Topic: Mad Poets Society Rotorua

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A brief history & list of publications

Founded in 1994 by Frank May. The Rotorua Mad Poets Society held it's first meeting at Monkey Joe's pub in Amohia Street.

It is one of the few poetry groups in New Zealand which meets on a weekly basis.

We read original and 'found' poetry, and write a weekly "theme". We read on Good News Community Radio on the second Tuesday of the month, and have a number of open Poetry Readings at the which members of the community enjoy with an 'Open Mike'.

We celebrate Shakespeare's birthday every year at McLeod's Booksellers, with readings from his works, and hold biennial poetry competitions for Intermediate School pupils. A selection of these poems have been published in a number of our publications.

Steamy Lakeland Verse                                   


All Steamed up                                                c1996
Letting off steam                                             c1998
Mad poets, Mild poets, Wild poets                     c2000
Bubbling up                                                    c2001
A decade of poetic madness                             c2004
Celebration                                                     c2007
Te Reo Pohewa or The Spirit of Rotorua in verse  c2011

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