Canterbury Folk Festival

A Family Festival of Music

Jessie Fenton

We are thrilled to reveal the depth of talent that will shine as guest artist this year:-

Firstly the dynamic and energetic performance poet Jessie Fenton from Auckland

In early 2015, Jessie Fenton entered her first poetry slam by accident, and she’s kept going ever since just to hide her mistake. She’s performed all over the country, and is a previous national slam runner-up and a winner of the Auckland Writers Festival’s Poetry Idol. She’s also taken up a mentoring role, coaching high school students through the Word the Front Line spoken word competition in 2017.

Her work can be found in print in collections like Manifesto: An Anthology of Political Poetry and also on her blog, on which she recently took part in the “100 Days Challenge” and wrote a poem every day for 100 days. Jessie’s poetry is enthusiastic, thoughtful, and uses humour to explore difficult subject matter. American poet Ken Arkind has described watching Jessie perform as “like watching Federer play tennis”, and while she doesn’t know much about tennis, she’s taking that as a compliment.

44th Canterbury Folk Festival, 19-22 April 2019 - a family-friendly weekend featuring the best in acoustic/folk music at the Waipara Adventure Centre, North Canterbury

2019 performer applications have now closed.

Contact Us

Stay Connected

Thank you for your interest in the Canterbury Folk Music Festival. If you require any additional information about the event or how to apply, please contact us:

Canterbury Folk Music Festival
P O Box 964, Christchurch 8140
ph: 027-454-3885