I am a Woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal Woman, that’s me.
— Maya Angelou

Literary Salon – Stanza 14

Friday 3rd August              5.30pm                Velvet Saloon : Meteor Theatre

In collaboration with Browsers Bookshop and The Meteor Theatre, we present a special Toi Wāhine Literary Salon.
It’s our 14th Salon…can we call it a Sonnet?
Our local literary scene is full of creative and determined women, this Salon features three stars from an extraordinary line-up of Waikato based talent.
How do we love them? Let us count the ways…they are the depth and breadth and height, our Salon can reach.. and this will be an inspiring evening for readers and writers to meet and converse.

Relax with a free glass of wine and nibbles in the ‘Velvet Saloon’ and enjoy an exchange of ideas with our speakers:

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Therese Lloyd is the author of two highly acclaimed poetry books: Other Animals, published by VUP in 2013, and The Facts, which came out in March this year. She has a doctorate in Creative Writing from Victoria University of Wellington and this year she is Waikato University’s Writer in Residence

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Tracey Slaughter’s fiction and poetry have won numerous awards, including the international Bridport Prize 2014, the Landfall Essay Prize 2015, and second place in the Peter Porter Poetry Prize 2018. Her collection of short stories deleted scenes for lovers (VUP) was published in 2016 to critical acclaim. She teaches at the University of Waikato, where she edits the literary journal Mayhem

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Catherine Chidgey is an award-winning novelist and short-story writer from Hamilton. Her honours include the inaugural Prize in Modern Letters; the Katherine Mansfield Fellowship, Best First Book at both the NZ Book Awards and the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize; and the Janet Frame Fiction Prize.

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This event is proudly supported by
Browsers Bookshop
298 Victoria St

TICKETS : $15.00 includes a drink and nibbles
Tickets available at Browsers Bookshop

Women of Mayhem

Friday 10th August              5.30pm                Velvet Saloon : Meteor Theatre

As part of the Meteor’s Toi Wāhine Festival, Mayhem presents a celebration of the female voices who have featured in its early issues, bringing together a gifted group of poets and prose writers to read work that takes the breath and burns the page!

Since 2014 Mayhem Literary Journal has been bringing you the best new writing from the Waikato – writing that’s strong, alive, urgent, dynamic, risky, human, informed. Based at the University of Waikato, Mayhem first grew from the power of student work appearing in Tracey Slaughter’s Creative Writing classrooms, and has been driven by the talents and energies of an exciting team of young Waikato writers – and it’s now open to submissions nationwide! (

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