The other book that also recently arrived in the mail was Leonie Wise’s ‘All of a Sudden’. A charming book full of beauty in both the words and the pictures it contains. Leonie’s sensitive nature shines through every page in this lovely book. It’s a little gem.
Last night for Earth Hour, Dunedin held a public event in the Octagon. The Octagon is Dunedin’s 8-sided city ‘square’ that divides George Street from Princes Street, and has a statue of the Scottish poet Robbie Burns as one of its focal points.
At 8.30 the lights were turned off and entertainment was provided by musical bands, drummers and fire-eaters. There was also poetry by poets, Sue Wootton, David Karena Holmes and yours truly. As it turned out, us poets had to swiftly negotiate for microphone time, as original plans were for us to read without amplification behind Robbie Burns (and of course, in the dark).
It was decided we would read one poem each in between the bands. I read last. By that time, people had been well and truly hyped up by the fire-dancing displays and a Pacific Island Drums band, and weren’t really in the right frame of mind to listen to poetry.