Stella Duffy at the WORD Christchurch Autumn Season

Stella Duffy

Stella Duffy: writer, playwright, actor, improviser, founder and co-director of Fun Palaces, and general multi-tasker extraordinaire. How, asks interviewer Liz Grant, does she have the energy? I like working, and I know I'm really lucky to be able to do it — my parents both left school at 14, had very hard working lives, the […]

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The Pearl Thief

The Pearl Thief

Elizabeth Wein has been one of my must-read authors since reading the beautiful punch in the gut that is Code Name Verity a few years ago. I've since tracked down the rest of her bibliography and can honestly say there isn't a book she's written that I haven't loved. This probably doesn't make sense to you if […]

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Review: Dear Ijeawele

Dea Ijeawele

I first came to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's work via The Thing Around Your Neck. I like short story collections for discovering new authors because there's so much less commitment -- I read a couple of stories and if I like them I continue; if not, I've only lost a few minutes of my time. The former, […]

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Knights and Princesses Day

Knights and princesses

Hear ye, hear ye! The populace of Central Library Peterborough invite one and all for an afternoon of medieval entertainment, to take place from 1-3pm on Saturday the 25th of March. There will be crown decorating for those of royal blood, and shield making for any knights in need of armour. Catapults will be created […]

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All About (Nasty) Women — WORD Christchurch

All about women,

This blog talks about two live-streamed talks from the Sydney All About Women event, but after looking at their website I've realised how many interesting talks are happening that aren't live-streamed. For instance Life on Mars, about Carmel Johnston's year living in the HI-SEAS Mars simulation on Hawai'i. (I just re-watched The Martian so it caught […]

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WORD Christchurch – All About Women

All about women,

Yesterday a car pulled up next to me while we were sitting at the lights, and the gentleman inside (I use the term loosely) rolled down his window. 'Cheer up!' he called. 'Come on! Smile for me!' If this doesn't happen to you on a regular basis then perhaps you won't understand why my immediate […]

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Science fiction (double feature)

Scifi

I've been in a bit of a reading slump for several months, but it's starting to pick up again. Mostly I seem to be into Adventures in space! books at the moment (to be fair when am I not into Adventures in space! books?), possibly a result of the Star Wars renaissance. It's a good […]

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Sleuths and Spies day

sleuths and spies

Put on your gum shoes, trench coat and fedora and come along to our Sleuths and Spies fun day on Saturday the 29th of October at Central Library Peterborough! Get your magnifying glass ready to crack our secret codes and puzzles, follow clues to solve a mystery, test your dexterity on the laser beam course and discover how […]

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Speaking Out: Tara Moss — WORD Christchurch

Tara Moss has worn many hats — model, crime writer, journalist, and now author of two non-fiction titles, The Fictional Woman and Speaking Out. Where The Fictional Woman is part-memoir, Speaking Out is designed as a handbook for woman and girls, full of practical tips on how to speak out and how to deal with the backlash […]

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Sister Cities/First Nations – WORD Christchurch

We all consider ourselves good people, so it can be confronting to realise that we're unwittingly contributing to oppression. For peace of mind it can seem easier to ignore the evidence rather than engage in change, thinking if we cover our eyes then it isn't there, it's all the past, it doesn't affect me. Or […]

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