From the Archives: Small Holes in the Silence and Selina Tusitala Marsh

Good news: every single session of Going West since our very inception has been diligently recorded and beautifully archived with Auckland Libraries Te Kura Tawhiti Heritage and Research Collections. We’ve now begun the task of releasing these recordings online. It’s a larger task than you might think. But watch this space: there’ll be a dozen or so more recordings here posted over the coming weeks and months.

Warehouse Curtains from the performance Small Holes in the Silence

We feel blessed to kick off our season of podcasts with a recording from the extraordinary performance Small Holes in the Silence, in which one our most celebrated poets - Bill Manhire - recites some of his own and others’ works; and some of our favourite musicians - Norman Meehan, Hannah Griffin and Blair Latham - render these works in elegant and powerful musical forms. Enjoy these ideas-made-sonic. There’s more to come. But if you can’t wait, you can always pick it up at Bandcamp.

DSC_0050-2.jpg

Warehouse Curtains, by Bill Manhire, from Small Holes in the Silence; performed by Bill Manhire (recital), Norman Meehan (composer and piano); Hannah Griffin (vocals) Blair Latham (sax). Recorded on the opening night of the Going West Books and Writers Weekend; Henderson; September, 2017


Unity by Selina Tusitala Marsh, Curnow Reader 2017.

Every year, Going West marks the memory of Allen Curnow, a generous friend of the festival, by inviting a noteworthy New Zealand poet to read in his honour at our opening night. Here’s her poem Unity which our beloved Poet Laureate Marsh wrote for Commonwealth Observance Day, on request by HRH, performing it in front of same at Westminster Abbey. It’s worth checking out her introduction too, which lays out the extraordinary constraints in the royal machinery’s brief.

DSC_0111.jpg

Unity, introduced, written and performed by Selina Tusitala Marsh. Recorded on the opening night of the Going West Books and Writers Weekend; Henderson; September, 2017