Well, Hinemoana Baker’s residency has now officially begun!
Last night Hinemoana’s official welcome was held at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts. Kate Eltham Mc’d the evening, Indigenous leader, Sam Watson welcomed Hinemoana to country, Theodora Le Souquet (QWC Chair) launched the residency and I was honoured to be invited to perform a short reading and welcome Hinemoana to the stage. My reading closing with a rendition of the great New Zealand Poet, Sam Hunt’s, Coming to it.
Hinemoana’s performance to close the night had people hollering , stomping and calling for more. Her words conjuring images of family, place, pub sound checks, rugby and awkward moments at the highschool ball. Her voice, so well described as:
‘a fine wine of a voice… rare, exquisite, the sort found hidden in some wine-nob’s cellar. The sort you might buy once in a lifetime, just for a taste of how the other half lives’.
In short, it was something special… and for those who missed out, never fear, you have the opportunity to catch her this Sunday at SpeedPoets (2pm – 5pm @ The Alibi Room, 720 Brunswick St. New Farm).
And while Hinemoana is in the country, take the opportunity to meet up with her and share your words. When in Brisbane, Hinemoana is available to meet with poets for consultations from 2pm-6pm daily. To arrange a consultation, feel free to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you work or study full-time and need to meet with her outside of these hours please let her know when you email.
So, to get a bit more of a taste of the magic that is Hinemoana Baker, check this out performance of He Tuahine.