NZ Poetry Conference & Festival – Auckland 2017

NZ Poetry Conference & Festival – Auckland 2017

10 to 12 November

Ellen Melville Centre, Auckland City

community – creativity – celebration – connection – collaboration


The Conference will now be held, all three days, at one venue: the Ellen Melville Centre, Freyberg Place, Auckland City.

The EMC is centrally located, one block from Queen St. This historic building and surrounding square form Auckland’s latest community hub. The refurbished EMC and the newly-landscaped Freyberg place officially open on Friday 15 September with entertainment and street food.


The team is receiving proposals for evening readings, film or music collabs, book launches and more. All events will occur in the central city or close by. The firmed-up festival timetable will be in the next update.


NZSA (PEN Inc) and/or NZ Poetry Society members & students:

Earlybird to 30 Sept: $160.00

Non-members & non-students Earlybird to 30 Sept: $175.00.


Can’t make all three days? Get a 1-day ticket.

Friday  $45    Saturday   $95    Sunday $35

All inquiries

Kia ora from the NZPC & F team

Bronwen, Rachael, Simone, Shane & Anita

Ko toku ko toku ohooho, ko toku reo, ko toku mapihi maurea,

ko toku reo toku whakakaimarihi

My language is my awakening.

My language is the window to my soul.


Friday 10 November 3 00pm – 7 00pm

Includes a catered p.m. tea, book sales & swaps:

finger food and wine at end of day

3 00 – special welcome – refreshments – updates from our MC

3 30 feature – Karl Stead in discussion with Kevin Ireland

4 15 feature – Hone’s legacies.  Rob Tuwhare in discussion with Robert Sullivan

  • m. tea – book sales & swaps –

5 15 Korero – The Poets’ Toolbox I used to be paint. Now I’m a painting.

Sandra Fraser, Vaughan Rapatahana, Renee Liang, Richard von Sturmer & more

6 15 breakout: either

Poets reading – Komanawa with Magella Cullinane, Vaughan Rapatahana, I K Paterson-Harkness, Ruby Porter & Shane Hollands

or workshop – Poetrycraft with Michael Steven

haere ra – finger food – wine & light refreshments

Saturday 11 November 9 00am – 6 00pm

Includes a catered a.m. tea: book sales & swaps: delicious lunch with vegetarian and vegan options: finger food, refreshments and wine at end of day

9 00 morena – register –updates from your MC- book swaps & sales

9 30 Korero- If poetry is the answer, what is the question? What propels us into poetry? What are our gains?

Iain Sharp with Albert Wendt, Courtney Sina Meredith, Alistair Paterson, Peter Bland & Harvey Molloy

a.m. tea-

10 45   breakout: either

Poets reading –  Bonehouse with Simone Kaho, Peter Bland, Stephen Oliver, Michael Steven, Bob Orr

or Workshop – occupying the space with Janet Charman

or whanau tahi and whanau rua open mic– (small groups, open to all)

11 30 – updates

  • lunch – book sales & swaps

1 00 – 1 50   Phantom Feature –  Kelly Wilson from NPD sponsors Phantom Billstickers in conversation with Kirsten Warner , with readings from postered poets Serie Barford &David Merritt

2 00 Korero – Digital vs Print How do we publish and broadcast, now?

 Siobhan Harvey with Makyla Curtis, Sam Elworthy, Jack Ross, Doug Poole & David Merritt

  • m. tea –

3 00 breakout. Either

Poets reading: Undercurrent with Rachel McAlpine, Bill Sutton, Piet Nieuwland, Jeremy Roberts & Liz Morton

or workshop: Imagine it with Lisa Samuels

or whanau toru and whanau wha open mic

4 00 breakout. Either

Art Collabs with Riemke Ensing & Tara McDonald If Only

Denys Trussell & Dean Buchanan Red Woman Poems

or workshop: Write Your Life with Amanda Eason

or whanau rima and whanau ono open mic

5 00 breakout. Either

Poets reading: Deus Demos & Eros with Courtney Sina Meredith, Kirsten Warner, Bernard Brown, Michael Morrissey, Alistair Paterson

or workshop: Kintsugi Poetry with Liz Morton

or whanau whita and whanau waru open mic

  • haere ra – finger food – wine & refreshments –

Sunday 9 00am – 1 00pm

includes a catered a.m. tea: book sales & swaps

9 00 morena – updates from your MC

9 20 Korero- A poem is a horse with an egg inside it.

Jack Ross with Poets Laureate Ian Wedde, Karl Stead, Michele Leggott & Cilla McQueen

-a.m. tea-

10 40 feature- Urban Shift   with SAPC

11 30 breakout. Either

Poets reading- Matimati with Jo Emeney, Richard Von Sturmer, Sandra Fraser, Bryan Walpert & more

or workshop: t.b.c.

12 15 feature –a Dose of Poetry Live: 36 years of best medicine

host Ila Selwyn with Poetry Livers

-haere ra-