Hello Poetry People
From Elizabeth and Gill
Whether you are a poet who gets up to the open mic, or a friend or supporter of the spoken or written word, we appreciate your interest in Poets to the People.
Not everyone on the mail list can attend every event but we’re always delighted with attendance figures, the contribution of quality poetry and general good humour.
Thank you for your part in this. Thus we look forward to another fabulous year.
Great session with Harvey
Our first 2018 meeting featured guest poet Harvey Molloy, pictured above.
This was a real treat! Harvey is widely experienced in the writing and poetry world.
He has had a rich and varied writing, studying and teaching career in many parts of the world and shared much of his knowledge and understanding of a range of different forms of poetry with humour, emotion and talent.
Glenn Colquhoun this month
This month’s guest on Sunday March 25th is Glenn Colquhoun.
He is a well-loved New Zealander who combines his medical career with his writing, reading and performing and is very much in demand.
His works include The Art of Walking Upright, Playing God, Jumping Ship and other Essays and more recently, Late Love – sometimes doctors need saving as much as their patients.
We are delighted to host Glenn again at Hightide and eagerly anticipate his visit.
Give the open mic a go!
If you are a closet poet and have never stood at the open mic, do consider giving it a go.
We know it’s a brave thing to do; we enjoy every contribution. As a general rule it’s one poem per person and not too long, which gives room for lots of participants and, most importantly, doesn’t squeeze the guest reader.
There aren’t many venues where a poet has the floor for a generous 40 or 45 minutes and it’s a feature we want to preserve, for the sake of the poet and for our benefit too.
Readers’ and Writers’ events in Wellington
Recently some of you will have enjoyed the Arts Festival and Readers’ and Writers’ events in Wellington.
It’s an inspirational time, hearing writers and watching performers; inspiration is what we all need!
For more information – to tickle your poetry fancy – there are links and competitions and events on the NZSA website, Poetry Shelf, Poetry NZ and many other sites on line.
Elizabeth has written this month’s excellent newsletter but Gill is adding a short reminder about emails:
Most of the people who had to change their email have told us but some of those who haven’t yet will not be receiving this one.
Please tell people who usually come along with you to check with me, Gill, at our next session if they say have been missed.
I will have a list of those on the previous list so people can see if they have been left out. Word of mouth is the strongest form of advertising so keep spreading the word.
And more importantly please let me know if you don’t want to be on the list (there are over 100 at the moment) and I will remove you, ditto if you have received this by mistake. Thanks – and bear with me!
See you on Sunday March 25, 4 – 6pm at Hightide Café, Marine Parade, Paraparaumu.
Elizabeth and Gill