Winter Readings is an annual event in Wellington organised by HeadworX Publishers, Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop and Kwanzaa - the Afrikan Shop in conjunction with Wellington City Council and the City Gallery. The aim is to promote New Zealand poetry to the wider public through a series of lively readings taking place in the winter months in Wellington. Each year an anthology of the readers is produced and is edited/compiled by Mark Pirie and published by the Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop.
The first series of readings took place in 2003 at Bizy Bee's bookshop and were dedicated to the memory of Neil Rowe (1941-2003), the local writer and bookshop proprietor of BAM (Books Art Music). The second series in 2004 was titled "Tupelo Hotel" after the Doors album "Morrison Hotel" and took place at Tupelo Bar, Wellington, thanks to the generous support of the then bar manager James Humphreys. The third series in 2005 was titled "The Manuka Tree" and was held at St John's Church, Wellington, and sported an affectionate remake of U2's "The Joshua Tree".
This year's Winter Readings celebrates the return of Winter Readings itself, a popular event at the City Gallery and other venues in Wellington 2003-2008. Each event featured a tribute to an album or group.
This year's readings form a tribute to the Bee Gees.
Sunday, 17 July 2016
Venue: St Peter’s Hall, Beach Rd, Paekakariki.
Admission to the reading is by koha. Books for sale from 2.00pm. No refreshments will be served. The Main Street houses cafes and a bar close by, for those who arrive early.
Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop (ESAW) will publish an anthology of poems by the readers featured to celebrate the event.
Winter Readings 2008 featured: Mark Pirie, Harry Ricketts, Richard Langston, Rob Hack, Niel Wright, Helen Rickerby, Evelyn Conlon, Will Leadbeater, Harvey Molloy, Michael O'Leary, Gemma Claire, Marilyn Duckworth, Bill Dacker, Nelson Wattie.
Winter Readings 2007 featured: Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, Michael O'Leary, Glen Colquhoun, Niel Wright, Nelson Wattie, Dinah Hawken, L E Scott, Wanjiku Kiarie, Martyn Sanderson, Mark Pirie, Tim Jones, Richard Langston and Jenny Powell-Chalmers.
Winter Readings 2006 featured: Harry Ricketts, Siobhan Harvey, Bernadette Hall, Chris Else, Niel Wright, Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, Meg Campbell, Tony Chad, Harvey McQueen, Iain Sharp, Bill Dacker, Richard von Sturmer, Michael O'Leary, Andrew Fagan, Ralph Proops, Sandra Bell and Jeanne Bernhardt.
Winter Readings 2005 featured: Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, Meg Campbell, Yilma Tafere Tasew, Harry Ricketts, Michael O'Leary, L E Scott, Joy McKenzie, Bill Dacker, Mark Pirie, Richard von Sturmer, Vivienne Plumb, Helen Rickerby, Tim Jones, Robin Fry, Amelia Nurse, Scott Kendrick and Therese Lloyd.
Winter Readings 2004 featured: Jenny Powell-Chalmers, Mark Pirie, Michael O'Leary, Helen Rickerby, Harry Ricketts, Niel Wright, Harvey McQueen, Moshe Liba, Emily Dobson, Amelia Herrero-Kidman, Michael Harlow, Robin Fry, Iain Sharp, Basim Furat, Moira Wairama and Jack Ross.
Winter Readings 2003 featured: Mike Eager reading for the late Simon Williamson, Anna Jackson, Michael O'Leary, Mark Pirie, Helen Rickerby, Harry Ricketts, Jenny Powell-Chalmers, Niel Wright, Harvey McQueen, Tim Jones, L E Scott, Vivienne Plumb and Scott Kendrick.