27th September 2016 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Mohamed Hassan


Mohamed Hassan is a journalist and poet from Auckland. He is the current National Poetry Slam Champion, and has performed his work across New Zealand and overseas, including at TEDx, Splore and the Adelaide Fringe Festival. This year he released his first poetry collection, ‘A Felling of Things’.
This will be your last chance to see Mohamed do a feature set before he journies to the US as the first poet form Aotearoa to compete at the Individual World Poetry Slam!
Buy his book and support his travels!

Guest Musician: Luke Hurley

Luke is renowned for writing stunning songs fortified by guitar skills that took a lifetime to develop. His music is organic and vibrant and he was a key player in Dunedins music renaissance. Check him out on www.lukehurley.co.nz. subscribe to his very popular blog to be informed of his events

OPEN MIC sign up 7:30
All welcome to read/perform
DJ PEGLEG with the PHAT beats.

20th September 2016 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Kiri Piahana-Wong


Kiri Piahana-Wong is a poet and editor, and is the publisher at Anahera Press. Her first poetry collection, Night Swimming, was published in 2013 and she has recently completed her second, Tidelines. Kiri was an MC at Poetry Live 2010-11 and rejoined the MC team in 2014. She lives with her boyfriend and small cat Pickle in a little house in the middle of miles of fields in north-west Auckland.

Guest Musician: MW Sellwoodmarcus


MW Sellwood is an up-and-coming Auckland blues artist from the city’s thriving underground music scene. Equally at home performing tunes 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!

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Open Mic all welcome to read/perform

MC: Rachael

13th September 2016 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Poetry Live Presents

                        Sophie Procter

                                  Emma Walter

                                              Paul Williams


Sophie:  I’m a story teller, poet, and I make kick-ass coffees. The coffees pay the rent, plus I get to interact with so many crazy and interesting people, I’m always listening and always learning and very often practicing the virtue of patience… Writing and creating is what pays my soul, and with that I get to express and leave a little something in this world that hopefully ignites a spark in others. That is all.

Emma:  I’m a creative from Onewhero, who attempts to be true to the authentic process of self-realisation and how that finds its place in the world. I am drawn to beauty, creativity, truth and advocacy of social justice, especially the rights to wholeness, safety and of complete agency for women, children, tangata whenua of any nation but especially here in Aotearoa and the fundamental importance of te reo in kind, and also people who navigate sexuality and gender that don’t conform to a straight, cisgendered society. I don’t like to see anyone withheld rights to an equal footing.   Although relatively new to the Poetry community, I write from a place that expresses my response to these issues as well as material that rises from the roads I navigate with lovers, and the deep spiritual beliefs I hold. I am also a musician and work with visual art mediums but am really enjoying seeing myself growing and finding my seat within the world and whānau of poetry and the power of the spoken word.

An occasional Beautiful Loser and a wizard on strings with or without a bow, Paul has collaborated with poets and dancers alike. On Tuesday night he will be playing his cello and guitar.


Open Mic all welcome to read/perform

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MC Rachael

6th September 2016 @ Poetry Live

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd


This week Poetry Live will be hosting the Going West Slam Heat 3.

Competitors will have the chance to win a place in the well-known Going West Grand Slam Final, to be held on Saturday 10 September in the Titirangi War Memorial Hall.

If you want to enter, sign up on the night from 7.30pm, and have one poem prepared. The Slam Heat will be MC-ed by Zane Scarborough.

We will also be having normal Poetry Live open mic for those who want to share their words in a non-competitive manner.

Open mic will take place at 8pm and approx 10pm.

There will be no music or guest poet this week.

Slam poetry is always extremely entertaining so come down and enjoy the fireworks.

23rd August 2016 @ Poetry Live

Poetry Live Celebrates National Poetry Day


Tuesday 23rd August 2016

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poets: Vivienne Plumb

vivienne-plumb-Vivienne Plumb is a poet, playwright and fiction writer of Australian and New Zealand heritage. Her writing is known to highlight the fantastic and miraculous in everyday experience. She has won numerous awards for her writing, and has been the recipient of key fellowships and residencies. Vivienne has held several residencies, including one in 2004 at the University of Iowa, in 2006 the Massey University writers’ residency, and she is presently on the Michael King Residency in Devonport.  She has a BA and an MA from Victoria University in Wellington, and holds a Doctorate in Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

Her most recent publications include Twenty New Zealand Playwrights (non-fiction, N.Z., 2013), and The Glove Box (fiction, Sydney, 2014). A new compendium of her past-published most popular writing, accompanied by images from the Auckland artist Glenn Otto, is to be published during 2016.

Her poetry collections include SalamancaNefarious (poems and parables)CrumpleScarab (a chapbook), and The Cheese and Onion Sandwich and Other New Zealand Icons (prose poems).

Her work has been published in N.Z. and overseas and has been translated into Polish, Mandarin, Slovenian, German and Malaysian.

Peter Bland

Peter_BlandPeter Bland is a poet and actor, whose writing commits to an everyday sub-urban sense of reality, often exploiting the framework of the dramatic monologue. He has a distinguished place in New Zealand theatre history as co-founder of Downstage and its artistic director 1964–68. He has worked as a stage and television actor and several of his own plays have been produced. Bland has published a large selection of poetry volumes in New Zealand and the UK and his memoir was released in 2004.

Collected Poems 1956-2011 was published in 2011 and Peter will be reading from his new book which is to be published this year.

For more about Peter’s career in print and film:


Emma Walter

EmmaEmma Walter:

I am a creative soul currently residing in Onewhero with a passion for truth, beauty, social justice and freedom in authentic expression, who conveys this through conversation, relationship, music, poetry and other creative arts.

It is my hope to see people reconnected to the pure soulful pulse that is the birthplace and birthright of our true selves and to encourage that into being, and not be afraid to take a stand against that which diminishes the availability of this to be fully realised within ourselves as individuals, and as a greater community.

Open Mic:

You are invited to pay homage to a favourite poet or poem or read/perform your own poetry as usual.

Prizes and giveaways for best performance and best dressed (as the poet you are are paying homage to)

Prizes and giveaways

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MCs Kiri, Rachael and Matt

16th August 2016 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Makyla Curtis

Makyla CurtisMakyla Curtis is Scots Pākehā. She is studying a Master of Arts in English at the University of Auckland, alongside a Certificate of Languages in te reo Māori. She is a letterpress printer, poet and printmaker with an interest in languages and dialects, DIY publications (zines), and typography. http://makyla.wordpress.com



                       Guest Musician: Freaky MeatFreaky Meat (1)

Combine elements of Jazz, Funk, Rock and Metal with beat-speak vocal styles inspired by Jack Kerouac, Tom Waits, Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart and you get Auckland-based Beatspeak Innovators: Freaky Meat. Their performance will captivate you with mesmerising narratives of the life, travels and the strange experiences of front man, beat poet Shane Hollands, drawing from his adventures both real and visionary. www.freakymeat.co.nz

Open mic

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MCs: The Poetry Live MC Team

9th August 2016 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

main picGuest Poet: Janet Charman

Janet Charman is an Auckland poet whose last collection was ’at the white coast’ a memoir of her time in London during the Thatcher era.

She will be reading from ‘Surrender’ a manuscript in progress.

Guest Musician: Lukas Wharekura

lukas-wharekuraLukas: I have been a performer since I left high school and I specialise in song writing. A lot of the music I write is written for a five piece but everything starts with me and a guitar. I love experimenting with my music in its starkest form and if any of you have heard my band before you may recognise a few songs. I’ll be playing a night of original, predominantly unreleased music some of which has never been played to a live audience. So come along if you’d like a healthy dose of original music and poetry.

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Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform

MC: Rachael

2nd August 2016 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Kani Te Manukura

Kani Te Manukura

kani te manukura: ngāi tūhoe; hunter, gatherer, grower, cook; storyteller. kani lives a life of quiet rebellion in a small seaside town, which is both better and worse than it sounds.  when kani is trying to impress people at parties he tells them he a had a work selected for IIML’s best new zealand poems 2015. unsurprisingly, this has worked exactly twice. which is 200% more than the number of people impressed that he’s had work published in JAAM, Ora Nui, Blackmail Press and the middle stall of the men’s toilets on floor 4 of the human sciences building, university of auckland.


Guest Musician: Callum Gentleman

Callum SeriousCallum will be doing something different for the musician’s spot tonight – he’ll be wowing us with a fully vocal set! No mic! No guitar! Instead you’ll get hollas, hand slaps & a capella interpretations. There will be stories of good people doing bad things, and bad people who try to be good… and fail. Stories told in a child’s whisper, a father’s tears, and a drunken man’s roar. Callum has played with a whole range of outstanding artists including Delaney Davison, Tami Nielson, Bond St Bridge, Marlon Williams and the mighty Eastern. Callum recently released his debut EP. Check it out here: http://callumgentleman.bandcamp.com/

PLEASE NOTE: For August 2nd Poetry Live the usual order will be changed. Kani, our Guest Poet, will be on at 8pm; and Callum, our guest musician, will take the 9.30pm slot. Open mic will be as usual. Thanks for your understanding. 

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MC: Kiri

26th July 2016 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Dominic Hoey (aka Tourettes)

tumblr_inline_o90kqbU7Hs1s8fnbs_1280Dominic Hoey (aka Tourettes) is a poet, author, and musician based in Auckland, New Zealand.
Under the Tourettes moniker, Dominic has released four critically acclaimed studio albums, two books of poetry and performed around the globe. In a former life, he was an MC battle- and slam-poetry champion. His writing has been published in everything from Vice (international) to New Zealand’s leading literary journal, Landfall. He has has performed his spoken-word poetry in Australia, Europe, England, Japan, and America. He’s shared stages with the likes of Homebrew and Sam Hunt.
In 2012, Dominic was accepted into the N.E.S artists residency in Iceland, where he completed his first novel, Iceland, which is due for release later this year through Steele Roberts.

2014 saw Dominic release his second book of poems, Party Tricks and Boring Secrets, a collaboration with artist Joshua Solomon, and embark on a successful 12 date New Zealand tour to promote it with Australian singer/song writer Ben Salter. He performed two sellout shows with Sam Hunt at Auckland’s Golden Dawn and opened for him at that year’s Splore Festival. He was nominated for best script at the 48 hour film festival and his film “Selfies and Poetries” reached the finals. He recently wrote and co-directed a short film as part of the K Road stories festival.

This year Dominic completed a successful 21 date tour of New Zealand with local musician Will Wood and released two singles, “No Losers @ Winz” and “The New New Zealand”, from his upcoming album.

Guest Musician: SAAN BARRETT!

Saan Barrett is a multi instrumentalist and writer of heartbreaking ballads. When he’s not playing bass for the Vietnam war, he’s singing songs of love and loss in his sweet
MC Ken Arkind (Once peed on David Cross’ toilet seat.)

DJ Pegleg ( As seen on the WB’s Gimore Girls)

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Open Mic, list out at 7:30 (5 minutes max or Kiri will beat the $#it out of you.)

19th July 2016 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poets: Peter Larsen

Peter LarsenPeter Larsen is a poet, playwright and raconteur who has performed his work around the country for the last 25 years. Profound and entertaining, his retrospective show samples the last fifteen years of his repertoire.


Guest Musician: Steven Hood

Steven HoodLauded by the media as “One of the brightest new things on the New Zealand music scene” (New Zealand Herald) New Zealand singer songwriter Stevie Starr’s (now performing as Steven Hood) debut album “We Hope In All Things New” continues to received acclaim by critics and audiences alike. Press described the album as “Like Sigur Rós if they hung out with Radiohead in a Horowhenua forest.” (TheSunday Star Times) and Rip It Up noted Starr as an “Act to Look Out For”. Steven takes inspiration from his expeditions, hitch-hiking around NZ and Europe, playing gigs at the Starclub in Hamburg, meeting Maori tribal elders at Waitangi, dossing with crab farmers, and drinking with locals on the road, hoping one might offer him a refreshing beverage in exchange for a tale. Currently Steven has been working on his follow-up LP, due for release next year. “We Hope In All Things New” is distributed by Border Music and DRM.

Open mic: all welcome to read/perform

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MC: Matt