8pm, Thirsty Dog, K Road, Auckland. Featuring Guest Poets each week.
Poetry Live: 36 years and still strong
Every Tuesday night at the Thirsty Dog on K Road.
Courtney Sina Meredith – a poet, playwright, fiction writer and musician. Her play Rushing Dolls (2010) won a number of awards and was published by Playmarket in 2012. She launched her first book of poetry, Brown Girls in Bright Red Lipstick(Beatnik), at the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair and her debut book of short stories Tail of the Taniwha (Beatnik) was launched in 2016 to critical acclaim. Meredith describes her writing as an ‘ongoing discussion of contemporary urban life with an underlying Pacific politique’. Meredith is part of a delegation of New Zealand writers traveling to the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2017, she will appear in 21st Century Women, curated by guest selectors Roxane Gay and Jackie Kay and also alongside Scottish poet MacGillivray. Meredith will share the 2017 Arts Queensland Poet in Residence with renowned poet, musician and author Joy Harjo. Her poetry and prose have been translated into Italian, German, Dutch, French, Spanish and Bahasa Indonesia. She has held a number of international writers’ residencies including the prestigious Fall Residency at the University of Iowa where she is now an Honorary Fellow in Writing.
Kingsley Melhuish was reared on a diet of mavericks that included Lester Bowie, Miles Davis and David Bowie. Such inspiration has produced evocative, haunting and dramatic music, mindful not to take itself quite so seriously. As a multi-instrumentalist, Melhuish has a broad sound palette shifting gears between the trumpet, flügel, trombone and tuba. With a commanding voice as a songwriter, and his evocative conch shells this is an artist who never fails to captivate his audience.
Judith McNeil spent many years covering other, mainly women, artists before presenting her own songs drawn from her Westie roots and penned with love and affection for friends, acquaintances, family members and the country she travels. She has been described as a female Leonard Cohen. Her music has also been likened to drinking a cup of mint tea. She has performed at open mic sessions around Auckland, including Diablo, Grand Central and Snatch Bar on Ponsonby Road and Roasted Addiqtion in Kingsland, also Titirangi, Rafters and East Coast Bays Folk Clubs. More recently she has played at the Kaipara Flats Village Fayre and Whangateau Folk club.
Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform