12th August 2014 @ Poetrylive
8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd
Guest Poet: Mark Raffill & Special Guests
Words have been Mark Raffills’ stock-in-trade for over 40 years. Whether scribbling dispatches from the famine-stricken Horn of Africa or penning reviews of rock albums, or more latterly producing copy, newsletters and magazines for a whole range of clients, the Nelson-based publisher, journalist, and publicist has crafted text as though his life – and the lives of others – depended on it.
Convener of both the Golden Bay and Nelson Live Poets groups – both running for 20 odd years – Mark Raffills is happy telling his poems on street corners, in art galleries and pubs or at festivals and poetry events across the country. Matters of the heart, our place on the planet and observations of family and friends all figure in the words.
Three books of poems have been self-published, ‘The Cornfield and other Poems’, ‘Grace and Favour’ and ‘Loved, Misloved and Loved Again’. He was a finalist in the inaugural NZ Poetry Slam in 2011, performed at the Outspoken Festival in Wanaka earlier this year and also tours fairly regularly with the bluegrass/folk/blues-based Dirt Floor Alliance.
Open Mic *** Koha entry *** MC Rachael
NB Coming up @ Poetry Live 19th August: Celebrating Poetry Day with
Dress up or pay homage to a favourite Dead Poet.
Guest Poet Anne Kennedy