Young Poets Open Mic

What a fabulous poetry buzz there was at the XCHC last Thursday! Our Young Poets Open Mic event was a an official warmup to National Poetry Day and proved that poetry in New Zealand is in safe hands. Our young poets ranged in ages from 5 to 18, and the talent and diversity was remarkable. We heard haiku and limericks, rhyme, free verse, lyrical, political and personal, humour and heartfelt, but no matter what the form we heard the voices of young people, young people who love writing and love writing poetry!

While we were very proud of our School for Young Writers poets, we were excited to meet other young poets. A special thank you to the teachers and supporters from Russley School, Banks Ave School and St Martins School who made it possible for their students to participate. Our sincere thanks also go to the National Poetry Day, Phantom Billstickers and XCHC cafe for their support.

We have posted a photo album on our Facebook Page. Apologies that we didn’t get everyone due to camera-person malfunction!

The evening led to new poetry inspiration and creation! Here is a collaborative poem written during the break!


Six poets gathered
at XCHC Cafe
where they collected thoughts
on bruschetta stained napkins
devouring, they listened
while licking their fingers
to the sound of coffee beans 
grinding like gravel
and people ordering
karma cola, nachos 
and free verse poetry

24/8/17 Poets 6
for National Poetry Day


Young Poets Open Mic only one week away

National Poetry Day is in ONE WEEK. Look out for all of the events popping up across the country over the week! Hint: if you see a tearaway poster on a lamppost it could be a line of poetry from one of our young writers!

Everyone is welcome to come to XCHC next Thursday 24th for the Young Poets Open mic.

4.30 to 5.30 showcases our youngest poets up to age 12. There will be slots available on the open mic list but arrive early, we already have a mob of young poets signed up to read.

From 6.00- 7.30 it is time for the young adults ( aged 13-25) Bring a poem and bring a friend!

Here are a few hints for reading your poetry aloud.

  1. Practise
  2. Pace yourself- remember this is the first time the audience is hearing your poem- allow us time to catch up on your wonderful words and the images you are creating in our minds.
  3. Smile and take a deep breath before you start. If you don’t feel like smiling then fake it -it works wonders.
  4. Read your title first.
  5. Make sure that your last line rings in our ears loud and clear.

Here are the details again:

Entry Details: Koha appreciated. Audience open to all ages.

Date/Times:  Thursday August 24th.

Times:   Ages 6-12 4.30 – 5.30 pm and Ages 13-25 6.00- 7.30

Location: XCHC Café and Exhibition Space, 376 Wilsons Road. (near the unused stadium – allow time to find a car park.) CAFE OPEN!