CRUMB #22

16 JANAURY 2024

THE WORD


Tomorrow is here already

Here comes the sun, tomorrow is here already and our voices are sharpened by the light. Ask not what the new year may bring to us but ask what can we bring to the new year!

 

What an opportunity affords us as we look ahead to the months that lie before us. Opportunity to remake, remould, restore. Opportunity to speak and sing and act in accordance with the story that shapes our heart.

The microphone  has been turned on. It continues to provide opportunity to sharpen, form and refine the gifts that have been given us. Many have been emboldened by its presence to take their gifts further afield.

Two special events this month under the umbrella of the Golden Bay Arts Festival. Wednesday 24 January, an Arts Festival edition of The Dangerous Microphone. Sunday 28 January, the Arts festival present the Matinee Poets. Details further on.

See you at the Microphone in January and February.

Peace
Mark Raffills
Golden Bay Live Poets Society



TOMORROW

A pebble cast into the pond
Ripple tells the story, tears and glory
Dross by fire is consumed

And in the shade of the old man pine
A moment there is captured
Still, like a photograph out of time

Weeds and wheat in earth together grow
Waiting for the edge of the harvest blade
To sweep that furrowed line

 

The dance of light and darkness
Yellow rays of sun and silver moon
Both cast shadows on a sea of gloom

There is no life in an empty tomb
How long will these things tarry
What can be swept by a worn-out broom

Nothing to find down a dead-end street
Boots of leather laced up with twine
Got to make the end of the line

And in the end all things shall be well
And after the fire the seed will bloom
The heart of man, made fine

Six solid stones to build a temple of flesh
One hewed from faith, one from hope
And another carved from love

Six stones build a house for tomorrow
One hewed from humility, one from justice
One from mercy carved

Mark Raffills



OPEN MICROPHONE


THE OPEN MICROPHONE THIS MONTH OF MARCH

MOONSHINE ON THE MICROPHONE
THURSDAY 7 March. Mad Café, Collingwood. Never was there such and intimate and relaxing evening of poem and song.  This is an open mic like no other – something to be experienced. Come on down to Collingwood – the best open mic in town! Starts sometime after 7.00 pm. Koha.

 

ACID ON THE MICROPHONE
We are resuming again in April as out MC is away in March! Meantime go to the Mussel Inn site and catch up with some of the fabulous music happening in March – including the adorable folk/bluegrass sounds of POLLY AND THE MINSTREL, playing this Saturday 9 March.

 

THE DANGEROUS MICROPHONE
THIS WEDNESDAY
6 March and then 13, 20 and 27 March Register from 5.00pm. Kick off 6.00 pm.  What outrageous nights of fine talent we have been experiencing. Smooth nights, great sounds, silky words, wonderful audiences. A night of the finest entertainment on offer in the Bay. And starting this Wednesday and the first Wednesday of the month thereafter, THE DANGEROUS JAM will kick in around 9.00 pm after the open mic.

 

 

 



THE OPEN MICROPHONE THIS MONTH OF MARCH

GB SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL


Arts Festival Edition – THE DANGEROUS MICROPHONE

A WILD NIGHT OUT – WEDNESDAY 24 JANUARY 2024

With weekly attendances averaging 80 to 100 performers and audience participants, THE DANGEROUS MICROPHONE offers one of the best nights of entertainment the Bay has to offer. Original songwriters and singers, musicians, covers artists, poets and story tellers all combine in a massive display of local talent and courageous performance.

For this special Arts Festival Edition we are asking for door sales: $5 unwaged | $10 waged

The show will feature in the first half: Nick Fient, Beau Kirsten Ross, Kabra Kadabra, John Davis, Bing Brabant and Barrett Newton.

The second half will feature an array of open mic participants who can register at the Dangerous Microphone this Wednesday 17 January.

This will br a great opportunity to showcase Golden Bay’s creative heart to visitors and local alike.

THE DANGEROUS MICROPHONE
24 Jan 2024, 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Dangerous Kitchen, 
46 Commercial Street, Tākaka

 



Arts Festival Edition – THE DANGEROUS MICROPHONE

GB SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL


THE MATINEE POETS

https://www.gbarts.org.nz/event-details/the-matinee-poets

Poetry is one of the ancient arts, and it begins as did all the fine arts, within the original wilderness of the earth” (American poet, poet Mary Oliver, 1935-2019)

Golden Bay Live Poets Society presents an afternoon interlude of poetry from some of The Bay’s resident poets. Sit back, relax and enjoy poems inspired by the issues of the day as well as the stunning beauty and solitude of Golden Bay.

Featuring:
Emma Callaghan – Emma representing Golden Bay/Nelson in the NZ National Poetry Slam Emma made it through to the second round and on the way won the ‘Spirit of the Slam’ Award in 2022 and placed second overall in 2023. You will find Emma’s range of styles and subject matter inspiring and challenging.

https://www.emmacallaghan.net/spoken-word-poetry

Jude Zwanikken – Jude has emerged as one of the Bay’s unsung wordsmiths. She has been a regular performer at Golden Bay Live Poets over the years and in 2017 took part in GB Arts Council Onetahua/Farewell Spit Artists Residency. Distilled from her experience amidst the vastness and solitude of her days on Farewell Spit, she published her first book of poems called The Lighthouse Collection. “Flashes of beauty and insight like the flashes of light from the lighthouse…now you see it, now you don’t…”

Mark Raffills – Words have been Mark Raffill’s stock-in-trade for over 30 years. A finalist in the NZ Poetry Slam 2011 and 2015, Mark Raffills has performed at venues throughout NZ, as well as a couple in Australia. Mark founded and ran Nelson Live Poets Society back in 1993 and helped the late Joe Bell set up Golden Bay Live Poets Society a couple of years later which he currently co-ordinates.

https://www.markraffills.com/

THE MATINEE POETS
28 Jan 2024, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Mussel Inn, Onekaka, 

Entry by koha

 



THE MATINEE POETS

FEATURED GUEST ACID ON THE MICROPHONE


POEMS ON STEEL STRINGS – NEAL BONNER

Sometimes he takes a page from punk poet John Cooper Clark; other times he draws from his own deep well of prose poems and holds captive a hushed audience.

Neal Bonner, originally from the UK and now resident of Golden Bay, is a poet of some substance. His words tell stories against a back drop of some stunning original music. He weaves his words around the steel strings of his guitar and creates a strong and resonate tapestry of word song that dances to its own tune.

He will be the featured artist at the first Acid on the Microphone event of the season on 15 February at the Mussel Inn.

Neal’s performances are as engaging as they are beautiful and impossible to ignore. Starting life as a musician- and still a talented one at that – Neal has recently found his voice as a poet, putting his poems to his own guitar accompaniment.

Neal’s poetry and music speak from personal perspectives and what moves him. He says, “I’m enjoying bringing this ‘real Neal’ experience to intimate audiences.

Neal Bonner
Acid on the Microphone
15 February 2024
Mussel Inn. 7.30 pm.
$5 on the door.



POEMS ON STEEL STRINGS – NEAL BONNER

SOME OTHER THINGS

LUNASA FESTIVAL 2024
Canaan Downs – Pikikirunga, Golden Bay, Aotearoa – New Zealand

 

Ticket information and all other details here: https://luminatefestival.co.nz/lunasa/

 

Weds 24th January. ADAM MCGRATH of The Eastern fame, performing at the Mussel Inn. Adam will perform songs from his latest album, Dear Companions plus all the famous tracks! $20 door.

 

 

NELSON LIVE POETS

TONIGHT – TUESDAY 16 JANUARY
YAZA CAFE
7.00pm. KOHA ENTRY
Readers sign up on the night. Refreshments and cabinet food available for purchase.



SOME OTHER THINGS

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