Poetry Day in Gisborne

CHALKY: Gisborne poet Robyn Hancock chalks up the last of poems collated from contributions by Torea Arts Centre regulars. Picture by Liam Clayton

A HAIKU competition, a performed poetry presentation and WordBeat event are among activities planned to celebrate the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Day in Gisborne.

The Kaiti WordBeat poetry competition, organised by street poet Robyn Hancock and Tuta Ngarimu of Kapai Kaiti, will be held at Kaiti Mall tomorrow. Registration and a sausage sizzle will be held from 3pm while the poetry competition starts after 4pm.

In another poetry event, Hancock has over the past three or four months chalked the combined poems at various locations around town. On Tuesday she chalked up in Lowe Street the last of the poems collated from a cache of poetry written by Torea Arts Centre regulars. The centre provides a supportive environment and confidence-building skills for adults.

On Monday, the project culminates in a morning tea hosted by centre manager Angela Hill in which community centre regulars will recite their poetry. Their artwork will be displayed in the foyer of the building at Lowe Street.

Entries for a haiku competition run by the HB Williams Memorial Library close today. Haiku are three-line poems composed in a 17-syllable format. The three lines are made up of five, seven and five syllables respectively.

Prize winners will be selected randomly from all entries. The poems will be displayed in the library at its temporary Awapuni Road location, and on the library’s Facebook page.

Te Wananga o Aotearoa tutor and poet Jodie Hailey writes and performs lyrical rap, waiata and poetic word, a format in which the spoken word is accompanied by a background beat.

“My research project is about how I use the poetic word to shift from trauma and the experience of domestic violence in my life,” she says.

“I put that pain in my poems so I can move on.”

Tomorrow, Hailey performs her poetic word pieces in the wananga cafe over three sessions. The first will be held at 10am-11am, the second is 12-1pm and an evening session that is suitable for adult audiences only will be held at 6pm-8pm.

A HAIKU competition, a performed poetry presentation and WordBeat event are among activities planned to celebrate the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Day in Gisborne.

The Kaiti WordBeat poetry competition, organised by street poet Robyn Hancock and Tuta Ngarimu of Kapai Kaiti, will be held at Kaiti Mall tomorrow. Registration and a sausage sizzle will be held from 3pm while the poetry competition starts after 4pm.

In another poetry event, Hancock has over the past three or four months chalked the combined poems at various locations around town. On Tuesday she chalked up in Lowe Street the last of the poems collated from a cache of poetry written by Torea Arts Centre regulars. The centre provides a supportive environment and confidence-building skills for adults.

On Monday, the project culminates in a morning tea hosted by centre manager Angela Hill in which community centre regulars will recite their poetry. Their artwork will be displayed in the foyer of the building at Lowe Street.

Entries for a haiku competition run by the HB Williams Memorial Library close today. Haiku are three-line poems composed in a 17-syllable format. The three lines are made up of five, seven and five syllables respectively.

Prize winners will be selected randomly from all entries. The poems will be displayed in the library at its temporary Awapuni Road location, and on the library’s Facebook page.

Te Wananga o Aotearoa tutor and poet Jodie Hailey writes and performs lyrical rap, waiata and poetic word, a format in which the spoken word is accompanied by a background beat.

“My research project is about how I use the poetic word to shift from trauma and the experience of domestic violence in my life,” she says.

“I put that pain in my poems so I can move on.”

Tomorrow, Hailey performs her poetic word pieces in the wananga cafe over three sessions. The first will be held at 10am-11am, the second is 12-1pm and an evening session that is suitable for adult audiences only will be held at 6pm-8pm.

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