Poetry lovers are spoiled for choice with more than 60 events being held all around the country to celebrate National Poetry Day on Friday, 22 August. National Poetry Day is held in association with the New Zealand Post Book Awards.
We have a huge programme of events this year, thanks to our coordinator Miriam Barr, and the event-organising poetry-loving volunteers from all over the country.
With events stretching from Peria Valley in the Far North all the way down to Gore and across to Wanaka, with 48 coordinators organising over 60 different events and activities, there is no excuse not to visit your local bookstore, marae, vinyard or even your local cafe. to celebrate poetry on Friday 22 August. Click on your region below and have a look at what is planned. Alternatively, upload the printable entire events programme here (and book a few flights).
There are also loads of great competitions for you to enter in the lead-up to Poetry Day, some nationwide, others region-specific. Put pen to paper and enter today!
We are excited to announce Miriam Barr will be the National Poetry Day Coordinator for 2014.
Miriam Barr is an Auckland-based poet from the Far North with a background in psychology and community development.
Her poems have been published in Landfall, Takahe, Brief, Poetry NZ, JAAM, 4th Floor, Blackmail Press, Enamel, Wild Goose Poetry Review (USA), Potroast and REM Magazine. She has been a Poetry Idol slam champion (2007), creative director of The Literatti, a Poetry Live coordinator and editor of Side Stream, a bi-monthly poetry zine that was distributed for free in unexpected places by a network of poets from Kaitaia to Berlin.