07 Jun 2016
From seasoned poets to total newbies to the simply-a-bit-curious, participants in the 19th Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2016 — on Friday, 26 August — have the opportunity to be touched by the magic and excitement of poetry, to get involved in the poetry community, and to discover New Zealand poets, share poems and explore and experience what poetry is all about.
Registrations for New Zealand’s 19th annual National Poetry Day celebration closed on Tuesday, 24 May, and all seed-funding allocations have now been made. The New Zealand Book Awards Trust is busily confirming the details of over 70 activities. This year events will pop up in 25 different towns and cities across New Zealand with several nationwide activities open to anyone, no matter where they live. The full calendar of events will go live on Wednesday, 3 August on www.poetryday.co.nz
A number of poetry competitions will open for submissions in the months leading up to National Poetry Day, beginning with the Kapiti Coast Matariki/Winter Poetry Competition, which opens for submissions on Wednesday, 1 June.
Keep an eye on the National Poetry Day Facebook page for updates and extra opportunities to participate. In Auckland, auditions are currently open for ‘Flock’, a poetry theatre ensemble set to fly on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day.