In 1981, he enrolled at the University of Auckland, where he immediately started as a literary reviewer on their newspaper, Craccum, from which he would eventually move on to become Arts Editor seven times and editor once. But it is also when he started reciting his poetry at the fledgling Poetry Live scene at The Globe in Wakefield Street, and when he started to become published again, in the anthologies Still Life After Kafka (1981) and Tango (1982, ed. David Eggleton), among several others. In 1982, he also came second in the BNZ New Zealand Short Story Competition with The Game, a story of a young man who had kept his dead mother’s body in the basement for ten years.
In 1987, Aidan stopped writing, and destroyed everything that he had ever created, in a pathetic tantrum (my evaluation) about the arrogant academics and pretentious politicisation of the arts scene in Auckland. And with only the odd exception, he did not write again until 2007, when he returned to Poetry Live in Queen Street. In 2008, he managed to reconstruct about 90% of all of the works that he had destroyed. Since then, he has been published in a further seven anthologies or collections, he has been Guest Poet here in 2009 and at Lopdell House in 2010, and has won the
‘Love Poetry, Hate Racism’ competition in 2008, as well as two Poetry Live slams, in 2008 and 2010.
Aidan’s themes have typically been about being gay, about child abuse, about loss, and about depression, but he has been known equally to go into flights of absurdity or of humour, depending on how much vodka he has consumed beforehand.
(Clockwise from top left) Azhar Khan – aspires to be an upcoming Indian version of Stephen King.
Cinta To`a is a performer and dancer as well as a writing student; she has an obsession for all things fantasy and bubble tea.
Damian Pereira is a dude from Mangere who has too much time on his hands so he writes, about family, friends and anything else that makes him feel something.
Gabriel Faatau’uu-Satiu is of Samoan descent, raised in Porirua, Wellington, but lives in Manukau. He is passionate about Pasifika storytelling and is an emerging playwright and screenwriter.
Kyla Dela Cruz is a performance and page poet. She appeared in the Auckland Theatre Company production, Mouth, Tongue, Teeth in 2017, won the 2016 Rising Voices Poetry Slam. When she’s not writing she is playing with her toughest little dog, Coco.
Tsitsi Mapepa writes poetry, fiction, and recently, journalism. She is a mother of three who loves the magic of putting letters together.
Marcus Hawkins (not pictured) – writes fiction and poetry. He has a Bachelor in Communications from MIT, and is currently making creative work with a marae-based group at MIT.
Feature-length is 35 minutes.
Our muso is Adam Ogle (holding guitar). Adam is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist. Progressing from playing in pubs in Whangarei to performing at festivals such as Prana and the Auckland Folk Festival. His first love is the guitar, but after being, somewhat forcibly, urged to pursue singing (thanks mum), has slotted into the singer/songwriter role.
Adam has composed music for theatre companies such as Auckland Theatre Company and Company of Giants, also touring around the world with Indian Ink Theatre Company.
Passionate vocals paired with intricate guitar work help Adam perform songs varying in genre from classic folk, old-time Americana, southern gothic, and bluegrass.
All welcome on open mic. 5-minute max.
Our guest musician this week is Emma Cooper-Williams, Emma is a singer songwriter who has been writing and performing her own music for the past nine years. Her biggest achievement has been winning the Play It Strange Peace Competition in 2014, which gave her the opportunity to spend 6 weeks playing music in Japan. In February she released her debut EP titled ‘A Reminder’, and has played at numerous events, including the Arts Access Awards held at the New Zealand Parliament in August 2018.
“Bobandii is the Warkworth born artist who resides within the local hiphop scene, focusing on pushing multidisciplinary forms of media.
After releasing two full length projects, Of the Forest (2017) and Luminescence (2018) Bobandii is focusing on personal growth within his many different forms of expression.”
Him AKA Jazmine Rose Phillips is a musician and performance artist. She seeks to embrace the grit and beauty of the human experience. Her creations use pleasure, pain, sound, spoken word, film, ritual and the female body/experience to evoke her audience to embody their emotional selves. her latest release “Kissing girls in the temple.” can be found here himsounds.bandcamp.com
Nick Brightwell is a virtuoso finger-style guitarist. A 2 time winner at the New Zealand Gold Guitar awards, Nick’s performance is easy to listen to and a joy to experience. While he studied his art intensively in America at The University of Wisconsin, his repertoire is made up of music from around the world; Celtic, Blues and Country styles are all represented. Nick’s performance is a exploration of the limits of what the guitar can do, as well as a presentation of well-loved music.