One Sunday a month there’s an event called Poetry at The Fringe. Almost everything you need to know is in the title there – it features poetry, at a venue called The Fringe Bar. It’s usually the third Sunday of each month and it is free to watch – or participate. Well everyone there is participating….
But from 4pm-5pm it is open-mic. So poets share their words. And it’s an encouraging and diverse audience. They’re engaged. There’s a wide range of ages and poetic styles. It’s lovely. I’ve been attending for most of the last two years (Covid’s held this year back somewhat). But the event has been going for many years before I ever first visited.
I’ve been keeping track of it every time I go though. Mentioning my brief sets and the work of others, commenting on the guests – both musical and poetry-wise. You see from 5pm-6pm is guest-time. And there’s usually a musician first and then a poet.
This month I’ll be the featured poetry guest.
But it was also my great pleasure to choose the musical guest for this event. Middle Agent is the moniker of one Andrew Armitage. By day (and sometimes night) he’s the owner of one of the last DVD/Video-rental stores standing. By night (and sometimes weekend) he’s a singer/songwriter.
So it’ll run like this: open mic – where there are always first timers encouraged and usually there’s one or two new faces. There’s also a great group of seasoned regulars. Then after a short intermission it’ll be Mr Middle Agent on guitar and vocals sending his songs out to a no doubt appreciative crowd.
Then I’ll come up and read from my book – I’ll have copies for sale at the event for anyone that missed last week’s launch or need another copy already!
It’s going to be a fun afternoon. This Sunday, October 18, Fringe Bar in Wellington.
No doubt there’ll be a few political poems too…
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