A huge and mighty congratulations to Emma Callaghan who represented Golden Bay/Nelson in the NZ National Poetry Slam in Auckland last weekend! What a time it was! Emma made it through to the second round and on the way won the ‘Spirit of the Slam’ Award. Big effort there!! “She smashed it,” said the organisers. “She was amazing.”  Thanks to Golden Bay Live Poets Society and the Mussel Inn for the generous sponsorship of travel, accommodation and a little cash that made it possible for Emma to get to Auckland and compete.  “What a time I had,” said Emma, “Thanks to everyone for the wonderful support.” GB Live Poets will feature Emma at one of our events early in the new year.

Hey, LUKE HURLEY is coming back to the MAD Cafe, for another street-side gig. Was great a couple of weeks back to see the Collingwood pavement alive with the sound of music. Catch Luke on Saturday, 3 December from 4.00 pm. at the MAD Cafe in Collingwood. Koha.

So good having the HAEWAI COLLECTIVE with us last month. Their original folk/pop songs made for great listening. You can listen again and again on Spotify – search for Janine Mitchell – or you can purchase your own copy of their CD by emailing: janinemitchell@ts.co.nz



NICK FEINT has a couple of out-of-town gigs coming up. Check him out if you are in the vicinity. Saturday Friday 2 December, RED 16 in Nelson, 8.00pm. Saturday 17 December, Riverside Community, Lower Moutere, 7.30 pm.



The PEACE Co-Op Theatre Company presents a theatrical debate on war and all its greatness. Inspired by the book “We will not cease” by NZ’s own ARCHIBALD BAXTER, conscientious objector, farmer & father of poet James K. Baxter, “a gREAT rAW” combines clown, buffoon, music, poetry & multiple masks to tell these tales and unmask the fraud of the WW1 narrative. A pop up performance at the MAD Cafe in Collingwood, Sunday 11 December 4.00 pm.