Golden Bay Live Poets meet monthly at The Mussel Inn, Onekaka. Their next meeting on Thursday 18 October brings together three Nelson and Golden Bay poets with diverse styles, genuine voices and a love for the written and spoken word. They are Mark Raffills, Henry Ludbrook and Rose Michel von Dreger. 

A finalist in the NZ Poetry Slam 2011 and 2015, Mark Raffills has shared the stage with the likes of Hone Tuwhare, Rachel Bush and David Eggleton. He has performed at venues throughout NZ, as well as a couple in Australia, either solo or with the bluegrass/folk/blues-based Dirt Floor Alliance. He recently performed Mark Twain’s War Prayer as part of this year’s Nelson Fringe Festival.

Henry Ludbrook is a Nelson-based poet who has been published in Poetry New Zealand. His poetry blog called River Deliver Me can be found at  He has been writing poems since he was 16. Rose Michel von Dreger once won a Robbie Burns award for her poetry and was once asked to open for Sam Hunt. She has since written a book.

Lisa Williams will open the evening with original songs from her album ‘Timeless’. Bring a poem to share, or just enjoy the show. Singer-songwriters are also welcome. Koha entry.

The show starts at 7.30 pm. For further information please contact Rose Michel von Dreger at