Monday, July 26, 2010

National Poetry Day

It looks like it's going to be a big one. As well as the reading I'm performing at out in Titirangi, there's the lauch for the late Leigh Davis' collection Stunning debut of the repairing of a life at the at the University of Otago's Auckland Centre, 385 Queen Street, Auckland from 6.00–8.00 pm. At the Auckland City Library is a continuation of the "Million Poems for Matariki" project, with Selina Tusitala Marsh, last year's poet laureate Michele Leggott, and current Laureate Cilla McQueen.

And Christchurch - I haven't forgotten you! There's a reading at the University Bookshop, for the launch of Guarding the Cellar Door by Linda Connell, published by Steele Roberts, with readings by Roger Hickin, Tusiata Avia, my good friends Jeffrey Paparoa Holman and Micah Timona-Ferris, and writers from the School for Young Writers. I think there may be something at the central city library as well, but I could be wrong.

More events can be found here.


Mark said...

It's awesome that New Zealand has a National Poetry Day. Does it actually mean anything, or is it like "National Poetry Month" in the U.S., which exists only so poets can disparage "National Poetry Month."

Ross Brighton said...

Yes and no. There are lots of readings and things, good. And NZ post book awards, good if you publish with someone big who can afford all the comp copies neccessary to enter. I like that it exists.