Word Up brings poetry, music
If you think you don’t like poetry, Word Up is the event for you.
Storytelling, video, music and the spoken word will come together intent on casting poetry in a new light at three upcoming performances at Te Papa.
The events, dubbed ‘‘ Word Up’’, are being organised as a collaboration between Whitireia Polytechnic, local poetry group P-Town Poetry Society, and Wellington publishing company Huia.
Porirua-based P-Town poets have always built music into their poetry, drawing on the group’s Pacific Island and Maori heritage, member Florence Faumuina-Aiono says.
‘‘In those cultures music is always a key part of the performances.’’
The six-strong society is dedicated to encouraging shy poets to share their work with others.
‘‘We have some awesome Pacific Island poets out there,’’ she says.
‘‘ We knew if we did it collaboratively they would all come to the party.’’
Four P-Town poets will share their work at Word Up, and Ms Faumuina-Aiono says sound effects, video and song will create an engaging hour of poetry.
Music and words will also be combined in the second performance of the Word Up series, merging to form a new performance style, the ‘‘word choir’’ – described by Whitireia as ‘‘ a totally new take on the traditional singing choir – poems set to music’’.
The show will be put on by Whiti- reia’s creative writing and music students.
The final event of the series, called The Big Red Head, is for children. People from Wellington publishers Huia will be reading children’s stories in Te Reo and English. The show features an interactive tale of Barnaby Bennett, who refuses to wear any colour but red. Spot prizes for children dressed in red.
Word Up series at Te Papa: P-Town Poets, Saturday, August 6 11am; Whitireia creative writing and music students, Saturday, August 13 11am; Huia Publishers, Saturday, August 20 11am. Free entry.
Pacific poet: P-Town poet Florence Faumuina-Aiono will be performing in Te Papa’s Word Up series, a new take on poetry performance mixing music, video, storytelling and spoken word.