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Going West celebrates National Poetry Day with Training Poets Between the Vales

  • Western Train Line - Sunnyvale to Fruitvale 13 Fruitvale Road Auckland, Auckland, 0600 New Zealand (map)
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Changing your commuter experience between the Sunnyvale and Fruitvale stations, on National Poetry Day, poets and musicians pop up to make magic through rhythm and verse.

Bronson Price aka ‘MELODOWNZ’
Midnight Poetry Band: Sally Strangelove, Olivia 'Tomorrow' Montgomery,
Shannon 'Shadowcat' De La Rocha & James 'the Drum Daimon' Rimmer,
Ron Riddell, Caroline Masters and Gus Simonovic!
Martin Sercombe and Britta Pollmuller - your Media Projects NZ team

Bronson Price aka “MELODOWNZ” is a Polynesian urban poet and artist raised in the Melting pot urban village of Avondale, Auckland, New Zealand. He plans to take over the world one rhyme at a time.

Ron Riddell is a Titirangi based writer and peace-advocate. He is also a painter, musician and author and has published twenty-one collections of verse and two novels.  

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Midnight Poetry Band are a loose collective in the Order of Wordcore (AK represent), making magic through any type of music with any type of poetry, & creating chaos encounters with anyone, in any place, any time, but preferably around Midnight. Catching the poeTrain this time are usual suspects Sally Strangelove, Olivia 'Tomorrow' Montgomery, Shannon 'Shadowcat' De La Rocha & James 'the Drum Daimon' Rimmer. All aboard! #lastrain2transcentral

Gus Simonovic is a cultural catalyst; poet, educator, creative entrepreneur, publisher, and a producer. His work has been widely published, and performed, locally and internationally. Gus is a driving force behind long-standing poetic project "Printable Reality" ( Even though he can be hard to understand, at times - his English seems to be broken all in the right places. He claims he understands himself, and is dedicating his life and work to understanding others. Most of his actions are inspired by simplicity, sustainability, beauty and minimalism.


Caroline Masters is a writer and teacher from Laingholm, Auckland.  She is the editor and creator of The Runcible Spoon, an online journal of children's poetry.  She has a MA in English Literature and a Grad. Dip in Primary Teaching.

Film makers Martin Sercombe and Britta Pollmuller (Media Projects NZ) will make a video record of the training poets in action. Martin helped organise the Cinepoetic Shorts film show at last year’s Going West Festival.

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Earlier Event: 11 August
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery
Later Event: 1 September