Elena Poletti Reads : Dunedin Fringe Festival

Elena Poletti Reads

Lullabies and other poems.

I began writing Lullabies because it seemed to me we didn't have enough that drew on our realities here in NZ.

Several of the earliest ones were set to music by Anthony Ritchie and David Hamilton, so they now have a life of their own.  I keep writing them, as that moment of dropping into sleep is such a wonderful context for reflecting on time and place, and on  trust between child and carer.  The terrible potential for wrongness in that same context gave rise to a series of Black Lullabies.

Other themes that have established themselves in my work over the years include perspectives on key historical events, life in the south of New Zealand, where I have lived for most of my life, and a range of poems about identity.




All Ages


Poetry Reading 1 hr from 6.30pm, conversation following.


All Saints' Church

786 Cumberland Street Dunedin 9016


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The Dunedin Fringe Festival is the world’s southernmost Fringe Festival. Initiated in 2000, Dunedin Fringe aims to bring experimental contemporary art to a wider audience and to support the work of emerging artists. Dunedin Fringe is an annual event which happens every March timed to coincide with other fringe festivals in New Zealand and Australia.

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