Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Pania Press Giveaway!

Bronwyn is inviting people to enter a giveaway competition over at her blog Mosehouse Studio. All you have to do is leave a comment on her latest post by this Friday (24th September).

The prize is a copy of Pania Press's new publication: Michele Leggott's poetry chapbook Northland, available in a numbered, limited edition of seventy-five copies.

Go on! What do you have to lose? Alternatively, you could buy the book from the Pania site for $55, or (as usual) from Parsons Bookshop in Auckland.

I suspect this book will become a collector's item. How could it not? Once we've sold those sixty-odd copies, we don't plan to print any more.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Three September Launches:

[Paula Green & Harry Ricketts, 99 Ways into NZ Poetry]


Launch Event for
99 Ways into New Zealand Poetry

Auckland Central Public Library
Friday, 17th September
5.30-7.00 pm

Introduced by Paula Green & Harry Ricketts,
the book's authors,
ten poets will each have 3 to 5 minutes to chat informally
on the subject of poetry.

Here is the list:

Sarah Broom
Janet Charman
Murray Edmond
Anna Jackson
Michele Leggott
Selina Tusitala Marsh
Jack Ross
Robert Sullivan
Albert Wendt
Sonya Yelich

[Jack Ross, Kingdom of Alt]

Titus Books


Thursday, September 23rd
at Alleluya Cafe, Karangahape Rd, Auckland.
6pm start

Alex Wild Jespersen
The Constant Losers

A novel of text-talk, musomania, mix tapes, student bars and library intrigues, The Constant Losers starts with a google search for 'boykrew fan club' and ends in a 'zine war'. The book's heroes are two students whose strange relationship begins in print and develops through a series of chaotic encounters.

Jack Ross
Kingdom of Alt

Is writing about staying on the sidelines, or getting involved - marginal observation, or "skyline operations" (Auden)? This book of short stories (plus one novella) offers a series of takes on the possibility of a truly engaged literature. Not all the conclusions it comes to are entirely pessimistic.

See you there


Order the books here

[Alex Wild Jespersen, The Constant Losers]

[Gabriel White & David Simmons, Stories of Tāmaki]

Wednesday 29 September

FREE Public Event

The premiere screening of
Gabriel White's new film
Stories of Tāmaki
with David Simmons

Academy Cinema
44 Lorne Street
city centre
(below Central City Library)

This 50 minute film testifies to rich ancestral heritage of Tāmaki Makaurau, a landscape many take for granted.

NB: Stories of Tāmaki was funded by The Screen Innovation Fund and supported by The Auckland Heritage Festival 2010.

[Gabriel White]

Monday, September 06, 2010

Jack's Aussie Adventure

[Harbour view]

So where have I just been? Yup, you guessed it. No matter how many times you've seen it before, it's still pretty tempting to take a snap of the Opera House.

[Meriton Apartments, Suite 4502]

Here's where we stayed.

[Sydney CBD]

& here's the view. Pretty cool, eh?

[Lisa Samuels, Ricci Van Elburg & Jen Crawford]

Don't they look glamorous?

[John Newton, Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, Michele Leggott]

Not that these three don't look pretty glam as well ...

[Performance Space, UTS Broadway Campus]

Setting up on the first full day of readings (September 1st)

[Home & Away 2010: A Trans Tasman Poetry Symposium]

Michele gets things underway.

[The Booktable]

Always important for me: some brilliant deals and swaps were done this time (as on previous occasions).

[Dave Mitchell]

[Michele & Dave]

[& a great big hug]

The presiding spirit of the occasion.

[Janet Charman, Vivienne Plumb, Selina Tusitala Marsh & David Howard]

The main business of the symposium consisted of four panels. Each time, four poets read and discussed some examples of their latest work (all of which had been made available in advance on the digital bridge). This is the final panel on day 2.

[Mark Fryer, Michele Leggott, Janet Charman & Michael Farrell]

After all that hard work, what better way to relax than with a ferry ride? Here we are on our way to Cockatoo Island on the last day of the proceedings.

[Mark Young & Martin Edmond]

[Amanda Stewart]

[Sydney Harbour Bridge]

A shot to match the ones I took of Auckland Harbour Bridge earlier this year.

[Michael Farrell & Janet Charman on Cockatoo Island]

[Prison Cells on Cockatoo Island]

[Circular Quay]

They sure made us feel welcome. But then it was time to say goodbye.

[Mark Fryer, Michele Leggott, Helen Sword, Lisa Samuels, Jen Crawford]

Zero's glad to have me back. I enjoyed myself a lot, but I'm happy to be home.