VERSE night: Thurs 17 November, 7-8.30pm

Come along for a great evening of poetry, performance and music!
– Jeffrey Paparoa Holman – poet
– Jane Simpson – poet
– The Apollo Musicum in quartet and sextet formations, playing recent compositions by Barbara Maguire

7 – 8.30pm
Thurs 17 Nov
$7 waged, $5 unwaged

Jeffrey Paparoa Holman is a poet and non-fiction writer. His most recent collection, Shaken Down 6.3: poems from the second Christchurch earthquake, 22 February 2011 was published by Canterbury University Press in 2012. Blood Ties: New and Selected Poems will be published by CUP in February. His Bob Dylan fan collection, Dylan Junkie is due from Makaro Press in April. He lives in Christchurch.

Jane Simpson is an historian and poet. Her poetry collection, A world without maps, has just been published by Interactive Publications (Brisbane). Jane was born in England to artistic parents, but grew up in New Zealand. She has a PhD (Otago) in religion and gender in NZ (1939–59) and has articles in international journals and chapters in books. Her poems have been published in takahē, Poetry NZ, Meniscus and Social Alternatives, and in a number of anthologies. Her chapbook, Candlewick kelp, was released in 2002. She currently works in Christchurch as an English language tutor. She also offers workshops on clear writing.

Barbara Maguire has enjoyed a life-long involvement with music in various capacities, with musical composition a strong interest throughout. In recent years, her earlier choral pieces have given way to a passion for strings, and in the last year to writing for full orchestra. “Erewhon” was written in 2013 and performed the following year by the Camerata String Orchestra. Here it is presented as first conceived, as a String Sextet, by Apollo Musicum lead by Robert Tait. The “Gallery Quartet” also written in 2013, is in three movements, and so named as a tribute to Barbara’s daughter Marian and the PG gallery192.

Apollo Musicum is a registered NZ Charity directed by an elected Council with Robert Tait as the current President and Director of Music. It serves as the overarching promoter and supporter for its constituents and one hundred on-call musicians. The Apollo Musicum comprises: Apollo String Quartet, (enhanced to perform as a sextet for this PG Verse night), Apollo Symphonic Chamber Orchestra, and the A Cappella Quire. The Apollo name was adopted in Christchurch 8 March 1994 but the core of the entity formed at Otago University with Robert Tait as a foundation member in 1952.