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Celebrating Slam Poetry: A Workshop With Harry Baker (UK)

When it was suggested that I represent Splice at Harry Baker’s poetry workshop, the machine gun of doubt immediately fired a volley of shots in my head.  Would everyone attending be up and coming poets and I the only beginner? Would I be expected to actually write poetry? Would I have to read it OUT LOUD TO A GROUP OF STRANGERS?!

Starting the Splice Journey

When I told my friends I was leaving my long - time home in Mt Maunganui to work in Auckland they looked at me as if I was mad.

‘Why on earth would you do that?’ they asked.

So I told them I was going because I had a job I believed would be stimulating, challenging and rewarding. That got them interested.

‘What is your job?’ was the obvious next question.