Poetry Readings In Takaka And Nelson

I’m off soon to a part of Aotearoa I’ve never visited before: Golden Bay. I’ve judged the poetry division of this year’s Golden Bay Literary Awards, and I’m attending the prizegiving ceremeony in Takaka on Thursday night.

The following day, Friday the 21st, after an event at the local school (I have no idea what this involves yet!), I’m reading at the Takaka Memorial Library at 1pm. Here are the event details:


Then, after a few days’ break during which I’m really looking forward to get some writing done, I am reading – in a yurt! – as the September guest for Nelson Live Poets. There is a Facebook event for this one: http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/380878888650908/ – if you have friends in Nelson, please invite them to this event.

The poster and the press release for the Nelson reading are below. I’m not sure whether I feel masculine enough to live up to the press release – it may be time for a quick course of testosterone supplements before I travel south!

Media Release – 6 September 2012
Manhood and science fiction – out of this world poetry at the Free House
Science fiction and manhood are set to do a merry dance at Nelson’s Free House this month as poems from the collection Men Briefly Explained and the science fiction poetry anthology Voyagers, get an airing at Nelson Live Poets.
Tim Jones, poet and science fiction writer from Wellington, is the featured guest at the Nelson Live Poet’s Society’s September gathering.
Jones will be performing poems from Voyagers: Science Fiction Poetry from New Zealand(Interactive Press, 2009, co-edited with Mark Pirie), and will also treat the audience to samplings from his latest collection of poems, Men Briefly Explained (2011).
Men Briefly Explained, his third book of poems, explores all aspects of contemporary manhood, the humorous and not so humorous, and lifts the covers on where men are in relation to women and to society in general!
The mix of science fiction and manhood promises an entertaining night in The Yurt at the Free House as Live Poets continues to encourage and promote a wide range of both local and national poetic talent.
Among his other recent books are the fantasy novel Anarya’s Secret(RedBrick, 2007) and a short story collection Transported(Vintage, 2008).
Voyagerswon the “Best Collected Work” category in the 2010 Sir Julius Vogel Awards and was listed as one of the Listener‘s 100 Best Books of 2009.  Jones was also awarded the NZSA Janet Frame Memorial Award for Literature in 2010.
As well as performing his poems at Nelson Live Poets, Tim Jones will be attending the Golden Bay Lit awards as this year’s guest judge.
Local poets also get the opportunity to perform their work during the regular and legendary open mic sessions. These sessions give Live Poets its beating heart as first-timers and established performers stand together to deliver words of wisdom and wonder!
Open mic performers, who have slots before and after the night’s guest, can register on the night. Jim Doak will open the evening with song and guitar.
Live Poets Society
FeaturingTim Jones
In the Yurt @The Free House
Collingwood Street, Nelson.
on Monday evening, 24 September , 2012
Doors open: 6.00 pm
Music from 6.30 pm.
Koha entry.
Further information:
Carol Ercolano – 03-545 0162
Mark Raffills – 03 544 4975
Nelson Live Poets Society

4 thoughts on “Poetry Readings In Takaka And Nelson

  1. Masculinity is always a kind of speculative thing, it seems to me. It's even funnier that it's taking place in a place named after a genuine, certifiable, hero.Good luck with that, Tim.

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