Past Events

Ivan Coyote (Canada)

 

Meow, Wellington

Sunday May 14, 7.30pm

Duration 60 minutes.

 

Ivan Coyote is an electric performer and gifted writer and storyteller. Their stories explore gender, identity and family and their books include One In Every Crowd, Gender Failure and Tomboy Survival Guide. In Wellington for one-night only, Ivan gives a live performance followed by a discussion of their life and work.

 

 

Caitlín Nic Gabhann, Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, and Cathal Ó Curráin (Ireland)

 

New Zealand & Australia Tour, April 7-16, 2017.

 

* April 7: Suter Theatre, Nelson

* April 8: Wellington Bluegrass Society.

* April 9: Cafe 121, Auckland

* April 14-16: National Folk Festival, Canberra.

 

Video: Caitlin Nic Gabhann
Video: Ciaran O Maonaigh
Video: Cathal O'Currain

Jessa Crispin

Why I Am Not a Feminist

 

San Fran, 171 Cuba St., Wellington.
Thursday 9th March, 8pm.


Coming to us from New York City, via the Adelaide Writers' Festival and the Sydney Opera House, Jessa Crispin is making her first visit to New Zealand this March. Crispin is the editor and founder of Bookslut, and the literary journal Spolia. She is the author of The Dead Ladies Project and The Creative Tarot, and will be joined in conversation with Jo Randerson, discussing her latest book, Why I am not a Feminist.

Jessa Crispin

The Creative Tarot [workshop]

 

Double Denim HQ, 110 Cuba St., Wellington.
Friday 10th March, 6pm.

 

Jessa is giving a one-off workshop based around her book, The Creative Tarot – a unique guidebook that reimagines tarot cards and the ways they can boost the creative process.

Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival

 

February 17-26, 2017

 

Hamilton's best loved Arts Festival! We curated their literary programme and worked on the festival's event delivery.

 

www.hgaf.co.nz

LitCrawl Wellington 2016

 

100+ writers, 21 events, one big weekend:

 

Friday 11th – Sunday 13th November 2016.

 

www.litcrawl.co.nz

National Writers Forum

September 17th - 18th, 2016

 

The inaugural National Writers Forum. Claire managed their programme and Andrew managed their technical requirements.

 

More information about the event here.

Lōemis: Winter Solstice Feast

 

June 25, 2016.

 

Lōemis: where the longest night meets the shortest day. Pirate and Queen brings you Wellington’s celebration of this long observed astronomical phenomenon. Feast by chef Sam Watherston. Ancient songs by Aurora Four. Tales told for all by Elizabeth Knox, Robert Easting and Ashleigh Young. Finely crafted stouts, ales, wines and distillates.

 

Visit Loemis.nz for more information.

Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival

 

February 18th - 28th, 2016

 

Hamilton's best loved Arts Festival! We curated their literary programme and assisted with the overall event production. Full details here.

LitCrawl Wellington Presents

3 Nights of Literary Goodness

 

Thursday 3rd - Saturday 5th of March 2016. 8-9pm.

Three nights of literary goodness, in true Fringe style.

 

Each night features a surprise selection of mighty fine wordsmiths reading poems, stories, scripts, telling you their ideas, asking questions, singing songs.. Featuring: Jo Randerson, Sarah Webster, Callum Gentleman & Joel Vinsen (The Panhandlers), John Saker, Finn Johannson, Chris Price, Hera Lindsay Bird, Bill Mahire, Paul Ward, Kristi Whalen, Carrie Rudzinski, Ken Arkind, Adrienne Jensen, Fraser Ross, Robert Easting, Marco Sonzongni, plus a collection of actors and more.

On The Lawn

Craft Beer, Food, and Music Festival

 

January 31st, 2016.

Blake Park, Mt. Maunganui.

 

One of the Bay of Plenty's most popular annual events. Pirate & worked with the festival to deliver their music programme.

 

Feature acts included Sola Rosa, Olmecha Supreme Sound System, Sweet Mix Kids, Niko ne Zna, Yoko-Zuna, Sal Valentine and The Babyshakes, The Dancing and Drinking Society, plus a lot of exquisite craft brews and great food. Full details here.

LitCrawl Wellington 2015

 

Saturday 14th November. 6pm – 9.15pm, plus after event at the Paramount from 9.30pm.

 

A year in the making, Pirate & Queen produced the second annual installment of LitCrawl. 15 Venues and over 80 writers. www.litcrawl.co.nz.

 

Additional events included Small Holes in the Silence, Women of Letters (see below); a kids storytime session signed by deaf writer Polyanna Fergusson; a Mills & Boon Book Club; and the launch of Auckland University Press' exciting new edition of Tell You What.

Women of Letters

 

Sunday 15th November. 2015, 7.30 – 9.30pm.

San Fran, 171 Cuba St. Wellington.

 

Join award winning Australian curators Michaela McGuire, Marieke Hardy and a magnificent panel of New Zealand writers as they revive the lost art of letter writing, reading their stories to you. No recordings, no replays, just you and the writers in this one off performance.

 

Featuring: Tina Makereti, Deirdre Tarrant, Suzy Cato, Kate Camp,

Jacinda Ardern, Rachael King and Courtney Sina Meredith.

Roesy + The Seisiún (Ireland)
Tour of New Zealand

 

October 16 – 31st, 2015

Click here for complete list of tour dates and details.

 

Irish singer Roesy is joined by a multi-award winning lineup of musicians and dancers including David Doocey (fiddle, concertina); Stephen Doherty (flute, melodeon, bodhran); Pat Coyne (guitar, vocals); Charlene Morrison (step dance); Liam Scanlon (step dance); and Andrew Laking (double bass).

A Short History of Jazz (Part II)

 

Sundays in September: 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th. 2–3pm.

Wellington Museum.

 

This follow up to the hugely successful 2014 series sees some of New Zealand's leading jazz artists talk and play their way through jazz's fascinating history. We pick up the story in the 1960s and carry on to the present day. The series is being recorded live by Radio New Zealand National and features twenty musicians. Sessions are led by Norman Meehan, Lex French, Reuben Bradley and Mark Donlon.

 

Entry by koha. Click here for more information.

The Empire City: Songs of Wellington
Book and Album Launch

 

Thursday September 17, 5.30pm.

Wellington Museum.

 

The Empire City traces the history of Wellington, from the middle of the 19th Century till the present day. Stories are told through song, text, paintings and photographs and offer a creative insight into the history of life in the capital city. The launch features live music, food and drink, and an exhibition of Bob Kerr's paintings, made for the book. More information coming soon.

 

You can find out more about the book and get a copy here.

The Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival (2015)

 

12 – 26 February 2015. Located in the award winning Hamilton Gardens, this two week festival is a highlight of the Waikato arts calendar. Feature artists included the Soweto Gospel Choir (South Africa), Tahuna Breaks, The Trust Waikato Sympony Orchestra, Roesy (Ireland) and Emily Smith (Scotland).

 

Pirate & Queen developed the music, theatre and literature programmes, and worked on the event production.

A Short History of Jazz (Part I)

 

Sundays in August, 2014.

Museum of Wellington City & Sea.

 

With over 700 people turned away over the course of 4 capacity shows, the Museum of Wellington City & Sea described this as their most successful music event ever. Presenters and musicians told the story of jazz from its beginnings in the late 1800s through to the 1950s. If you missed it – the sessions were recorded by Radio New Zealand National, click on their logo below to hear the recordings.

 

Songwriter Circle

 

2014/2015

Wellington Museum

 

Pirate & Queen established this new songwriter series to provide a platform for emerging and established musicians to present their compositions. Some of the artists who have appeared so far include: Dean Blackwell, Finn Johannsen, Mark Sommerville, Norman McLennan, Sam Prebble, Petra Bullock and Katie Mccarthy-Burke.

 

We began recording sessions in 2015, in association with Radio Active.

LitCrawl 2014

 

Saturday 15th November. 6pm – 9.15pm.

 

This unique spoken word festival (set for a return in 2015!) showcased the talents of over 70 writers, storytellers, comics, poets, brewers, mixologists, actors, artists, journalists and musicians.

 

www.litcrawl.co.nz

Women of Letters

 

Sunday 16th November. 7.30 – 9.30pm.

San Fran, 171 Cuba St. Wgtn.

 

The 2014 Wellington edition of Women of Letters featured talks from Shelagh Magadza (Artistic Director of the NZ Festival); Jo Randerson (Playwright, theatre director and performer); Nancy Brunning (Actress and director); Pam Corkery (Journalist, broadcaster and former politician); Penny Ashton (Comedienne, poet and actor); Miranda Manasiadis (Actress and playwright); and Marianne Elliott

(writer and human rights advocate).

Pirate & Queen

Past Events
Past Events
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Past Events

National Writers Forum

September 17th - 18th, 2016

 

The inaugural National Writers Forum. Claire managed their programme and Andrew managed their technical requirements.

 

More information about the event here.

LitCrawl Wellington 2016

 

100+ writers, 21 events, one big weekend: Friday 11th – Sunday 13th November 2016.

 

www.litcrawl.co.nz

Lōemis: Winter Solstice Feast

 

June 25, 2016.

 

Lōemis: where the longest night meets the shortest day. Pirate and Queen brings you Wellington’s celebration of this long observed astronomical phenomenon. Feast by chef Sam Watherston. Ancient songs by Aurora Four. Tales told for all by Elizabeth Knox, Robert Easting and Ashleigh Young. Finely crafted stouts, ales, wines and distillates.

 

Visit Loemis.nz for more information.

Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival

 

February 18th - 28th, 2016

 

Hamilton's best loved Arts Festival! We curated their literary programme and assisted with the overall event production. Full details here.

LitCrawl Wellington Presents: Three Nights of Literary Goodness

 

Thursday 3rd - Saturday 5th of March 2016. 8-9pm.

Three nights of literary goodness, in true Fringe style.

 

Each night features a surprise selection of mighty fine wordsmiths reading poems, stories, scripts, telling you their ideas, asking questions, singing songs.. Featuring: Jo Randerson, Sarah Webster, Callum Gentleman & Joel Vinsen (The Panhandlers), John Saker, Finn Johannson, Chris Price, Hera Lindsay Bird, Bill Mahire, Paul Ward, Kristi Whalen, Carrie Rudzinski, Ken Arkind, Adrienne Jensen, Fraser Ross, Robert Easting, Marco Sonzongni, plus a collection of actors and more.

On The Lawn

Craft Beer, Food, and Music Festival

 

January 31st, 2016.

Blake Park, Mt. Maunganui.

 

One of the Bay of Plenty's most popular annual events. Pirate & worked with the festival to deliver their music programme.

 

Feature acts included Sola Rosa, Olmecha Supreme Sound System, Sweet Mix Kids, Niko ne Zna, Yoko-Zuna, Sal Valentine and The Babyshakes, The Dancing and Drinking Society, plus a lot of exquisite craft brews and great food. Full details here.

LitCrawl Wellington 2015

 

Saturday 14th November. 6pm – 9.15pm, plus after event at the Paramount from 9.30pm.

 

A year in the making, Pirate & Queen produced the second annual installment of LitCrawl. 15 Venues and over 80 writers. www.litcrawl.co.nz.

 

Additional events included Small Holes in the Silence, Women of Letters (see below); a kids storytime session signed by deaf writer Polyanna Fergusson; a Mills & Boon Book Club; and the launch of Auckland University Press' exciting new edition of Tell You What.

Women of Letters

 

Sunday 15th November. 2015, 7.30 – 9.30pm.

San Fran, 171 Cuba St. Wellington.

 

Join award winning Australian curators Michaela McGuire, Marieke Hardy and a magnificent panel of New Zealand writers as they revive the lost art of letter writing, reading their stories to you. No recordings, no replays, just you and the writers in this one off performance.

 

Featuring: Tina Makereti, Deirdre Tarrant, Suzy Cato, Kate Camp,

Jacinda Ardern, Rachael King and Courtney Sina Meredith.

Roesy + The Seisiún (Ireland)
Tour of New Zealand

 

October 16 – 31st, 2015

Click here for complete list of tour dates and details.

 

Irish singer Roesy is joined by a multi-award winning lineup of musicians and dancers including David Doocey (fiddle, concertina); Stephen Doherty (flute, melodeon, bodhran); Pat Coyne (guitar, vocals); Charlene Morrison (step dance); Liam Scanlon (step dance); and Andrew Laking (double bass).

A Short History of Jazz (Part II)

 

Sundays in September: 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th. 2–3pm.

Wellington Museum.

 

This follow up to the hugely successful 2014 series sees some of New Zealand's leading jazz artists talk and play their way through jazz's fascinating history. We pick up the story in the 1960s and carry on to the present day. The series is being recorded live by Radio New Zealand National and features twenty musicians. Sessions are led by Norman Meehan, Lex French, Reuben Bradley and Mark Donlon.

 

Entry by koha. Click here for more information.

The Empire City: Songs of Wellington
Book and Album Launch

 

Thursday September 17, 5.30pm.

Wellington Museum.

 

The Empire City traces the history of Wellington, from the middle of the 19th Century till the present day. Stories are told through song, text, paintings and photographs and offer a creative insight into the history of life in the capital city. The launch features live music, food and drink, and an exhibition of Bob Kerr's paintings, made for the book. More information coming soon.

 

You can find out more about the book and get a copy here.

The Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival (2015)

 

12 – 26 February 2015. Located in the award winning Hamilton Gardens, this two week festival is a highlight of the Waikato arts calendar. Feature artists included the Soweto Gospel Choir (South Africa), Tahuna Breaks, The Trust Waikato Sympony Orchestra, Roesy (Ireland) and Emily Smith (Scotland).

 

Pirate & Queen developed the music, theatre and literature programmes, and worked on the event production.

A Short History of Jazz (Part I)

 

Sundays in August, 2014.

Museum of Wellington City & Sea.

 

With over 700 people turned away over the course of 4 capacity shows, the Museum of Wellington City & Sea described this as their most successful music event ever. Presenters and musicians told the story of jazz from its beginnings in the late 1800s through to the 1950s. If you missed it – the sessions were recorded by Radio New Zealand National, click on their logo below to hear the recordings.

Songwriter Circle

 

2014/2015

Wellington Museum

 

Pirate & Queen established this new songwriter series to provide a platform for emerging and established musicians to present their compositions. Some of the artists who have appeared so far include: Dean Blackwell, Finn Johannsen, Mark Sommerville, Norman McLennan, Sam Prebble, Petra Bullock and Katie Mccarthy-Burke.

 

We began recording sessions in 2015, in association with Radio Active.

LitCrawl 2014

 

Saturday 15th November. 6pm – 9.15pm.

 

This unique spoken word festival (set for a return in 2015!) showcased the talents of over 70 writers, storytellers, comics, poets, brewers, mixologists, actors, artists, journalists and musicians.

 

www.litcrawl.co.nz

Women of Letters

 

Sunday 16th November. 7.30 – 9.30pm.

San Fran, 171 Cuba St. Wgtn.

 

The 2014 Wellington edition of Women of Letters featured talks from Shelagh Magadza (Artistic Director of the NZ Festival); Jo Randerson (Playwright, theatre director and performer); Nancy Brunning (Actress and director); Pam Corkery (Journalist, broadcaster and former politician); Penny Ashton (Comedienne, poet and actor); Miranda Manasiadis (Actress and playwright); and Marianne Elliott

(writer and human rights advocate).

Past Events
Past Events

Caitlín Nic Gabhann, Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, and Cathal Ó Curráin (Ireland)

 

New Zealand & Australia Tour, April 7-16, 2017.

 

* April 7: Suter Theatre, Nelson. [TICKETS]

* April 8: Wellington Bluegrass Society. [TICKETS]

* April 9: Cafe 121, Auckland. [TICKETS]

* April 14-16: National Folk Festival, Canberra.

 

Video: Caitlin Nic Gabhann
Video: Ciaran O Maonaigh
Video: Cathal O'Currain

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