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


cold hub press presents


Jenny Powell

Peter Olds

Robert McLean

at Tommy Chang’s

(cnr London & Canterbury Streets)

Lyttelton, Thursday 

April 12, 5.30pm

A poetry reading to launch three new Cold Hub Press chapbooks:

Ticket Home –  Jenny Powell (Dunedin)

Journey to the far south – Peter Olds (Dunedin)

(with woodcuts by Wayne Seyb)

A Graveyard by the Sea – Robert McLean (Lyttelton)

gold coin admission

books & woodcuts for sale

(cash/cheque only)


Keen for a little Friday verse? Join us at the Federal Diner (47 Helwick St, Wanaka) on Friday, 23 March for an evening of poetry and spoken word from a selection of Wanaka writers. We’ll be there from 5pm to 7pm – take in some local talent while enjoying drink specials and a treat or two from the Fed’s famous tapas menu. TGIF people!


Live poetry at the Federal Diner - Monday, 23 March from 5pm


He’s north of Nightcaps, he’s south of Springfield, he’s almost in Alexandra, he’s close to Cromwell … and he’s coming to Clyde! Sam Hunt is set to perform a one-off afternoon show at the Clyde Memorial Hall on Sunday, March 11, the latest in a long history of performing in the area.

“I’ve been on the road for about 45 years and Central Otago is an essential part of New Zealand. It’s had, from early days when I first travelled through there, a definite attraction,” he said. He added that many of his past tours has taken him to Olivers in Clyde, a venue “you made sure was on your itinerary” as a performer.

It’s not long since Sam was last in the area. His show at the Luggate Hall in September 2011 was a sold out success. Poetic Justice Co-ordinator Laura Williamson said, “It was so neat to see Sam performing at his best to a room full of fans – some with their own stories of past gigs, and some introducing their new generations to the Sam Hunt sound.” Sam said he was looking forward to performing at another classic New Zealand hall with its beautiful acoustics.

He added that Central Otago has long inspired writers and artists. “It’s an inspiring place. If I had to list half a dozen places in New Zealand that are sacred, one would be Central,” he said. He mentioned the writings of Brian Turner and James K Baxter, saying his first conscious knowledge of Clyde came from Baxter’s couplet; “The barman won the trots at Clyde / The day that Concrete Grady died.”

Sam Hunt at the Clyde Memorial Hall – Sunday, March 11th at 2pm. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Alexandra and Cromwell i-SITES, from Wanaka Fine Wines or on the door, if available. Wine and food will also be available for purchase. Doors open at 1.30.


Photo courtesy of Jane Ussher.

It’s a double dipper on Monday, December 12, with the Poetic Justice Youth Poetry Slam running in the afternoon, followed by an Open Mic Night featuring our guest readers the Christchurch poets. It’s all going on, and it’s all good.

Where: The Creek, Dunmore Street, Wanaka
When: Monday 12 December

Youth Slam from 3.30pm.
Open Mic Night from 7pm.
All welcome to read, all welcome to watch!

Poetic Justice Open Mic Night - 12 December, Wanaka -- Live Poetry!

Poetic Justice Youth Poetry Slam