Oral Poetry & Totems

UPSURGE Festival


Glenn Colquhoun is accompanied by foot-high totems of New Zealand historical figures, which he uses to explore our history in songs and poetry drawn from both the Maori and European oral tradition, inspired by the likes of Robbie Burns and Te Rauparaha.

Glenn is a best-selling poet, children’s writer and one of the founders of the online Medicine Stories Project and the Horowhenua Youth Health Service.

Art Nahill shares a love of poetry, infused with the insights of his medical practice, and will open this event.

Proudly supported by NEW ZEALAND BOOK COUNCIL


when Sunday 7 April, 4 pm

DURATION 60 minutes

WHERE James Kemp Hall, Kerikeri

EARLY $14 – FULL $18 – plus service fee

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