LIVE POETS SOCIETY
ACID ON THE MICROPHONE
going since 1994
Meets at the Mussel Inn on a Thursday evening, once a month - usually about the the third week (except January).
Anyone is welcome to express themselves through poetry, story, song or dance.
Usual start time is 7.30pm.
7.30pm Gold coin or more entry
And then there was Covid
And the poets cried - and some cried foul
and the spaces between the lines grew wide
and for some those spaces were empty
for some those spaces were filled with false ideas, inuendo and cruel accusations
and some filled those spaces with new ideas and positive attitudes...
And while we wait for this to pass
Live Poets at the Mussel Inn is on hold
GB Live Poets was established IN 1994, when Joe Bell responded to a ˜what Golden Bay needs” invitation in the local monthly magazine Community News. Joe tabled the idea of a live poets group and GB Live Poets Society was born.
The format has been pretty constant over the years and a whole range of characters have presented their poems and words of wisdom to appreciative and encouraging audiences.
Some have since published books, others gone onto further study, others to performing on the national stage and other have gone home to write more poems for the next gathering!
The style of poetry presented has covered all forms as first timers and more accomplished writers have delivered their poems in front of the fire at the Mussel Inn “ the original home of GB Live Poets”.
Live Poets has added a featured guest poet to the regular programme and put out the koha jar to help fund the guest's performance.
"We would like to give some exposure and encouragement to our local poets and writers, " says spokesperson Mark Raffills, "as well as accommodating visiting poets from out of town. We'd like to stage other events under the Live Poets banner at the Mussel Inn to introduce audiences to poetry as a complete performance and entertainment package."
Since 2014 Live Poets has hosted national and international poets and musicians, including NZ Poet Laureates, US Poetry Slam Champions and even an impromptu visit by Hollie Smith.
Of course the regular open mic session will remain - one before the guest and one after. Local (and occasionally international) musician(s) feature in a slot before the open mic begins so the evening will deliver something for everyone.