WORD Christchurch Festival 2018

WORD Christchurch Festival 2018

29 AUGUST - 2 SEPTEMBER

Welcome the 2018 WORD Christchurch Festival which features over 100 speakers in as many events. This year we embrace an adventurous theme, with writers who take risks in their work and in their lives, and we begin some new traditions: a featured country (Scotland), a featured classic (Moby-Dick) and a guest programmer, Christchurch poet Tusiata Avia, and we focus particularly on women’s lives in light of 125 years of women’s suffrage in New Zealand.

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tours

Tour Name Start Date End Date

WORD Christchurch Festival 2018

TE AO HOU – Weaving indigenous identity back into Ōtautahi Nau mai, tauti mai! Join Jo...

31 August 2018 2 September 2018

WORD Christchurch Festival 2018

A CABINET OF CURIOSITIES: TINY LECTURES ON THE WEIRD AND WONDERFUL Human zoos, mermaids, ...

31 August 2018 2 September 2018

events

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Adventurous Keynote: Robyn Davidson

Adventurous Keynote: Robyn Davidson

We open the festival with an incredible speaker who perfectly embodies our adventurous the...
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Concert Hall, The Piano
29 Aug 2018, 7:30pm
PLATINUM PASS

PLATINUM PASS

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Various, Christchurch
29 Aug 2018, 7:30pm
High Tea & Tales

High Tea & Tales

Fabulous food and the stellar company of two of New Zealand’s best-selling novelists, wh...
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Crowne Plaza Christchurch
30 Aug 2018, 2:00pm
David Neiwert: Alt-America

David Neiwert: Alt-America

Like the proverbial overnight sensation that actually took years, the roots of Donald Trum...
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Concert Hall, The Piano
30 Aug 2018, 6:00pm
Whisky Galore!
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Whisky Galore!

With Scotland as the featured country of WORD Christchurch, we couldn’t miss the opportu...
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Whisky Galore
30 Aug 2018, 7:30pm
125 Years: Are We There Yet?
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125 Years: Are We There Yet?

To commemorate 125 years of women’s suffrage, we assemble a panel of extraordinary New Z...
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Concert Hall, The Piano
30 Aug 2018, 7:30pm
Adventurers at Heart
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Adventurers at Heart

Share the thrills, the spills and the passion, and find out what drives two extreme New Ze...
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The Chamber, The Piano
30 Aug 2018, 7:30pm
Michelle Elvy: Flash Fiction

Michelle Elvy: Flash Fiction

Detachment and intimacy: taking your short forms to the next level.  This masterclass wi...
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Trinity Room, The Piano
31 Aug 2018, 9:30am
Catherine Chidgey: Transformations

Catherine Chidgey: Transformations

Catherine Chidgey has received critical acclaim, both here and overseas, and a deluge of a...
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Concert Hall, The Piano
31 Aug 2018, 10:00am
TAKE-FRIDAY-OFF-WORK PASS

TAKE-FRIDAY-OFF-WORK PASS

TAKE-FRIDAY-OFF-WORK PASS 8 sessions for the price of 4! Buy a pass for all standard eve...
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Various, Christchurch
31 Aug 2018, 10:00am
For Book Collectors Old and New
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For Book Collectors Old and New

Whether you’re an old hand at book collecting, or eyeing your groaning bookshelves and t...
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The Box, The Piano
31 Aug 2018, 11:00am
Anne Salmond: Tears of Rangi

Anne Salmond: Tears of Rangi

In what may be her most ambitious and fascinating book, Dame Anne Salmond, Distinguished P...
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Concert Hall, The Piano
31 Aug 2018, 11:30am
Paul Cleave: Crimechurch

Paul Cleave: Crimechurch

Spend an hour with king of crime fiction, Paul Cleave, three-time winner of the Ngaio Mars...
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The Chamber, The Piano
31 Aug 2018, 11:30am
Catherine Chidgey: Through the Senses

Catherine Chidgey: Through the Senses

Although using the senses to evoke setting is one of the most effective ways of engaging r...
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Trinity Room, The Piano
31 Aug 2018, 12:30pm
Lloyd Jones: In Conversation

Lloyd Jones: In Conversation

Lloyd Jones is one of New Zealand’s most internationally successful contemporary writers...
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Concert Hall, The Piano
31 Aug 2018, 1:00pm
Ed Husain: The House of Islam

Ed Husain: The House of Islam

The Guardian called Ed Husain’s first book, "The Islamist", ‘a wake-up call to monocul...
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Concert Hall, The Piano
31 Aug 2018, 2:30pm
Paula Morris & Tina Makereti: Curiosities

Paula Morris & Tina Makereti: Curiosities

Join two writers whose innate sense of curiosity produces insightful works of fiction and ...
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The Chamber, The Piano
31 Aug 2018, 2:30pm
Hera Lindsay Bird: Poetry Life Hacks
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Hera Lindsay Bird: Poetry Life Hacks

Join Hera Lindsay Bird for a two-hour poetry workshop that will teach you to cheat, steal ...
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Trinity Room, The Piano
31 Aug 2018, 3:30pm
Jonathan Drori: Around the World in 80 Trees

Jonathan Drori: Around the World in 80 Trees

From India’s sacred banyan to the fragrant cedar of Lebanon, trees offer us sanctuary, i...
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Concert Hall, The Piano
31 Aug 2018, 4:00pm
Charlotte Grimshaw: I and I and I

Charlotte Grimshaw: I and I and I

In recent book reviews, Charlotte Grimshaw has explored the concept of ‘selfie-fiction...
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The Chamber, The Piano
31 Aug 2018, 4:00pm
Chessie Henry: Earthquakes & Family Ties

Chessie Henry: Earthquakes & Family Ties

The central event of Chessie Henry’s insightful family memoir, "We Can Make a Life", is ...
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Concert Hall, The Piano
31 Aug 2018, 5:30pm
Hell Fire Poetry

Hell Fire Poetry

Escape the cold in Lyttelton’s cosy Hell Fire Club for a flammable evening of words with...
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Hell Fire Club
31 Aug 2018, 8:00pm
Bad Diaries Salon: #Risk

Bad Diaries Salon: #Risk

If you like your literary events candid, original and unedited, don’t miss this late-nig...
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Cafe 1851, Crowne Plaza
31 Aug 2018, 10:00pm
Shaun Bythell: Diary of a Bookseller

Shaun Bythell: Diary of a Bookseller

In the bestselling "Diary of a Bookseller", Scottish second-hand book dealer Sh...
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Concert Hall, The Piano
1 Sep 2018, 10:00am
Juno Dawson: Gender Games

Juno Dawson: Gender Games

Juno Dawson writes dark teen thrillers and is also the author of several non-fiction books...
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Christchurch Art Gallery - Te Puna o Waiwhetu
Christchurch
1 Sep 2018, 10:00am
Barbara Else: Go Girl

Barbara Else: Go Girl

2018 MARGARET MAHY MEMORIAL LECTURE Barbara Else, author of the fantastical "Tales of Fon...
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The Chamber, The Piano
1 Sep 2018, 10:00am
Black Marks on the White Page: A Roundtable

Black Marks on the White Page: A Roundtable

Join contributors to last year’s superb anthology of Oceanic writing, "Black Marks on th...
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Trinity Room, The Piano
1 Sep 2018, 10:30am
Featured Classic: Moby Dick

Featured Classic: Moby Dick

Whether you’re an obsessive looking to bond with others over the white whale, or a casua...
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The Box, The Piano
1 Sep 2018, 11:15am
Tom Scott: Drawn Out

Tom Scott: Drawn Out

Spend an hour with one of New Zealand’s favourite figures as he discusses with Michele A...
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Concert Hall, The Piano
1 Sep 2018, 11:30am
Motherhood

Motherhood

When the Guardian described Hollie McNish’s award-winning ‘poetic memoir’ "Nobody To...
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Christchurch Art Gallery - Te Puna o Waiwhetu
Christchurch
1 Sep 2018, 11:30am
Timey Wimey Stuff

Timey Wimey Stuff

Alternative timelines, timeslips, bootstrap paradoxes and more: what makes a great time tr...
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The Chamber, The Piano
1 Sep 2018, 11:30am
Denise Mina: Masterclass

Denise Mina: Masterclass

In this masterclass for published authors, join acclaimed Scottish crime writer Denise Min...
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Trinity Room, The Piano
1 Sep 2018, 1:00pm
Disunited Kingdom?

Disunited Kingdom?

Hard Brexit? Soft Brexit? Brexit of champions or Brexit of losers? We hope that Scottish n...
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Concert Hall, The Piano
1 Sep 2018, 1:00pm
Manly As?

Manly As?

With the recent explosion of feminism, the #metoo movement and the emergence of the terms ...
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Christchurch Art Gallery - Te Puna o Waiwhetu
Christchurch
1 Sep 2018, 1:00pm
Philip Hoare: The Sea, The Sea

Philip Hoare: The Sea, The Sea

Few write with as much passion and fascination about the sea as British author Philip Hoar...
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Concert Hall, The Piano
1 Sep 2018, 2:30pm
Let Love In

Let Love In

Novelist Catherine Robertson talks to Soraya M. Lane, internationally best-selling romance...
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The Chamber, The Piano
1 Sep 2018, 2:30pm
Yaba Badoe: Fire, Stars and Witches

Yaba Badoe: Fire, Stars and Witches

We welcome Yaba Badoe, award-winning documentary filmmaker and author of "A Jigsaw of Fire...
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Christchurch Art Gallery - Te Puna o Waiwhetu
Christchurch
1 Sep 2018, 2:30pm
Ant Sang: Dharma Punk

Ant Sang: Dharma Punk

Best known for his "Dharma Punks" comics, the award-winning graphic novel Shaolin Burning ...
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The Box, The Piano
1 Sep 2018, 2:30pm
Hemi Kelly: Te Reo for Beginners

Hemi Kelly: Te Reo for Beginners

Join Hēmi Kelly, author of "A Māori Word a Day", for this fun introductory te reo worksh...
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Trinity Room, The Piano
1 Sep 2018, 4:00pm
Laurie Winkless: Science and the City

Laurie Winkless: Science and the City

Building a city – or in Christchurch’s case, rebuilding one – is an enormous and com...
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Concert Hall, The Piano
1 Sep 2018, 4:00pm
To the Mountains

To the Mountains

From Fiordland to Alaska, New Zealand climbers and lovers of high places have captured the...
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The Chamber, The Piano
1 Sep 2018, 4:00pm
The Politics of Fiction

The Politics of Fiction

In turbulent times, in a fractured society, fiction can provide comfort and escape. But it...
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Christchurch Art Gallery - Te Puna o Waiwhetu
Christchurch
1 Sep 2018, 4:00pm
The Body Issue

The Body Issue

An unashamedly feminist event of readings, ruminations and discussions about human bodies,...
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Christchurch Art Gallery - Te Puna o Waiwhetu
Christchurch
1 Sep 2018, 5:30pm
Mortification

Mortification

In 2003, Robin Robertson challenged some of the world’s finest writers to open up and sh...
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Concert Hall, The Piano
1 Sep 2018, 5:30pm
The Neu! Ōtautahi! Incident

The Neu! Ōtautahi! Incident

Haere mai, talofa, and walcome to the inaugural collision of some of Scotland, Aotearoa a...
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The Gym, The Arts Centre of Christchurch
1 Sep 2018, 7:30pm
The Great WORD Debate

The Great WORD Debate

Join MC Joe Bennett for this outrageous festival institution guaranteed to entertain and p...
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Concert Hall, The Piano
1 Sep 2018, 8:00pm
Explosive Archaeology

Explosive Archaeology

In this session devised by online arts and culture journal "The Pantograph Punch", poet Ta...
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The Chamber, The Piano
2 Sep 2018, 10:00am
Denise Mina: Bloody Scotland

Denise Mina: Bloody Scotland

A favourite at literary festivals the world over for her engaging and entertaining convers...
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Christchurch Art Gallery - Te Puna o Waiwhetu
Christchurch
2 Sep 2018, 10:00am
Diana Wichtel: Driving to Treblinka

Diana Wichtel: Driving to Treblinka

The judges of the 2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards described "Driving to Treblinka" as ...
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Concert Hall, The Piano
2 Sep 2018, 11:30am
Soundtrack or, Dancing About Architecture

Soundtrack or, Dancing About Architecture

It’s been said that writing about music is as difficult – and some would say as pointl...
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Christchurch Art Gallery - Te Puna o Waiwhetu
Christchurch
2 Sep 2018, 11:30am
The Freedom Papers

The Freedom Papers

Freedom of expression, freedom of trade, freedom to carry a gun or freedom from colonial o...
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Concert Hall, The Piano
2 Sep 2018, 1:00pm
A Place to Stand

A Place to Stand

Swedish writer and archaeologist Karin Altenberg’s first novel, "Island of Wings", set ...
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The Box, The Piano
2 Sep 2018, 1:00pm
New Economies: Art Writing 2.0

New Economies: Art Writing 2.0

Online spaces have changed how we write and interact — in surprising, unexpected and int...
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Trinity Room, The Piano
2 Sep 2018, 1:00pm
Horse Tales

Horse Tales

Attention horse lovers! Gallop in to hear compelling tales of girls and their horses from ...
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The Chamber, The Piano
2 Sep 2018, 1:15pm
Sonya Renee Taylor: The Body is not an Apology

Sonya Renee Taylor: The Body is not an Apology

In 2011 author, activist and performance poet Sonya Renee Taylor posted a photo of her 105...
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Christchurch Art Gallery - Te Puna o Waiwhetu
Christchurch
2 Sep 2018, 1:15pm
Nanogirl: Cooking with Science!

Nanogirl: Cooking with Science!

Dr Michelle Dickinson aka Nanogirl shows kids that they too can be scientists – in the k...
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Concert Hall, The Piano
2 Sep 2018, 2:45pm
Robin Robertson: The Long Take

Robin Robertson: The Long Take

One of Britain’s most lauded contemporary poets, Robin Robertson has won many accolades,...
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The Chamber, The Piano
2 Sep 2018, 2:45pm
Ted Chiang: Arrival

Ted Chiang: Arrival

American science fiction writer Ted Chiang went from cult status to a much wider readershi...
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Christchurch Art Gallery - Te Puna o Waiwhetu
Christchurch
2 Sep 2018, 2:45pm
Samuel Flynn Scott: On Songs

Samuel Flynn Scott: On Songs

Samuel Flynn Scott, son of fellow festival guest Tom Scott, has been at the forefront of t...
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The Box, The Piano
2 Sep 2018, 2:45pm
Hollie McNish & Hera Lindsay Bird: Poetry Stars

Hollie McNish & Hera Lindsay Bird: Poetry Stars

Join two of the world’s shining stars of poetry, whose work and performances have attrac...
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Concert Hall, The Piano
2 Sep 2018, 4:15pm
A.J. Finn: The Woman in the Window

A.J. Finn: The Woman in the Window

‘Your book editor just snagged your spot on the bestseller list,’ was the headline in ...
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Christchurch Art Gallery - Te Puna o Waiwhetu
Christchurch
2 Sep 2018, 4:15pm
Sometimes, What You Don't Say is the Story

Sometimes, What You Don't Say is the Story

Why is flash fiction so popular and what can it do that other genres can't? Join authors F...
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The Chamber, The Piano
2 Sep 2018, 4:15pm
Nerd Degree

Nerd Degree

Comedy panel show The Nerd Degree returns to WORD Christchurch to help end the festival wi...
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The Chamber, The Piano
2 Sep 2018, 5:45pm
Adventurous Women

Adventurous Women

We close the festival with an inspiring event that brings together our theme of adventure,...
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Concert Hall, The Piano
2 Sep 2018, 6:00pm