Kapiti Poets to the People in May

The wonderful Harry Ricketts

By Elizabeth and Gill

Hello, Poetry People

Our April event was thoroughly enjoyable. Harry Ricketts’ reading was fabulous.

We are in awe of his talent which he illustrated with a no-nonsense variety of forms, all poems delivered in his trademark sensitive and conversational style.

He, too, appreciated the fine audience. Sixteen local poets went up to the open mic and altogether the poetry was varied and excellent.

Well done, and Hurray for Everyone!

Featuring Helen Heath

For this month’s meeting on May 27th, our guest is Helen Heath, an accomplished Kapiti Coast poet whose 3rd book, entitled “Are Friends Electric?” (Published by VUP) will be launched on July 14th.

Helen Heath

What an intriguing title that is! Helen is noted, in particular, for combining the scientific and domestic worlds in her writing.

She was the recipient of the Jessie McKay award for Best First Book of Poetry in the New Zealand Post Book Awards, for “Graft” (2012).

Helen is described as curious and clear-eyed, seeking to investigate and question where worlds overlap and intersect.  “Graft is a joy to read. Afraid of neither ideas nor feeling, the poems refresh both past and present” says Paula Green.

Support the hosts!

Hightide Café hosts us generously and we’re very grateful for the assistance offered by Leigh and her staff.

Please continue to support the bar and kitchen and make it an all-round experience. The venue is central and convenient and we feel quite settled there. Thank you, Leigh.

  • International Happiness Day is on 20th May. Can you think of anything better than snuggling up with a poetry book to celebrate this? (Especially a New Zealand one).

A reminder: Do look up the NZ Poetry Society’s website for their annual competition details. Deadline for entries is 30th  May, so there’s not much time left for submissions. Everyone has a chance to have a poem published in the NZPS anthology.

  • National Poetry Day this year is on August 24th. Perhaps we might consider a New Zealand theme (but not compulsory) for our Open Mic on the 26th? If you like this idea, or have another, please let us know.

See you at Hightide, May 27th and looking forward to Helen’s reading.

Best wishes,

Gill and Elizabeth.

(You can find us on Facebook at:  Poets to the People – Kapiti  (with many thanks to Sonya who keeps this going).


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