7th August 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Peter Le Baige

Peter Le Baige started writing around 1977, and took part in the early Poetry Live sessions at the Globe Tavern doing his last guest spot there around 1982, so it’s taken a while to get back on stage…
“I try to trace out the beauty that exists in the fragile, the breaking apart of things natural and human, my feelings towards those closest to me in love and hurt, and tributes to those who have passed by erecting a scaffolding of memories to them others might even build upon from their own remembrances”. 
He has lived and worked in Australia, China, Japan, Mongolia, Greece and the UK. “Sometimes I touch on my travels in writing, mostly, however, find the sea and landscapes of my early years always float to the fore; I have a great deal of rain and ocean in everything I’ve written”.

Guest Musician: Nia Vavao

Nia Vavai is Samoan, and first-year studying a conjoint Arts and Music Bachelor at the University of Auckland. She’s a singer-songwriter who loves poetry and spoken word so this should be good!

Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform – 5 minutes max

Koha entry

MC Simone

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24th July 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

 

Poetry Live! Presents The 3 FeMCs and Adam Colegrove! 
Farewell Matt Harvey!
We are sadly saying goodbye to our good friend Dangerman Matt Harvey who has been a long time MC here at Poetry Live tonight.
Here’s the lineup:
 
Guest Poets – The 3 FeMCs
 
Kate Kelly
Kate is very tall!
 
Sophie Procter
We all know Sophie well! Say no more! Say no more!
 
Simone Kaho
Simone has been performing poetry since first coming to Po Live in 2007, on a bungled date with a mohawked punk who turned up as someone else.
 
Guest Muso – God’s Orphan
 
God’s Orphan is the the brain child of Adam Colegrove. It was created in 2011. It is essentially dark ambient electronic music intended to challenge the emotions of the audience.
 
MC
James Crompton
 
The structure will be a bit different tonight. It will be approximately as follows.
 
Open Mic: 8pm
Guest Poets: 8.40 pm
Farewell to Matt: 9.10pm
Guest Muso: 9.30pm
Open Mic: 10.10pm

17th July 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

This week we’re doing things a little different at Poetry Live! Our night of Open Mic awesomeness will be interspersed with an awesome musical performance by Henika…

Henika is the childhood nickname of Henrieta Tornyai, a Slovakian born, New Zealand based multimedia artist. Henika plays guitar, bass guitar, the double bass and sings. She writes and produces her own music and directs and edits her own videos. After graduating The New Zealand School of Music in Auckland she travelled to United States where she performed in a variety of bands and continued her learning under Prof. Richard Davis a jazz bass legend.
Henika is now based in Auckland, New Zealand where she runs her own film and photography production company Hento Productions. https://www.facebook.com/pg/henikamusic/about/?ref=page_internal

 

10th July 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Ila Selwyn

Ila Selwyn will launch her book, ‘Dancing with Dragons.’

Ila Selwyn

a compressed bio

marry for adventure
have a daughter
travel like a turtle

live in a tent
have a son
escape a fire

sail to the bottom of the world
escape a husband
live in a tent

marry too soon
gain strength
throw out a husband

steel my heart
steal your heart
stay together in spite of the sods

marry for love
be sorely tested
find a voice
meet the test
find myself
stay together in spite of

Guest Musician: Caitlin Smith

will share her sumptuous, sumptuous talent with us at Ila’s book launch.

Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform – 5 minutes max

Koha entry

MC Kate

3rd July 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Ria Masae

Ria Masae has a BA the University of Auckland, as well as a BCA from MIT. She won the ‘2015 New Voices: Emerging Poets Competition’, and the ‘2016 Cooney Insurance Short Story Competition’. Ria was delighted to have her poetry translated into Spanish on the online Mexican literary journal, Circulo de Poesia. Recently, her poem, ‘Chipped China’ was one of twenty-five chosen for the 2017 ‘Best New Zealand Poems’ anthology. Ria is currently working on her first poetry collection.

Guest Musician: Harry Parsons

Harry Parsons was born in Dorset, England but grew up in Cambridge, New Zealand. He was surrounded by music from childhood. Dad played in orchestras and jazz bands and my sister became a folk musician. By age 10 I knew I wanted to make music also. From folk to alternative and he’s now delving into pop., working on original songs and collaborating with heaps of people. His latest single is called Real!

Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform – 5 minutes max

Koha entry

MC Simone

19th June 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Our guests this week are no strangers to the Poetry Live stage and are favourites among the PL audience…

Guest Poet: Dog RL

Our featured poet you know as Dog RL, the Poet who performs without a mic! Dog is also known as Peter Thumath – “I live in a house on the edge of the hill where the kohekohe grows. I work at a steel mill and in my spare time plant things and catch fish and sometimes make stuff or travel or write. I love words. I love the sound of them the taste the feel the way they fit together the rhythm the flow. I love their meanings and their hidden meanings and how they can conjure emotion while not saying anything. How they hurt if not used wisely yet still can heal and sing and play. And how the learning never stops.”

Guest Musician: Brendan and Alison Turner

Our guest musicians this week are Brendan and Alison Turner, long time members of the PL whanau, back to wow us with their original acoustic Folk and Country Blues from a goat farm at the bottom of the world.

Open Mic as always, can’t wait to see you all there 🙂

Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform

Koha entry

MC Sophie

12th June 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Vincent Nathan

Vincent is a rollercoaster of art, excitement and sharp wit so jump on and get ready for the ride of your life. When he’s not tearing subjects to pieces with his fiery spoken word tongue you will most probably find him sat with a bucket of KFC wicked wings. Vincent is a chameleon performer who has slayed roles in both musical theatre and stage performance. He is a dancer for breakfast, a performer for lunch, poet for dinner and Drag Queen for dessert and yes all the added lashings of singing, writing and poetry workshops added to the feast. He has two single passions that fire his engine, poetry and youth work. Youth work is Vincent’s favourite Book giving him a rare glimpse into the minds and hearts of youth which change with every turning page each day he is in schools. Vincent Loves people and if you want to know more look for the man with the Ta Moko on his face and jump on his roller coaster and get ready to screeeeam for terror or joy (both are great).

Guest Musician: Shannon McIntyre

Shannon has been writing and playing instruments since she can remember. Coming from a musical family she likes to Dabble in all areas of music. This has taken her to stages such as the town hall, various markets, bars & parties stretching from east to west. Some influences of hers include Amy Winehouse, PJ Harvey, Brittany Howard, Nina Simone to name a few.

Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform

Koha entry

MC Kate

5th June 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Ya-Wen Ho

Ya-Wen Ho is a poet, zine-maker, designer and letterpress printmaker. She graduated with her BFA(Hons) from Elam in 2012, and advocates for you to believe people when they tell you art school sets you up for life. Enduring research interests include experimental poetry, found language, and creative translations. She’s currently working on a Pantograph Punch essay on what it means to fail. Her first book, last edited [insert time here] is available from TinFish Press.

Guest Musician: Emma Walter

Emma is from Wairamarama, Onewhero. Poetry Live loves Emma who brings resonance, beauty, and spirituality every performance, moving listeners into emotional and healing spaces. “I try to give people through music what the whenua of home has given me.”

Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform

Koha entry

MC Simone

22nd May 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: David Stavanger

David Stavanger is a poet, writer, performer, cultural producer and lapsed psychologist. In 2013 he won the Arts QLD Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, resulting in the release of The Special (UQP), his first full-length collection which was also awarded the 2015 Wesley Michel Wright Poetry Prize. His longer prose-poem The Electric Journal about his lived experience with ECT was a finalist of the 2016 Newcastle Poetry Prize and will form the spine his next book. David was Co-Director of the Queensland Poetry Festival (2015-17) and is also sometimes known as Green Room-nominated spoken weird artist Ghostboy.

Guest Musician: Caitlin Smith

 

Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform

Koha entry

MC Sophie and Ken

8th May 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Rachael Naomi

Rachael says “I have been writing poetry since 2006, my previous creative outlets singing, playing the guitar and working on stories for young children. My passion for poetry, paint and a love of the artistic nature of letters, words and symbols of language, has led me to create visual poetry — adding colour and texture to my poetry through the medium of indian ink, paint and collage. I also love to chalk my poems responding to the impermanent and have a deep desire to keep the art of writing alive. Poetry Live! has been an integral part of my life since August 2006 — I love the vibe, the inclusiveness and the creative energy and can’t imagine life
without it! On this night, I look forward to taking my Poetry Live! MC pōtae, giving it to Kate to wear from this night onwards, and to place on my head the Poet pōtae once more.

Guest Musician: Freaky Meat

Freaky Meat are a dynamic and innovative act who have successfully combined elements of Jazz, Funk, Rock and Metal with beat-speak styles inspired by Jack Kerouac, C. R. Avery, Gill Scot Heron, William S Burroughs, Mr Bungle, Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart.
Premiere Auckland beat-poet Shane Hollands is joined by accomplished musicians John McNab (guitar), Rod Redgrave (percussion), and Julian Pettitt (bass) who create atmospheric soundscapes which are complemented by Hollands’ mesmerizing narratives of life, travels, experiences and people.
Freaky Meat are seasoned performers in Auckland’s live scene, joining forces with the likes of Andrew Fagan and The People, Black Sand Diva and Dave Alley.
in 2018 look out for the freaks heading into the studio to produce ‘Fugu’, tracks from the other side of the wordcore universe, a possibly disturbing dystopian dreamscape.
Reviews for their album ‘Delicatessen’ : “[Delicatessen] presents a collection of poems that range from finely nuanced wordcraft to beat-style stream-of-consciousness narratives…covering a diverse range of styles; jazz, funk, rock and even metal all knitted together by the high quality of its musical ideas and musicianship. Standout tracks include ‘The Lament of Paris’…’Stolen Kisses’, and ‘My Poetry Is An Alcoholic Pitbull’ – a clever piece of writing” – John Brinkman, Groove Guide
‘Poetry in musical motion…Highlights include Zombie Xmas Hams and My Poetry Is An Alcoholic Pit Bull In A Bad Mood’ – Ania Glowacz, NZ Musician Magazine
‘HLAH + Sam Hunt’ – Graham Reid, Elsewhere
Website: http://freakymeat.co.nz/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/freakymeat Music: https://freakymeat.bandcamp.com/
YouTube Videos – check out live performances of:
‘Slow Cooking In The Ghost Kitchen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lqsi3A6pOyk
‘The Lament of Paris’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IfY-7Abpus
‘Te Henga in Storm’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKxoJrm_dZQ

 

Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform

Koha entry

MC Kate