11th July 2017 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Poetry Live Presents

Elizabeth Morton

Callum Gentleman

and a farewell to Kiri Piahana Wong


Elizabeth Morton is a poet, fiction writer, and reviewer from Auckland. Her poetry and prose are published in New Zealand, UK, USA, Australia, Canada and online. She is the feature poet in the Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2017. Her own poetry collection, Wolf, was published by Mākaro Press (2017). In 2013 she was winner of the New Voices Emerging Poets competition. She was shortlisted for the Kathleen Grattan Award (2015) and was, twice, 2nd place in the Sunday Star-Times Short Story Competition (2015, 2016).

Side-projects include: collecting obscure words, penning bad rap music, studying the brain, and exploring coastal rock pools. She likes to write about broken things, and things with teeth.


Callum Gentleman plays blues/folk noir with the odd dash of country. It’s Nick Cave meets The Smiths in a dark alley where they conspire to kidnap Bob Dylan and move to New Zealand. It’s Tom Waits sharing a bottle of moonshine with Leonard Cohen at 4am. He’s a raconteur, trouper, chancer, and murder ballad lover. But above all, Callum Gentleman is a storyteller. These stories come out as songs, poems, campfire yarns, whiskey-soaked bar banter. Stories about good people doing bad things, and bad people who try hard to be good…but often fail. Stories of fallen angels staring to heaven, contrite demons yearning for redemption, down and-out junkies scrounging for a dollar, the devil gets it on with the wrong hooker. Stories told in a child’s whisper, a father’s tears, and a drunken man’s roar.

Callum started playing in Paris and London before returning home to New Zealand, where he’s done numerous national tours. He’s also begun gigging around Australia. He often performs with allies Joel Vinsen (guitar) and Sam Loveridge (violin) beside him, but is just as happy going solo. Callum is also one half of poetry/experimental guitar duo Panhandlers. 

We are also saying farewell to our Kiri who is leaving our MC Team. Please join us in celebrating Kiri’s time with us. 


Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform

Koha entry

MCs: Kiri & Rachael

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