Poets' Night Out

30 Te Mata Road, Havelock North

Selina Tusitala Marsh, the current New Zealand Poet Laureate, will be officially honoured at the Poets’ Night Out.

Selina has invited poets Michele Leggott, Tusiata Avia and Serie Barford to share this evening with her as guest readers. Poets’ Night Out is a wonderful opportunity for Hawkes’ Bay readers to be part of this special occasion honouring the Poet Laureate in Havelock North, the birthplace of the Poet Laureate programme.

Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh will receive her hand carved tokotoko during a special ceremony at Matahiwi marae earlier in the day. Each Laureate receives their own tokotoko – a ceremonial carved walking stick –symbolising their authority and status. The National Library holds the matua, or parent tokotoko, to signify their guardianship of the New Zealand Poet Laureate Award. The tokotoko is a link to the Hawke’s Bay origins of the award, and is created by Haumoana artist, Jacob Scott.

The National Library assumed responsibility for the New Zealand Poet Laureate Award from Te Mata Estate Winery in 2007.

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Sat 14th Apr 2018, 7:30pm


Havelock North Function Centre, Havelock North, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

30 Te Mata Road, Havelock North