Monday, February 17, 2014
Monday, February 03, 2014
|Lyttelton Poets, loungin' at Tommy Chang's bar in Lyttelton. Photography by justynrebecca|
Throughout January and February, Wanaka is playing host to the Outspoken Festival of words and storytelling. Catalyst is proud to be sending a contingent known as the Lyttelton Poets on a road trip to the fine Lake District of the South Island. The poets will be appearing at the iconic Cinema Paradiso - cinema, bar and venue on Tuesday 4th February at 6pm - tickets $20.
Sharing the stage with a showcase of Wanaka's finest, the Lyttelton Poets will bring a bit of gritty volcano life from the little port that shook but still rocks.
Tuesday 4th February, 6pm
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Live at the Pallet PavilionAnnouncing the second, or maybe third coming of the legendary Catalyst open mic. We're having a summer season at iconic Christchurch venue - the Gap Filler Pallet Pavilion (you can't miss it, it's a giant blue construction made out of wooden pallets) located on the corner of Durham and Kilmore Sts known as 'The Commons'.
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That's right the summer season will feature fortnightly shows on Wednesday nights starting 5th February at 7pm and hosted by Doc Drumheller and Ciaran Fox. Entry is by koha (donation). We look forward to seeing everyone again - open mic slots will be limited, first in, first served. Come along and keep poetry alive in the CBD!
Friday, January 03, 2014
Greetings and salutations for 2014.
We couldn't resist it, another quick showcase in the Road Show style to kick off 2014.
Tomorrow (Saturday) 4th January 1pm - 2pm
at Art Beat
in Re:START mall.
Catalyst’s first show of the New Year features live music and readings from: Ben Brown, Andy Coyle, and Doc Drumheller. Copies of Catalyst Literary Arts Journal and books by the poets will be available for sale. A limited edition chapbook will be offered as a free gift for each copy sold of the journal. Hurry while stocks last!
Sunday, November 24, 2013
The Road Show is chugging into its final destination as our first ever suburban poetry crawl reaches its climax during Art Beat in Christchurch's world famous container mall Re:START.
Road Show 7 is a very special show marking the culmination of our year-long 10th birthday celebrations. And we're doing it in style - not only will we have the seventh in our chapbook series known as 'Catalyst Road Show' but we're actually launching a new volume of the big daddy journal Catalyst. That's right - a brand spanking new volume of the literary arts journal under our brand spanking new imprint The Republic of Oma Rāpiti Press. We'll post a separate article focusing on volume 10 soon.
The Catalyst Road Show is a performance poetry and musical experience where poets and songwriters collaborate on the stage. The focus of these events is to provide opportunities for emerging artists to present their work in a setting different from open mics or poetry readings.
Our main objective has always been to provide opportunities for new and emerging writers with a focus on performance. The Road Show is an extension of our mission to make poetry more accessible and available to our community.
Road Show 7 will feature a line up of poets from past and present issues of Catalyst accompanied by the songs and music of Catalyst co-founder Doc Drumheller.
Copies of Catalyst vol. 10 will be available for sale and a limited edition chapbook (Road Show vol. 7) of poetry selected from Volumes 1-10 of Catalyst will be available as a free gift for each copy sold of the journal.
It's a daytime show on Saturday 7th December from 1pm to 2.30pm in Re:START mall on the Art Beat stage - if you're in Christchurch (and even if you're not) come and help us celebrate ten years of literary lava!
Catalyst Road Show 7
& volume 10 book launch
Saturday 7th December, 1pm
Art Beat music stage
Re:START container mall
Saturday, November 09, 2013
Featuring an impressive line up with Andy Coyle, Doc Drumheller, Fiona Farrell, Rosa Hughes-Currie, Lizzie Tollemache, Phoebe Wright.
Not only does this performance include both the current, two-time Christchurch Poetry Slam champion Pheobe Wright and 2012 Survivor Poetry winner Lizzie Tollemache it also features NZ literary luminary and Banks Peninsula resident Fiona Farrell.
Add to this the hypnotic style of Lyttelton poet and author Andy Coyle, the strident energy of Rosa Hughes-Currie and the music and words of Catalyst founder, wandering poet and teacher Doc Drumheller and it's one hell of a night at the historic Governors Bay Hotel. If there's one night of poetry you want to get to this month, this year - this is it.
Gig starts at 8pm and is a tiny $10 on the door which also gets you a free, limited edition zine featuring the work of the poets.
Catalyst Road Show 6
Saturday 16th November, 8pm
Governors Bay Hotel, 52 Main Road, Governors Bay, Lyttelton Harbour
$10 entry includes free chapbook
Eight courageous poets took to the microphone at Tommy Chang's bar in Lyttelton, attempting to impress the (rather hard to please) audience judges. In the end it was a close affair between the final three (special mention to Stephen Estall who excluded himself in the final round in an amazing blaze of glory!)
The top three were:
Slam Champ: Phoebe Wright
Runner up: Kimberley Holmes
2nd Runner up: Andrew Clarke
So Phoebe Wright successfully defended her crown as Christchurch Slam Champion, the first time anyone has done this in our history of both Poetry Idol and NZ Poetry Slam.
Congratulations again to our top three. The NZ Poetry Slam Final is tonight in Wellington, we wish Phoebe and Kimberley good words and good luck as they take on NZ's best.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
This year’s regional heat will be held at Tommy Chang’s Lyttelton 7pm Wednesday 6th November, competing for a spot in the national final to be held at Meow in Wellington on Sat the 9th Nov!!
NZ Poetry Slam Christchurch Heat
Wednesday 6th November
Tommy Chang's 48 London Street, Lyttelton
Koha $5 or more towards poets' travel
Poets must register by 7pm. Slam starts at 7.15 sharp.
This slam is for competitors R18+
No props, time limit of 3 minutes or penalties will apply.
Check NZ Slam website for exact rules, and details of the final.
A maximum of 20 competitors on a first-in first-served basis.
After a difficult and uncertain year the NZ Poetry Slam could not predict the ability to fully subsidize costs for competitors from Christchurch in the 2013 National Slam final, however, a last minute agreement has been reached by organisers to fully subsidize flights for 1st place, while holding a spot open for the 2nd place getter to be subsidized by proceeds from a $5 or more koha cover charge on the night.
NZ Poetry Slam regrets the inconvenience late programming will cause for some competitors, and asks for the understanding and support of those unable to compete. NZ Poetry Slam is committed to resuming subsidy for the top three Chch slam poets in 2014.
But the good news for those poets who can clear their schedule is … you have one week to prepare yourself for this last minute opportunity, the slam stakes have just been super-charged, you cannot afford to settle for third, only 1st and 2nd place travel to the NZ Slam Final. And hey, even if you can’t compete, come and enjoy, judge and help to get the winners up to Wellington so Christchurch has a voice in the national slam.
We tried to secure a venue in town but all of our venues are in use so Tommy Chang’s (home of the Lyttelton Poets) has kindly opened their doors to this event. It will start early and we will endeavour to finish in time for the last bus at 11pm.
Rules for NZ National Poetry Slam
- 3 minutes or less with no minimum time (10 second grace period before point’s deduction)
- Time starts when poet speaks, however while poets can have time to settle and adjust microphone etc, this time is not limitless; ideally a poet should start after 10 seconds.
- Original poems only
- No props no music no costumes (i.e. clothing related to the content of your poem)
- In the case of a tie a slam off will be required
- Random draw, for performance order.
- 5 Audience Judges (chosen by MC and/or organiser) display score cards 0-10 (Decimal points allowed)
- Top and bottom scores drop off and total of remaining 3 scores is the total
- If Poet goes over grace period MC or Timekeeper to ask scorer to mark down points after the judges score… (Half a point penalty for every 10 seconds over time)
- After 4 minutes the MC can shut down the poet
- 'Sacrificial Poet' (non-competing) to start the night, to help calibrate scores.
- Slams are equally about writing, performance and audience response.
- Slammers should have at least 3 poems, as for the Regionals and NZ Slam
there will be three rounds…