Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Catalyst Open Mic meets Seaweek 2021!

 

Catalyst is proud to help celebrate Seaweek 2021 by adopting the theme for the March open mic.

NZAEE (NZ Association for Environmental Education) Seaweek is New Zealand's annual, national week celebrating the sea.  Funded entirely through sponsorship and in-kind support, Seaweek is  co-ordinated by Sir Peter Blake MERC since 2020 in partnership with NZAEE.

The theme for 2021 is 'connecting with our seas - toi moana, toi tangata'.

Catalyst invites poets to bring and read a poem that marks this theme in any way. 

We're excited to present our special themed open mic in association with Christchurch Envirohub and NZAEE.

Catalyst Open Mic - Seaweek - Connecting with our Seas
Wednesday 3rd March, 7pm
Space Academy, 371 St Asaph St, Christchurch

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Catalyst Poetry Open Mic returns! Plus special guest poet Jess Fiebig

 

Wednesday 3rd February is our first open mic session for 2021 and we're delighted to announce our special guest will be Jess Fiebig celebrating the release of her first collection of poetry by Auckland University Press. Picking up where we left off in December with a book celebration!

Jess Fiebig is a Christchurch-based poet whose work has featured in Best New Zealand Poems 2018, Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2018 and 2019, Landfall, Turbine | Kapohau and takahē. She was runner-up in the 2019 Sarah Broom Poetry Prize.

About this collection My Honest Poem, Fiona Farrell has written:

‘These poems are undeniably personal and often deeply painful: childhood neglect, abuse, alcoholism, physical hurt, depression and self-harm are their subject matter. But – through linguistic skill and sheer intelligence – Fiebig crafts a lyrical beauty from unpromising material. You finish reading her work feeling uplifted by the writer’s courage and honesty.’

My Honest Poem is a moving and powerful poetry collection that follows recovery from a life fractured by family violence and addiction. It is a coming-of-age story of a young New Zealand woman rebuilding strength and hope in the spaces left by trauma.

Come join us to celebrate this excellent achievement by Jess and revel in the newly upgraded Space Academy complete with new stage, outdoor area and pizza oven!

Catalyst Poetry Open Mic + special guest Jess Fiebig
Wednesday 3rd February, 7pm
Space Academy 371 St Asaph St