20th July 2019 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Sam Clements
Former academic, top commerce honours scholar, public servant, musician, and in recent years a fledgling poet, Sam’s work has appeared in Landfall and Kingston Jamaica’s The Gleaner. In February he formally debuted as a poet at the Auckland Fringe Festival in the production Psychopomp, directed by multi award winning actress Willa (O’Neill) Cameron,
featuring the Vogue Italia portfolio photography of American Alana Clarke (Cleveland, Ohio), collaborating with poets Peter Le Baige, Rose Northey and Katerina Makri, NZ guitarist Nigel Gavin, and guitarist/singer/songwriter Sonia Wilson (Franco/US). He has collaborated and performed with Ben Ferdandez of the famed Ben Ferdandez Jazz Quintet, and read during a recital featuring world renowned violist Milisavljevic,  rincipal violist in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He is a periodic informal assistant to poet and writer Anita Arlov at Inside Out Open Mic for Writers, and becomes an MC at Poetry Live in August. He
loves many things, including cats and pilsner beer.

Tough Tiger Fist

Ben Cleland and Matt Parker are two country bumpkins from the small rural town of Waiuku trying to make it in the big city. Together, this dynamic duo are Tough Tiger Fist, New Zealand’s fourth best folk comedy music duo (that we know of). A frequent performer in the Auckland comedy scene, Tough Tiger Fist recently performed a sold out show at this year’s Auckland Fringe Festival. Known for their catchy songs, high energy performances and dark sense of humor, Tough Tiger Fist has amassed a cult following of loyal fans (who clearly have real questionable taste in music). For a performance you won’t soon forget (for better or worse) look no further than Tough Tiger Fist.

open mic 8pm. Music 9pm. Poet 9.40pm
please support Poetry Live! and our guests by giving Koha

23rd July 2019 at PoetryLive

Poetry Live Presents: 

Joshua Tepania & The Miracle Goatherders

Tuesday 23rd July at 8pm
Guest Poet: 
Joshua Tepania
I was born and raised in Auckland city. I left school and I couldn’t read so I taught myself how to read by reading comic books for three years. My two main poetic inspirations are Tupac and Bob Marley because they are both lyrical geniuses. I became a poet because some online troll accused me of plagiarism so I started to write everything in rhyme. I noticed that I had real flair for putting complicated concepts into a simplistic form so it could all be assimilated by people easier. I went down the rabbit hole of spirit, psychology, philosophy, governmental practices and I wrote poetry about all of it. I’ve given away well over 1000 poems in my time because I felt that is way my way of helping the world. This will be the very first time that I stand in front of a crowd and speak the poetry that I love to write so much.
Guest Musicians:
The Miracle Goatherders
The Miracle Goat Herders are a three piece band with 6 guitar strings,
4 bass strings, 4 drums and a cymbal all adding up to
original and unfeta’d musical stylings.
James Crompton
Classical Format:
Rough Schedule
8.00 pm: Guest Musos
8.30 pm Break
8.40 pm First Open Mic (6 only)
9.10 pm Break
9.20 pm Joshua Tepania
9.50 pm Break
10.00 pm Second Open Mic
Please remember to bring koha to support our guests
Open Mic is a 5 minute limit
Poetry Live: 38 years and still strong
Every Tuesday night at the Thirsty Dog on K Road.

25th June 2019 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Poetry Live! Presents: 

I K Paterson and John Goudge

Tuesday 25th June at 8pm 
The Thirsty Dog, (cnr Karangahape Road and Howe St)
Please note the first section of Open Mic will be at 8pm, and the second section after our guest poet about 10pm.
Guest Poet
I K Paterson
I K Paterson is originally from Dunedin, but has been a K Rd local for a decade and a half. Being someone who can’t quite focus on any one career path, she considers herself a musician, film maker, writer and poet. She’s released three albums with bands, published numerous stories, been twice short-listed for the Sir Julius Vogel awards for her novellas, and is in the post production stages of her webseries ‘Immi the Vegan’. Her poetry can be found in publications such as Landfall, Takahe, JAAM and the Poetry NZ yearbook.
Guest Musician
John Goudge
John Goudge is a West Auckland musician, actor & director well-known for his dynamic performances.
John’s music is unique and engaging, & generally tells a story. At Poetry Live he’ll be featuring his ballads on acoustic guitar.
His long career making original music began with his first solo concert in 1993, & his funky rock band started appearing regularly at venues in Auckland City from 1999.
In May 2006 John re-launched the band with a sell-out concert at the Westpoint Performing Arts Centre.
Later that year the band was adjudged the “most outstanding band” at ALT TV’s Top of the Rocks competition, & in April 2008 his song Coma appear at number 1 on the Amplifier.co.nz charts.
With a concert at Titirangi Theatre, John released his acclaimed debut studio album Fool Circle in April 2010.
John also occasionally features with the Titirangi All-stars Soul Revue Band, & the world fusion dance band Ionosphere.
In Auckland he trains others to be performers at his drama school & music studio, as well as directing theatre shows & music events.
James Crompton
Open mic is a limit of 5 minutes per poet.
Please bring along koha to support our guests.
Rough Scehdule:
8.00 – Open Mic First Section
8.30 – Break
8.40 – John Goudge
9.10 – Break
9.20 – I K Paterson
9.50 – Break
10.00 – Open Mic

28th May 2019 @ Poetrylive


8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Poetry Live! Presents:

EllieMatt Reece and Kate Spencer

Tuesday 23rd April at 8pm 
The Thirsty Dog, (cnr Karangahape Road and Howe St)
N.B. We have a slightly alternative format this evening due to our extra guest.
Guest Poet
I am a sailor, tinker, tailor.
I am trans, pansexual, polyamorous, kinky woman.
I am a poet on the stage and a p.o.e.t in the navy proudly serving in the navy for the last 15 years.
I have faced hate over who i am, over what i do and the person i used to be. I have never experienced poverty giving me a rose tinted childhood and a childish adulthood
I have been married and had kids (not in that order :-P), i have suffered abuse, depression and suicidal ideation.
Poetry has made more sense of my life than anything else i have tried. My psychiatrist suggested i write, i open mic and i publish (not there yet lol).
More people than i care to count insist i am a talented poet, so i think i will keep doing it if only to keep my sanity. You people make me sane… ish.
Guest Muso
Matt Reece
Matt Reece collects and plays various ethnic wind instruments from around the world. He brings a contemporary approach to ancient voices whilst still respecting the ancient origins of these unique voices.Every performance is unique as Matt lets these instruments speak through him.
Additional Special Guest 
Kate Spencer
Kate Spencer is producer and alumna of Naked Girls Reading and The Wellington Feminist Poetry Club, and co-producer of Poetry in Motion Wellington; she’s a national slam finalist, a typewriter poet for hire, a project manager and article writer; she’s a church-going, fully fledged, committed Christian; she’s a dichotomy. She has done many things with her life and will do many more.
Photo credit to Becki Moss
James Crompton
8pm Matt Reece
8.30 Break
9.00 Open Mic (first section)
9.10 Break
9.20 Ellie Poucher
9.50 Break
10.00 Kate Spencer
10.15 Open Mic (Second section)
Strictly 5 minute limit for Open mic.
Please bring koha for our guests.

21st May 2019 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Poetry Live! Presents:  Peter Bland & Permission to Speak

Poet: Peter Bland was born in Yorkshire in 1934 and emigrated to New Zealand twenty years later, for many years dividing his time between the two countries. He is now a much-loved part of the Auckland poetry scene. Peter has written plays, poems, children’s books and a memoir, and is the recipient of numerous awards for his poetry including the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Excellence. His latest book Just Looking is a collection of Peter’s poems about paintings and the visual image, drawn together for his 85th birthday.


Musician: Permission to Speak, comprised of musicians Jono and Sam, are almost regulars now at Poetry Live, their unique blues/ rock/ contemporary folk/ alternative sound uses a healthy mix of influences to produce untamed sounds that always go down a treat.

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