VERSE night: Thurs 17 March, 7 – 8.30pm



Come along for a great evening featuring:
Poetry readings from Frankie McMillan & Nicholas Williamson
Original music from the Lizzie Cook duo
$7 waged, $5 unwaged.

Frankie McMillan is a Christchurch based short-story writer and poet, writing from her 136-year-old inner city cottage. McMillan studied at Victoria University of Wellington, where she completed an MA in creative writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters. In 2005, she was the recipient of the Creative NZ Todd Writers Bursary. Since publishing The Bag Lady’s Picnic and Other Stories as her first book of stories in 2001, McMillan’s work has been included in many other publications. She released her first collection of poetry, Dressing for the Cannibals in 2009. The same year she was the winner of the NZ Poetry Society International Poetry Competition. Her latest book, There are No Horses in Heaven is a warm and delightful collection of poems.

Nicholas Williamson is also based in Christchurch, and his poetry and stories have appeared in LandfallSportPoetry NZTakaheJAAM, and New Zealand Books. His poetry has been anthologised in The Oxford Anthology of New Zealand Love Poems.Williamson’s first collection of poetry The Whole Forest was published in 2001. His poem ‘Broken Light’ was selected for Best New Zealand Poems 2001.
Williamson describes his work, as ‘very visual, the poems attempt to create pictures of the people presented in the context of a recognisably New Zealand landscape and culture.’

Singer/songwriter Lizzie Cook lives in Christchurch, but her music takes you all over the world.
Known for exotic accordion melodies evoking smoky French jazz cafés, Latin American revels, Celtic tales and the folk music of Eastern Europe, Lizzie released her 3rd album Shimmer in December 2010.
Like an energetic recounting of stories and events with good friends… nostalgic, wistful, sensitive, stroppy, doubting, sensual, candid, direct, festive…her latest collection will remind you of significant personal times, insights, experiences, perspectives and people.