Exploring Sound Features in Poetry

Date: 9:30am – 4pm, Saturday 8 June 2019
Location: Waikanae Baptist Church, Te Moana Road, Waikanae
Faculty: Airini Beautrais
Cost: $86.25 including lunch
To register contact: kirsten@kahini.org

Sometimes the quest for meaning can shift the focus away from sound in a poem. In this workshop we will go back to words as the building blocks of poems and explore different ways to approach sound. We will look at examples of aural techniques used by different poets over time. We will develop ways to infuse our writing practice with the weird and the unexpected, and move past familiar and habitual modes.

Limited to 12 participants. To reserve your space contact Kirsten Le Harivel at kirsten@kahini.org.

Airini Beautrais lives in Whanganui. She is the author of four collections of poetry, all published by Victoria University Press, most recently Flow: Whanganui River Poems (2017). She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters. Airini’s thesis looked at narrative in contemporary long poems and poem sequences.


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Writing Workshops, Gatherings, and Retreats

Kahini is a global collective of independent artists and writers living in India, New Zealand, Uganda, and the United States.

We host the annual Kaua’i Writing Residencies, the Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat, the Kāpiti Series, the Kolkata Writing Residency, and the Kampala Writing Residency.

These programs provide the space and opportunity to create, revise, and develop new work; deepen our creative practice; and finalise work for publication and/or public performance.

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The 2019 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat: A Recap

Thank you to everyone who was part of the 2019 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat: our teaching writers – Brannavan Gnanalingam, James George, Lynn Jenner, Mandy Hager, Vana Manasiadis and Whiti Hereaka – our volunteers and of course our participants!

Here are some thoughts from this year’s participants on the Retreat:

The Kapiti Writers retreat was like a home coming. I left feeling nourished and nurtured, attaining more knowledge and confidence to step firmly into my life as a writer. Thanks to all those who shared their wisdom, words and energy of encouragement throughout the weekend. Careoline-Charlotte.

Without exaggeration, this retreat is one of the high points of my year. I can’t wait to come back.

Writers are practitioners of a peaceful form of magic and many spells were cast at Kapiti/Kahini 2019.” Linda Hansen

Top class workshops, run in a peaceful retreat environment. Small groups, varied topics and styles. Something for everyone and value for money. Jane Cullinane, Tairua Coromandel

A perfect way to connect with other writers who are at all stages in their writing journey – no expectations to be anything other than what you are. Keeps my writing juices going until the next time. Merilyn Bartholomew

A huge thank you to Kirsten for being so accommodating, assisting us with our travel and your strong leadership in a very approachable and gentle way. I hope you get the rest you deserve!

I came away feeling deeply grounded. Far better than those exciting moments of inspiration that flash and then disappear as quickly. This groundedness will stay for some time, I know. It is like I have started to integrate my writerliness into my whole life and that makes me feel more myself. For me, a spiritual experience – something I just didn’t expect. I look forward to meeting up with new friends at future events and continuing to grow and develop. Kia kaha, Kirsten. The tone you set and the way you so calmly made things happen as they were meant to were fundamental to the mood and feeling of the retreat. Germana

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