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.
In 1981, he enrolled at the University of Auckland, where he immediately started as a literary reviewer on their newspaper, Craccum, from which he would eventually move on to become Arts Editor seven times and editor once. But it is also when he started reciting his poetry at the fledgling Poetry Live scene at The Globe in Wakefield Street, and when he started to become published again, in the anthologies Still Life After Kafka (1981) and Tango (1982, ed. David Eggleton), among several others. In 1982, he also came second in the BNZ New Zealand Short Story Competition with The Game, a story of a young man who had kept his dead mother’s body in the basement for ten years.
In 1987, Aidan stopped writing, and destroyed everything that he had ever created, in a pathetic tantrum (my evaluation) about the arrogant academics and pretentious politicisation of the arts scene in Auckland. And with only the odd exception, he did not write again until 2007, when he returned to Poetry Live in Queen Street. In 2008, he managed to reconstruct about 90% of all of the works that he had destroyed. Since then, he has been published in a further seven anthologies or collections, he has been Guest Poet here in 2009 and at Lopdell House in 2010, and has won the
‘Love Poetry, Hate Racism’ competition in 2008, as well as two Poetry Live slams, in 2008 and 2010.
Aidan’s themes have typically been about being gay, about child abuse, about loss, and about depression, but he has been known equally to go into flights of absurdity or of humour, depending on how much vodka he has consumed beforehand.
(Clockwise from top left) Azhar Khan – aspires to be an upcoming Indian version of Stephen King.
Cinta To`a is a performer and dancer as well as a writing student; she has an obsession for all things fantasy and bubble tea.
Damian Pereira is a dude from Mangere who has too much time on his hands so he writes, about family, friends and anything else that makes him feel something.
Gabriel Faatau’uu-Satiu is of Samoan descent, raised in Porirua, Wellington, but lives in Manukau. He is passionate about Pasifika storytelling and is an emerging playwright and screenwriter.
Kyla Dela Cruz is a performance and page poet. She appeared in the Auckland Theatre Company production, Mouth, Tongue, Teeth in 2017, won the 2016 Rising Voices Poetry Slam. When she’s not writing she is playing with her toughest little dog, Coco.
Tsitsi Mapepa writes poetry, fiction, and recently, journalism. She is a mother of three who loves the magic of putting letters together.
Marcus Hawkins (not pictured) – writes fiction and poetry. He has a Bachelor in Communications from MIT, and is currently making creative work with a marae-based group at MIT.
Feature-length is 35 minutes.
Our muso is Adam Ogle (holding guitar). Adam is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist. Progressing from playing in pubs in Whangarei to performing at festivals such as Prana and the Auckland Folk Festival. His first love is the guitar, but after being, somewhat forcibly, urged to pursue singing (thanks mum), has slotted into the singer/songwriter role.
Adam has composed music for theatre companies such as Auckland Theatre Company and Company of Giants, also touring around the world with Indian Ink Theatre Company.
Passionate vocals paired with intricate guitar work help Adam perform songs varying in genre from classic folk, old-time Americana, southern gothic, and bluegrass.
All welcome on open mic. 5-minute max.
Our guest musician this week is Emma Cooper-Williams, Emma is a singer songwriter who has been writing and performing her own music for the past nine years. Her biggest achievement has been winning the Play It Strange Peace Competition in 2014, which gave her the opportunity to spend 6 weeks playing music in Japan. In February she released her debut EP titled ‘A Reminder’, and has played at numerous events, including the Arts Access Awards held at the New Zealand Parliament in August 2018.