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.

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.

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.

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

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