14th August 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Stu McGregor

Stu is a newcomer to poetry. Poetry has become an important release valve and is glad to have found Poetry Live so welcoming. His first foray into poetry was in 1989 at a talent quest where he performed a now forgotten work “The Scottish Thistle” that failed to impress. As one judge said, “The best bit of the poem is that it finished right on the 2 minute bell. Thank the gods we didn’t have to sit through any more.” Despite thinking that this was the end of his career, Stu still wrote several unsuccessful love poems that were some say “tragically lost” when entrusted to the recipients. Twenty years passed and he found himself writing again by accident. Kate introduced him to poetry live so it’s all her fault.

Guest Musician: Karen Plimmer

For as long as she could talk and reach the keys on the piano Karen has had something to do with music. From writing her first songs at age 8, to studying with the likes of the late Jack Body in Wellington music has been her happy place and a powerful way to express thoughts. She grew up listening to Western Classical music with a grandmother who was generous and took her to numerous concerts. Later she studied Javanese Gamelan in Wellington and in more recent years she has followed her interest in Indian Classical music with Ustad Manjit Singh ji in Auckland.

She is looking forward to sharing some of her own songs, others which have been an go-to from various genres.

Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform – 5 minutes max
Koha please for our wonderful guests
MC Kate Kelly

 

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