CRUMB #21

6 DECEMBER 2023

THE WORD


STAR ON THE MICROPHONE

The song sung as bright as the stars on a moonless night; the poem spoken as loud as the midnight choir that shook the hillside. This is the beginning of something new; the conclusion of something old. Such is the season we embark upon. Little gatherings cease during the transition from the old to the new. We pause for breath; polish the lens for a brighter tomorrow and hold each other warmly.

And so it is with our open microphone events in December. As the star settles on the microphone, it is time to sound the trumpet enthusiastically before we take a wee break during the Christmas and New Year season.

Coming up in December we have Moonshine on the Microphone this Thursday 7 December, resuming again in February.

The Dangerous Microphone goes weekly on Wednesdays through to and including Wednesday 20 December, resuming weekly from Wednesday 10 January.

Acid on the Microphone at the Mussel Inn will be on Thursday 14 December and will resume in February.

Here’s to peace and the best time with family and friends; here’s to a relaxing season of thoughtfulness, love and neighbourly action.

Go well
Mark Raffills
Golden Bay Live Poets Society

 



SOLITARY STAR

a single birth
beneath a solitary star
a host of angles sing
a simple song of glory
shepherds and lambs
kneel in the dust
of an ageless promise
that cuts a narrow road
through the corridors
of time.

 

a single birth
a herald of ten thousand more
a child worth
every gift that kings
could bring
to honour
that humble cry
that cuts a signature
across the timeless face
of eternity.

 

 



OPEN MICROPHONE


THE OPEN MICROPHONE THIS MONTH

MOONSHINE ON THE MICROPHONE
THURSDAY 8 FEBRUARY. Mad Café, Collingwood – the best open mic in town! 7.00pm. Koha.

 

 

ACID ON THE MICROPHONE
THURSDAY 15 FEBRUARY. Mussel Inn. NEAL BONNER will be our featured guest poet. Read about Neal further on. 7.30 pm. $5.

 

 

 

THE DANGEROUS MICROPHONE
THIS WEDNESDAY
17 JANUARY. Dangerous Kitchen. First open microphone for 2024. See you there. Register from 5.00pm. Kick off around 5.30 pm. Also on 24 and 31 January. then throughout February 7, 14, 21 and 28th.

 

 

 



THE OPEN MICROPHONE THIS MONTH

EVENTS & NEWS


EMMA CALLAGHAN – SECOND IN NZ POETRY SLAM

Golden Bay poet Emma Callaghan placed second in the NZ Poetry Slam Final held in Auckland at the end of last month.
She was representing Nelson/Golden Bay region and wow, did she do us all proud! We are over the moon. This is the highest placing we have ever had since sending reps to the national finals from 2011 onwards.
Congratulations to Emma who also placed second in our regional final but got to represent us because regional winner Redwood Reider could not make it. Emma also made the National Finals last year and won The Spirit of the Slam Award.
This spoken word art form is empowering to perform and inspiring, entertaining and engaging for the audience.
A wee note from Emma:
“Muchas Gracias to NZ Poetry Slam Esp Ken Arkind and Carrie Rudzinski. Muchas Gracias to Nelson, Mapua and Golden Bay Live Poets Society and Mark Raffills and The Mussel Inn and Redwood Reider – poet for getting me there and supporting me in this art form. I think I did you all proud, I came 2nd!”

GOLDEN BAY ARTS FESTIVAL


19 – 28 January 2024. Golden Bay’s own Arts Festival. All the events and details here:

https://www.gbarts.org.nz/golden-bay-summer-arts-festival

There will be some poems among the events too. Details to come.

 

 



SOME OTHER EVENTS

 

CUENTAME: LIVE STROY TELLING SLAM
With international story teller MARKO AYLING
https://www.markoayling.com/
Mussel Inn. Sunday 10 December. Open mic BYO 5 minute story. 8pm $5

 

SINGALONG with CRAIG DENHAM
Monday 11 and 18  December. 7.30pm. Free. Mussel Inn

THE COWPOKERS + DJ WILLOW
Saturday 16 December. Mussel inn.   No cover charge!

GRENELL & LUSBY FAMILY BANDS
Saturday 23 December. Mussel inn. $15

ISABELLE WOLFF
Wednesday  27 December. Mussel Inn. $15 door.

NELSON FRINGE FESTIVAL

Got a performance or act you think you would like to present at Nelson’s Fringe Festival? It is happening 14-23 March 2024. You can find all the details about applying on the Fringe website.

 



Make Use of CRUMB


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In CRUMB you will find all the events sponsored by Golden Bay Live Poets Society plus a few other gigs and community happenings.

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And you can even submit a gig or event that you want us to know about.

 

 

 

 

 



GOT A GIG, EVENT, NEW BOOK or RECORDING COMING UP ??

Got events or gigs coming up that you’d like to let CRUMB readers know about, please email the details, jpeg pics and jpeg posters to: mark@drycrust.com  or use the link below:

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And if you have a new book of  poems, stories coming out, or a new recording of songs, let us know and we can let our small but dedicated readership in on the action.