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Sunday Poetry Workshops

Sunday Poetry Workshops


  • Sun 29 Jul, 12:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Sun 19 Aug, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Sun 30 Sep, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Sun 21 Oct, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Sun 2 Dec, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
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The Fringe Bar, 26 Allen Street, Wellington



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Join us on the last Sunday of every month for a series of enlightening and challenging poetry workshops led by some of Wellington's brightest spoken word and page poets.

Our September workshop will be run by award winning poet and performer - Jess Holly Bates.

More about the workshop: 'Slipping-off-a-cliff' is a two hour workshop that offers a chance to explore at the edges of language. It is a soft space, giving you permission to land in your extraordinary, intelligent body and listen to it.

The workshop will slip between story, body, mark-making, performance and collaboration. Interested in the charged spaces of page-to-body, body-to-space, reo-to-pākehā and mouth-in-text, this workshop is an empowering opportunity to come as you are, and play with what arrives in the room. Expect structured and unstructured poetic forms, somatic experiments and an explorative play with te reo. No experience required, just a willingness to show up.

Just $5-$15 sliding scale, on the door.
All skill levels and writing styles welcome.

More about Jess: Jess Holly Bates is a queer pākeha writer, artist and educator who is interested in embodiment, colonial slippage and whiteness. She uses performance to communicate cultural criticism and published her first theatre show Real Fake White Dirt (Best Writing NZ Fringe 2015) as a book of poetry in 2014 with Anahera Press.

In 2016, she co-created The Offensive Nipple Show (Best in Theatre Syd Fringe 2016, Tiki-Tour Ready Award NZ Fringe 2016), which brought the male gaze to its knees, from which grew her TedX Talk on Power and Code-Slipping.

She has screen street-cred as 'Eve' on Shortland Street and 'Grace' in award-winning web series Auckward Love. She has published essays and criticism for Pantograph Punch and is currently training as a craniosacral therapist and working as a sex researcher.

Other 2018 Workshops:
Sunday October 21st, 1pm-3pm
Run by Tarns Hood

Sunday December 2nd, 2pm-4pm
Run by Mary Rainsford

Produced in association with The Wellington Feminist Poetry Club, with support from Motif Poetry: Wellington and Poetry in Motion Wellington.

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