Autumn Poetry Readings in Christchurch: Another Great Lineup

Even a streaming cold could not stop me having a great time reading in the 2009 Canterbury Poets Collective Autumn Reading Series. The 2010 lineup has now been announced, and it includes some of my favourite poets. If you live in or near Christchurch, I urge you to get along to one or more of these sessions.

Canterbury Poets present – Poetry in Performance
20th Anniversary Autumn Readings 2010

Open microphone and guest readers

Win a $20 MCB voucher – audience vote for the Best Open Mike Poet each night

Where: Madras Café Bookshop, 165 Madras St – licensed and BYO.

When: Wednesdays, 6.30 pm

How much: $5 entry

The lineup

17 March
Kay McKenzie Cooke, Mary-Jane Grandinetti, David Gregory

24 March Jessica Le Bas, Robert Lumsden, Tom Weston

31 March Chris Price, Marisa Cappetta, Lorraine Ritchie

7 April Michele Leggott, Nick Williamson, Helen Lowe

14 April Rachel Bush, Justine de Spa, Rangi Faith

21 April The Hagley Group with Jeffrey Paparoa Holman and Frankie McMillan. The compère will be Morrin Rout.

28 April Cliff Fell, Alison Denham, Stephanie Grieve

5 May Featuring the Winning Open Mike Poets from the season

Canterbury Poets Present: Autumn Readings 2009

Poetry in Performance: Autumn Readings 2009

  • Open microphone and guest readers 
  • Wednesdays 6.30pm $5 entry 
  • Madras Café Bookshop, 165 Madras St – licensed and BYO. 
  • Win a $20 MCB voucher – audience vote for the best open mike poet each night 

And here’s the lineup:

18 March: Tim Jones (that’s me, folks!), Fiona Farrell, Victoria Broome

25 March: David Howard, Marissa Johnpillai, Helen Lowe

1 April: Frankie McMillan, Tusiata Avia, Ben Brown

8 April: Ian Wedde, Charlotte Trevella, Helen Yong

15 April: Richard Reeve, Diana Deans, John O’Connor

22 April: Bernadette Hall, The Hagley Writers

29 April: Kevin Ireland, Joanna Preston, Koenraad Kuiper

Everyone welcome; enquiries to: joyces (at)

Yes, I’m off to Christchurch! I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to read in my Dad’s home town, and to take part in a reading with Fiona Farrell, to whom I am indebted for choosing my story “Win a Day with Mikhail Gorbachev!” for The Best New Zealand Fiction: Volume 4. If you’re in Christchurch, please come along to one or more sessions. This looks like a great line-up.