12th March 2019 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Poetry Live is thrilled to present: 

Daniel Larsen & Marcus Sellwood

Daniel Larsen teaches poetry and creative writing at Toi Ora. Late last year he self-published his first major work, Selection. He was a member of, The Literatti who performed around the country. He is the current organiser of the Kerouac Effect Auckland.

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!

Kate Kelly MC
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26th February 2019 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Poetry Live is thrilled to present: 

Eliana Gray & Being

Eliana Gray:

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.

MC: James Crompton

Rough Schedule:

8pm Being
8.30 Break
8.40 First Open Mic (6 poets only)
9.10 Break
9.20 Eliana Gray
9.50 Break
10pm Second Open Mic

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Open Mic has a 5 minute limit per poet.

12th February 2019 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Poetry Live is thrilled to present: 

Dan Goodwin & Caitlin Smith

Dan Goodwin:

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:

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.

11th December 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Poetry Live is delighted to present: 

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

MC Kate

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4th December 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Poetry Live is thrilled to present: 

Emma Kahu Orion Walter and Bob Orr

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.

Minor format change – open mic starts at 8pm to allow for Emma’s travel.
All welcome on open mic, 5 minutes max. Koha entry.

27th November 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Poetry Live! Presents
Penny Ashton & Matt Harvey
Tuesday 27th November, 8pm.
The Thirsty Dog
This week we have an exciting double act of poets with perhaps some musical interlude.
Penny Ashton
Penny Ashton’s first ever poetry feature was at Poetry Live at the Departure Lounge in 2002. From that lounge she then launched a global career of comedy, poetry, theatre and smart arsery that has seen her perform over 700 solo shows from Edinburgh to Edmonton to Mosgiel.
She has represented both New Zealand in The World Cup of Theatresports in Germany, and Australasia in a Performance Poetry Slam Tournament Tour of the UK. She has also performed poetry by invitation at The Glastonbury Festival, her solo musical Promise and Promiscuity at The Jane Austen Festival in Bath and has reported from the Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas.
Penny met her hot funny husband, Matthew Harvey at an open mic night at the London Bar and she encourages everyone single to look around them tonight and take a chance.
Matthew Harvey
Matthew made his first tentative, slightly wobbly steps into the world of Performance poetry right here at the Thirsty Dog, at POETRY LIVE! After that first nervous, slurred reading-whilst-staring-at-the-floor he decided he kind of enjoyed it. Since then he has performed all over the place, he’s been to fringe festival in Dunedin, Winnpeg, Edmonton, Fort MacMurray (google it, it’s a strange place full of trucks), WOMAD in New Plymouth and the biggest of them all The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He’s slightly less slurry and he’s unafraid to look up from his shoes now.
“channelling Dr. Seuss and James Dean.” ★★★★ Edmonton Journal
“…I looked like a panda due to crying my make up off from laughing so hard.” Thespeakeasy.co.nz
And of course Open Mic
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Open Mic 5 minute limit.
There may be some tinkling with the order of things due to the slightly different nature of the evening. I may put some open mic on first.

13th November 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Aidan Barrett-Howard

Aidan started writing poetry and short stories as a child, from around the age of nine. In 1969, at the age of 11, he wrote a poem in response to the playing of a piece of music during a music class, which was passed on to the Ministry of Education, who included it in their training material for student English teachers until 1978. In 1972, at the age of 14, he became the first gay school-pupil in the world to have a gay poem published.

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.

Guest Musician: Volita Pearl

Singer & guitarist from Auckland rock band The Neo-Kalashnikovs. After taking time out for a couple years to have some babies she is feeling her way back to her musical roots. She is currently working on some new material for an album to be recorded soon which she will share at poetry live.



Open Mic poets…5 minute limit. Thanks.

6th November 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Fiona Stevens

Fiona Stevens is a prose writer and poet who lives and writes in Tamaki Makaurau. Her work has previously appeared in brief.the.journal and Ingenio in Aotearoa, and the Blue Nib in the UK. She curates and MCs the Verse Us live poetry events held periodically throughout the year. Fiona grew up working class and developed a strong feminist consciousness, and these influences can be seen in her poetry. She likes to step outside of those boxes too.

Guest Musician: Mark Laurent

Mark Laurent has been a professional guitarist, singer/songwriter for nearly 40 years. He’s played rock, blues, reggae, country, folk, & even dabbled with jazz. He plays solo, in bands and duos, particularly over the last 2 decades with songwriter wife Brenda Liddiard. Mark (sometimes with Brenda on mandolin & vocals) gigs extensively throughout New Zealand, with occasional forays to Australia and Europe, and has performed several times on TV and radio.
Open Mic poets…5 minute limit. Thanks.

23rd October 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Sally Strangelove

Sally Strangelove is an enigma—to herself.. Questions of Identity and Reality entangle themselves in blue within and beyond her personal space-time continuum.. Finding herself continuously led by some extreme mystic drive to actualisation, Sally Strangelove skirts the boundaries between art and psychosis in an attempt to evade hypnotic enslavement to a prescribed consensus reality fraught with pathological normality, obsolete political hierarchy, and ongoing systemic atrocity.. In doing so, she enjoys employing subversive strategies such as subtle satire, extremist ego-play, and comedic confusion, mostly within the context of performance poetry or theatrical protest. Through years of daily practice, Strangelove has mastered the art of inducing Associative Identity Disorder to channel her various creative archetypes to unleash some ever-evolving and perpetually nebulous Master Plan. Meanwhile, within another life in her own parallel universe, she fights to make the world a better place through tours of duty in marginalised, under-funded social action sectors…

Guest Musician: Midnight Poetry Band

Midnight Poetry Band are a loose collective in the Order of Wordcore (AK represent), creating magic through chaos encounters with any type of music, any type of poetry, with anyone, in any place, and any time—but preferably around Midnight* This evening’s show features the usual suspects: Sally Strangelove, Olivia ‘Tomorrow’ Montgomery, Shadowcat, Jake ‘Little Daisy’ Rawson, James ‘the Drum Daimon’ Rimmer, special guests and potentially YOU!
At the end of the evening after open mic a selection of other poets will perform with the Midnight poetry band.
Running Order
8pm: Midnight Poetry Band
8:30ish: Break
8.45ish Open Mic first 6 only
9.15ish Break
9.30ish Sally Strangelove
10pmish: Break
10.15ish More Open mic
At the end: More Midnight Poetry Band with some selected poets.
Open Mic poets…5 minute limit. Thanks.

9th October 2018 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Lee Wallace

Lee Wallace takes a grain of truth, a huge dose of craziness and equal parts desperation and slapstick and runs it through the sausage maker of his mind to see what comes out.
Often it’s rubbish but occasionally it’s brilliant. He’s gathered up some of the latter works to read for you this week at Poetry Live.
Lee has performed around New Zealand and was a guest poet at the ‘Spirit’ poetry night in Tokyo as well as making other appearances in that fine city. He was slated to do something in Kyoto too but couldn’t find the building.

Guest Musician: m(emu:)

I am m(emu:) who is musician/composer. I’m doing realtime over dub using my voice, app, melodica and some instrumentals. I’ve been seeking the melody, sound and music which penetrate my heart, seeking my sound too. I made a self-produced album about 6 years ago.
I encountered the loop machine at the concert of Massive Attack’s opening act by Martina Topley Bird 2010, “Ahhh that is exactly what I want to do!!!!” I thought. Then I’ve been attracted by looping my sound until now. Really like the layer of voices, the combination of electric and acoustic sound, scale of Arabic. Always WANTED ladies and gentlemen friends who are musician, VJ, makeup artist, illustrator, queer, ◯◯geek… any kinds of beautiful interesting people.
m(emu:) on YouTube
Time: 8pm
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