National Poetry Day July 22, 2011

coverNational 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 …

Events in Christchurch

Find out about Events on the Booksellers website including:

  • Lyttelton An Act of Art: Upon the Upland Road
    When: Friday, 22 Jul 2011
    Where: Harbour Light site, London Street, Lyttelton (map)
    Description: Check out a symbolic form of part of James K Baxter’s “High Country Weather”, located on the Harbour Light site, London Street, Lyttelton. Installation: Friday, 22 July. In association with Gap Filler. Artist: Trent Hiles
  • Phoenix Poetry – Rising from the rubble. Patrick Evans, James Norcliffe, Tusitata Avia and students from the Hagley Writers’ Institute and the School For Young Writers.
    When: Fri, 22 July, 12:00 – 13:30
    Where: Canterbury University Bookshop (map)
    Description:  Canterbury University Bookshop invites you to come and enjoy some literary life in our recovering city. Patrick Evans will chair a session with poets James Norcliffe, Tusitata Avia and students from the Hagley Writers’ Institute and the School For Young Writers. Singer /Songwriter Adam McGrath of The Eastern will end proceedings. Bring your lunch and a poem to add to our Poetry Wall. We will provide free tea and coffee

Poetry at Christchurch City Libraries

We love poetry all year round:

Romance of going to the movies redux?

heritage photographThe passionate fans queuing to see the final Harry Potter movie show that the romance of cinema going is not dead. Even if the glamour has gone out of many cinema buildings – Christchurch trashed its cinema building heritage long before any earthquake – it’s nice to see people enjoying the event of a night out at the cinema.

That is what it used to be – the stylish buildings made people dress up a bit and go out for an evening. Now, video rental stores, home cinemas  and downloading have made movie going as an event a bit of a novelty.

Lucky Wellingtonians who have at least two beautifully restored cinema buildings to attend (like this one). Wouldn’t it be great if the city rebuild included not a multiple, but a gracious multipurpose building that could host film festivals and grand occasions like premieres.

Richard’s post about the Ghosts of cinema past drew a host of reminiscences.