Thank F*** it’s Friday with Liz from the Outspoken Festival


Liz sexy

Liz knows that reading is sexy. Do you?

LAURA WILLIAMSON has a word about words with Outspoken’s Liz Breslin.

The Outspoken Festival of Words & Storytelling is coming to Wanaka over six weeks from January 12, and, frankly, we’re beside ourselves with excitement. Pumped for poetry, we are. Psyched for spoken word. Stoked for storytelling.

The lineup features Sam Hunt (Sam Hunt!), Sue Wootton, Liz Breslin, Mark Raffills, John Carr, the Lyttleton Poets, the South Auckland Poets Collective, Ali Jacs and Tourettes – enough stand-up talent to create a new dictionary. Venues include Amigo’s, Bistro Gentil, Carrick Winery, Cinema Paradiso, Oakridge Resort, Wanaka Masonic Lodge and the Wanaka Library.

I had a chat with Liz to find out more about the woman behind the spoken word series.

Is Wanaka about to become the world’s first Spoken Word Reserve? Because that would be awesome.

Yes, it will be the world’s first very most unique #gigatownwanaka lifestyle spoken word reserve. It’s official.

You should be in marketing, Liz! Who would win in a New Zealand poetry death match: Sam Hunt or CK Stead?

Depends on the weapon. If it was highbrow bullshit fancy verse, it would be CK. If it was poems for the people, Sam would take it with his wavering hands every time.

What’s your least favourite word?

Moist. Or gusset. Or both in combination. That’s the worst.

As well as being the artists liaison for Outspoken, you are also a performer. I see your work is described as “inspired rants” on the Outspoken website. Is that an accurate description?

I don’t know about inspired, but I can certainly rant.

Liz pretty

We have a small crush on Tourettes. Is he as nice as he is smart?

Nice is a non-word. But come to the gig on February 18th and find out. I’m a bit scared of him because I’ve got a lot of shoes and he’s got some acerbic lyrics about people like me.

Why yes, Liz, so he does: “How am I supposed to respect you, c’mon mother***er, you collect shoes.” That’s pretty outspoken. What are you outspoken about?

Too much lycra and not enough lyrics.

What’s ON?

Eloquence. And killer nouns.

What’s off?

Any sentence that starts yeahnah.

What’s the best thing about Friday?

School’s out until Monday.

What’s sexy?

Reading The New Yorker next to me in bed, wearing glasses.

Phwoar! We agree. Find out more about Outspoken and get yourself some tickets here: Words are ON.

As for this weekend, start it off on the deck at The Creek where Big Mike Kennedy will be soothing workers into their days off with his chilled sounds. Or hit Gin & Raspberry from 6pm for a cocktail with a view while local muso-about-town Danny plays your worries away.

Saturday is all about live and local. DJ LT and C:SHE will be dishing up the best in ghetto funk, electro, breaks and DnB at Opium, while across the road Ropatahz will be raising the roof at The Bullock Bar – two of the best venues to catch local music, right across the road from one another. They practically need their own crossing guard.

Have a sleep-in on Sunday, then head out to catch Danny again, this time at the Trout Bar for their Sunday Sessions. Kids (of all ages) will want to check out the Wanaka District’s Club Children’s Christmas Party. Word is Mr Whippy is making an appearance. For a final music fix, Ghettoblaster will be at live at Mint Bar, followed by DJ Emily Watson—free sausage sizzle with every jug purchased! And Sunday is open mic / jam night at Opium. Stay late and extend your weekend.



ON is called the little magazine with a big heart, for good reason. Recently, we’ve been giving away festival tickets to our lucky readers and here are the results: for Best Dressed at Club Tropicana – Gena Bagley won a R&A ticket, in our Club Tropicana lucky draws Nina Barbezat won a R&A ticket and Juliane Bray won a Summerlands ticket, and for her winning entry in our ‘5 things that Rip and 5 things that are ON’ competition, Jacqueline McGraw won a Rippon ticket! Here’s her winning answer:


Good gigs that just keep on coming to Wanaka!

Good people sending out the good vibes!

Good locally produced food and wine to wash it all down!


Summertime missions to the lake!

Chilling out under the shade of a tree.

Warm summer evenings!

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