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


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