Poetry Live Presents Ron Riddell and Luke Hurley
Please be aware of a different format for the 24th!
8 PM Open Mic
8.40 PM Ron RIddell
9.20 PM Luke Hurley
10 PM More Open Mic
Guest Poet -Ron Riddell
A painter, musician and the author of several plays and novels, he has published a little mountain of poetry books, and the mountain is still growing under his bed! Recent books are: Dance of Blue Dragonflies (poetry) and Pachamama & the Jaguar Man (novel). Previous work has been translated into ten languages. His long poem The Wanderer is being launched in New Zealand in 2020 by HeadworX Publishers of Wellington. Saray Torres is his wife. He has two sons Roland and Pablo, and three granddaughters Tuvia, Felicia and Ella, who all live in Sweden. Fonsie, his cat comes from Wanganui.
Ron Riddell worked for many years as a teacher, editor and bookseller and has performed his work in many festivals and cultural venues around the world, including The Edinburgh Festival, Harbourfront (Canada), El Festival Internacional de Poesía de Medellín (Colombia), El Festival Internacional de Poesía de Cartagena (Colombia), The Austin International Poetry Festival (U.S.A.), El Encuentro Internacional de Poetas (El Salvador), International Poetry Festival in Costa Rica, Festival de Poesia de Bogota and Chilepoesia in Santiago, Chile. He has been involved in a number of peace and cultural initiatives in Colombia, Chile, El Salvador, U.S.A. and New Zealand and has been the founder and organiser of many writers’ workshops and cultural gatherings in New Zealand, Great Britain and Colombia. In Auckland in the 1970’s Riddell founded The Titirangi Poets and later in the 1990’s established a haven for poets with the Live Poets’ Café which adjoined the Dead Poets Bookshop in Karangahape Road. In Wellington he founded The Wellington International Poetry festival. He has published twenty-one collections of verse. In 2004 he was finalist in The Wellingtonian of the Year Awards. His verse collection, Leaves of Light was awarded The House of Poetry International Poetry Award for 2005. Dance of Blue Dragonflies (2016) and his most recent novel, Pachamama and the Jaguar Man (2018) received an award from The Ministry of Culture in Bogota. At present, he divides his time between New Zealand and Colombia. His work has been translated into German, French, Swedish, Japanese, Turkish, Arabic, Hindi, Bengali, Uzbek and Spanish. He’ll be reading from his new book The Wanderer.
Guest Musician – Luke Hurley
Luke is a guitarist and singer / songwriter. Born in Kenya, grew up in Zanzibar till age 12 then moved with family to NZ. He achieved a degree of early success on student radio with the song “Mona Lisa” in the early 1980s at University of Otago in Dunedin.. 2 songs were featured on the film ‘Insatiable Moon’.
He has been writing songs and singing them for more than 30 years. Other well known songs include Make Room, Kings Cross, Limited Liability, Fait Accompli or others.
You may have met him during his travels in Australia, UK, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Germany, France or any one of dozens of towns in New Zealand.