Prepping for National Poetry Day

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Poetry posters will pop up in unexpected places across Central Otago in the days leading up to National Poetry day on August 24.

Central Otago District Arts Trust co-ordinator Rebekah de Jong said the posters, supplied to the Trust by Phantom Billstickers, featured 10 of the country’s most respected poets.

She encouraged people to seek out all 10 poems across the region.

It would mean they could read works by New Zealand poets they might not otherwise have read, she said.

Central Stories Museum & Art Gallery general manager Maurice Watson said people were encouraged to submit a poem to the museum on the theme “rivers”.

It could be their own composition or a favourite piece, he said.

A selection of these would be put on display in the community gallery for the public to view.

An event at the museum on August 24, beginning at 5.30pm, would include local and nationally renowned poets who would read their works.

Guest poets included Liz Breslin, Gregory O Brien, Jenny Bornholdt, Michael Harlow and Brian Turner.

There would also be a performance by the Alexandra Primary School Choir.

 

Public poetry

Poems by these top New Zealand poets will be displayed across Central Otago

Jay Clarkson

Janet Frame

Sam Hunt

Tony Beyer

Hinemoana Baker

Sue Wootton

Ria Masae

Tusiata Avia

Briar Wood

Elizabeth Smither