A bit of utterly shameless self-promotion: on Friday I’m taking part in a poetry reading for the 2009 Christchurch Writer’s Festival. Also reading will be Frankie McMillan, Tusiata Avia, and my two favourite Bearded Southern Men, James Norcliffe and Brian Turner.
It should be a really good event – not only because the others are very good readers, but we’re also having the presentation of the 2009 Lauris Edmond Memorial Award (‘for Distinguished Contribution to Poetry in New Zealand’, to give its full flourish). Who the winner is, is a secret still – one of the really nice things is seeing the look of delight and surprise on the recipients’ face. Dinah Hawken in 2007 was absolutely priceless.
It starts at 5.30 pm, upstairs at Otautahi, costs $10 and you get a free glass of wine.
Why would you be anywhere else?!