• UPSURGE Festival - Bay of Islands Arts Festival
  • UPSURGE Festival - Bay of Islands Arts Festival
  • UPSURGE Festival - Bay of Islands Arts Festival
  • UPSURGE Festival - Bay of Islands Arts Festival
  • UPSURGE Festival - Bay of Islands Arts Festival
  • UPSURGE Festival - Bay of Islands Arts Festival

A six day festival of the arts around the Bay of Islands region.

2 – 7 April 2019

UPSURGE TALKS - Writers Programme

Demonstrating there’s more to festivals than music and theatre, we’re very excited to bring you our first UPSURGE Talks.

Writers and thinkers emerge from their typewriters, from behind the microphone and from their consulting rooms to deliver transformative poetry, historic insights, unpretentious food, thoughts on life, health and the arts, and quite possibly a few laughs.

Take a trip with Dame Anne Salmond, cook your way to recovery with Sarah Tuck, say ‘Welcome Home’ to beloved poet Glenn Colquhoun and get the goss with Steve Braunias.

Please arrive in time to order drinks – when the talking starts the coffee machine goes off!

Books on sale at all events thanks to Kaikohe Paper Plus.


Coming Un Stuck

Sarah Tuck

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Coming Un Stuck charts Sarah Tuck’s recovery from an empty nest and the end of her marriage. From the solo comfort of a gruyere and mushroom toastie to the indulgence of bitter chocolate whisky tart, you’ll be heading to the kitchen for sure.

This Stuff columnist, contributor to Dish and Cuisine magazines, food blogger and photographer believes 
‘We only get one go at this life and it’s too short to linger in the bad bits’.

Sarah’s conversation with UPSURGE Talks Co-ordinator Jacquetta Bell will definitely be a good bit.


when Friday 5 April, 12 noon
duration 60 minutes, no interval
WHERE James Kemp Hall, Kerikeri
EARLY $14 – full $18 – With Picknic box add $20 – plus service fee


Homecoming

GLENN COLQUHOUN

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Glenn Colquhoun is a poet and doctor. He grew up in South Auckland and studied theology and English, then medicine. In 1994 he took a year off and lived in Te Tii, beginning a lifelong relationship with the community and its people. His first collection of poetry, The Art of Walking Upright, was written about the people of Te Tii, and when Glenn graduated in 1996 he returned to work as a doctor in the Bay of Islands. Glenn comes back to Northland for an intimate hour of poetry and reflection.

Come early to enjoy Pizza Night at New Era Cafe. Serving from 5 – 7 pm.


when Friday 5 April, 7 pm
duration 60 minutes
WHERE No. 1 Parnell Gallery, Rawene
EARLY $14 – full $18 – plus service fee

Proudly supported by NEW ZEALAND BOOK COUNCIL


Politics, Poetry and Personalities

STEVE BRAUNIAS & GUYON ESPINER

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Steve’s weekly Secret Diary is feared by politicians (and others); he has tracked his love for courtroom drama and small-town New Zealand in ten books and edits The Spinoff’s excellent books section. As publisher at Luncheon Sausage Books, his latest masterpiece is The Friday Poem, an anthology of 100 New Zealand poems featuring Sam Hunt, Bill Manhire, Hera Lindsay Bird, and others, including, strangely enough, Colin Craig.

Expect RNZ National’s Guyon Espiner to be in expansive mode as they chat about literature, life, lies and possibly, Colin Craig.


when Saturday 6 April, 5 pm
duration 60 minutes
WHERE James Kemp Hall, Kerikeri
EARLY $14 – full $18 – plus service fee


In Cook’s Wake

DAME ANNE SALMOND

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A literary and historical treat – a trip with New Zealand’s foremost historian Dame Anne Salmond on the tall ship, R. Tucker Thompson.

Mark the 250th anniversary of Cook’s arrival in Aotearoa New Zealand with an informative day-trip under creaking sails, travelling in Cook’s wake from Russell to Moturoa Island.

Dame Anne will share insights on Pacific exploration, contemporary Māori life, and what happened when two vastly different cultures met, as examined most recently in her 2017 book Tears of Rangi: Experiments Across Worlds.

Dame Anne is an anthropologist, historian, New Zealander of the Year (2013), TV documentary host, environmentalist, Distinguished Professor at the University of Auckland and an occasional commentator on life in Aotearoa New Zealand today.

In Cook’s Wake day trip includes:
• Freshly baked scones and cream tea from ship’s galley
• Chance to take the helm, hoist the sails or climb the rigging
• Lunchtime swim and island stopover in a sheltered bay
• Delicious BBQ lunch served on board

Please wear safe shoes, bring sunhats, swimming togs and raincoats. If the weather and sea conditions are unsuitable, cancellation or postponement will be advised on our website and facebook page; full refunds will be offered.


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when Saturday 6 April, 10 am – 3.30 pm
WHERE Russell Wharf, R.Tucker Thompson
$160 – plus service fee


The Art of Healing

GLENN COLQUHOUN, ART NAHILL and CHRIS REID

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Three doctors whose life outside the consulting room is devoted to arts practice: Glenn Colqu­houn and Art Nahill through poetry, Chris Reid with photography.

How does their medical practice influence their art practice; can the arts heal us when we are broken; could more arts in schools help young people; is there an art to a good death?

Join us as these three reflect on their wide experience of human nature, the arts and what it means to be healthy, kept on track by medical student and writer Emma Espiner.


when Sunday 7 April, 1 pm (lunch from 12.30pm)
DURATION 75 minutes
WHERE James Kemp Hall, Kerikeri
EARLY $14 – FULL $18 – plus service fee – with Picnic box add $20


Oral Poetry & Totems

GLENN COLQUHOUN

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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.


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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