Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Book Launch! The Cardinal's Humour by Doc Drumheller

The Cardinal’s Humour
Poetry and Lyrics by Doc Drumheller
Artwork and Design by Gail Anderson
Book Launch, Tuesday, July 3rd, 8pm Pegasus Arms Upstairs (Vespa Room)
Books available for $20 at the venue

The next Catalyst night - Tuesday 3rd July - is a bumper night of literary shenanigans.  Not only are we announcing the 'winners' of our first ever 24 Hour Flash competition but we're gonna launch Doc Drumheller's new and possibly most important book to date The Cardinal's Humour.  

Join us for a special reading or two from the book and your chance to get yer mitts on a copy before anyone else!

The Cardinal's Humour is Doc's first major collection (excluding haiku), gathering previously published work from across the last decade in one place for the first time.  It is presented with staggeringly creative and beautiful graphic design and art by Gail AndersonThe Cardinal's Humour is the first release from The Republic of Oma Rapiti Press, with funding assistance by Creative Communities Christchurch.

If you've been following the adventures of Catalyst and Neoismist Press over the years then probably Doc is not an unknown figure to you.  But just in case you're new here or have forgotten just who the hell this guy is... apart from starting up NZ's longest continuously running poetry open mic night, founding Neoismist Press and Catalyst, inventing Poetry Idol and Survivor Poetry, he's also published numerous chapbooks and 3 books of haiku.  So yes, apart from all that:

About the Author:
Doc Drumheller was born in Charleston, South Carolina and has lived in New Zealand for more than half his life. He has worked in award winning groups for theatre and music and has published ten collections of poetry.
In 2007 he participated in the 12th Havana International Poetry Festival, where he was asked to represent New Zealand on the International Board of Poets in Defence of Humanity. In 2009 he participated in the 5th World Haiku Association Conference and The Druskininkai Poetic Fall in Lithuania, where he became the New Zealand Ambassador to the Republic of Užupis. In 2010 he participated in the World Haiku Festival Pécs, Hungary and won first prize in the ginko haiku writing competition.
In 2011 he travelled to India where his book ‘In Transit’, 100 haiku in 11 languages, was published. He performed poetry and music at the Cyberwit office in Allahabad and at the Sahitya Akademi in New Delhi and then went on to represent New Zealand at the 2nd Tokyo International Poetry Festival and 6th World Haiku Association Conference in Japan.
He lives in Oxford, where he edits and publishes the literary journal Catalyst and teaches creative writing at the School for Young Writers.

In the next post this week we'll be featuring an excerpt from the book plus some more of Gail Anderson's stunning art work.  Keep checking in folks!

1 comment:

Michelle Elvy said...

Looks like a wonderful night. Wishing I were there at your celebration. Happy night to you all! I'll watch this place for new posts about the evening and look forward to reading Doc's book. Looks gorgeous indeed.