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Poetry Takes You Places

Place inspires poetry and we have so much to inspire young writers on National Poetry Day August 27. Plus there's a puzzle to solve!

Our event is turning out to be a bit like a game of Cluedo! Who will pop up among some oddities in the Museum? Who will we find in the Art Gallery? What about the Library? And the Arts Centre? Will they be armed with murder weapons or poems?

All we can tell you for now is that we have an amazing lineup of guest poets and you really should not miss this event that everyone will be talking about afterwards!


Glenn Colquhoun is a poet and children’s writer. His sixth collection of poetry, Letters to Young People was published in 2020. He works as a GP in Horowhenua.

Claudia Jardine is a young poet and musician based in Ōtautahi/Christchurch. In 2020 she published her first chapbook, The Temple of Your Girl, with Auckland University Press. Her work has also been published in Starling, Sport, Landfall and Stasis.

James Norcliffe is an award-winning poet, educator, editor and author of books for adults and children. He has numerous awards and publications to his name. He edits the Re-Draft series which closes for submissions Sept 30th!

Ray Shipley is a comedian, poet, and librarian from Ōtautahi. In 2019 Ray was nominated for the Billy T Award – the biggest award for the rising stars of comedy in Aotearoa – and has won the Christchurch Poetry Slam four times, placing third nationally in 2018.

For young writers in Year 9-13.

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