24th November 2015 @ Poetrylive
8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd
Guest Poet: Michelle Durey
Michelle Durey has been spearheading NZ Poetry Slam locally in Auckland and Nationally for the past five years. A graduate of Manukau Institute of Technology’s Creative Writing Program, Michelle has hosted, competed, performed in, and organised numerous poetry competitions and events in New Zealand, including the Auckland Regional Slam Heats, the NZ Poetry Slam National Finals, Going West Poetry Slam, and the Auckland Readers and Writers Festivall. She is a regular MC at Poetry Live, New Zealand’s longest running poetry open mic, and has been published in Blackmail Press and Live Lines V. Michelle is passionate about mental health awareness and expresses this through exploring new concepts in poetic theatrical activism.
Guest Musician: Albi
His intriguing appearance may gain your attention but his musical abilities will certainly keep it. Albi’s often soft sound is reminiscent of the late Jeff Buckley with a reserved element of fierceness that you can’t help but anticipate eagerly. His stand out voice has been characterized as a smooth rasp that is unhindered no matter the pitch. His songwriting is soaked with passion and emotion from conception through to production. Albi has been described as less of a songwriter and more an artist who holds a guitar who’s songs often portray slices of life for which he finds inspiration from the smallest corners of the world. Albi’s passion for singing and songwriting is only matched by his determination to continue his journey into the music industry. His small town New Zealand upbringing and no fear attitude has brought Albi to base himself in Auckland to create a name in the local music scene. His first EP was released March 2011 and now his band Albi and The Wolves is set to release their second. Him on his own or with his ensemble are both must see acts!