Speed Date a Poet in Dunedin

On Friday, schools from as far away as Queenstown came to The NZ Book Council Speed Date event. Oamaru. Balclutha. Maniototo. It was fast and fun. I did poems making music and in sessions of 25 mins, I gave ten tips, read some poems and we made up two together. I loved the way students pitched into making chords and editing with their ears. We did a playful poem on rain after Cilla McQueen’s ‘Dog Wobble. ‘ And then a poem on Dunedin. I was amazed at how different the poems were. When some views clashed with others on specific details of place, we used what poets like to call poetic licence.

Thanks indeed to the NZ Book Council for bringing David Eggleton, Sue Wootton, Bill Nagelkerke and David Elliot together for a fabulous day.

Here are our playful drafts







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