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Winter Readings

White Album Readings (2008) Poetrywall (2007) Poetrymath (2006) The Manuka Tree (2005) Tupelo Hotel (2004)

Winter Readings is an annual event in Wellington organised by HeadworX Publishers, Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop and Kwanzaa - the Afrikan Shop in conjunction with Wellington City Council and the City Gallery. The aim is to promote New Zealand poetry to the wider public through a series of lively readings taking place in the winter months in Wellington. Each year an anthology of the readers is produced and is edited/compiled by Mark Pirie and published by the Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop.

The first series of readings took place in 2003 at Bizy Bee's bookshop and were dedicated to the memory of Neil Rowe (1941-2003), the local writer and bookshop proprietor of BAM (Books Art Music). The second series in 2004 was titled "Tupelo Hotel" after the Doors album "Morrison Hotel" and took place at Tupelo Bar, Wellington, thanks to the generous support of the then bar manager James Humphreys. The third series in 2005 was titled "The Manuka Tree" and was held at St John's Church, Wellington, and sported an affectionate remake of U2's "The Joshua Tree".

Winter Readings 2008 - The White Album Readings

This year's readings celebrate 10 years of HeadworX Publishers in Wellington, and are a tribute to The Beatles' White Album, with Beatles music played at the readings.

We will be announcing this year's winner of the Earl of Seacliff Poetry Prize: Will Leadbeater, who will come down from Auckland to read. This will be a rare chance to see Will Leadbeater read, one of our unsung poets who has been writing away for years.

Wine/juice and books for sale.

Earl of Seacliff will publish an anthology of poems by the readers featured to celebrate the event.

Full details of the readings below:

Reading One: Helter Skelter

Wednesday 20, August 2008

Plus launch of Mark Pirie's new books Slips: cricket poems (ESAW) and Bottle of Armour and Trespassing in Dionysia (both Original Books).

MC: Niel Wright

Reading Two: Revolution

Thursday, 28 August 2008

Plus launch of Rickerby's My Iron Spine (HeadworX)

MC: Harvey Molloy

Reading Three: Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Plus launch of O'Leary's Paneta Street (HeadworX)

MC: Nelson Wattie


City Gallery Theatre, Wellington. 7-8pm

Admission to all readings is by koha

Note: The organisers reserve the right to adjust the programme in unforseen circumstances.


Wellington City Council

Previous Participants

Winter Readings 2007 featured: Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, Michael O'Leary, Glen Colquhoun, Niel Wright, Nelson Wattie, Dinah Hawken, L E Scott, Wanjiku Kiarie, Martyn Sanderson, Mark Pirie, Tim Jones, Richard Langston and Jenny Powell-Chalmers.

Winter Readings 2006 featured: Harry Ricketts, Siobhan Harvey, Bernadette Hall, Chris Else, Niel Wright, Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, Meg Campbell, Tony Chad, Harvey McQueen, Iain Sharp, Bill Dacker, Richard von Sturmer, Michael O'Leary, Andrew Fagan, Ralph Proops, Sandra Bell and Jeanne Bernhardt.

Winter Readings 2005 featured: Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, Meg Campbell, Yilma Tafere Tasew, Harry Ricketts, Michael O'Leary, L E Scott, Joy McKenzie, Bill Dacker, Mark Pirie, Richard von Sturmer, Vivienne Plumb, Helen Rickerby, Tim Jones, Robin Fry, Amelia Nurse, Scott Kendrick and Therese Lloyd.

Winter Readings 2004 featured: Jenny Powell-Chalmers, Mark Pirie, Michael O'Leary, Helen Rickerby, Harry Ricketts, Niel Wright, Harvey McQueen, Moshe Liba, Emily Dobson, Amelia Herrero-Kidman, Michael Harlow, Robin Fry, Iain Sharp, Basim Furat, Moira Wairama and Jack Ross.

Winter Readings 2003 featured: Mike Eager reading for the late Simon Williamson, Anna Jackson, Michael O'Leary, Mark Pirie, Helen Rickerby, Harry Ricketts, Jenny Powell-Chalmers, Niel Wright, Harvey McQueen, Tim Jones, L E Scott, Vivienne Plumb and Scott Kendrick.

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