Other Collections at Lockett: A National Poetry Day Event

Rachel Doré (pictured) and others will read “This Town & Other Writing” at an event at the Lockett Gallery this Friday. Photo / Paul Brooks

This Friday at 5:15 p.m. at the Lockett Gallery next to Paige’s Book Gallery is an event called Other Collections at Lockett.
Friday, August 26 is National Poetry Day.
Other Collections at Lockett celebrates the launch of a new book, This Town and Other Writings, a collection of short stories, whirlwind fiction and poems by a group of writers from Manawatu, Marton, Foxton and Kapiti who meet monthly in Feilding. The book was edited by Patricia Dunmore and Rachel Doré and published by Heritage Press.

This is a collection of entertaining short stories, with some excerpts of poetry, from 14 different authors. It has received support from the Creative NZ Creative Communities Fund.
The book is the first to be published by Heritage Press since Patricia Dunmore bought the business after it was sold outside the family.

“I have a group of writers that I created several years ago, says Rachel Doré. The book contains 49 writings written by 14 members of the group.
Rachel is “a trained facilitator and coach, a former journalist and a painter (when I paint), and I was an art teacher and acting coach.” She continues to facilitate the group and is also a participant.
“I believe in encouraging people to express their ideas through creative expression. Creativity can be about having ideas in response to the world and needing to know in what medium, what genre and where to find the skills to express that, and how to develop them.”

She is also on air on Manawatu People’s Radio (MPR) with a weekly audio podcast, bubble wordsinterviewing New Zealand writers about writing, publishing and the writer’s life.
“There are people in the writing group who are published authors, while at the same time…there are people who are just discovering their feet as writers.”

The evening will include readings by Tim Upperton, poet Kapiti Sebastian Hales, storyteller Manawatu Gary Dell and Rachel Doré, representing the writers of This Town and Other Writings.

“I love Whanganui, I love the vibe. I’ve performed here – spoken word etc. – and I love the Whanganui audience, so I thought, why not give the book away officially, as a launch, in Whanganui by doing some performances of the book as tasters.”

Prior to the lockdown, Rachel performed her poetry for fundraising events in Whanganui. In 2017, Rachel inaugurated the Manawatu Writers’ Festival.

Tim Upperton will read excerpts from his new book of poetry,
Tim Upperton will read an excerpt from his new collection of poems, “A Riderless Horse”, at the Lockett Gallery this Friday. Photo / Judith Lacy.

The event also celebrates the poet, Tim Upperton’s Book of Poems,

A horse without a rider

published by Auckland University Press.

Tim is a poet, critic, teacher and blogger who has published three books of poetry. His first book,

A house on fire

was published by Steele Roberts in 2009. His second collection of poetry,

The night we ate the baby

was a finalist for the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards in 2016. In his third collection of poetry

A horse without a rider

(AUP, 2022) Tim stands in the everyday and then follows it with acid-spirited poems, allusions to loss and unexpected resolution.

He teaches poetry, fiction and travel writing at Massey University’s School of English and Media Studies, Palmerston North Campus.

Rachel says both books,

This Town and Other Writings

and

A horse without a rider

are a set of entertainment.

The details
What: Other collections at Lockett
When: Friday, August 26, 5:15 p.m.
Where: Lockett Gallery, Guyton Street.

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