14th May 2019 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Poetry Live! Presents:  Annette Huia Morehu& Will Saunders May 14th

Open Mic at 8pm – Musician at 9pm – Guest Poet at 9.40 – Open Mic til end **Koha Please MC Kate Kelly
Annette Huia Morehu; māmā of four, poet, storyteller, screenwriter. Annette unapologetically writes stories about heroic, misguided brown girls, and strives to be the women that she encourages her daughter to grow up to be.
Will Saunders is a musical illustrator based in Auckland, New Zealand. After making music during 8 years in London recording and performing original material with his band Siren, a return to NZ saw further writing, recording and the forming of psych outfit The Quick and The Dead who played around NZ and self-recorded their E.P ‘Destroy The Obstacle’, with second E.P ‘Heartbreak 365’ alongside producer Bob Frisbee (D4, Shaft, Situations, Rainy Days)
In 2010 Will made further solo recordings with E.P’s released online, playing solo gigs, and releasing debut album ‘Curious Maladies’ on Deadboy Records/ Universal in 2012. Has opened solo for international acts such as: Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), Wreckless Eric, Kitty Daisy and Lewis, Saxophonist Bobby Keys (Rolling Stones, John Lennon, George Harrison) Jason Webley (U.S) and performed live with Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip U.K), and alongside many NZ acts – including local legends Doug Jerebine, Shaft, and Billy T.K.
After his next band Bearhat ceased playing, second solo album ‘Love Is For Others’ was  released online as well as further singles and E.P’s. Will’s trio The Lowest Fidelity formed in 2014, recording tracks for their album ‘This Is The Life’ with Bob Frisbee which was then self-produced and released 2015. The Lowest Fidelity have often opened for local acts in NZ, as well as The Reverend Horton Heat (U.S) and garage DIY legends Fred & Toody Cole (Dead Moon U.S)
Third solo album ‘Hopeful Objects’ was released June 2017.
Fourth solo album ‘Inside Walking’ was be released online Nov 30th 2018
New band Trepidations are currently recording their debut album.
New solo E.P ‘Oh It’s A Sound’ was released April 26 2019

23rd April 2019 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Poetry Live is delighted to present: 

An Evening with Caitlin Smith

N.B. We have the alternative format this evening: 
Open mic will start at 8pm for roughly 45 minutes.
Caitlin will come on about 9pm. Then more open mic after.
Our Guest of Poetry and Music
Caitlin Smith calls herself a song-poet or story singer. So connected are her poetry and music that she is both Musical and Poetic guest at Poetry Live. She was no doubt singing before she could speak and views her spiritual parents Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen as the very reason she exists. The Caitlin Smith Trio (and earlier incarnation The Fondue Set) have held down residencies in Auckland for over two decades. “Writing allows me to make sense of the world, process circumstances and transmute the shit to fertilizer”.
James Crompton
Please remember to bring koha for our guest and that open mic is a 5 minute limit.
Rough Schedule:
8pm Open Mic
8.45 Break
9pm Caitlin Smith
10pm Break
10.15pm More Open Mic

9th April 2019 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Poetry Live is delighted to present: 

Shane Hollands and Murray Haddow



Shane Hollands:

Shane is a veteran of the New Zealand performance poetry scene and the current president of The NZ Poetry Society.

He is known for his innovative work with poetical music of differing genres from jazz to electronica to metal, and his efforts to give other poets a platform to perform; he established performance poetry collective The Literatti, the NZ national celebration of beat poetry, The Kerouac Effect and creating the term Wordcore.

He was one half of the art-music duo Beautiful Losers, infamous DJ of the ‘Dirty Wordz’ radio show and is the front-man and poet for the Wordcore band, Freaky Meat. ‘the verbal vortex of Shane Hollands in printed form: the renegade poems of a whisky priest straight out of Beatsville.” – David Eggleton

Murray Haddow:

A genuine proletariat poet, Murray Haddow, will be performing his poetry with musicians Tim Gummer (guitars), Rob Mayo (percussion) and Patrick Hedder (bass) at Poetry Live, Tuesday April 9.

Murray Haddow first came to public attention in 2002, while mowing lawns professionally and shouting poetry louder than his mower. His clients thought that he must have been certified mad. Indeed he was back in the 1970’s. For the removal of any doubt about this, his highly reviewed 2009 debut album, featuring The Orgestra, was titled Certified Mad.

Further releases have followed, in collaboration with The Ludd Gang, Cat and Sock and The Magic Carpet Ride, Murray has been in demand as an opening act for music events, including the recent Graham Brazier posthumous album release party and The View (Scotland), the week their 2007 album hit No.1 in the UK chart.

“Murray is drop-dead funny and entertaining, with a memory like a steel trap and a sharp critical eye for humanity’s foibles; talented, intelligent, warm and friendly, unpredictable and mercurial; loves people and really connects with the audience while startling them or cracking them up at the same time.”

Bruce Morley, Drummer

Open Mic from 8pm

guest poets on at 9pm
Koha Entry

26th March 2019 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Poetry Live is thrilled to present: 

Genevieve McClean with Nigel GavinSteve Cournane & Shelly Moore


N.B. This night’s schedule will be a little different with open Mic at 8pm and our guest poet and musicians all performing a combined set from 9pm and then more open mic after.

Guest Poet: Genevieve McClean

Genevieve McClean is an actress, writer, poet and performer local to Auckland. She has written for theatre and screenplay, and written prose as well as a few published works of poetry. But her career as an artist of the performed word spans three decades and has taken her on international performance journeys including a tour of America where she performed in Poetry slam tournaments in New York, LA and throughout the southern States. She lived in Berlin where she was shooting her documentary about New Zealand Artists and performed there at venues such as Club der Polnischen Versager in 2001 and she belonged to Farm in the cave theatre company in its inaugural form in the Czech Republic as they toured Spain to research Cante, Flamenca and Lorca, and performed in Prague also. Genevieve is remembered for her screen performance in the films Kombi Nation, and Toy Love amongst other acting credits. She has used her poetry in theatre, installation and film, and in a variety of interdisciplinary ways. She also has made documentary film, including her short film Stasis and for some years produced a small poetry film festival in Auckland called The Projector Project. She is also well remembered as a singer in Dunedin band Mink. She holds degrees in literature and in education from Auckland and Otago and is a graduate of Te Kura Toi Whakaari (NZ drama school). She directed The Girls as part of ‘Bathing with Elephants’, a performance installation at the Civic Theatre; These Four walls- site specific theatre in Lopdell house, and Flock, a Butoh influenced physical theatre poetry performance in 2016. She appeared at the Pop Up Globe in the role of Pistol in Henry V, and in 2017 she performed in Auckland and Melbourne as part of the Girls on Key poetry network and became recognized at home as the lady from the lotto ad. This year she performed after a brief hiatus to support Pussy Riot at the Pah Homestead and returns to Poetry Live! thirty years precisely since her first spot as the guest poet at our regular poetry event.

With Musicians: Nigel Gavin, Steve Cournane and Shelly Moore

Nigel Gavin
Nigel Gavin is a New Zealand based musician and composer, best known as a guitar player. In addition to being a highly regarded solo artist and session musician, Nigel has been a member of bands such as popular New Zealand jazz quartett The Nairobi Trio, Robert Fripp’s The League of Crafty Guitarists, klezmer “Jews Brothers”, and Jonathan Besser’s Bravura, as well as collaborator with artists such as folk singers Luke Hurley, Wayne Gillespie and Lorina Harding, Maori soul diva Whirimako Black, multi-instrumentalist Tom Ludvigson, jazz singer Caitlin Smith and harmonica maestro Brendan Power. He has a vast musical vocabulary which ranges from acoustic blues and folk to jazz, rock, fusion, surf pop, complex ambient grooves and various world music genres, in particular klezmer. Nigel’s original jazz compositions cross boundaries of genre and combine musical traditions. He has toured extensively and performed at numerous music and art festivals in New Zealand, America, Australia and Europe. An active mentor to young artists, Nigel founded and mentored the New Zealand guitar collective concept bands Gitbox and Gitbox Rebellion. As a constant innovator, he is a regular contributor to the Auckland experimental music salon Vitamin S and has given multimedia performances with photographer Ralph Talmont’s photographs.
Steve Cournane
Steve Cournane is a drummer and composer who began playing with Alpaca Brothers in 1984 releasing a successful E.P. on Flying Nun. In his late 20’s he studied jazz in Wellington and eventually won a Tui for NZ Jazz album of the year in 2002 for the album Stereoscope by Clbob. That group performed relentlessly around the country over a ten-year period from Stewart Island to Mangonui. He performed jazz on cruise ships throughout the Pacific and Caribbean from 2003-2007. In 2007 he moved to Lima, Peru, where he lived as a musician and studied the coastal Afro-Criolla music for another seven years. He moved to Auckland in 2017. As well as playing cajon and percussion in Isla Flamenca, he is currently playing drum kit with BOAT, Bill Direen, John Bell’s Aldebaran and the 10-Acre Bloc Conduction Orchestra.
Shelly Moore
After a brief tousle with classic musical discipline, gaining Grade 2 Piano at 7 in Whakatane, Shelly Moore abandoned strict instructors & made her way through the piano canon with determined irreverence. It took a one way trip to North East Blighty at 19, first time meeting with alto sax at 20, to tap the improvisation vein. A non-punctured stay of 13 years in UK cemented the connection with jazz, pub blues, soul/groovy funk, and lotsa genres. Shelly gained a BA in Performing arts in Music from Northumbria University and eventually returned to NZ 1998 like a shipwreckee in shell shock. Got a proper job, put sax under bed, had babies. 15 years later she got the sax back out, found a muse, via West City Concert Band and various muso adventures growing in stature. Discovering at 20 that music can be made up was the watershed, seemed her ears had relative pitch radar hitherto unknown. Now songs are bouncing out … She plays in Beaux Peeps duo, loves life alongside a fellow Beach, and she also plays bass. She has also been a part-time performer with Freaky Meat and has played with a host of other musicians. Shelly occupies her days with a great appreciation for the beautiful natural world.
James Crompton
Please remember to bring koha for our guests and that open mic is a 5 minute limit.
Rough Schedule:
8pm Open Mic
8.45 Break
9pm Genevieve, Nigel, Steve and Shelly
10pm Break
10.15pm More Open Mic

19th March 2019 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Poetry Live is thrilled to present: 

Michelle Chote & Otice Mace

Michelle Chote is a language teacher who lives on Waiheke Island with her husband, Alberto. In 2016, she won the New Voices Emerging Poets competition at The University of Auckland. She has been published in the Poetry New Zealand journal, NZEPC, and Bean Rock to Starboard, a Waiheke collection. Michelle is a regular reader at the monthly Waiheke Song and Poetry Thing, and last year began facilitating poetry workshops. She is currently working on her first collection of poetry.

MC Sophie
Koha Entry
Open Mic

12th March 2019 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Poetry Live is thrilled to present: 

Daniel Larsen & Marcus Sellwood

Daniel Larsen teaches poetry and creative writing at Toi Ora. Late last year he self-published his first major work, Selection. He was a member of, The Literatti who performed around the country. He is the current organiser of the Kerouac Effect Auckland.

Marcus Sellwood is an Auckland blues musician. Equally at home performing songs on stage or a street corner, his groovy electric guitar riffs and playful vocals combine for a fresh take on Blues music in the new millennium!

Kate Kelly MC
Koha please to support our artists!

26th February 2019 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Poetry Live is thrilled to present: 

Eliana Gray & Being

Eliana Gray:

Eliana Gray is a writer from Ōtepoti. Their style is elliptical, sometimes confronting, always filtering towards the cracks. They have had work accepted both in print and online, won the 2013 University of Otago Poetry Competition and was a finalist at the 2013 National Poetry Slam. They have self published two chapbooks and their first full length collection, ‘Eager to Break’ will be available from Girls On Key Press this April.


Crushingly tender, open-hearted surf pop with clear-eyed lyrics, pressed through tumbling guitars and the magnetic vocal tone of Jasmine Balmer.

MC: James Crompton

Rough Schedule:

8pm Being
8.30 Break
8.40 First Open Mic (6 poets only)
9.10 Break
9.20 Eliana Gray
9.50 Break
10pm Second Open Mic

Please remember Poetry Live functions on koha to pay our guest poets and musicians.

Open Mic has a 5 minute limit per poet.

12th February 2019 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Poetry Live is thrilled to present: 

Dan Goodwin & Caitlin Smith

Dan Goodwin:

Love poet, Madman, Professional schizophrenic (certificate and all)
Dan Goodwin is a poet, playwright and actor, originally from Scotland but has lived most of his
life in Tāmaki NZ. A vocal advocate for mental health representation, Dan is a whānau member
of Taurima Vibes Ltd, facilitating performances geared around lived experience nationwide, and
also works alongside Rākau Roroa, and Changing Minds. He completed his Masters in Text and
Performance in 2016 at RADA and Birkbeck, and has since been writing and performing poetry
across the UK and NZ. His one man poetry show, Breathe, toured the UK in 2016, winning the
Harold and Jean Brooks award before touring NZ as a reconstructed ensemble work

Caitlin Smith:

Caitlin Smith is best known as a jazz singer, vocal coach, story-singer and song-poet. However she’s been writing poetry since the age of 12 and performed at Poetry Live when it was at the Albion in the mid to late 80s. Caitlin says: “Poetry helps me make sense of the world. It’s my dream to record my 500 or so poems to date and set up a ‘poem a day’ free subscription for these recitations. To date… another 500 poems patiently wait to be transcribed and rewritten into completion.”

Minor format change – open mic first until 9.00pm Musician at 9pm then Guest Poet followed by more open mic

All welcome on open mic, 5 minutes max. Koha entry.

11th December 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Poetry Live is delighted to present: 

Bex Emmerson and Feargus


Bex Emmerson graduated from MIT earlier this year with a Bachelor of Creative Arts. She has a strong love of poetry and short stories and has been published in phantom billstickers cafe reader. At the end of the year she is trading the big smoke for the country where she plans to keep exploring her creative practice.

Feargus is a musician

MC Kate

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4th December 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Poetry Live is thrilled to present: 

Emma Kahu Orion Walter and Bob Orr

Bob Orr is a poet of significant stature in New Zealand – he is well known and well-loved. His first collection was published in 1971, and his writing has been published in multitudes of collections, journals, and anthologies since. ‘Bob’s poems have a beginning, middle, and end,’ says John Pule. ‘He’s the purest romantic lyric poet of his generation,’ says Iain Sharp. Bob has a new book to share with us.

Emma Kahu Orion Walter is from Wairamarama, Onewhero. An unusually talented and humble singer, songwriter, poet and musician; Emma says “I try to give people through music what the whenua of home has given me.” Emma is a healing feast for the soul and senses, the treasure at the end of a long year.

Minor format change – open mic starts at 8pm to allow for Emma’s travel.
All welcome on open mic, 5 minutes max. Koha entry.