Sunday, August 26, 2007

The Open Mic That Came in From the Cold

What took us so long? Well, apart from a much needed winter sabbatical, some world-spanning travelling by one editor and the nomadic, criss-crossing of Aotearoa by the other, well not much really.

In fact Uncle Travelling Kez is still out of town, scouring the countryside, collecting experiences, second-hand books and sunsets. But with the marvellous invention of the computer and world wide interweb, we’re able to bring to you exciting news and announcements!

The Timely Return of your Favourite Evening of Poetical Pontification!

Yes that’s right, Catalyst Open Mic returns – with a brand new, central city venue!

Catalyst is pleased as punch to announce that we are coming to you live from Al’s Bar in Dundas St, Christchurch (between Manchester & Colombo Sts, opposite Smiths City carpark and Pak n’ Save. Al’s Bar is the venue for many great live music acts from both Aotearoa/NZ and abroad and now it can add spoken word & poetry to that growing list. Fellow Lytteltonian, Uncle Al Park has invited Christchurch’s favourite poetry open mic night in from the wilderness, like the shivering, homeless little lamb it was.

So now it’s even easier for all you lovely Christchurch people to come and enjoy the only regular poetry/spoken word soiree in town.

Same time, same dates, new venue! First Thursday of the month, 8pm. All welcome, bring yer own writing to test in front of a live audience!

The first night is going to be an extravaganza just to kick things off and usher in the springtime of your literary year.

Catalyst Poetry Night -
Thursday 6th September, 8pm

Catalyst & Neoismist Press is very proud to announce the official launch of Reality Myths by Doc Drumheller.

As part of our triumphant return to Christchurch the Catalyst Open Mic night will also feature this book launch with live readings by Doc Drumheller.

Reality Myths is the latest instalment of Doc’s ten book project 10 x (10 + -10) = 0 and represents his 3rd book of experimental restriction method poetry. Published in limited editions and forming part of a reader-constructed visual work don’t miss out on your chance to get a signed copy of Part 3 of this totally unique literary project.

Proudly supporting NZ Book Month September 2007 Celebrating NZ Books and NZ Writers

Coming Soon – the launch of Catalyst 6…

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Holding Pattern

I'm not myself when you're not here
I'm in this holding pattern...
from the lyric of Holding Pattern by Lindon McCormack, published waaay back in Catalyst Vol. 1 - yes we're in this holding pattern as far as our open mic nights are concerned. Looking for a new venue to bring you our brand of unpredictable, maybe even unintelligible, live spoken word.

Stay tuned all you loyal poets and fans - we will return...

into the heartland
home, where the hope still stands
awaiting return...