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Words Come Alive On Montana Poetry Day

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Poetry marathons, poetry puddings, resurrection nights and poetry slams; words come alive everywhere on Friday 24th July, Montana Poetry Day.

From Whangarei in the North to Invercargill in the South, established poets and those who simply want to give poetry a go, will take part in a huge variety of public events in celebration of our most creative writing form.

The day provides a rare opportunity to catch such acclaimed poets as Sam Hunt, CK Stead, Karlo Mila and Glenn Colqhoun perform live. And if you've been harbouring a desire to perform a piece of your own, this is the day to throw caution to the wind.

Established in 1998, Montana Poetry Day has since become one of the most anticipated events on the arts calendar.

Montana Poetry Day national coordinator, poet Siobhan Harvey says this year's line-up is a wonderful spread of words, writers and innovative events.

'This year, there are more than 100 poets venturing out for readings, open mic' sessions and poetry slams. Words will be spilling onto pavements, out of offices and into classrooms, cafes and theatres.

'It's a great way to forget about your day-to-day worries and transport yourself somewhere else with words. Don't miss out, this is soul food - and it's going to be a lot of fun.'

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