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Gala Night

Gala Night

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  • Fri 12 Sep ’14, 7:00pm – 10:30pm


Titirangi War Memorial Hall, 500 South Titirangi Rd, Titirangi


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $32.50
  • Concession: $27.50

7.30pm, The Curnow Reading: Anne Kennedy
The late Allen Curnow was, until his passing, a regular reader of his iconic poetry at Going West. It is difficult to go past 'Not I, some child, born in a marvellous year, will learn the trick of standing upright here' for a mantra to express our sense of national identity. The reading offered in his name, and that of the late Jeny Curnow who so generously supported Going West, is this year delivered by poet and novelist Anne Kennedy.

7.50pm, The Sir Graeme Douglas Orator: Robert Sullivan
'Small islands of meaning' is almost certainly a perfect theme to give to a poet, academic and mentor. Robert Sullivan is invited to take this snippet, extracted from Charles Brasch's journals and follow it in any direction he pleases. As always, we anticipate thought provoking discourse from one of our admired and cherished voices.

8.30pm, Gutter Black - Graham Brazier, Harry Lyon in conversation with Finlay Macdonald
Dave McArtney completed this long-anticipated memoir just weeks before his tragic death in 2013. It is the candid, funny, irreverent and sometimes shocking story of 'Hello Sailor's' emergence from “Mandrax Mansion” in pre-gentrification Ponsonby in the early 1970s. Both intimate memoir and social history, Gutter Black traces the life of an extraordinary and creative individual and gives an eye-witness account of a band and the music that rocked the nation. Publisher Finlay Macdonald and fellow band mates Graham Brazier and Harry Lyon reminisce and, from time to time, may break into song.

9.30pm, Supper and wine

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