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Potroast 9 Launch – Thank You

The launch for Potroast 9 was a great success and a very enjoyable evening.

Performances and presentations from Kelly Malone, Jovan Milovic, Jeremy Roberts, Thomas Casey, Emily Starrett Wright, Nicola Brady and Alex Taylor were excellent, concise, to the point, entertaining, amusing and thought provoking. Each revealed something, explained something further and built upon the work within the pages of Potroast. Truly a diverse and accomplished group of artists and writers.

As promised the finger food from Hearts Content Catering was stunning. The venue, Snakepit, we all know is a fabulous space. But I’d like to add a word of thanks to James and Sam who were very courteous hosts.

A rapt audience!

So a massive thank you to all involved in the launch, thank you to our contributors, particularly the performers and presenters, thanks to our mc, to Snakepit, to HeartsContent catering, to Richard and Kamal for running the sales desk and pouring the wine, thank you to all of you who came along to the launch, and a MASSIVE thank you to all those who have subscribed to Potroast and for supporting Potroast and ensuring its future.

A wee update and sneakpeak at Potroast #9

I’m getting super excited about the launch of Potroast #9!

We’re only 4 days to go.

We’re wading through proofs, making slight changes here and there to the formatting and fixing the odd typo we find. On Monday the full issue is being printed and then Ya-wen and I will begin the task of binding every copy on our sewing machines.

This issue has jumped to 200 copies!

Hearts Content Catering is pulling out all the stops to make us some fabulous finger food. I’ve been lucky enough to try some of the samples, and you’re in for a treat!

So, in the lead up to the event, I thought you all might like to know a little more about who and what is in this issue of Potroast.

Mark Sweeney
Mark’s robotic work adorns the fabulous cover:

Emily Starrett Wright
One of our regular contributors, my favourite of her work being Adam’s Apple which appeared in Issue 4, the opening line: ‘No, Adam offered / the apple to me.’
She has put together two ‘map’ poems for us for Issue 9. You can find some of Emily’s work in the Potroast Archives;
Crab spotting, Cornwallis

Issue 8 had a wonderful comic strip by Ralphi entitled Dan, this issue she has contributed another equally brilliant illustration. To see more of Ralphi’s work, have a look at her website

Chris Lindores
An Edinburgh poet, previously appeared in Issue 3, poetry full of Fifer colloquialisms and Scottish perspective
My Tits it’s going to rain

Thomas Casey
One of our favourite illustrators, Thomas’ work was on the cover of issue #3. Thomas will be at the launch drawing for us an illustrated guide to his work.

Jeremy Roberts
For those of you who frequent the Auckland Poetry Scene, Jeremy will be familiar to you as one of the four MCs at K Rd’s PoetryLive which is on every Tuesday at the Thirsty Dog. Jeremy is a first time contributor to Potroast, with a fabulous poem titled Instruction Piece after Yoko.

Another first time contributor to Potroast, Daniel has constructed for us a satirical instructional diagram, an activity in traipsing through flowcharts to find the how to.

Jovan Milovic
A graphic designer who works in architectural forms, Jovan has contributed Floorplan for a Modernist House, and he will be speaking to us at the launch about his work.

Boris White
The longest piece in this issue of Potroast is a short story by Boris White, a Douglas Adams style science fiction story.

Richard Richards
Illustrator for bands t-shirt and album cover designs, his work has been in Potroast a number of times before;
Sonic Projection
Mother Sky
Hemush One & Two (In issues 2 & 5 respectively)
House Cleaning

Sophie Craig
Sophie is another first time contributor, the work included in Issue 9 is titled The Sad Pack, a satirical article that would stylistically find it’s home in a Year 12 School biology textbook, a clever literary tool with which to examine perspectives of mental illness.

You should all have seen the amazing Craggy Townhouse Rickitnic has contributed to Issue 9, not only will it be within the pages, but we will be giving away signed and numbered prints of the Craggy Townhouse to those with subscriptions and those who pre-order Issue 9. Print Giveaway
Check out Rickitinic’s website for more of her amazing illustration

Alexander Abraham
You may remember his work from other issues, Alexander is a tried and true contributor to Potroast, having appeared in 6 previous issues. His most popular contribution thus far as been Forever she will have me struggling against impermanence in issue 5.
Want a taster? Alexander’s work can be found in the Potroast Archives
The Deconstruction of Barnabas Brown
It Stung
The Manifesto of the Poet Economist: The Poetic Economy of the world
Alexander also has a really good blog website

Hannah Owen-Wright
A student of Media studies and English, Hannah’s work always includes allusions to famous works or art and literature. Multi-layered, her works are both literary and artistic and give you loads to think about.

Alex Taylor
The Musician Poet! I saw Alex perform at Lounge last month, a brilliant poet and a brilliant performer, we are lucky to have him performing his work at the launch on Thursday. Alex has appeared before in issues 5, and 8.

Kelly Malone
Kelly has contributed some of her fabulous morse code inspired work. For more info about Kelly’s work, see her showcase page and her website Kelly is one of our speakers on Thursday, she’ll be talking about and explaining her work.

Katherine Wilkinson
Katherine has written for us, on unpaid commission, a review of Opus by Genevieve McClean. Katherine, a Production Editor for Wiley Blackwell Publishing, usually writes music reviews here, she has shown her skill for reviewing spans across media.

Kirsty Dunn
Another first time contributor, this time from Christchurch, Kirsty has contributed a brilliant deconstructed poem.

Eli Lamont
We wrote up a showcase for Eli a month or so back, have a look to get an idea of what Eli’s work is like. The piece in this issue is titled How to build an idea

I hope that has whet your appetite and curiosity for Issue 9!
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Potroast #9 Launch Invite

You are cordially invited to the Potroast Launch for Issue #9!

Some of the contributors will be speaking – either performing their work or telling us about their work and practice.

Nibbles will be provided courtesy of HeartsContent Catering, and as usual drinks will also be available.

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We look forward to seeing you there!