Thursday, November 26, 2009
Anyway, it's time for our last open mic of the year when we have a HUGE party and then take a couple of months off (the open mics anyay - we'll be making a new Catalyst CD over summer so no rest for the wicked). So. We were mentioning a party...
Catalyst Christmas Party
Wednesday 2nd December, 8pm
Al's Bar 31 Dundas St (Ch.Ch.bro)
featuring a book launch:
haiku by Doc Drumheller
and Catalyst's Crazy Christmas Sale!
Unbelievable bargains to be had on our back catalogue.
Complete your Catalyst collection or take care of that Christmas shopping in one fell swoop!
Yes, it's poetry for Christmas!!!!
More on STRANGE TOTEMS:
Strange Totems is the latest collection of haiku by Doc Drumheller. Translated and presented in 3 languages - Japanese, English and Te Reo Maori. Strange Totems plays with themes of power and resonance in nature and in cities. The disconnect between humanity and nature and the power of culture and new mythology. The book is published by Clerestory Press who also presented Drumheller's first haiku collection Snake Songs and features photographic montage by the dynamic duo of Johnsin & Fox.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Our City O Tautahi (old provincial chambers)
(cnr Oxford Tce & Worchester Blvd)
December 1 st 5.30pm Tuesday 2009
With songs by the Cecilian Singers
And poems by James Norcliffe, Bernadette Hall, Frankie McMillan, HelenLowe, Jeffrey Paparoa Holman
RSVP for catering Nov 23
firstname.lastname@example.org Poems available Madras Café Books
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Poets for Samoa
Poets for the Tsunami
MC: Victor Rodger
Thursday 5 November, 5.30pm,
Madras Café Bookshop, 135 Madras St.
Fundraiser for the Samoan tsunami relief effort – if you haven’t contributed yet, (or even if you have) here is your chance.
Tickets at the door: $10 donation. Raffle. All proceeds to Samoa tsunami relief.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Al's Bar, 31 Dundas St
Just advance notice about the biggest party of our year! Please come along, celebrate the launch of the best Catalyst yet, maybe even buy a copy. Or three. We'll be selling subscriptions on the night also: get your Catalyst delivered!
Stay tuned for more information leading up to the launch. Thank you to everyone who's contributed and waited with us for so long!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Check out this great opportunity presented by our pal Helen:
Award-winning author Helen Lowe runs a workshop on writing fantastic fiction, focusing on Fantasy and Sci-Fi. The session includes discussions and exercises on the essential elements of 'fantastic world building', structure and keeping it real. Bring pen and paper.
Saturday 17th October, 10am – 12pm
Venue: Christchurch Central Library
Bookings: Essential; phone 941 7923
Friday, September 25, 2009
Special poetry event in honour of NZ Book Month, brought to you by the Christchurch Writers Festival. Come and have a glass of wine and see some of Aotearoa's best poets perform their work. Nice.
Our City, O-Tautahi
cnr Oxford Tce & Worcester Blvd
$10 incl. glass of wine!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
The theme for this year's Mental Health Awareness Week is 'Winning Ways to Wellbeing - Connect, Give, Take Notice, Keep Learning, Be Active.'
Come and see how Catalyst fulfills all 5 of the Winning Ways to Wellbeing by encouraging poets to connect with each other, take notice of the beauty of poetry, keep learning about performance techniques and new styles of writing, give freely of their verse and er, move around a lot while they perform!
We can imbibe other kinds of elixirs even as we partake of the heady properties of spoken word!
Where do I go for this unmissable evening of convivial verse and comraderie you wonder? Well, glad you asked:
Catalyst Poetry Open Mic
Wednesday 7th October, 8pm
Al's Bar, 31 Dundas St
Christchurch (behind Pak n' Save)
Saturday, August 29, 2009
For Poetry: Geoff Cochrane (latest collection - Pocket Edition)
For Fiction: Alison Wong (her first novel As the Earth Turns Silver out now)
Phew! That's some link-heavy action up there. Let's see some of you down at Al's again this coming Wednesday for Catalyst's open mic.
Catalyst Poetry Open Mic
Wednesday 2nd September, 8pm
Al's Bar, 31 Dundas St (behind Pak n' Scab)
BYO poetry & a sense of adventure!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
“Poetry on the occasion of Janet Frame’s birthday”
Al’s Bar, 31 Dundas Street, Christchurch
Friday 28 August at 5.30pm
There’ll be refreshments and entry is free.
Presented by Phantom Billstickers
Monday, August 24, 2009
As part of Fat Eddie's Art of Mixology series of performances, Ciaran Fox is once again joining the Ragamuffin Children for an evening of music, poetry and spoken word.
Thursday 27th August, 8pm
If you missed them in the Christchurch Arts Festival as part of Love Letters in the Margin, now's your chance to experience one of the most sublime pairings to take the stage at the Festival Club in 2009.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Sudden Valley Press
Frankie McMillan's first poetry collection, Dressing for the Cannibals (Sudden Valley Press), will be launched on Thursday 20 August, at 5.30 pm at the Christchurch Central Library, as part of the library's 150th celebrations.
In 2001, Frankie McMillan's short story collection The Bag Lady's Picnic (Shoal Bay Press), described as "dazzling" by the NZ Listener, received widespread critical acclaim. Now Dressing for the Cannibals—described by editor, Michael Harlow, as "full of those surprises that quicken the heart as well as the head"—promises to bring the same excitement to New Zealand poetry.
Described by the Christchurch Press's Poetry Editor, James Norcliffe, as "often surreal, faux-naif and dreamlike" the poems in Dressing for the Cannibals reflect the intriguing cover art by McMillan's daughter, NZ artist Rebecca Harris. As shown so often in her prose, McMillan has a keen, but nonetheless compassionate eye for the eccentricities of human life and nature, as well as a sly but also subversive wit.
Frankie McMillan holds a MA in Creative Writing (with Distinction) from the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University. She held the Creative New Zealand Todd Bursary in 2005 and her poem, My Father’s Balance, won the NZ Poetry Society International Poetry Competition 2009; birthday boy, was runner up in the same competition in 2008. McMillan's short stories have appeared in Best New Zealand Fiction 5 and 6 (Vintage: 2008; 2009) and Essential New Zealand Short Stories (Vintage 2009) and both her poetry and short fiction have been widely published and anthologised. She is currently a creative writing tutor at Hagley Writers' Institute and the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology.
In addition to the launch of Dressing for the Cannibals on Thursday 20 August, Frankie McMillan and five guest poets (Bernadette Hall, Michael Harlow, Joanna Preston, David Gregory and Ross Brighton) will read at the Christchurch Central Library, from 12.30-1.30 pm on Friday 21 August, again as part of the library's 150th celebrations.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Writers around Christchurch will be digging out their pens and infusing their creativity as they are offered the chance to take part in the One-Day Short Story Competition next week.
Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch City Libraries, The Cultural Precinct and the NZ Society of Authors have come together to host the event, which is part of the 150th anniversary of public library service in Christchurch.
On Sunday 2 August, adults and youths are invited to Christchurch Art Gallery to collect their competition packs, containing a list of 12 exciting features in the cultural precinct, competition instructions, a map of the cultural precinct and a blank CD.
To take part, participants will need to follow their maps around the cultural precinct, visiting different highlighted features. They must then write a short story, to a maximum of 1500 words that incorporates at least four of the distinctive features visited. Entries must be submitted on CD, and returned to Christchurch Art Gallery by 4pm the same day.
The competition includes two entry groups, youth aged 13-18 years and adults aged 18 upwards. The winner of the youth category receives $250 and their winning story published in The Press, while the winning adult receives $750, their story in The Press, one night at Classic Villa, dinner for two at the Curator’s House and tickets for the Court Theatre.
The one-day short story competition will be judged by well-known authors Kate De Goldi (winner of the 2009 New Zealand Post Book of the Year Award), Gavin Bishop (renowned children's book author and illustrator, who recently set up the Storylines Gavin Bishop Award) and well-known author Sally Blundell.
The winners will be announced on Wednesday 19 August at the Philip Carter Family Auditorium, Christchurch Art Gallery, as part of the free Literary Shorts event.
The One-Day Short Story Competition takes place on Sunday 2 August from 9.30am – 4.30pm. For entry requirements, visit www.christchurchartgallery.org.nz
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Love Letters in the Margin
Saturday 25th July 5.30pm
Festival Club Tickets $15
Pre-sales available from 0800 TICKETEK
Love Letters in the Margin is a performance by 3 poets and 3 bands - poetry powered by songs powered by poetry. Featuring the poetic prowess of Ben Brown, Marissa Johnpillai and Ciaran Fox paired with the musical muscle of The Eastern, Le Mot Cafe and Ragamuffin Children. The show features on the opening weekend of the Christchurch Arts Festival as part of the Wintergarden programme.
Hear Ciaran talk about the show on Plains FM.
A limited edition CD and programme will be available for sale at the show featuring a recording of a live-to-air broadcast show from Lyttelton's Volcano Radio which includes live performances from the poets, and songs from the bands.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
One-Day Short Story Competition - Sunday 2nd August
Judged by Kate De Goldi, Gavin Bishop and Sally Blundell, this story-writing competition is open to two age-groups. Winners will be announced on Wednesday 19 August
1 day to write a story based on a choice of the triggers provided by the Gallery.
13–17yrs: 1500 words max.
First prize $250 and publication of short story in The Press.
18+yrs: 1500 words max.
First prize $750, publication of short story in The Press, one night at the Classic Villa, dinner for two at the Curator’s House and tickets for the Court Theatre.
9.30am: Register at the Gallery and get an information pack, which includes four of the twelve story triggers from within the Cultural Precinct to get your story started.
4.30pm: Entries handed in (late entries will not be accepted).
Foyer / free / for more information click here or tel: (03) 941 7342
Monday, July 13, 2009
Beat Street Cafe
cnr Barbadoes & Armagh Sts
Previous Poetry NZ feature poet and well-known Christchurch performance poet Marissa Johnpillai is launching her first collection of poetry next week at Beat St Cafe (a new venue for us poets so we'll see how it goes - it's in the old wooden bicycle shop building for those of you who know inner city Christchurch.)
With introductions on the night by this year's winner of the open section in the NZ Poetry Society International Competition, Frankie McMillan, who's launching her own latest collection next month and live music by flautist extraordinaire Tamara Smith (Mundi) plus some words by the author herself - should be fun times.
Hymns for Her was funded by Christchurch Creative Communities - staunch stalwarts of local poetry and funders of many an interesting underground literature project (we can't sing their praises enough!)
Marissa can also be seen in the upcoming, not-to-be missed live poetry/music salon Loveletters in the Margin as part of this year's Christchurch Arts Festival Wintergarden programme in the TelstraClear Club. Stay tuned for more info on this amazing one-night-only performance but if you can't wait check out the info here.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Friday, May 01, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Our very own Doc Drumheller is launching his latest book, a collection of haiku accompanied by original illustrations by Rua Pick.
The launch will feature live readings by the author and an exhibition of the original artwork by Rua. All welcome to attend.
Snake Songs launch
Wednesday 22nd April 6.30pm
Toko Mata Gallery & Studio 82 Lichfield St
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Catalyst: Supporting Brother/Sister Poets Since 2003
Poetry in Performance at the Madras Café Bookshop
Canterbury Poets present - Poetry in Performance Wednesdays at 6.30pm at the Madras Café Bookshop.
The evening will feature an open microphone and guest readers.
18 March: Tim Jones, Fiona Farrell, Victoria Broome
25 March: David Howard, Marissa Johnpillai, Helen Lowe
1 April: Frankie McMillan, Tusiata Avia, Ben Brown - followed by Catalyst 8pm at Al's Bar!!!
8 April: Ian Wedde, Charlotte Trevella, Helen Yong
15 April: Richard Reeve, Diana Deans, John O'Connor
22 April: Bernadette Hall, The Hagley Writers
29 April: Kevin Ireland, Joanna Preston, Koenraad Kuiper
All welcome. licensed and BYO.
$5 at the door.
Wed 18 Mar 09, 6:30pm
Wed 25 Mar 09, 6:30pm
Wed 01 Apr 09, 6:30pm
Wed 08 Apr 09, 6:30pm
Wed 15 Apr 09, 6:30pm
Wed 22 Apr 09, 6:30pm
Wed 29 Apr 09, 6:30pm
Madras Cafe Book Shop, 165 Madras Street, Christchurch
Monday, March 23, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Well! You heeded the call to arms last month and we carried on in fine style from December. Looking forward to hearing new poetry and seeing new faces next week. Tell all your friends (and even your enemies) - we've got some solutions to the economic crisis of our own. It involves wine...
Literary journal Catalyst hosts the longest continuously running poetry/spoken word night in Christchurch. First WEDNESDAY of EVERY month, all welcome to read, perform or listen. Entry is FREE.
CAUTION! Open Minds Operating
Thursday, February 05, 2009
A special notice from our friend about her excellent new book - not to be missed!
An open invitation to the book launch of “Bloodclot”, Tusiata Avia’s new book.
Nafanua, the Samoan goddess of war, leaves the underworld to wander the earth as a half-caste girl from Christchurch. “Bloodclot” is the astonishing new automythographical book by the author of “Wild Dogs Under My Skirt”.
Saturday 7 February, 5-8pm
Our City Otautahi, corner of Worcester St & Oxford Tce Christchurch
- part of Iva Pacific Arts Festival 09.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Welcome to the '09!
Catalyst is back in business and raring to go - first open mic of the year - be the first to take the stage for 2009!
After the rip-roaring night we had to see off the year in December we can't wait to see what you've all been busy writing over the summer holidays. It better be GOOD. Anyway, come along, have a few wines - everything's good after that!
First Open Mic for 2009!
Weds 4th February, 8pm
Al's Bar, 31 Dundas St