A Progression of Poets comes to Napier on August 23 to entertain and inspire


Jay Nieuwland, trans poet and author of I am a Human Being and winner of Best First Book of Poetry at the 2021 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, will perform in Napier.

Get ready for the chilliest literary nights on Aotearoa New Zealand’s creative calendar – and it’s happening in Napier.

The Hawke’s Bay Readers and Writers Trust presents A Progression of Poets 2022 around town on the evening of Tuesday, August 23. It’s epic, it’s soul food and it’s free.

So what’s going on? You, the audience, make yourself comfortable in one of three locations in the Globe Restaurant (formerly the Emporium), Vinci’s Pizza or The Cabana while pairs of poets spin around the venue. Imagine the scene – you with a glass of something and a delicious bite, settling in to be entertained and inspired. Happiness.

The bay is quickly becoming a hub of poetic activity (think the Common Poets Society and Hastings and Napier Live Poets), so poets living in our vicinity are teaming up with out-of-town bards to welcome them. in our world. Here’s a who’s who:

Apirana Taylornationally and internationally published poet, playwright, short story writer and novelist, joined Shelley BurneField (Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Rārua, Sāmoa, Pākehā), the only New Zealand finalist nominated for this year’s Commonwealth Writer’s Prize.

Marty SmithNZ Post Poetry Award finalist and winner of the Jessie Mackay Award for Best First Book of Poetry, joins Jay Nieuwlandtrans poet and author of I am a Human Being, which won Best First Book of Poetry at the 2021 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

ricky day can often be heard performing poems about life, death and rabbits monthly at the Common Poets’ Society in Hastings and is joined by Tarns Hoodtwo-time Wellington Poetry Slam champion.

It will be a night that will be talked about with awe and wonder for years to come. Sit back, relax in some of the warmest and most welcoming environments in the bay and let the poets transport you.

■ A Progression of Poets is a completely free event brought to our community by Hawke’s Bay Readers and Writers Trust. Tickets are required as space is limited. They are available on Eventfinda: https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2022/a-progression-of-poets/hawkes-bay-gisborne?


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