Poetry Live Presents Jeremy Redmore and Elizabeth Kirkby-McLeod
Tighten your bootstraps, ladies and gents, Poetry Live MC, Jamie Trower is back in the saddle and ready to rodeo you the greatest of times this side of the summer solstice!
It’s Poetry Live’s 40th Year, so on the 3rd of March starting at 8:00PM, we have two fantastic guests to wow you all!
First up, we have Jeremy Redmore. Entertainer and artist, Jeremy Redmore is a brilliant musician who started making tracks in the music industry as the lead-singer of Midnight Youth. After releasing the platinum-selling album, The Brave Don’t Run, it peaked at number two on the NZ album charts, won three New Zealand Music Awards and the tune ‘All On Our Own’ scored a Silver Scroll for the most played song in 2009! You wouldn’t think that you could get any better in a music career. So when Jeremy left the band in 2012, he strived to better not just his music but himself along the way and succeeded absolutely.
He casually opened for Ed Sheeran in April 2014 and, that July, released his first solo album, Clouds Are Alive which reached number six in the charts. His second album, The Brightest Flame consists of 11 songs that are divided into five chapters and release dates. The story in the music illustrates shock, isolation and hope. The album will all come together in its final installment on March the 20th.
Also, last November, it was announced that Jeremy and the rest of Midnight Youth are going to reunite for a one-off reunion show at the Tuning Fork and they’re opening for My Chemical Romance! You really don’t want to miss seeing Jeremy at Thirsty Dog on the 3rd!
After Jeremy amazes us, we’ll have our usual 30(ish) minutes of open-mic and then our guest poet!
Elizabeth (Libby) Kirkby-McLeod is an Auckland author whose poetry and writing have appeared in a range of New Zealand publications, including takahe, Landfall, Poetry New Zealand Yearbook, Newsroom, and the NZPS 2018 anthology, The Unnecessary Invention of Punctuation.
She was long-listed for the 2008 Six Pack 3 authors anthology and her poem ‘Her Warning Signs’ was Highly Commended in the 2018 International Poetry Competition. Her first poetry collection Family Instructions Upon Release was published in November 2019 with The Cuba Press.
Its first print-run quickly sold out and the collection has been praised by reviewers in The New Zealand Herald and Radio New Zealand National. She has a children’s book forthcoming with Gilt Edge Publishing. Elizabeth also reviews poetry, is an active member of the NZSA Auckland branch and produces the NZSA Oral History Podcast series.
Elizabeth has a First Class Master of Creative Writing from AUT, where she was a recipient of the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Study.
Then the second half of open mic! What a thrilling time we shall all have!
Koha donation too would be greatly appreciated for our guest musician and poet 🙂