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17 August 2019
The Crescent Moon exhibition opens in Stratford
I’m speaking at the opening of The Crescent Moon: The Asian Face of Islam in New Zealand. This exhibition has been resurrected after several years in storage, and it couldn’t be more timely. I’m delighted to be there, and Ans Westra, photographer for the original book and exhibition, will be there too. I hope it’s the beginning of a new journey for this exhibition which is so relevant.
Percy Thomson Gallery, Stratford
Saturday 17 August, 1.00pm

30 June 2019
Fifty Shades of Light
Yes we’re having fun with the title. Four poets – Anne Powell, Trish Harris, Peter Rawnsley and myself – read a mix of poems and play with some ideas. And get everyone to join in a word choir!
St Theresa’s Hall, James Street Plimmerton,
Sunday 30 June 2.00-3.30.

4 June 2019
More of Us – join some of the writers 
This is a celebration of the strong Porirua connection to More of Us.
Several Porirua-based writers will read their work, and we’ll talk about the
remarkable journey of this book.
PaperPlus North City, North City Mall Level 1
Tuesday 4 June 5-6pm

2 June 2019
A Change of Key and More of Us
I’m speaking at the Friends of the Kapiti Coast District Libraries which is one of
the longest running organisations of its kind in the country. We’ll all be talking
about A Change of Key and More of Us.
Paraparaumu Library Meeting Room
Sunday 2 June, 2pm

10 May 2019
Migrant Journeys 2: a community listening experience
This is the second of a series of events based on radio interviews by Michael Wilson of ArrowFM in Masterton. He has interviewed drivers in the book Migrant Journeys: New Zealand taxi drivers tell their stories. I’m joining him, Helmi Al Khattat from Iraq, and Sukhdev Sing Bains from India, whose interviews will be played, then there’ll be a chance to ask questions.
Aratoi Museum of Art and History, Masterton
Friday 10 May, 7.00pm

9 February 2019
Talking about painting and poetry
I’m back in Masterton to join artist Rebekah Farr. She’s talking about her exhibition Departures / and I’m talking about and reading from All of Us.
Aratoi Museum of Art and History, Masterton
Saturday 9 February, 2.00pm

2 February 2019
Migrant Journeys: a community listening experience
Michael Wilson of ArrowFM in Masterton has done a wonderful series of radio interviews based on Migrant Journeys: New Zealand taxi drivers tell their stories. I’m joining him and two taxi drivers whose interviews will be played, then there’ll be a chance to ask questions.
Aratoi Museum of Art and History, Masterton
Saturday 2 February, 7.00pm

15 November 2018
Connection: The Arts Communications Hui
I”m part of a panel at this hui, talking about what artists want from the media.
Marketing isn’t my greatest strength, though I’ve certainly learnt a lot, but
perhaps a grass-roots perspective, which is all I can offer, might be useful.
Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt
Thursday 15 November, 9am-4pm

11 November 2018
Armistice: The Eleventh Hour on the Eleventh Day  (Litcrawl)
Yazan and Mohammad El Fares, who have been part of a poetry workshop
I”ve been running this year at Mana College, will be reading as part of this reflection on Armistice Day. How poignant, and appropriate, to have two  students, who have lived through the war in Syria, join a group of established writers talking about war.
National Library, Wellington
Sunday 11 November, 11am

4 November 2018
Come to the launch of All of Us
The collection of poems by Carina Gallegos and me, about the theme
of migration, is off out into the world. It’ll be a celebration that will
bring together a great mix of people, because the poems in the book
are about a great mix of people. 
Salvation Army Centre, 4 Normanby St, Newtown
Sunday 4 November, 2.30-4.00pm

28 October 2018
National Bookshop Day 
Saturday 27 October is National Bookshop Day. But in Porirua we’re
celebrating it on Sunday 28 October. Nine authors at North City
Paper Plus for an hour, 1-2. Lots going on. I’ve had this idea for the last
three years – get a bunch of authors to Paper Plus, because they’re such a
great support for writers – and finally this year it’s happening. Lots going
on in the bookstore.
North City Paper Plus, North City Mall, Porirua
Sunday 28 October, 1-200pm

27 October 2018
East-West Poetry Fest
Carina and I are joining a lot of other poets at this feast of poetry over two days. We’ll be reading from All of Us and talking about poetry, and Tipesa Samuel Ulavale and Thi Van Vang from Mana College, Porirua are coming with us.They’re part of the ESOL class that have been writing poetry with me all year. It’s been one of the best things in the year.
City Library, Palmerston North
Saturday 27 October-Sunday 28 October 

20 October 2018
Poetry at the Fringe 
Carina Gallegos and I are reading poetry from All of Us at the Fringe Bar,
Allen St, Wellington. We’re joined by amazing drummer Sam Manzana.
And of course there’s an open mic.
The Fringe Bar, Allen St, Wellington
Sunday 20 October, 4.00-6.00

11 October 2018
In conversation at Unity Books
Brannavan Gnanalingam and I talk with Lynda Chanwai-Earle about novels,
inclusiveness, and why we write what we write.
Unity Books, Willis Street, Wellington
Thursday 11 October, 12-12.45pm

7 October 2018
Come to the launch of A Change of Key
This novel is a sequel to The Score.
It’s being launched at
The Bill Pearce Room, St Josephs Church,
Ellice St, Mt Victoria, We;llington  
4pm, Sunday 7 October.
Vanya Mateeva, violinist, will be playing, and there’ll be a behind-the-
scenes look at research, and a competition for kids.
Everyone is welcome.

Manawatu Writers Festival September 2018
Tuesday 11 September, 10:30–11:30am, Feilding Library
The Story Collector
I”m talking about my work with former refugees and resettled immigrants in the Wellington area, enabling them to tell their stories. I”ve got plenty to draw on – Migrant Journeys, I have in my arms both ways, Borany’s Story, The Crescent Moon, and a lot of smaller works. There’s plenty of evidence that facts don’t change our minds – but I believe stories do.

National Poetry Day, 23/24 August 2018
It’s busy!
Thursday 23 August, Porirua Library, 5.30pm
All of us

Poems by Carina Gallegos and Adrienne Jansen, Mana College ESOL students, young writers, competitions, a word choir, food and drink.
A lot of fun to celebrate poetry for everyone.
Friday 24 August, 11.00-2.00
All of us again

Poems from the new collection All of us, from Whitireia Creative Writing students, and others of Wellington’s great poets. A competition, free poems. And something special – ESOL students from Mana College reading their own poems. What a milestone for these young poets – some of them have only been here for a year. Readings start at 12.00

Monday 20 August 2018
Poetry Reading + Open Mic – a Monday warm up event for National Poetry Day
The New Zealand Society of Authors (Wellington) is having an early celebration of Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2018.
Ten poets are reading for five minutes each, and my five minutes is in the middle there somewhere. I”m reading poems from All of Us. There’s an open mic too.
7pm – 9pm, Vic Books Pipitea, Rutherford House, 27 Lambton Quay, Wellington, near the train station
7pm: Bar opens.
7.30pm: NZSA Wellington Branch meeting
7.45pm: Celebrating National Poetry Day (poetry readings, open mic; to finish by 9pm)

Wednesday 8 August 2018
Celebrate Children’s Books in Wellington
I”m representing Escalator Press and joining some other publishers in talking about 3 books we’ve each selected from the shortlisted books for the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. (My pick is How to Bee by Bren MacDibble – it’s a wonderful book).But of course the book I”m cheering for at the awards night is Erin Donohue’s Because Everything Is Right but Everything Is Wrong. We (Escalator Press, that is)are very proud to have published this book.
12-12.45, Unity Books, Willis Street, Wellington