Poets’ night out

Date: Saturday 4 April 2020, 7:30am to 8:30pm
Cost: $20 door sales / $23 pre sales
Contact details: events.natlib@dia.govt.nz

Join us for a great night out with New Zealand Poet Laureate David Eggleton, together with poets Michael O'Leary, Jenny Powell, Kay McKenzie Cooke, and Marty Smith. Be moved by the raw experience of poetry read aloud.

This event is cancelled to protect against the risk of COVID-19.

Celebrating the NZ Poet Laureate

Poets Night Out is a celebratory event for the NZ Poet Laureate David Eggleton. Celebrate and enjoy the spoken word. David will be joined by guest poets:

  • Michael O’Leary (the Earl of Seacliff)
  • Jenny Powell, and
  • Kay McKenzie Cooke

This is part of a very special literary event in Hawkes Bay — the presentation of the handcrafted tokotoko to the current NZ Poet Laureate which David will receive in a special ceremony earlier in the day at Matahiwi Marae.

"The authenticity of the emotion in a poem speaks more profoundly now than ever." D. Eggleton

Presented by Hawke's Bay Readers & Writers Festival and The National Library of New Zealand.

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Poets’ Night In

Alas, due to COVID-19 Alert Level 4 our ‘Poets' Night Out’ was not possible.

Don't think that stopped our intrepid poets. Instead, we present — Poets' Night In

About David Eggleton

David Eggleton has been described as a beatnik bop poet, performing with the perpetual motion of a jiver down at a rock and roll dance-hall on Saturday night. He has also been called a visible ghost-writer, an anonymous voice-over, a shape-shifting poet in the street — a freestyling surrealist and lyrical word-spinner rhyming to a rhythmic beat.

Poets night out David Eggleton, Michael O'Leary, Jenny Powell, Kay Mckenzie, Cooke, MC Marty Smith. Havelock North Function Centre.