new zealand electronic poetry centre

Seeing Voices 

A New Zealand Festival of Poetry
23-25 August, 2002


from Monday 19 August  University of Auckland Library

  • poets' manuscripts at the University of Auckland
    In association with with Seeing Voices, Special Collections at the University of Auckland Library has mounted an exhibition of poetry manuscripts from the Collection, including material by Robin Hyde and Kendrick Smithyman. Special Collections is on the Ground (entrance) floor of the General Library, 5 Alfred Street, and the exhibition is located at the Special Collections reception area. Enquiries: Stephen Innes, Special Collections Librarian, 373-7599 ext. 8062, email:

Thursday 22 August  486 Queen St. Free Event

  • 9.00pm Glottis poets read at The Temple
    Nick Ascroft, Richard Reeve, Anna Jackson, Kai Jensen, Corin Black.

Friday 23 August 

  • 12.00 - 1.00pm  Dunedin comes to Auckland
    Anna Jackson, Richard Reeve, John Dolam, Katherine Liddy, Nick Ascroft
    English Department Common Room, University of Auckland  free event       

  • 5.30pm  wise words from south of the Bombay Hills :
    Elizabeth Smither, Diana Bridge and Fiona Farrell. 
    All welcome. The Women's Bookshop (105 Ponsonby Rd)  free event  
  • 7.30-10pm  once and for all Music Theatre, University of Auckland
    Iain Sharp introduces 28 poets reading for 2 minutes each: Raewyn Alexander, Stu Bagby, Diana Bridge, James Brown, Kate Camp, Janet Charman, Glenn Colquhoun, John Dickson, John Dolan, Murray Edmond, Fiona Farrell, Anne French, Jane Gardner, Paula Green, Anna Jackson, Mike Johnson, Kapka Kassabova, Michele Leggott, Graham Lindsay, Bill Manhire, Bob Orr, Richard Reeve, Elizabeth Smither, Robert Sullivan, John Tranter, Ian Wedde, Albert Wendt, Sonja Yelich. Music by Ross Mullins and Caitlin Smith.

Saturday 24 August  

  • 10.15 – 11.30am  scoop:  ten poets read new poem
    Stu Bagby, James Brown, John Dolan, Fiona Farrell, Jane Gardner, Mike Johnson, Graham Lindsay, Elizabeth Smither, Robert Sullivan, Ian Wedde
  • 11.45 – 1.00pm  breaking ground, preserving ground
    Richard Reeve, Glenn Colquhoun, Sonja Yelich and Anna Jackson read and talk with Bill Manhire about making the future and keeping the past.
  • 2.15 – 3.45pm  John Tranter 
    Leading Australian poet reads and talks with Michele Leggott and Murray Edmond
  • 4.00 – 5.30pm  poetry/music/painting
    Poetry and other arts with Paula Green, Graham Lindsay, John Dickson, Peter Simpson and Ian Wedde
  • 6.00 – 7.30pm  the book of the black star
    by Albert Wendt and Albert Wendt’s webpage for the New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre (nzepc) to be launched in the Vice Chancellor’s Suite, Old Government House (Festival Ticket holders & invited guests only).

Sunday 25 August 

  • 9.30 – 11am brunch with poetry at iguaça 
    269 Parnell Road. Anna Jackson, Fiona Farrell, Glenn Colquhoun. Sponsored by Dymocks.
  • 11.30am remembering Alan Brunton 
    Readings of Alan's work by Murray Edmond, Michele Leggott, Bill Manhire, Bob Orr, Peter Simpson and Ian Wedde. All welcome, free event.
  • 12 –1.15pm  poets on poets
    John Dolan, Robert Sullivan, Diana Bridge and James Brown read their favorite poems and talk about influences
  • 2.15 – 3.45pm hearts and minds/minds and bodies
     Poetry about love and sex with Anne French, Bob Orr, Kate Camp, Kapka Kassabova
  • 4pm  poets laureate
    John Campbell talks with Bill Manhire and Elizabeth Smither


All events are at Old Government House, University of Auckland, Princes St, unless otherwise stated.

Last updated 27 November, 2002