Newtown Sunday Stroll



Tour the Riddiford St bookshops in Newtown and enjoy readings and discussion from some of Aotearoa’s freshest and finest writers while you’re there. Each event is 30 mins duration with time between them so you can stroll and catch the next.

All Newtown Sunday Stroll events are Koha

More of Us
1.30pm. Book Haven, 160 Riddiford Street

More of Us is a collection of poetry from people who have come to Aotearoa as migrants or refugees. Their poems speak to us about family, place, language, fear, loss, food and time. Join contributors to the book, Nicky Subono, Kirsten Le Harivel and Sudha Rao, and the marvellous behind-the-scenes team, poets Adrienne Jansen and Carina Gallegos.

New Animals
2.15pm. Book Hound, 132 Riddiford Street

Poet and queen of creatures Rebecca Hawkes sits down with Pip Adam and Sugar Magnolia Wilson to talk about writing animals. Adam’s Ockham-winning novel The New Animals is about a young woman slipping out of her domestication and into a new skin, while Wilson’s collection Because a Woman’s Heart is Like a Needle at the Bottom of the Ocean is a complete ecosystem all of its own, a home for everything from womb-infesting reptiles, to a beloved horse.

Curated by Annaleese Jochems.

The Newest AUP New Poets
3pm. Another Chapter, 6 Riddiford Street

We welcome you all to join us for a showcase of talent from the new poetry voices featured in the latest of the long-running AUP New Poets series. Poetry godmothers, Anna Jackson, Rebecca Hawkes and Carolyn DeCarlo hand over their wands to the future of the series.