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Graham Bathgate

Publisher, Self-employed in Paraparaumu

A Centenarian Remembers

PRESENTED ON OCT 15, 2016
IN WELLINGTON @ VOL 30

Graham Bathgate lyrically describes his conversations and discoveries with centenarian Thelma McLean as part of a book he presented Thelma for her 105th birthday: about poetry she learned at school and loved, and could still recite; images of when she was growing up; and a life of reflections.  Thelma has passed on.  This delightful warm presentation enshrines her life and memories.  E nga mate, haere, haere, haere atu ra! 

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Haitian History and its Heroes

BY ROMMI SMITH
@ VOL 3 ON FEB 20, 2010

Rommi Smith, a poem for Haiti. * Haitians will rise, rebuild and live again ! * At the End there is only silence.

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A Concise History of Race Relations in New Zealand ... Abridged

BY JAMES NOKISE
@ VOL 18 ON FEB 17, 2013

James Nokise gives us a comedic rundown on the history of New Zealand, its diversity, and its rugby team. He talks about New Zealand's original inhabitants, its immigrants, and encourages racial understanding and acceptance across the board. 

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The Hidden Wonders of New Zealand

BY NEVILLE PEAT
@ VOL 20 ON NOV 14, 2013

Neville Peat shares interesting facts about the history, flora, and fauna of New Zealand as he talks about his experiences and insights during his recent visit to the island country. 

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Tell Me About Your City

BY HENRY RABY
@ VOL 8 ON JUL 29, 2015

Henry Raby presents the character and history of his city, the city of York, through a beautifully perceptive poem, and invites you to tell him about about your city.

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Memories of Far Gosford Street

BY CLAIRE SANDYS
@ VOL 22 ON SEP 15, 2015

Claire Sandys provides a visual, written and audio tour of historic Far Gosford Street.

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Kentucky Marriage Equality Oral History Project

BY KAREN HOGG
IN BOWLING GREEN

Karen Hogg is a graduate student in the Folk Studies department at Western Kentucky University. She shares her experience gathering oral histories regarding the struggle for marriage equality in Kentucky.

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Poetry PressWeek

BY POETRY PRESS WEEK
IN PORTLAND OR

_____ and Liz ______ discuss Poetry Press Week. Inspired by a fasion week– style format, it gives poets a venue from wich they can present their work to an audiance of portland's litterary enthusiast, publishers, etc. This format created a unique new vibe that allowed for litterary artists to present not just their words, but a unique 'model' as chosen by the poet. 

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OE Inspires Poetry

BY RANDI JANELLE
@ VOL 11 ON MAY 20, 2016

The Overseas Experience might be familiar as "the gap year" or "taking a year to travel." But when the year becomes longer, the decision to stay or leave a country and redefine home can be an unforseen challenge. Poet and photographer, Randi Janelle, explains her struggles with this challenge from her time in New Zealand.

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Learning to Speak: Poetry as Pursuit of Truth

BY LAURIE ANN GUERRERO
@ VOL 20 ON DEC 01, 2015

"This poem is an ode to every hard-working artist who knows the joy of struggle from which their art comes."

In Learning to Speak: Poetry as Pursuit of Truth from PechaKucha Night San Antonio Vol. 20, poet laureate, Laurie Ann Guerrero looks back at her ancestors’ history of labor and struggle as art, a legacy of poets, musicians, and painters whose artistry was a way to map and ultimately transcend the world. Art, she says, is a pursuit of truth. It was her ancestor’s many generations of that pursuit that ultimately gave her the privilege and position of being asked to make art: the maker, not the object. Through poetry, Guerrero invites us to share in that space of openness, vulnerability and ultimately grace.