30th July 2013 @ Poetrylive
8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd
Guest Poet: Robert Sullivan
Nga Puhi, is a poet and academic. He is a significant internationally published Maori poet with seven collections of poetry released. His poetry is also widely anthologised. Sullivan’s writing explores dimensions of contemporary urban experience, including local racial and social issues. His writing has a postmodern feel, where history and mythology, individual and collective experience, become areas of refined focus. Sullivan’s work has won or been nominated for many awards and his Shout Ha! is heralded as a stunning symphony of love, politics, tenderness, confession, sharpness and insight which should be in every New Zealand school library as it accounts the history and politics of the country. He uses a wide-ranging voice which makes complex content, simple in execution. His book Cassino, is being compared to Dante’s Divine Comedy with its various descents, ascents, spirals and authorial intrusions. He is currently head of the Creative Arts Program at MIT.
Guest Musician: Caitlin Smith
has tirelessly and wholeheartedly devoted herself to music in Aotearoa. She describes her role as being ‘the underwire in NZ’s musical bra’, and being ‘a midwife’ to great songs and great voices. Coaching our top vocalists – from Anika Moa to Tourettes, Smith also regularly performs to loyal fans and Festival audiences, fosters a community of songwriters through her coaching, spellbinding live performances, student nights, guest appearances and collaborations. A performance poet…
During her Selwyn College daze, she attained a Masters in Political Studies with First Class honours. Smith’s consummate abilities as a song interpreter being described by the Sunday News as having a voice “that imagination created”.