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Poets to pitch poetry to Rugby World Cup fans

Aug 12th, 2011 | By | Category: Arts/Entertainment, Latest News, News

POETS will be appealing to the cultural side of rugby fans at CivicSquare during the world cup.

Pacific poets will offer free workshops during the Rugby World Cup in a Pacific Artists Collaboration Village in the square.

Among the groups are members of P-Town Poets Society, who are this month warming up for the event with performances at Te Papa, Happy on Tory Street and The Ballroom Café.

P-Town Poets Society are currently performing in the Word Up series at Te Papa with Whitireia musicians, writers and Huia publishing.

This Saturday, Whitireia musicians will debut their “word choir”.

This is the first time the poets and singers have collaborated and if last Saturday’s poetry presentation is anything to go by it will be moving.

At the first event last Saturday, P-Town Poets Society founder Florence Faumuina-Aiono performed some of her poetry about based on legends from the Samoan Islands and journeys of the va’a [canoe].

On Monday morning she walked into her local cafe and the lady behind the counter welled up and said, “I was really moved by your poetry”.
“That’s why we do poetry, we aim to touch hearts,” says Florence.

Saturday August 20 will be the last performance of the Te Papa series, and it will feature children’s books printed by Huia publishing.

The Seven Stars of Matariki  and Barnaby Bennett will be read and there will be spot prizes for children wearing red since the story is about a little boy who loves to wear red.

Huia Publishing’s marketing co-ordinator Charlie Holland says they are hoping for “little ones” of all demographics, but are encouraging Maori and Pacific parents to bring their children to Te Papa.

“In our books, Maori kids can see themselves,” she says.

The storytellers will be embracing the new technology of the Q-book, which will read the stories in both English and Te Reo Maori.

The performances are on the August 13 and 20, 11am–noon at Te Papa Marae.

Members of the public and rugby fans can sign up online for the free workshops featured at the Pacific Artists Collaboration Village during the cup.

There will be workshops in poetry, music, dance, arts, weaving and writing as well as performances, food, arts and craft and business stalls.

It will be located in the Civic Square and Wellington Town Hall on October 1 and targeting fans of the All Blacks, Tonga, France and Canada who are based in the capital during pool play.

Photo Credit: Patsy F Schwalger

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is a Whitireia Journalism graduate working at Presstige Community Newspapers for the Northern Courier and Petone Herald.
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