Join us on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day, Friday 25 August 2023, at City Gallery Wellington for a celebration of poets and poems featured in, and inspired by, Wellington Writers Walk.

At this salon event on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day we’ll announce the winners of our POETS ON THE WRITERS WALK 2023 competition, and award prizes. Our competition judge, Janis Freegard, will introduce and speak about the winning entries. We’ll invite readings from competition winners and entrants, and we’ll open the floor for an open mic – and welcome special guests.

As well as new poems, we’ll celebrate the poems and poets featured among the 23 typographical sculptures of our iconic waterfront Wellington Writers Walk – in its 21st year in 2023 – with readings from the sculptures, and visuals projected on screen.

When: Friday 25 August 2023
5.30pm—6.30pm mix and mingle, “cash” bar (EFTPOS only) with nibbles
6.30pm—7.45pm salon and prizegiving, open mic (with drinks break)
7.45pm—8.30pm mix and mingle (bar closes at 8.00pm, doors close 8.30pm)

Where: Adam Auditorium, City Gallery Wellington Te Whare Toi, Te Ngākau Civic Square, Wellington

Entry by donation, $5 recommended, cash is easiest.

City Gallery will operate a “cash” bar on the night – bar sales via EFTPOS only – with alcoholic, low- and non-alcoholic drinks available for purchase. Some nibbles will also be provided.

Accessibility: This is an accessible venue, and a safe space – see City Gallery Wellington website for details. Covid is still circulating, so as always we welcome anyone who chooses to wear a mask, and we ask that if you are unwell or isolating you stay home and stay safe.

Questions: If you have any queries, please email

Thanks to Wellington City Council for support via Wellington Venues Subsidy funding.

Thanks to Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2023 for awarding seed-funding for this event and the associated competition.