Shane Hollands and Murray Haddow
Shane is a veteran of the New Zealand performance poetry scene and the current president of The NZ Poetry Society.
He is known for his innovative work with poetical music of differing genres from jazz to electronica to metal, and his efforts to give other poets a platform to perform; he established performance poetry collective The Literatti, the NZ national celebration of beat poetry, The Kerouac Effect and creating the term Wordcore.
He was one half of the art-music duo Beautiful Losers, infamous DJ of the ‘Dirty Wordz’ radio show and is the front-man and poet for the Wordcore band, Freaky Meat. ‘the verbal vortex of Shane Hollands in printed form: the renegade poems of a whisky priest straight out of Beatsville.” – David Eggleton
A genuine proletariat poet, Murray Haddow, will be performing his poetry with musicians Tim Gummer (guitars), Rob Mayo (percussion) and Patrick Hedder (bass) at Poetry Live, Tuesday April 9.
Murray Haddow first came to public attention in 2002, while mowing lawns professionally and shouting poetry louder than his mower. His clients thought that he must have been certified mad. Indeed he was back in the 1970’s. For the removal of any doubt about this, his highly reviewed 2009 debut album, featuring The Orgestra, was titled Certified Mad.
Further releases have followed, in collaboration with The Ludd Gang, Cat and Sock and The Magic Carpet Ride, Murray has been in demand as an opening act for music events, including the recent Graham Brazier posthumous album release party and The View (Scotland), the week their 2007 album hit No.1 in the UK chart.
“Murray is drop-dead funny and entertaining, with a memory like a steel trap and a sharp critical eye for humanity’s foibles; talented, intelligent, warm and friendly, unpredictable and mercurial; loves people and really connects with the audience while startling them or cracking them up at the same time.”
Bruce Morley, Drummer
Open Mic from 8pm
Michelle Chote is a language teacher who lives on Waiheke Island with her husband, Alberto. In 2016, she won the New Voices Emerging Poets competition at The University of Auckland. She has been published in the Poetry New Zealand journal, NZEPC, and Bean Rock to Starboard, a Waiheke collection. Michelle is a regular reader at the monthly Waiheke Song and Poetry Thing, and last year began facilitating poetry workshops. She is currently working on her first collection of poetry.
Marcus Sellwood is an Auckland blues musician. Equally at home performing songs on stage or a street corner, his groovy electric guitar riffs and playful vocals combine for a fresh take on Blues music in the new millennium!
Eliana Gray is a writer from Ōtepoti. Their style is elliptical, sometimes confronting, always filtering towards the cracks. They have had work accepted both in print and online, won the 2013 University of Otago Poetry Competition and was a finalist at the 2013 National Poetry Slam. They have self published two chapbooks and their first full length collection, ‘Eager to Break’ will be available from Girls On Key Press this April.
Crushingly tender, open-hearted surf pop with clear-eyed lyrics, pressed through tumbling guitars and the magnetic vocal tone of Jasmine Balmer.
8.40 First Open Mic (6 poets only)
9.20 Eliana Gray
10pm Second Open Mic
Please remember Poetry Live functions on koha to pay our guest poets and musicians.
Love poet, Madman, Professional schizophrenic (certificate and all)
Dan Goodwin is a poet, playwright and actor, originally from Scotland but has lived most of his
life in Tāmaki NZ. A vocal advocate for mental health representation, Dan is a whānau member
of Taurima Vibes Ltd, facilitating performances geared around lived experience nationwide, and
also works alongside Rākau Roroa, and Changing Minds. He completed his Masters in Text and
Performance in 2016 at RADA and Birkbeck, and has since been writing and performing poetry
across the UK and NZ. His one man poetry show, Breathe, toured the UK in 2016, winning the
Harold and Jean Brooks award before touring NZ as a reconstructed ensemble work
Caitlin Smith is best known as a jazz singer, vocal coach, story-singer and song-poet. However she’s been writing poetry since the age of 12 and performed at Poetry Live when it was at the Albion in the mid to late 80s. Caitlin says: “Poetry helps me make sense of the world. It’s my dream to record my 500 or so poems to date and set up a ‘poem a day’ free subscription for these recitations. To date… another 500 poems patiently wait to be transcribed and rewritten into completion.”
Minor format change – open mic first until 9.00pm Musician at 9pm then Guest Poet followed by more open mic
All welcome on open mic, 5 minutes max. Koha entry.
Bex Emmerson and Feargus
Bex Emmerson graduated from MIT earlier this year with a Bachelor of Creative Arts. She has a strong love of poetry and short stories and has been published in phantom billstickers cafe reader. At the end of the year she is trading the big smoke for the country where she plans to keep exploring her creative practice.
Feargus is a musician
Bob Orr is a poet of significant stature in New Zealand – he is well known and well-loved. His first collection was published in 1971, and his writing has been published in multitudes of collections, journals, and anthologies since. ‘Bob’s poems have a beginning, middle, and end,’ says John Pule. ‘He’s the purest romantic lyric poet of his generation,’ says Iain Sharp. Bob has a new book to share with us.
Emma Kahu Orion Walter is from Wairamarama, Onewhero. An unusually talented and humble singer, songwriter, poet and musician; Emma says “I try to give people through music what the whenua of home has given me.” Emma is a healing feast for the soul and senses, the treasure at the end of a long year.