ACID ON THE MICROPHONE PRESENTS


….WASH AWAY THE STAINS

– spoken word performance
with Emma Callaghan & Mark Raffills

Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion, revolution, and the raising of consciousness.” American poet and civil rights activist Alice Walker

Inspired by the long shadows of Walker’s ideals, Golden Bay  poets Emma Callaghan and Mark Raffills join forces to paint, via the spoken word, their own revolution, to name the unnameable and to wash away the stains that blot our landscape.

Representing Golden Bay/Nelson in the NZ National Poetry Slam, Emma Callaghan  made it through to the second round in 2022 and on the way won the ‘Spirit of the Slam’ Award. She placed second overall in 2023.  Emma’s performances are inspired by life experiences and observations as a mixed-race woman living in Aotearoa. Her poems speak to white privilege, Afro hair, reggae music and the African diaspora. Check out Emma’s website.

 “The live poet is obvious; the words have both a lyrical and rhythmic quality. There is a depth to the poetry but at the same time, its heart is on its sleeve,” said Matt Bowler of Mark Raffills in the Nelson Mail some years back. Raffills has toured and performed throughout NZ including Waitaki and Nelson Arts Festivals, NZ and Nelson Fringe Festivals and Poetry Live. His weekly video poems on Facebook have attracted over 130,000 views. Check out Mark’s website, and Facebook.

“Mark and Emma complement each other well as performers, each bringing something different and vital to the stage. Wash Away the Stains has helped to remind me of the important role live poetry has to play in the literary scene.  If you’re interested in capturing a little slice of this magic, I would keep an eye out for Emma and Mark at future poetry events in Nelson and nationwide.” WESLEY HOLLIS, Theatreview, 18 March 2024. https://www.theatreview.org.nz/

Acid On the Microphone presents
WASH AWAY THE STAINS
Emma Callaghan & Mark Raffills
THURSDAY 18 APRIL
Open Mic 7.30-8.00 pm
Emma & Mark from 8.00pm
The Mussel Inn $10



….WASH AWAY THE STAINS