kiri and special guests.
Kicking off in 2010, alt soul band Soul Station were originally a five piece group featuring MCs, a beat boxer and vocalists who quickly became
well-known around Auckland’s music scene for their impressive fusion of hip hop beats, soulful vocals and RnB flavour. Reborn in 2013, they’ve taken it
up a level with a drummer, bass player, and guitarist filling out the lineup, and with their original soulful groove remaining stronger than ever
- don’t miss these guys.
The Dirty 30 challenge is an international challenge where poets and writers from all around the world were to write everyday for the month
of April. A Facebook page was created and driven Marina Alefosio of SAPC, Grace Taylor of Niu Navigations and Danny Aumua of One Island Films. The page gave participants a space to post up their writings. The response was incredible. They had writers from as far as America, England, Australia and all across Aotearoa. This Tuesday some of those participants will be sharing their Dirty 30 works.
We also have singer songwriter Dereq who will be opening the night.
+ Open Mic
These emerging poets are regulars of the poetry community, one’s style is so quick you’ll find it hard to, but you’ll want to try to keep up with, one who’ll have you laughing at things you didn’t know could be funny and crying at things you only thought would make you laugh, and one who’ll make you think you’ve fallen into a river of language and honey.
And as last year, the poets were given a challenge…this year, to take words from pages selected for them to assemble lines for a new poem. Each poet will also read some of their original favourites.
this gorgeous musician and her band you have to hear to believe. I’m not going to try and describe what you simply have to experience!
Denys Trussell is a widely published poet, essayist, biographer and scholar. A number of artists in other mediums have built work around his writing. He is a classical pianist and renowned teacher of that instrument. He is a founding director of Friends of the Earth and has written extensively on the connections between art and the environment.
Born in Christchurch in 1946, Denys Trussell trained as a classical pianist with his father, William Trussell. He still teaches and performs the piano repertoire. Writing – including writing about music – has been equally a focus for him. In 1971 he graduated from Auckland University, and in 2003 gained a doctorate there, in literature. His biography of the poet, A R D Fairburn, won the PEN Best First Book of Prose Award in 1985. In 1999 his fifth book of poems, Walking into the Millennium, was short-listed in the Montana New Zealand Book Awards. He has also written a biography of the New Zealand expressionist painter, Alan Pearson (1991) and a set of essays, The Expressive Forest: Essays on the Arts and Ecology in Oceania (2008). Artists in other mediums have often used poems by him. The painter Nigel Brown, photographer Glen Heenan, film-maker and guitarist Darcy Lange, dancer/choreographer Alsion East, composers Peter Scholes, Eve de Castro Robinson, Ivan Zagni, Roderick Biss and Dorothy Ker, the sculptor Jenny King, and typographical artist Tara McLeod have all developed work around his texts.
An environmentalist and founding director of Friends of the Earth in New Zealand, he is still involved in such work. The nexus of art and the environment is an abiding interest. In 1989 and 1990 he published a two-part essay in the Ecologist (UK) called “The Arts and Planetary Survival”. In 2006 a further development of this essay was published in Temenos Review, London. In 2010 he published in: L’Ecologist, Paris, “Quelle est la nature de la Musique”, an essay on the connection of music to the natural world. Poems by him are in Sustaining the Earth: An international anthology of Green Poems in English. I&F Verlag, Kiel, 1996. The Association for New Literatures in English used, at their 2000 symposium in Aachen, Germany, his long poem Archipelago, The Ocean Soliloquies as a keynote text for their discussion of literature and the environment.
Copies of Denys Trussell’s 2013 anthology Blue Marvel (Brick Row) will be available for purchase.
Maria Elena is a well-known flamenco player and teacher in Auckland, also a dancer/singer fluent in Spanish. She runs a group called Flamenco NZ. She, and her late partner, D’Arcy Lange, have performed with the Guest Poet, Denys Trussell, since the late 1980’s. These performances have included poetry, flamenco ensemble and larger stage productions.
Guest Poet: Christian Jensen
AKENESE is a collaborating group of emerging spoken word artists from different parts of the Pacific,
members include women from Niu Navigations, South Auckland Poets Collective and The Tongan Creative Collective.
They meet on a monthly basis to entertain, cultivate and celebrate the art form of spoken word and what it means to
be a pacific woman sharing her voice and story.
Members : Janet Akai, Luti Richards, Grace Taylor, Mepa Vuni, Lina Tukunga, Toa Lillian Telea, Olive Asi, Maryanne Pale, Zaynee Taumopeau, Marina Alefosio
Jess Holly Bates has been orbiting the performance scenes in Auckland and Wellington with intent (and enthusiasm) since 2010. She has been writing poetry since age five, but has been sharing her work on the stage since the 2011 Rising Voices crew, run by Grace Taylor and Jai Macdonald. This whet her appetite for spoken word and she has been developing her craft since.
In 2011 she completed her Masters Thesis in English at Auckland University on disgust and the colonial body, and her performance work wants to walk the line of tension between the visceral and the magical. Her performance credits in the last year include guest cast on TVNZ’s Nothing Trivial, and starring in Short and Sweet’s Spit for Tat, Theatre of Love’s“Day After Night”, and AUSA Summer Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.”
Please note: Abe will not be able to play until about 8-30pm, so we will begin with 30 minutes of Open Mic, followed by music, Guest Poet and further Open Mic