1st July 2014 @ Poetrylive
8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd
Poetry Live Celebrates Matariki
with Apirana Taylor & Kiri Piahana Wong
Don’t miss this rare chance to catch one of Aotearoa’s finest performance poets, Apirana Taylor, in action in a one hour show incorporating spoken word, Maori traditional instruments, and song. Apirana lives in Paekakariki and rarely performs in Auckland. For part of his show he will be joined by emerging Maori poet Kiri Piahana-Wong.
Apirana Taylor, of Te Whanau-a-Apanui, Ngati Porou and Taranaki descent, has published several collections of poetry, short stories and novels. He has also published prolifically in other mediums including sound and video recordings. He writes for children and theatre, and is involved in acting, and teaching drama. Taylor’s first collection of poetry, Eyes of the Ruru, established his powerful voice among Maori writers, and his prose, written predominantly in realist modes, firmly established his literary presence.
Kiri Piahana-Wong (Ngati Ranginui) is a poet, editor and publisher. Her first collection, night swimming (Anahera Press), was published in 2013.
A special thanks to the Matariki Trust for sponsoring Apirana Taylor’s performance by paying for his airfares and accommodation.
PLEASE NOTE: The format of the night will run differently than usual.
8pm: Mihi and Karakia Matariki
8.45: Apirana and Kiri
Bring your Matariki poems to share and/or poems as usual.