Philip Hoare – Hunting for Moby-Dick and The Sea, The Sea: WORD Christchurch Festival 2018

Oh ye! Who have your eyeballs vexed and tired Feast them upon the wideness of the sea. (Keats) I love the Sea and books about the Sea. Thrillingly rough and washing up over carparks or velvet-smooth, there is something at once wild and calming about its compelling expanse. Although I swim until March, Philip Hoare…
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Shaun Bythell – The Diary of a Bookseller: WORD Christchurch Festival 2018

Today at Christchurch's The Piano, a packed out audience was treated to a hilarious hour with Shaun Bythell. His beloved Diary of a Bookseller charts a year in the life of the largest second hand bookshop in Scotland. It is one of the ultimate books about books, packed with stories of eccentric book buyers, sound book recommendations, and accounts of…
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Go Girls and Boys! Barbara Else instils a love of reading at the Margaret Mahy Memorial Lecture: WORD Christchurch Festival 2018

Barbara Else, author of Go Girl! - a Who's who of adventurous Kiwi women, (make that a 'Storybook of Epic NZ Women'), written for young readers - shared some of her own magic tricks on inspiring readers young and old. She followed in the footsteps of another author we knew and cherished; the colourful Margaret…
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