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!
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.
8.40 First Open Mic (6 poets only)
9.20 Eliana Gray
10pm Second Open Mic
Please remember Poetry Live functions on koha to pay our guest poets and musicians.
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 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.
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
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.
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.