Classes for 2021

THE POETRY CLASS – 2021 EDITION

Rescheduled – now July 2021
Examining the Ockhams

A five-session Reading for Writing course with a New Zealand focus, taking a close look at the books shortlisted for the poetry category of the 2021 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards: Tusiata Avia’s The Savage Coloniser Book, Hinemoana Baker’s funkhaus, Mohamed Hassan’s National Anthem, Nina Mingya Powles’s Magnolia 木蘭, and Jackson Nieuwland’s I am a human being.

A great way to dive in to the world of contemporary New Zealand poetry – lots of discussion, lots of (the best kind of) arguments both for and against, and plenty of writing exercises for you to try your own hand at. Will you agree with the judges’ choices? Join in the fun to find out!

A combination of close reading with writing exercises.
Suitable for all levels.

THREE OPTIONS AVAILABLE:

Saturday mornings at South Library
July 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st, 2021
(five sessions)
10.30 am – 1.30 pm
The Boardroom,
South Christchurch Library
66 Colombo St, Christchurch
Fee: $40
Minimum 12, maximum 18 participants
enrolments close 25th June 2021

Supported by Christchurch City Council Creative Communities fund.

Sunday mornings at the Lincoln Event Centre
July 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th and August 1st, 2021
(five sessions)
10 am – 1 pm (NOTE DIFFERENT TIME)
The Green Room,
Lincoln Event Centre
Meijer St St, Lincoln
Fee: $40
Minimum 5, maximum 10 participants
enrolments close 25th June 2021

Supported by Selwyn District Council Creative Communities fund.

Online via Zoom
Dates and times to be confirmed, but the default would be Sun pm
(I’m open to the possibility of this one running early or on week nights)
July 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th and August 1st, 2021
(five sessions)
2 pm – 5 pm
Online
Fee: $40
Minimum 5, maximum 10 participants
enrolments close 25th June 2021

Supported by my inability to set work/life boundaries

What you’ve missed this year so far:

February 13th to March 20th
Reading for Writing: An Odyssey by Anthology

An American, a Canadian, and a Brit walk into an anthology …

Yes, it’s back! Our annual look at poetry from the previous year in America, Canada and the UK, via the anthologies The Best American Poetry 2020, The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2020, and The Forward Book of Poetry 2021.

A combination of close reading with writing exercises.
Suitable for all levels.

Subject to numbers, there are three options for this course:

South Library Saturday mornings
February 13th, 20th, 27th, March 13th & 20th, 2021
(five sessions, no class March 6th)
10.30 am – 1.30 pm
The Boardroom,
South Christchurch Library
66 Colombo St, Christchurch
Fee: $40
minimum 10, maximum 18
enrolments close 5th February 2021

Supported by Christchurch City Council Creative Communities fund.

 

Sunday afternoons on Zoom
February 14th, 21st, 28th, March 14th & 21st, 2021
(five sessions, no class March 7th)
time and venue t.b.c., likely 2 pm to 5 pm
Fee: $40
minimum 5, maximum 12
enrolments close 5th February 2021