Shaky Places

Sat 11 Nov

Venue Location

187 Federal St (Cnr Hobson & Wellesley), Auckland

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187 Federal St (Cnr Hobson & Wellesley), Auckland

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NZ Poetry Conference & Festival – Auckland 2017 presents:
Shaky Places 

a song cycle merged with essential poems of Aotearoa by

Sam Hunt, Riemke Ensing, Dinah Hawkin, Bill Manhire, Brian Turner, Bub Bridger,  Robert Sullivan, Jenny Bornholdt, Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, Marewa Glover, Lauris Edmond, Rachel McAlpine  and Gregory O’Brien.

Shaky Places (music: Felicia Edgecombe; poetry editor: Rachel McAlpine ) is an album of real and close New Zealand experiences.  Here are tuatara, pohutukawa, puzzles of identity, the Mt Erebus tragedy, the Christchurch earthquakes and many living landscapes. The music merges with the poems at a deep level and reveal our complex connections with our world at once enchanting, dangerous and precarious. 

“It’s a calm day on earth, almost silent.
Only the birds are singing.

Why don’t people go down to the harbour,
stand at the end of the earth’s long breath
and listen?”
Today by Dinah Hawkin

Music editor Felicia Edgecombe has made music all her life. She has worked with numerous choirs – conducting, recording and composing songs for them. 

Poetry editor Rachel McAlpine is the author of over 30 books. She writes poetry, fiction, plays and non-fiction.

The Auckland Youth Choir is a choir that prides itself on welcoming members from all walks of life. Directed by Lachlan craig, the choir performs regularly in their own concert series as well as in the community and has a working membership of over 100 young singers. 

Peter Elliott has enjoyed a long career as a film, television and stage actor covering the range from pantomime to Shakespeare. Peter is our MC for the concert.

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