‘Forever is composed of nows’ Emily Dickinson

2020 …

November 5th

Ten Perspectives 6.30 pm 4th floor, Dunedin Public Library. Reading with Fiona Farrell, David Eggleton, John Newton, Kirstie McKinnon, Michael Hall, Diane Brown, Charlotte Steel, Rushi Vayas, Kerry Lane. Michelle Elvy will be mc’ing the event.

November 2nd:

Reading at WORD Christchurch Spring Festival 2020 in Poet Laureate’s Choice event. Reading with David Eggleton, Cilla McQueen, James Norcliffe, Owen Marshall, and Bernadette Hall. Held at Christchurch Art Gallery.

October 27th

Reading at Palmerston North library 6.30 pm. with Janis Freegard, Simon Sweetman, John Christeller, Mary Cresswell, Richard Langston and Rachel MacAlpine

October 20th

Reading at Te Awe library in Wellington at 12.30 midday with other Southern poets living or spending time in Wellington. Those reading are: Jenny Powell, Nick Ascroft, Tim Jones, Richard Langston, Madison Hamill and Mary McCallum (who along with Jenny Powell, will read from the late Elizabeth Brooke- Carr’s poetry book.)

October 11th – 13th

Invited by present Aotearoa poet laureate David Eggleton to be a support poet (along with Jenny Powell and Michael O’Leary) at his tokotoko ceremony, October 2020 at Matahiwi Marae. As well to take part in the follow-up poetry reading for ‘Poets Night Out’ in Havelock North.

September 28th

Reading at Gore Public Library (Sadly postponed until November because of SNOW!)

September 11th

Dan Davin Literary Society Lecture

Sunday August 23rd (Cancelled; Covid Level 2)

Reading with Jenny Powell and Xiaomin (Demi) Chen at Poems From A Landscape Near and Far on Sunday,

My poetry book was launched June 25th. Titled, ‘Upturned’ and 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.