by Gill Ward and Elizabeth Coleman
The wonderful Fiona Farrell
It was an enormous pleasure to hear Fiona Farrell read at our May event. The Oxford Companion to NZ Literature describes her work thus: “In all forms [her work] is energetic and original, delighting in unexpected juxtapositions and sudden shifts of scene or mood. This unpredictability is matched by linguistic flair and variety”. We can testify to all this.
Who will forget listening to her unbearably sad poem Hamid Ameri’s Skull won’t stop growing, and then being consoled by the contrasting fun and joy of a love poem in which a woman was wooed with a load of firewood? We continue to be delighted that guests from so far away (Fiona came from Dunedin) are prepared to attend Poets to the People for a reading.
Mark Pirie this month
Our poet for this month is Mark Pirie, who, as well as being a poet himself is a fabulous supporter of poetry and poets, especially in the Wellington region. He is a regular attendee at our events, and often reads at the open mic. Mark has an enormous literary CV and we honour him for his contribution to poetry.
Come along and have a good time at Robert Harris on Sunday 30 June, 4 – 6pm and see and hear for yourself some fine words.
Have a go on the open mic
The open mic is very popular with 20 or more poets putting their names down each time. If you haven’t ever done so, do give it a go – you are guaranteed a very supportive audience that will love you for your courage. The list will close when we start proceedings, so if you want to read, please be on time and get your name on the board. We need to allow for time to support the café during the short break and also not squeeze out the guest reader.
We have the year’s programme almost sewn up now and can tell you we are in for some more amazing visiting guests. Please mark them on your calendars for the last Sunday of each month.
NB: This year there’s no meeting in October as it clashes with Labour Weekend.
- June – Mark Pirie
- July – Trish Harris
- August – Kate Camp (NZ Poetry week!)
- September – Erik Kennedy
Remember that the Kapiti Coast District Libraries’ Poetry Competition 2019 is now open and the deadline is 30 June. The theme is TOGETHER. For guidelines, and to enter, visit www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/libraries