7th February 2018 @ Poetrylive
8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd
Poetry Live starts in 2018 on Waitangi Day. Straight into the crucible of New Zealand’s alleged history and well-spun race relations; it’s gonna blaze like the Feb sun.
We’ve got Lukas Wharekura on music and Vaughan Rapatahana is the guest poet. They’re briefed not to hold back.
Come bristling with political poems – there’ll be prizes for stand-out work on Te Tiriti O Waitangi, or let fly with whatever’s been sweltering in your soul-sphere over these last melting months.
We can’t wait to see your faces and hear your work.
Guest Poet: Vaughan Rapatahana
Vaughan Rapatahana commutes between Hong Kong SAR, Philippines and Aotearoa New Zealand. He’s widely published across several genre in Māori, English and other languages. He was a semi-finalist in the Proverse Prize for Literature in 2009; highly commended in the 2013 erbacce poetry prize (from 6000+ entrants); won the inaugural Proverse Poetry prize in 2016, the same year as his poetry collection Atonement was nominated for a National Book Award in Philippines. His latest poetry collection is ternion (erbacce-press, Liverpool, England).
Rapatahana has a PhD in existential philosophy from University of Auckland – on the novels of Colin Wilson, whom he has written extensively about and will lecture on at the Wilson conference in Nottingham in July. Finally, Rapatahana is also a language critic and instigated and co-edited English language as Hydra and Why English? Confronting the Hydra (Multilingual Matters, U.K, 2012 and 2016).
Guest Musician: Lukas Wharekura
Lukas Wharekura is an Auckland based singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer who has been making a name for himself as a musical jack of all trades. His eclectic discography is expanding and he doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Among the most note-able projects he’s been involved in is the five piece genre bending sound machine known as “Strangely Arousing” and the psychedelic Maori blues band “Kiko”. He’s currently touring with Strangely Arousing and with a Kiko E.p in the works.
Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform