Mercedes Webb-Pullman is our poet reading at Petticoat Junction Tea Shop inside the Station Museum Paekakariki for July - Sunday 9th.
Mercedes was born in Kaitaia, Northland, attended William Colenso College Napier, lived in Australia and USA,
returned to NZ in 2008. She graduated from the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University Wellington
with her MA in Creative Writing (Merit) in 2011.
Her work has appeared online ( Black Mail Press, Danse Macabre, Turbine, 4th Floor, Swamp, Reconfigurations, The Electronic Bridge,
and others ) in print in New Zealand, (Mana magazine, Poets to the People, Poetry from Lembas Cafe 2009 ) and countries such as Australia,
Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, Spain, France, Palestine and Argentine.
She has published nine books, all available at Petticoat Junction. The latest, The Jean Genie, explores the work of Jean Genet through
a series of contemporary sonnets.
In 2016 Mercedes managed to have a poem published every week, with over 50 poems in 42 literary journals.
She lives in Paekakariki. And her poem Paekakariki Hill is featured on the Paekakariki Arts Walk.
Check out the Museum display "Writers & Poets of Paekakariki"
Books by local poets are available for purchase, some of these are not seen in the usual bookshops.
Catch the train - It stops right at our door.
Entry by Koha.
Hi Neighbourly folk, this one should not be to hard.
A woman whose car was spun around by the wind twice on the Remutaka Hill Rd said the State Highway 2 route was too dangerous and should have been closed on Tuesday.
Gusts of up to 135 kmh blasted the summit of the road connecting Upper Hutt and South Wairarapa making for a hairy crossing for many motorists on Tuesday.
Waka Kotahi issued a warning on Tuesday afternoon via Twitter saying it might close the road at short notice due to high winds, but it remained open.
Regional transport systems manager Mark Owen said they were monitoring conditions on the hill, but the wind did not reach their threshold of consistently reaching gust speeds of over 140 kmh over at least a period of half an hour, which would trigger a closure.
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