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Nelson Live Poets: The Word, The Reckoning & The Rose

Nelson Live Poets: The Word, The Reckoning & The Rose

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  • Tue 16 Oct ’18, 7:30pm – 10:00pm


The InnBetween Hostel, 335 Trafalgar Square East, Nelson


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Nelson Live Poets plays host to a new show 'The Word, The Reckoning & The Rose'. We'll open with a round of the usual open mic, sign up on the night, everyone welcome. Koha Entry.

About the show:
'The Word, The Reckoning and The Rose' brings together three Nelson and Golden Bay poets with diverse styles, genuine voices and a love for the written and spoken word: Henry Ludbrook, Mark Raffills and Rose Michel von Dreger. These three poets met through the region’s Live Poets events; they perform together for the first time in this show.

About the performers:
Henry Ludbrook started writing poetry at the age of 16. Henry writes about his life as a young man on the road. Poems such as Zen and The Art of Apple Picking and Honest Dirt illustrate his fresh, intimate approach to autobiography.

“I think we all carry somewhere deep inside of us a ‘man on the side of the road’,” he says. “In a sense we are all homeless, all poor in one way or another and to capture that empathy is important if you are going to try and change the way things are.”

A finalist in the NZ Poetry Slam 2011 and 2015, Mark Raffills has shared the stage with the likes of Hone Tuwhare, Rachel Bush and David Eggleton. He has performed at venues throughout NZ, and Australia, either solo or with the bluegrass/folk/blues-based Dirt Floor Alliance. Nelson Mail reviewer Matt Bowler wrote of Mark Raffills, “The live poet is obvious; the words have both a lyrical and rhythmic quality. There is a depth to the poetry but at the same time, its heart is on its sleeve.”

From the east of her native Canada to the west of the South Island, Rose Michel von Dreger uses the landscape of the stars to paint the landscape of the heart. Rose was part of the Poets in the Schools programme in the States and taught poetry workshops in Takaka.

Her poetry has been broadcast on Fresh FM, published in Canadian journals, and her manuscript is currently in circulation in New Zealand. “I write about the sea, constellations, and light, and our place in it all. Golden Bay is a great place to write about the wilderness of the heart.”

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