25th February 2014 @ Poetrylive
8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd
Guest Poet: Ben Brown
A book launch
Between the Kindling and the Blaze: personal reflections on the concept of mana
Anahera Press 2013
Ben Brown (Ngāti Paoa, Ngāti Mahuta) was born in Motueka in the South Island of New Zealand in 1962. He is a writer, poet and performer. Since 1992 he has published numerous children’s books, short stories for children and adults, poetry and non-fiction. He is an occasional contributor to Mana Magazine who have also featured him. In 2006 he won Best Picture Book with the artist/illustrator Helen Taylor in the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. He has held two writer’s residencies: Māori Writer in Residence at the Michael King Writers’ Centre (2011) and Writer in Residence at Hagley College, Christchurch (2009). Ben is an outstandingly accomplished performance poet who has read and performed at the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival, the Christchurch Writers Festival, the Christchurch Arts Festival , the Nelson Arts Festival , the APRA Music Awards, the Kaikoura Roots Festival and many more. He lives and works in Lyttelton.
Don’t miss this chance to hear Ben perform in Auckland.
About the book:
Between the Kindling and the Blaze is a bold exploration of the concept of mana. In resonant poetry and short prose poetry, the author does not seek to define mana but rather to reflect on its myriad ‘The colour of mana is red they say, from warm sunset tones to bold, vigorous and bloody shades of power and authority, the kaka feather, the dog skin cloak, the ochre of the earth. But where is the white of purity, the certainty of black, the humility of grey? Colour then, will not suffice in the exploration of mana. How can a humble man be proud? Why is the mountain more than a mountain? How does a river flow in my veins and where is the strength in silence? This book is not silent. It
‘Ben Brown is a distinctive original voice’ – Apirana Taylor
To be launched by Michelle Bolton
MC Mr Tim Heath
Thanks to Creative NZ & The Michael King Writers’ Centre
Guest Musician: AhoriBuzz: Aaron Tokona
For some people making music is as natural to them as breathing – it’s not just something they do, it’s a part of who they are. For these people, to do anything else but meld beats, lyrics and melodies together with their time is a foreign concept. Aaron Tokona is such a musician. In his hands a guitar talks. It’s the reason he’s been dubbed ‘New Zealand’s answer to Jimi Hendrix’ in the media multiple His heart and soul punch you in the face every time he opens his mouth and sings. He strives to serve the song, not himself. His solo project AhoriBuzz emerged from the same pot of phat beats that first spat out Fat Freddy’s Drop. AhoriBuzz have played every big festival you can think off and Aaron Tokona has also fluttered in and out of the Fly My Pretties collective. Tokona’s first gig was busking on the streets with his dad. Rising through with essential Kiwi group Weta, Aaron Tokona’s next project, in two-piece Cairo Knife Fight, saw him share the stage with Foo Fighters and Them Crooked Vultures, amongst others. An American tour saw them cleverly crashing the SxSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Standing on Hollywood Boulevard he reflected on his
Don’t miss this rare chance to hear Aaron play a solo set in support of his good mate Ben Brown in our intimate venue.
Poetry open mic – bring your words to share
Music open jam – bring your instruments and jam with Aaron