Poetry Ngaio

Two free community events will offer a unique opportunity to write, hear and share poems at Cummings Park Library (Ngaio, Wellington) this month.

The first, which runs from Monday 14 to Monday 28 August, focuses on writing and sharing poems. A selection of photographs taken around Ngaio and Crofton Downs will be on view at the library as a ‘starter’ for people to respond to or launch from. Participants can then share the poems they write by adding them to the display. Everyone is welcome to take part, and people can take whatever approach they want. They can write about the here and now, or let their response lead them into other kinds of writing – serious, funny, speculative, whatever they feel drawn to.

The second event is a Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day reading featuring some of the terrific writers with connections to Ngaio and Crofton Downs, at 7.30-9.30pm, Friday 25 August. The evening will include readings by poets Carmen Downes, Janis Freegard, John Howell, Kate Spencer and Kerry Popplewell, as well as a selection of poems by other writers with connections to the area, and an opportunity to read in open mic.

National Poetry Day is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017, with more than 100 events taking place across New Zealand. For information on Poetry Ngaio, visit their website.