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



A few choices photos from our recent Open Mic nights!


Wanaka writer Kate Bariletti


Lauren and Dylan Rimmer abscond with Poem Bunny













Words and music: Angela Mote-Andrews and Laura Williamson











Liz Breslin on the mic



Simon King and Sam Hudson from BeatsFM


Calling all young poets! Join us for Wanaka’s first Youth Poetry Slam – bring along three of your best poems and try to make it all the way to the last round to win some awesome prizes. Poetry, spoken word, freestyle – if you wrote it, we want to hear it!

There are three age groups:
8 and under (starts 3.30pm)
9 to 13 (starts 4.30pm)
14 to 19 (starts 5.30pm)

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

Email us for more info on


YOUTH POETRY SLAM! December 12 @ The Creek.

The October episode of IN Verse – 30 minutes of spoken word and poetry with Poetic Justice is online now. This month’s guest poet is Poetic Justice regular Jan Kelly. Listen here on our PODCAST page.

We’ll be back live on Sunday, November 27 at 5.30pm. Thanks to Wanaka Beats for putting local poetry on air!


We’re back in November with another Open Mic Session, this time at a NEW venue.

Join us at The Creek on Dunmore Street On Monday, November 7 at 8pm. The theme is Words & Music – sing if you want to, but you really don’t have to. All welcome to read, all welcome to watch, best poem as voted by the audience wins a bottle of Olssens wine!


Thanks to all who joined us for our Flights of Fancy Open Mic night, and congrats to Simon who won the bottle of Olssens wine. You can read his winning poem here.
Next Open Mic session is Monday, 7 November – we’re getting a bit big these days, so are trying out a new venue. Watch this space for updates!

Simon finds inspiration in a bottle of Olssens Bannockburn Club chardonnay

Join us for our next Open Mic –  Monday night, 8pm at Kai Whaka Pai for an evening of poetic flights of fancy. All welcome to come and read, all welcome to watch/listen to our new, very own, amp and mic. Aren’t we flash! And remember, the best poem walks away with a bottle of beautiful Olssens wine and the pleasure of Poem Bunny’s company for a month.

Where: Kai Whaka Pai, Ardmore Street, Wanaka

When: Monday, 10 October, 8pm