Off to Gisborne for fun and a poetry reading

Photo of books in a soft bag

Books in a book bag: destined for Muir’s Bookshop in Gisborne

Books for sale: I’m off to Gisborne for a reading on Monday 6 May 2019 at Marvellous Muir’s Bookshop and cafe. And for fun with friends. Hoping for a sea swim or two. Bye now!

Poster advertising Rachel McAlpine speaking at Muir's bookshop and Cafe, Gisborne. From the 70s to her 70s.

Update: a perfect holiday in and around Gisborne

Home again now, and here’s a quick report. Perfect weather, endless beach, two sea swims, a Moana Maniopoto concert, yoga class, inspiring conversation, and a detour to the Morere hot pools among old nikau palms. Topped off by my friend’s speeding ticket which almost became something worse when the police officer’s breathalyser was triggered by a bag of feijoas 🙂 (Driver was sober, car was drunk on fruit perfume.)

As for the reading, here’s the Gisborne Herald report. (I thought the audience, venue, and host were all marvellous.)


10 thoughts on “Off to Gisborne for fun and a poetry reading

  1. Myra Kitchenman says:

    Wonderful poster … have fun…. I imagine it will be a quick dip , chilly and life giving, Myrax

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Thanks Myra! Fingers crossed for the swim.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Early looks
    Make the event look good

    But really, Rache,l you should
    –to be concise–

    lay off the wine
    Until you’ve been able to sign

    With a flourish all those books
    Which your guests will have stood

    In long lines for,
    Their expectations sunny.

    But then it might be nice
    If you were to get funny

    That way, thereby adding spice
    To an evening at the bookstore,

    And maybe even entice
    The unenlightened to cough up more

    Of their not-meant-for poetry money..
    (I surely would)

    * * *

    The years have been good to you, and from reading the flyer I can see that you have been good to the years..No doubt they have been grateful for your contributions. Keep on going!

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      To be concise/ that’s good advice. Thank you Somebody!

  3. Suzanne says:

    Muirs Bookshop and Cafe is a favourite stop when we are in Gisborne visiting rellies. Have fun as I am sure you will. Not so confident that the swim will be enjoyable!

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      The swim will happen but may be short..

  4. Sadje says:

    That’s great.

  5. hilarymb says:

    Good luck with the swim – sounds rather too cold for me … but have a wonderful time – sounds like it’ll be ideal, and is the kind of event that suits you … congratulations – with all the poetry and all the book signing … lots to be done! Cheers Hilary

  6. Elizabeth says:

    You don’t manage to look too strident in that lovely photo.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Any feminist was a strident feminist in those days 🙂

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