The next meeting of Golden Bay Live Poets on Thursday 19 October presents Elizabeth Smither.

The evening kicks off at 7.30 pm with soulful music from Leigh Strange before New Zealand’s first woman Te Mata Poet Laureate, Elizabeth Smither, takes the stage.

Elizabeth Smither has written five novels, five collections of short stories and eighteen poetry collections. She won the New Zealand Book Award for Poetry in 1990 and the Montana New Zealand Book Award for Poetry in 2000. In 2004 she was awarded an honorary DLitt from the University of Auckland for her contribution to literature and was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. She was given the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in 2008. In 2016 she won the Sarah Broom Poetry Prize, New Zealand’s most valuable poetry award.

There will be two Open Mic sessions and everyone is welcome to attend or participate. Contact Rose at The venue is the Mussel Inn, Onekaka, Golden Bay. Koha at the bar.