National Poetry Day Friday 30 July

National Poetry Day is on its way:

New Zealand’s national day of poetry … is a celebration of this country’s unique and vibrant poetic voice – whether it is odes, myths and legends, serious social commentary or just plain good fun …


  • coverChristchurch City Libraries blog poetry competition
    Send us your poems (under 300 words) to us at and we will bedeck and bedazzle the blog with your masterpieces on National Poetry Day. You also get a chance to win The Adventures of Vela by Albert Wendt or some cool t-shirts .
  • Time out competition
    To celebrate National Poetry Day 2010, Time Out Bookstore, in conjunction with the Sunday Star-Times, is holding a nationwide poetry competition. Submissions will be accepted by email only to, subject line ‘poetry’, and close 5pm, Thursday 15 July.
  • Page and Blackmore Booksellers (Nelson) competition
    Deadline 23 July.

Events in Christchurch

Author and poet Helen Lowe and the Women on Air radio show have made July a month of poetry, and there will be poems and poets aplenty to enjoy.

Find out about Events on the Booksellers website including:

  • Poems for Lunch – A Menu of Astonishing Variety
    12.30 – 1.30 pm, Friday 30th July 2010.
    University Bookshop on Campus, Canterbury University. On the day, come and join us for a feast of poetry, including the launch of a new poetry book, Guarding the Cellar Door by Linda Connell (Steele Roberts) and performances by Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, Roger Hickin, Tusiata Avia, Micah Timona-Ferris and writers from the School for Young Writers. Tea and coffee provided – bring your sandwiches and join us in celebrating a very special National Poetry Day
  • Poetry for Pudding
    7pm – 8.30 pm, Friday 30th July 2010
    Borders Bookshop Rotherham Street Riccarton. You are invited to a celebratory evening of victuals and poetry to warm your “vitals”. Come to eat, read and/or listen, but mostly come to enjoy. Entry is free. Poets and listeners of all stages and ages welcome! Sponsored by Airing Cupboard Women Poets. For acceptance and further information, email

Poetry at Christchurch City Libraries

CoverWe love poetry all year round:

6 thoughts on “National Poetry Day Friday 30 July

  1. Ross Brighton 13 July 2010 / 12:11 am

    Thanks thanks,
    Flattered as I am to be announced as ‘established’ (whatever that may mean), alas I will not be gracing the chch libraries on said day. I have fled chch and am based in Auckland now, for the university offers postgraduate study that Canterbury cannot provide. That I would love to be there should not be doubted!
    There are many other wonderful people on your list, who are beautiful and talented and generally amazing, so I should not be missed.

    abundant love to all


  2. Donna 13 July 2010 / 9:46 am

    Thanks for letting us know Ross, and for the hat tip for Selina’s book.

  3. Mariana 26 July 2010 / 6:57 pm

    Hi Donna, that’s the 2009 list of readers for Poems for Lunch. This year’s should be:

    Linda Connell will read from her new book ‘Guarding the Cellar Door’.

    Other readers will include Tusiata Avia, Micah Timona Ferris, Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, Roger Hickin, and members of the School for Young Writers.

  4. richard 27 July 2010 / 11:51 am

    Oops – thanks Mariana. I see there’s tea and coffee too – all the more reason to go!

  5. Donna 27 July 2010 / 4:40 pm

    Thanks Mariana, I’ve put the 2010 information in the post now.

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