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10 Aug 2020

Poetry on the Streets, in the Windows, and in Your Library

Join us not for a day, but for a month of celebrations as we explore poetry in our region from every angle.

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Our popular open mic returns—come along and share your poems with us in this friendly lunchtime session (or just have a listen to the local talent). And we’re taking poetry to the streets – look out and listen for poetry popping up in unlikely places. All of these events are free to attend, everyone is welcome.

• Poems on Trafalgar, 29 August at 11am. Upper Trafalgar Street.
Join our team of readers and musicians as we celebrate the art of poetry and read ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ for you LIVE in the Trafalgar Street Mall.
29 August at 11am. Upper Trafalgar Street.
FREE event. (BYO nor’wester!)


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• Poetry: Framed — through August.
NZ poet Hera Lindsay Bird is our featured NZ artist for 2020.
Read her work in the windows of the State Advances Building (Achilles Avenue) for the duration of August.

• David Karena-Holmes
Join David as he discusses the relevance of poetry in our post-COVID world, 23 August 2-3pm. Elma Turner Library.

• Elma Turner Poetry Fridge
Where better to affix your lyrical works than the fridge?!
Add your short poem to our very own fridge door and be in the draw to win!
Fri-Sun 21-23 Aug, Elma Turner Library