WORD Christchurch

WORD Christchurch presents a huge variety of literary events, from our biennial Writers & Readers Festival – the largest literary event in the South Island – to one-off events with visiting and local authors. In May each year we partner with the Auckland Writers Festival for an Autumn Season, and in our off-year we present a Spring series in August/September. We partner with Christchurch Arts Festival for an event during their season in July. We present events during KidsFest in our non-festival year and every year we run a free schools programme showcasing the finalists in the New Zealand Children’s Book Awards.

We collaborate with local organisations to support activities that showcase words in all their forms.

 

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    • HER SAY

      Tūranga
    • Jackie Clark and The Aunties present honest stories of courage, told by survivors of domestic abuse in their own words. Hosted by Michèle A'Court.

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    • EDITING YOUR OWN WORK(SHOP)

      The Piano
    • Anna Rogers, one of New Zealand's top fiction and non-fiction editors, shows both experienced and aspiring writers what's needed to knock your own rough drafts into beautiful shape.

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    • STEPHANIE JOHNSON: THE DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU NOW

      The Piano
    • How do you know when your novel is finished? You’ve strangled your darlings, polished your finest sentences, put the manuscript away for a month, a year – it’s time to break free! Join Stephanie Johnson for some expert advice, discussion, suggestions and support.

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    • THE FARAWAY NEAR: NOTES FROM AN APOCALYPSE

      Tūranga
    • Mark O’Connell's Notes from an Apocalypse details the lives of doomsday preppers around the world, from environmentalists fearing climate change to billionaire entrepreneurs like Peter Thiel buying property in New Zealand. Join O’Connell, live from Dublin, in conversation with fellow doomsday researcher Tom Doig.

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    • THE FARAWAY NEAR: AVA HOMA & BEHROUZ BOOCHANI

      Tūranga
    • Celebrated Kurdish author Ava Homa's Daughters of Smoke and Fire takes us into the extraordinary lives of Kurdish people in Iran, and a young woman's fight for justice. Live from the Faraway Near, Ava speaks with New Zealand's own great Kurdish writer-in-exile, Behrouz Boochani.

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    • THE FARAWAY NEAR: TOMMY ORANGE

      Tūranga
    • Tommy Orange (Cheyenne, Arapaho) is the author of There There, an electrifying, best-selling story about the lives of urban Native Americans. Live from California, Tommy speaks about his work and craft, Native American history and culture, and how the pandemic is affecting his communities today.

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    • ALISON WONG: MEMOIR WORKSHOP

      Tūranga
    • Have you ever thought about writing and publishing your own memoir? If so, this workshop is for you. Alison Wong helps you explore editing and writing a compelling narrative, autobiography vs memoir, and the thorny question of privacy when writing about your own and other people’s lives.

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    • THE FARAWAY NEAR: HARI KUNZRU

      Tūranga
    • Step into The Faraway Near with London-born novelist Hari Kunzru, live from New York, for a journey down the alt-right rabbit hole. Written after 20 years spent following online conspiracies, Red Pill explores an American intellectual's mid-life crisis and torrid affair, not with a lover, but with the paranoid certainty of the internet itself.

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    • THE FARAWAY NEAR: BACKLISTED

      Tūranga
    • WORD presents one of the internet’s most popular book podcasts, live in The Faraway Near. Backlisted, based in the UK, is ‘the podcast that gives new life to old books’ and has gathered a legion of loyal followers for its warmth, humour and erudition. With special live guest Paula Morris.

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    • REMEMBERING HELEN KELLY

      The Piano
    • Trade Unionist Helen Kelly's biographer Rebecca Macfie speaks with Morgan Godfery about the huge impact Kelly left on New Zealand's political and industrial landscapes.

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    • TAKEN PLACES: SENSE OF PLACE & BODY IN THE SHORT STORY

      The Piano
    • Tracey Slaughter knows short stories. In this workshop she presents discussions and exercises to focus you on fully inhabiting landscape in your work, aimed at achieving dynamic writing that takes the reader by the senses, meshing them into the story through an evocative and visceral engagement with place.

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