uPflash – a hectic last weekend in August!

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The days 25th, 26th and 27th August are action packed in and around Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty.

Make sure you get on down to the Tauranga Art Gallery if you haven’t yet seen the Fletcher Trust capsule exhibition of 80’s art.  The exhibition is closing on the 27th. There’s an article up on ARTbop reviewing this and we have just received some images from contributor Lee Switzer from the Trust’s Peter Shaw’s floor talk.

NATIONAL POETRY DAY 2017:  There are events around the Bay of Plenty to acknowledge Friday 25th August New Zealand National Poetry Day. Lots going on during the day and in the evening. Downtown Tauranga Paperplus and Books a Plenty have window displays of the Tauranga Writer’s Inc. event poster and poetry books. There’s an evening event over at the Mt Social Club featuring four local poets and an open mic opportunity. ARTbop’s Rosemary Balu has created “mouthpieces” a spoken word poetry zine for random pop ups round Whakamarama and Te Puna during Friday.

Speaking of zines – the ZINEFEST is happening on Saturday 26th down at the Tauranga Art Gallery from 10am to 3pm.

Detail of the intricate carving on the pou at the Te Ranga battle site

The localised preliminaries for the National Secondary Schools Kapa Haka competition – Te Haka a Toi – are happening on Friday 25th at the Queen Elizabeth II Youth Centre in Tauranga’s Avenues. Welcome and powhiri to take place about 4pm on Thursday 24th. Door sales. Creative Bay of Plenty community liaison officer and weaving specialist Parewhati Taikato and colleague will have their work exhibited for sale.

AND DON’T FORGET SEPTEMBER HAS MAORI LANGUAGE WEEK!

There’s a call out from the Whakatane based Molly Morpeth Canaday 3D award – they have their own website so check it out.

Coming up at the end of August ZOETICA that mature woman opportunity to “strut their stuff”. We’ve been promoting this event at the end of ARTbop published articles for months – it’s finally here!  And I’ve literally just run into Janine Bishop, a Zoetica-original – collecting banners!  

And coming soon – the New Zealand mural contest. Katikati-based artist and ARTbop contributor Birgitt Shannon has just submitted an article on the 2017 event – that will be up on-line soon.

One of the vibrant works of artist, author and arts journalist Birgitt Shannon on show at the Katikati Medical Centre

AND SPEAKING OF POETRY:  Check out the second volume of poetry published by John Adams of Auckland.

The Rumpelstiltskin Blues is published by Steele Roberts Aotearoa publishers, Welington New Zealand. Their website says:- “We are a small independent company focusing on quality non-fiction and poetry — naturally we’re also happy to publish popular bestsellers. We’ve been publishing since 1996 and have won several national book awards.     Our list includes art and poetry, business, Maori, children’s, humour, self-help, current affairs and general books. We are interested in adventurous projects and in co-operating with other NZ and overseas publishers (see our bookshop for a detailed listing).  At the end of 2014 we had produced around 500 books.We have many exciting and excellent titles to come – please stay tuned to our website, and keep in touch.  http://steeleroberts.co.nz/

John Adams is an Auckland writer, author of Briefcase (AUP, 2011), winner of the Jessie Mackay Prize for Best First Poetry Book published in 2011, and the Elbow Stories (Steele Roberts, 2013).]

John’s band (a sextet) plays original compositions, song and spoken word “Don’t Judge Me” is available to play at private and public functions.

Poet, author, musician and singer – John Adams reads from his latest collection of poetry

The work of Auckland poet Simone Kaho resonates with me on many levels.   Check out her volume of work

Simone Kaho’s  book of poetry LUCKY PUNCH available through Anahera Press.

AND TAKE A LOOK AT THE POETRY AND SHORT STORIES OF Lee Switzer – published in WORDS in ARTbop

Tauranga Poet Lee Switzer on ARTbop photographic duty in Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

THE FEATURED IMAGE FOR THIS ARTICLE IS A WORK BY JOHN BAXTER.

 

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