‘Poetry is everywhere; it just needs editing’. James Tate


2021 …

September 10th: J&K reading at Tapanui Library.


June 24th – Book launch for Jenny Powell’s book, Meeting Rita. In discussion with Kay McKenzie Cooke forming part of the launch. Dunningham Suite, 4th Floor, Dunedin Public library. POSTPONED DUE TO COVID ALERT. NOW SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 3RD.


Birds ‘n Words: a poetryinmotion exhibition curated by Ruth Arnison

Dunedin Public Libraries are proud to be hosting an exhibition of photographs and poetry. Photographer Simone Jackson’s photos inspired Jenny Powell and Kay McKenzie Cooke to create poetic responses.

Simone Jackson is a professional photographer specializing in weddings, natural light portraiture, commercial and fine art nature. She owns and operates her commercial window cleaning business, but is happiest capturing the creative beauty of the Otago Peninsula.

Kay McKenzie Cooke is a Dunedin poet who cannot stop herself writing poems about birds. She has had four books of poetry published and one novel, all of which at some point refer to birds.

Jenny Powell has written seven individual and two collaborative collections of poems.
She enjoys performing and has written two multi-media collaborative performance pieces. Her latest collection of poems, Meeting Rita, will be published by Cold Hub Press in 2021.

Ground Floor Living Hub, Dunedin City Library
throughout July


June 22nd: Guest Reader NFFD (National Flash Fiction Day)


June 18th: Poetry reading in Wellington (6 Kelburn Parade). Reading with Jenny Powell, Richard Reeve, and Pip Adam. Organised and hosted by Nick Ascroft


June 17th: Speaking engagement: English at Victoria; Victoria University, Wellington. Discussing the poetry and music of Joni Mitchell, along with David Lisik. Invited by senior lecturer, Dougal McNeill


May 8th: Invited to speak and read poems Southland Girls High School, Otago Branch


May 5th: Reading at Inch Bar with Jenny Powell and Richard Reeve



1 April – 30 June 2021JENNY POWELL & KAY MCKENZIE COOKE’S POEMS written in response to SIMONE JACKSON’S PHOTOGRAPHS Botanic Garden Info Centre April 1 – June 30, 10am-4pm

Organised and arranged by Ruth Arnison


2020 …

October 24th

Invited by current poet laureate, David Eggleton, to be a support poet, along with Jenny Powell and Michael O’Leary, for his tokotoko ceremony to be held at Matahiwi Marae. As well to take part in the follow-up poetry reading for ‘Poets Night Out’ in Havelock North … Was scheduled for March, but due to Covid 19 has been postponed until … Labour Weekend (October 24th – 26th)


Reading at Te Awa library, Wellington October 20th

Reading Poetry Day August Friday 21st August Dunedin library


My poetry book was launched June 25th. Titled, ‘Upturned’; published by The Cuba Press, Wellington.

My novel, ‘Craggan Dhu: Time Will Tell’ is available on Amazon as a paperback or E-reader.

Saturday, March 7th

J&K Reading at The Bakehouse, Millers Flat

2019 …

November 23rd:

Reading at Eastern Southland Art Gallery with Jenny Powell, Cilla McQueen, Richard Reeve and David Eggleton.

November 1st: 

J&K Rolling reading at Glenorchy Camping Ground Lodge.

October 23rd:

Featured poet (along wth poet Rob Allan) reading at Dog With Two Tails.

September 6th:

J&K Rolling reading at Glenorchy Camping Ground Lodge. (Re-scheduled for November 1st)

September 3rd: 

Reading in Dunedin Public Library with other Dunedin poets at the Dunedin launch of Wild Honey – an anthology of women poets from Aotearoa New Zealand written by Paula Green.

March 14th:

J&K Rolling are reading at Port Chalmer’s library.

February 24th: 

Reading and discussing my poem, ‘some time’, at Knox College Chapel’s opening service. An excerpt from this poem is featured on a sculpture in the College quadrangle.

2018 …

November:  J&K Rolling reading at Waikouaiti Library (Details to be posted nearer the time).

August 31st: Launch of Rob Allen’s Port Manifold, Port Chalmers library. Guest reader with Jenny Powell and Richard Reeve,

July 31st – Writer in School at Waikaka School, Southland

March 3rdOwaka Cavalcade Market and Family Entertainment Day 500 horses and riders will ride into Owaka township midday Saturday March 3rd and Outrider Poets, J&K Rolling (myself and Jenny Powell) will be there with our poetry stall. As well as poetry cards, books and other poetry craft novelties, J&K will be reading poetry every hour on the half-hour, with an open invitation to anyone with a poem to share, to join in.

February 18thOnline interview with Katherine Dolan found  HERE

2017 …

September 13th

Reading at Dog With Two Tails cafe with Michael O’Leary, Jenny Powell, Peter Olds, Bill Dacker, David Eggleton …

August 25th

I will be one of ten invited readers reading at a New Zealand National Poetry Day event being held at Dunedin Library.

July 27th 

In memory of John Dickson

Reader at a Poetry Reading at The Crown with Richard Reeve, Jenny Powell, David Eggleton and others 

June 21st

Guest reader at Dog With Two Tails Octagon Collective event

April 22nd

At Graeme Furness’s Workshop, ‘Exit’ in Lawrence; reading with Jenny Powell as part of J&K Rolling’s first event of 2017, and with guest poet Jeanne Bernhardt. Graeme Furness and musician friends also to be a part of this mix of music and poetry.

March 24th (Friday)  I will be reading, along with other local poets and musicians, at Dog With Two Tails cafe, for a Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen Tribute evening.

2016 …

August 26th (Friday) New Zealand’s National Poetry Day, I will be reading with Jenny Powell (as part of a National Poetry Day, J&K Rolling event) in Wanaka.

August 23rd (Tuesday) I will be reading poetry at Dog With Two Tails along with Murray Edmond 8.00 p.m.

August 1st – Book reviews for three poetry books, written for Landfall and found on-line at Landfall (NZ) site. 

May 9th (Monday) Writer’s Salon at Thistle Cafe, Octagon, Dunedin – writers read extracts from their work. I will read poetry as well as prose.

April 28th, reading poetry at Queenstown District Library Poetry reading – Outrider poets J&K Rolling (Jenny Powell and myself) .

2015 …

August 28th: With poets Jenny Powell and Richard Reeve, I am reading poetry at ‘8 on 87’ cafe in Outram. This is a J and K Rolling National Poetry Day event. (As a follow-up to National Poetry Day, Jenny Powell and I will be reading at Gore Library, Sept. 4th).

June: MC for poets Jocelind Dunford and Jenny Powell as guest readers for Octagon Collective’s Circadian Rhythm poetry readings. These readings are held once a month at Circadian Rhythm, St Andrew Street, Dunedin. Open mic each reading.

May: ‘Poetry in the Pub’ event is being held on May 7th at the Leviathan Hotel as part of Dunedin Writer’s and Reader’s Festival. I am reading along with poets Michael Harlow,  the 2015 Burns Fellow Louise Wallace, Rogelio Guidea and Peter Olds.

April: My poem, ‘sacred days’ was selected by the present poet laureate, Vincent O’Sullivan, to feature in the Best NZ  Poems site for 2014.

March 7th:  J&K Rolling Whistlestop reading at Orepuki Beach Cafe in Western Southland. Myself and Jenny Powell will be reading poetry, along with local poets.

January:  Co-judge (along with Burns Fellow,  Majella Cullinane) for the Robert Burns Poetry Competition, an annual competition run here in the Edinburgh of the South. Prize giving held on the poet’s birthday, at the library, on January 25th. In the evening, attendance at a dinner at ToiTu Museum; ticket courtesy of DCC library.