Afterglow
November 10, 2018 posted by Unity Wellington

Afterglow: Photos of the Sky & Working the Tang

Afterglow: Photos of the Sky & Working the Tang

“Photos of the Sky” & “Working the Tang” published by The Cuba Press

For the lunchtime double poetry event on Wednesday, November 7th,  we were joined by a terrific trio.  Mary McCallum from The Cuba Press, publisher of two new collections, was in conversation with poets, Saradha Koirala, author of Photos of the Sky, and Nicola Easthope, author of Working the Tang. After brief introductions, each of the colourful Wellington writers opened with tributes to the late, great David Bowie.

Koirala reads her moving David Bowie poem

Easthope and Koirala are both English teachers and have found teaching their craft has aided in their editing and refinement, as well as liberated them stylistically. Koirala’s collection contemplates daily life, capturing snapshots of specific moments and emotions.

Easthope reads from “Working the Tang”

Lunchtime crowd enjoys a double serving of poetry

Easthope’s often humorous Working the Tang casts many references to her ancestry, bringing her readers to the British Isles to share cups of tea with villagers and catch rides with vicars. Easthope gave a shoutout to Ricky Baker (Hunt for the Wilderpeople) for bringing haiku back into fashion and Koirala closed by reading her ode to Taika Waititi. Both writers signed copies after the reading.

Mary McCallum discusses the publisher’s work with the poets

Koirala and Easthope sign copies of their collections

 

Photos of the Sky and Working the Tang are available now in store at Unity Books and online.

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