18th September 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Leanne Rattray

And our featured poet this week is a familiar face and long time member of the Poetry Live Whanau, Leanne Rattray! Leanne is an accountant from Gisborne who has been writing poetry since childhood and started performing her pieces in 1997.She published her book “Who the Fork is Alice?” in 2012 and has been doing collaborations with other poets and musicians for the past 8 years. She is a self confessed “poetry whore” who loves nothing more than sharing her words on stage.

Guest Musician: Emma Cooper-Williams

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.

MC: Sophie
Koha Entry, all welcome on the open mic. 

11th September 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Frank

“Some people call me Frank, I am a poet. I was born here but I am not from here. These are the good days.” – Frank

Guest Musician: Bobandii

“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.”

MC: Kate
Koha Entry, all welcome on the open mic. 

4th September 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Karlo Mila

Karlo Mila has published two collections of poetry, the first of which won the ‘Best first book award’ in the NZ literature awards in 2005. She is widely anthologised and regularly performs poetry and runs writing workshops. Her day job is in indigenous leadership and activating ancestral knowledge into contemporary lives, via Mana Moana, which is based on her postdoctoral research. Karlo lives in Owairaka with her three boys.

Guest Musician: Him

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

MC: Simone
Koha Entry, all welcome on the open mic. 

28th August 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Fern

Fern is a poet, singer, and songwriter with a few more tricks up her sleeve. She first read at Poetry Live a year ago, after she found out, by sheer chance, that a cult had been trying to recruit her 4 years previously. She wrote a poem, then a few more. Fern likes to tell a story and her eclectic history and hobbies make for some subject matter that occasionally rhymes. Sometimes. She’s bringing some you’ve heard before, and a few new yarns.

Guest Musician: Nick Brightwell

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.

MC: James
8pm Start – Muso, Short Open Mic, Poet, More Open Mic.
Come all ye Poets.
5 minute limit on Open Mic Thanks! 🙂

21st August 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Poetry Live! Presents Resurrection Night with

René Harrison and Golf Weather!

Celebrate National Poetry Week at Poetry Live by welcoming back Ressurection Night! A once yearly night where we celebrate the poets of our past. Come and read a work or two from one of your favourite bygone poets and even dress up as one of them! Prizes up for grabs!
To to help celebrate the night we have two fantastic special guests,
 first up our muso for the evening, Golf Weather.
A self recording artist, GolfWeather’s catalogue includes acoustic singer/songwriter vibes, with a strong folk influence while also featuring subtle production techniques.
“It’s almost like an inside joke; that these are songs recorded in my wardrobe. I treat it like a retreat, and when I emerge there’s usually some workable material” says the Auckland based artist.
GolfWeather is the solo project for budding musician Mitch Treleaven. He has studied performance, production and song craft at MAINZ and the University of Auckland respectively. The most of the songs have been written while studying, covering a broad range of subjects; from love stories to political commentaries.
And our featured poet for the evening is René Harrison.
”I’ve been bringing my ‘crippled aesthetics’ to Poetry church on and off since 1990. I like poetry’s power to unsettle normalcy. So forming images from a blind point of view, I find the fissures in authority where novelty may appear.”
The first half of Open Mic will be for Resurrected Poets.
Will be a cracking night! MC’d by the James Crompton, the resurrected Rachel Naomi and Kate Kelly.

14th August 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Stu McGregor

Stu is a newcomer to poetry. Poetry has become an important release valve and is glad to have found Poetry Live so welcoming. His first foray into poetry was in 1989 at a talent quest where he performed a now forgotten work “The Scottish Thistle” that failed to impress. As one judge said, “The best bit of the poem is that it finished right on the 2 minute bell. Thank the gods we didn’t have to sit through any more.” Despite thinking that this was the end of his career, Stu still wrote several unsuccessful love poems that were some say “tragically lost” when entrusted to the recipients. Twenty years passed and he found himself writing again by accident. Kate introduced him to poetry live so it’s all her fault.

Guest Musician: Karen Plimmer

For as long as she could talk and reach the keys on the piano Karen has had something to do with music. From writing her first songs at age 8, to studying with the likes of the late Jack Body in Wellington music has been her happy place and a powerful way to express thoughts. She grew up listening to Western Classical music with a grandmother who was generous and took her to numerous concerts. Later she studied Javanese Gamelan in Wellington and in more recent years she has followed her interest in Indian Classical music with Ustad Manjit Singh ji in Auckland.

She is looking forward to sharing some of her own songs, others which have been an go-to from various genres.

Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform – 5 minutes max
Koha please for our wonderful guests
MC Kate Kelly


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

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.
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