By Gill Ward and Elizabeth Coleman

Greetings to all poets and poetry-lovers,

Erik-Kennedy (1)Thank you for another good attendance at our September event featuring our guest poet, Erik Kennedy. We enjoyed his presentation very much. He is a new voice for New Zealand poetry and he now has many Kapiti fans. Erik travelled with his partner all the way from Christchurch to entertain us. 

Many of our guests come considerable distances and it’s certainly no money-making trip for them! With our $5 per head door fee we can top up our amount with a small honorarium to a poet from afar so it’s always great if there are a few book sales too. Erik said that his reception from Poets to the People was “among the best receptions I have had, anywhere”.

What lies ahead

This is a reminder that there will be no meeting in October, the last Sunday of which coincides with Labour Weekend. 

But don’t forget that Poetry at the Fringe (26-32 Allen St, Wellington) meets on 20 October, 4 – 6 pm. It’d be great to support this monthly Wellington event, especially in a month where we may be missing our own local bards. We are really grateful to Geraldine who comes up to us each month and lets us know the up-to-date Fringe programme. 

If you’re in a competitive mood, here are a few options: Submissions close 31st October for the Anthology, “We Are New Zealand”

The New Zealand Poetry Society website has competitions — something else to check out.

Verb Festival

Wednesday, 6 November — Sunday, 10 November in Wellington. 

We celebrate writers from Aotearoa/New Zealand and around the world in a five-day festival featuring our famous LitCrawl Wellington in the middle of it all. 

Mark 6 — 10 November in your diaries (LitCrawl on Saturday 9 November). There will be events for everyone and a special programme of workshops and experiences of kids, too. 

Programme is out now, it is all online – heaps of literary joy!

Our final session for 2019

Mary Jane DuffyOur Open mic for November will be your last chance to read, until February 2020, so please get writing!

Our final guest (November 24th) will be Mary Jane Duffy. We look forward to seeing you there.

We will send a reminder during November.