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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
HOOPLA 2016 LAUNCHES IN NEW SCORPIO BOOKSTORE
The audacious new poetry series HOOPLA, which launches three poets every
April, is three years old this year. And with two Christchurch poets in the
2016 line-up it is launching in the freshly opened Scorpio bookstore in
The series with its bright
Faber-like covers has been a hit on the local poetry scene where most poets
make their way individually. HOOPLA launches a late-career, mid-career
and debut poet at the same time, and is an imprint of Wellington’s Mākaro
‘The idea,’ says publisher Mary
McCallum of Mākaro Press, ‘ is that the poets and their books support each
other out in the world: generating a combined energy at events, standing with
each other at readings, providing a focus at bookstores. It’s a tough world out
there for poetry, and so far we’ve loved the way the HOOPLA poets have worked
together in their groups of three, and together as a wider whānau.’
The HOOPLA poets of 2014 and 2015
appeared together at Litcrawl in Wellington last year, in an event which saw
them reading as a tag team on the theme of ‘love’. And the 2015 trio undertook
a Melbourne road trip. There have been award nods too with Jennifer
Compton’s Mr Clean and The Junkie long-listed for the Ockham
prize this year, and Hoopla work selected for Best NZ Poems.
Much-loved Canterbury poet Elaine
Jakobsson ( 87) is the late career poet for Hoopla 2016 with her book Withstanding.
The theme of the collection is ‘age’. Wellingtonian teacher and activist Harvey
Molloy is the mid-career poet with Udon by The Remarkables, theme:
‘worlds’, and the debut poet is Christchurch poet Ish Doney with Where
the Fish Grow, theme: ‘leaving’. Ish returns from Scotland for the launch.
Previous HOOPLA poets are:
(2014) Michael Harlow, Helen Rickerby and Stefanie Lash; (2015) Jennifer
Compton, Bryan Walpert and Carolyn McCurdie. The 2016 launch is on Saturday, 16
April, 3.30 pm at Scorpio’s Hereford Street store in the BNZ centre, launcher
James Norcliffe, with a Wellington launch the next day 17 April at the Fringe
bar, Allen St, 4-6pm. The Hoopla series is designed by William
Carden-Horton and available through all good bookstores for $25 each.