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Hailstones fail to deter Whitireia poets

Sep 8th, 2008 | By | Category: Latest News

RAIN and hail fell as heavily as similes and metaphors at the Whitireia Polytechnic Poetry Collective’s performance in Paekakariki – so heavily two poets had to read their work again.

Kay Corns and Bill Nelson needed to repeat their joint piece once the storm outside was no longer in danger of drowning them out.

Despite the weather, the audience liked the students’ performance so much the group will be returning in November for an end-of-year reading.

The readings have become something of a Paekakariki tradition, with the first one staged last winter.

Course co-ordinator Pip Byrne said on that occasion the people of Paekakariki gave a great reception.

“So they (the students) returned again at the end of the year.”
Poets 6 – the name of the group of second and third year students completing a Bachelor of Applied Arts – staged the poetry reading to showcase their work to friends, family and fans.

Ms Byrne says students are required to study and write their own poetry, and although performance is not part of the assessment, they have been eager to get up on stage.

“Learning to deliver poetry is a great skill,” she says.

The six performers range in age and gender, and say they draw inspiration from various walks of life and backgrounds.
Ms Corns, a third year student appearing there for the third time, says this year’s audience was just awesome: “It was the best reading I’ve given.”

Rob Hack painted vivid images of his Pacific Island heritage for listeners, while his fellow poet, Lorraine Singh, used the spoken word to introduce the audience to her neighbour from Brazil and how he adjusted to New Zealand life.

Paekakariki resident Luke Vryer said it was his first poetry reading and he was not let down.

“It’s good to just get out there and do something different. There was a great environment here.”

Poets 6 will give another performance at the Porirua Campus in November.

PICTURE:  Poetry student Rob Hack braves noisy rain on the roof  to read one of his works at St Peter’s community hall in Paekakariki.

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