This year Going West Poetry Slam’s Doug Poole, Penny Howard and Zane Scarborough will again team up to offer their signature fast-paced evening of competitive performance poetry with generous cash prizes. There are four heats around Auckland leading up to the fast paced and thrilling Grand Slam on September 9.
Featuring Selina Tusitala Marsh as The Curnow Reader, Rod Oram as the Sir Graeme Douglas Orator and and literary musical experience Small Holes in the Silence, a selection of New Zealand poetry set to music, including works by Hone Tuwhare, Bill Manhire, Alistair Campbell and James K Baxter.
$30.00 ($25.00 concession) Includes light supper and a complimentary glass of wine. Cash bar open at intermission and following performance.
Bookings at iTICKET.co.nz
Word Up! is an exciting word-based performance competition which gives 13-20-year-olds the opportunity to present their original work, from rap, poetry, and spoken word, to music or even stand-up comedy. This is an action-packed evening not to be missed, featuring some of our finest young performers as they battle it out for great prizes.
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An evening of poetry-based films building on the success of the inaugural 2016 Lyrical Vision programme. Locally-based Robin Kewel and Martin Sercombe - collaborators in bringing film to the people - team up to present an eclectic assortment of short films seldom seen, all influenced by poetry. It is a rare experience to see films of this unique nature and to meet their makers.