Yes, it’s that time of year again – the sap is flowing, the garden is rioting, the blackbirds are going bonkers, and the Canterbury Poets’ Collective annual Poetry in Performance readings series is just around the corner.
Once again, Covid and the general Bosheit of the universe ( it sounds funkier in German) has meant that our program has been in a near-constant state of churn, to the point where I think we should seriously consider getting the Physics department at UC to look into ways of harnessing it for power generation. I’m not saying it’s a perpetual motion machine, but I’m also not willing to definitively rule that out.
We are able to go ahead under current Covid protocols, but it might be worth checking the CPC page on Facebook on Wednesday afternoons, just in case something has changed at the last minute. (Which is, after all, what the last minute is for.)
We’re back in the Imagetech Theatre at ARA Institute, 130 Madras Street, Christchurch. Sessions start at 6.30 pm and finish around 8.30 pm, with open mic for the first half. And all for a mere $6 per session. (Even better value is the 2021 season’s ticket – Save yourself the hassle of finding cash, and show your support to the program overall!)
The lineup is pretty damn fine:
- 29 September: David Howard, Melanie McKerchar, Laura Borrowdale
- 6 October: Claire Beynon, John Allison, Catherine Fitchett
- 13 October: Victor Billot, Joanna Preston, Claudia Jardine
- 20 October: Tracey Slaughter, Samantha Jory-Smart, Write On School for Young Writers
- 27 October: Jillian Sullivan, Brian Turner, Hester Ullyart
- 3 November: Oscar Upperton, John Newton, Bernadette Hall
- 10 November: Vana Manasiadis, Rodney Foster, Kat Townley
- 17 November: Poet Laureate David Eggleton, the best of the 2021 Open Mic sessions
So there you have it. Wednesday evenings sorted for spring.