‘No-one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it’. H.E. Luccock


The highlighted link below takes you to a blog that records Outrider Poets, Jenny Powell & Kay McKenzie Cooke; aka  J&K Rolling; reading tours, 2014 – 2016

J&K Rolling’s Outrider Whistlestops

(2017 Entries are posted below:) 

Gold In Lawrence

Our visit to Lawrence in April was gold!

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Through the efforts of a contact in Lawrence – our friend Jeanne Bernhardt – Graeme Furness kindly offered us his studio (Exit Studios) as a venue. He also invited his musician friend Mike to join us for the night of music and poetry.

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One of many such historical buildings that line the main street of Lawrence; a town with a history of gold mining.

lawrence 1.JPGWe were thrilled when Jeanne asked this guy if we could hitch a ride on his horse drawn wagon. How apt for J&K Rolling!

Graeme's studioGraeme Furness’ amazing studio, Exit. If you’re ever in Lawrence or passing through, do pop in and have a look-see. 

We were overwhelmed by Graeme’s generosity and the time he put in to get ready for the event. Not only was the space perfectly set out, but food was provided as well! Plus he’d made sure that the town was plastered with posters to advertise the event.

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Graeme is not only an artist and builder of beautiful wooden coffins (hence the name Exit Studios) but a very fine musician to boot!


Graeme’s friend Mike is a fantastic musician too. The quality of talent found in small towns and rural areas, constantly astonishes and delights both Jenny and me when we visit these rural districts.

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Jenny reading

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It was beyond cool to have Jeanne as our guest reader. She is such a gifted writer – such a breath of real. ( Under-rated in New Zealand’s writing world).

Jeanne made us feel very welcome in ‘her town’. Her passion for the town of Lawrence and her fondness for its residents, is very clear. Hearing her extol Lawrence’s virtues  – the smell of its country air, the relaxed feel, the dark, starry skies at night – helped J&K’s appreciation for the town of Lawrence to grow as well.

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As well as the high quality music and poetry (Jeanne also read some of her prose)  we also had a taker for the open mic. segment. A local raconteur-in-verse (and a mite controversial verse at that). His clever poems have a political slant and were delivered with aplomb and a certain cheek. There were some intriguing backstories to his poems about local political contretemps and conspiracies.


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You don’t have to be an e.t. to live in Lawrence, but it may help?

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Jenny looking in Exit Studio window. There were some beautiful wooden bowls and we couldn’t resist buying a souvenir each.

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Au revoir Lawrence – we’d love to come back.

Let’s see if we can make that a promise J&K can keep.



Our latest venture:

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J&K Rolling’s Outrider Whistlestops