On the 1st of September I was the featured poet at Stand Up Poetry in Palmerston North. It was my first time being the main reader and it was basically awesome. My friends Johanna Aitchison and Helen Lehndorf had invited me up to read and eased me through the process by being encouraging and accommodating.
Johanna hit upon the idea to do the reading more in the style of the Writers On Mondays series that is held at Te Papa throughout winter. And so we had two periods of me reading bisected by a question and answer session. The crowd started out small but by the end of the reading it had filled up and I found the audience warm and encouraging with appropriate laughter and at one stage even some loud shouts of "Yeah!". I loved it of course, not being one to shy away from talking either about myself or my passions.
I read more of what I consider my scary confrontational work and the audience loved it. It's quite a liberating feeling to unleash yourself in front of an audience. Having lived in Palmerston North for a couple of years I wasn't unfamiliar with the location and so found myself quite comfortable. The library staff we friendly and awesome too. An excellent night.