Discounted pre-sale tickets for The Bacchus Sessions: A Poetry Symposium with Glenn Colquhoun are on sale now at Gifted Design Store, Helwick Street, Wanaka.
That’s $20 to watch Glenn read at Mt Maude Vineyard on March 24, and you get a free glass of wine on arrival!
Not in Wanaka? Email us and we’ll arrange to get pre-sale tickets to you.
We’ll have a selection of Glenn’s books on sale on the day as well, so bring along some cash and we reckon Glenn will sign a few for you.
The morning workshop is almost full, so get in touch soon if you’d like to register. Thanks to those who have already signed up and paid. We’ll be in touch soon with details about where to go and what to bring.
Poetic Justice Wanaka – celebrating New Zealand Book Month with wine and poetry. It’s all good. 
Glenn Colquhoun Poetry Symposium Poster

Glenn Colquhoun

Spoken words: Glenn Colquhoun

Poetic Justice Wanaka presents a day of words & wonderment with Aotearoa’s preeminent poet, Glenn Colquhoun.

When: Sunday, March 24

Where: Maude Vineyard, Maungawera Road, Wanaka

Poetry Workshop

10am til 12noon: $35.00

Sharpen your wordsmith chisels with one of the country’s finest poets.

Spaces are strictly limited so get in quick! Book your space by emailing and we’ll send you our bank account details – payment needs to be made by March 10 to secure your spot.

Live Poetry with Glenn Colquhoun, supported by local poets

4pm til 6pm: $20.00 pre-sales, $25.00 on the day.

Includes a welcome glass of wine from Maude Vineyard. Light refreshments available. Bring your own picnic rug, beanbag or low seat!

Pre-sales available SOON in Wanaka (watch this space!), or email if you’re our of town and we’ll send you your tickets by post.


Workshop + live poetry package: $50.00

For further info contact, phone +64220188314.

With thanks to Maude Wines, Steele Roberts Publishing and NZ Book Month.

Poetic awesomeness in Wanaka with Cilla McQueen last weekend – Friday night reading at Federal Diner and a productive and inspiring workshop on Sunday at the lovely Black Shack. Lucky us.

Thanks to Federal Diner, Maude Wines (love your Pinot Gris!) and the Black Shack for helping us make it happen.

The former Poet Laureate shows us how it’s done.

Literature by the lake: chilling with Cilla at the Black Shack.

An Evening with Cilla McQueen – Friday, November 9, 6pm


Poetic Justice Wanaka presents AN EVENING WITH CILLA MCQUEEN.

Former New Zealand Poet Laureate and Burns Fellow Cilla McQueen will be reading in Wanaka on Friday, 9 November at the Federal Diner on Helwick Street from 6pm to 8pm. Light meals will be available before and after the show, and everyone will receive a complimentary glass of wine from Maude Wines at the door.

Tickets are $25 at the door, cash only please.


An Evening with Cilla McQueen

When: Friday, 9 November, 6-8pm

Where: Federal Diner, 47 Helwick Street, Wanaka

It’s been raining in Wanaka for two days, so we’re guessing everybody’s been doing quite  bit of writing. Good timing, because two months have gone by we’re due another Poetic Justice Open Mic session next week.

The theme is WORDS & ART. Got anything visual to share? Bring it along! But, as usual, we’re a fairly relaxed lot, so feel free to ignore the theme and read anything you’d like. Best poem as voted by the audience wins a stylish prize from Wanaka Beerworks.

WHEN: Sunday, 9 September @ 4pm

WHERE: Federal Diner, Helwick Street, Wanaka

Poetic Justice Open Mic Poerty, 9 September 2012, Wanaka — Live Poetry!


The project: Seven poets, 14 poems each. Seven individually-numbered books. Each poet puts two poems in each book, decorated as he or she sees fit.

The outcome: Seven one-off poetry collections showcasing some of the best work from our Poetic Justice regulars. 

The Poetic Justice Justice for All books are complete, and on a recent winter’s evening we gathered to draw numbers out of a hat (or was it a tea cosy?) and take home our unique copies, stitched, signed and ready to read.

Thanks to Simon King for designing and producing the beautiful books, and to the participating poets for their words: Jan Kelly, Gwenda Rowlands, Annabel Wilson, Laura Williamson, Simon King, Libby Paulin and Liz Breslin.

Gwenda, Jan, Simon and Annabel checking out the goods

Seven books, 14 poems each: that’s 98 poems, dontcha know.

Not one of these books is quite like the other

Liz couldn’t make it, but she was in us in text!

Thanks to all who joined us on a sunny Sunday at Federal Diner for this month’s open mic. A stellar lineup or readings – poetry, prose, English, Spanish, French, you name it, we heard it. Congrats to wee Liam who won a nice set of mugs from Wanaka Beerworks for his mum.

Next up, Open Mic session on Sunday September 9 – see you there!

Liam took top spot with The Magic Box

Girls in glasses – Maegan represents!

Alice Petersen shared some writing from her short story collection All the Voices Cry

The man in the grey hat – Simon King

Pip Sheehan Lowther –

We’re back with another Open Mic session!

Join us at The Federal Diner on Helwick Street on Sunday, 15 July at 4pm.

All welcome to read, all welcome to watch, best poem as voted by the audience wins a whack of free product from WANAKA BEERWORKS. Inspired? Join us!

Where: Federal Diner, Helwick Street,Wanaka

When: Sunday 15 July @4pm

Poetic Justice Open Mic Session, 15 July 2012 @ 4pm


Thanks to all who joined us at the Federal Diner on Sunday afternoon for our first session at the new venue. It was a ripper! Congrats to Maegan Johnsen who walked off with a six-pack from Wanaka Beerworks after cleaning up in the audience vote. And thanks to the North Americans in the corner who didn’t know we were coming and proved to be great listeners.

Our next Open Mic will be at Federal Diner on Sunday, 8 July at 4pm.

Mmmmm … Beerworks. Maegan with her prize.

We’re back in May with another Open Mic Session, with a NEW time and a NEW venue.!

Join us at The Federal Diner on Helwick Street on Sunday, 13 May at 4pm.

All welcome to read, all welcome to watch, best poem as voted by the audience now wins a six pack of seasonal local beers from WANAKA BEERWORKS.

We’re pretty excited about all this, can’t wait to see you there!

Where: Federal Diner, Helwick Street,Wanaka
When: Sunday 13 May @4pm