Events & Workshops


Thursday, July 29

Early Poetry Evening at the Nectar Cafe, 88 Bank Street, Whangarei, 5-8pm

Poetry contest winners announced. Poetry readings.

Food and merriment.

All are welcome!

Late Night Poetry at the Butter Factory, 8 Butter Factory Lane, Whangarei, 8pm til…

More poetry and merriment.

All are welcome!

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Voice in Action

Workshop with performance artist Jan Fisher.

July 24, 10am – 4pm, Old Library

This workshop is designed to help writers become performers and organised specifically with anyone in mind who needs a little encouragement to stand up on July 29 at Poetry Night and recite their poetry.  We’ll begin with exercises for Body and Voice, then work on Breath, focus on Consonants and Vowels, and even throw in a little Shakespeare. The second half of the day will be dedicated to poets working on presentation of their own works.

We are pleased to have Jan Fisher leading this workshop. Jan is a professionally trained actor who has worked in film, television, and in both professional and community theatre for over three decades. She has a special interest in voice and movement and was the tutor for voice at the Performing Arts Course at North Tec from 2001-2007. She is also a trained teacher and uses her theatre and teaching skills in directing whole school productions for Whangarei primary schools and the Northland Youth theatre.  Jan’s love of acting has sustained her for as long as she can remember and this year she has appeared in The Pohutukawa Company’s production of ‘The Reindeer Monologues’ and Bogwood’s ‘The 53rd Victim’ which was produced and directed by her partner, Kelly Johnson. Jan’s most recent appearances on television have been in Shortland Street and Outrageous Fortune and she will soon appear as Mrs Hobbs in a new series titled ‘This is not my Life’.  Jan and Kelly live in Whangarei with their three children, Buster, Tomasin and Jasmin.

Fee: $10. Please contact us at to confirm your attendance, as places are limited!

Sound, Sense and Sentiment

Workshop with poet Anne McDonnell. July 30, 11am – 1pm, Old Library.

This practical poetry workshop for new and experienced poets will focus on differences between prose and poetry, different forms of poetry, a writer’s toolbox including rhythm, metaphor, alliteration. We will discover helpful ways to develop nebulous ideas into pleasing poems and editing for sense, sound, structure, impact.

The Whangarei Writers’ Workshop is pleased to have Anne McDonnell as instructor for this session in conjunction with the special July 30 Poetry Day meeting of the Workshop. Anne’s poems for children and adults were first published in the 1960s. Since then her poems and short stories have appeared in New Zealand and Australian school publications such as NZ School Journals, Australian School Magazine, and Sunshine Books. Some have been included in anthologies Jewels in the Water (University of Waikato) and 100 New Zealand Poems for Children (Penguin).   Her poetry for adults has appeared in literary magazines such as Poetry New Zealand and Outrigger. One of Anne’s poems was televised and another was performed at a concert for schools organised by the Auckland Symphony orchestra. She has taken workshops for NZSA and creative writing courses for CEW. Her books, Let’s Write Poems (1997) and Let’s Write Short Stories (1998), both published by Macmillan, are used in secondary schools.

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Daytime fun for families at Forum North, including arts market, buskers festival, storytelling, community art, and interactive arts and crafts projects

Concerts including Dane Rumble, 1814, Out of the Box Theatrical Extravaganza, Hot Feet, Belly and the Beat Dance Show, and Fantasia Classical Concert

Evenings of light and color at The Quarry Arts Center including Lantern Parade, Fire Show and Grande Finale on Sunday, August 1

Competitions including graffiti art, photography, drama, and more…

See MWAF website for details.

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