The Other Side of Christmas

We all look forward to Christmas, don't we? Well, maybe not everyone does. As well as family gatherings, stuffing ourselves with turkey, Uncle (insert name here) with one too many glasses of bubbly aboard regaling us with heroic tales of his long-gone youth and opening presents, as with all things in life, Christmas has its…
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Hollie McNish and Hera Lindsay Bird – Poetry Stars: WORD Christchurch Festival 2018

Kate Sylvester introduced the two poets and her assertion that poets were the antidote to a world out of kilter brought rousing applause. It's not an easy thing to report on a poetry reading. You listen with different ears to poetry than you would to a speaker. Being tagged with the epithet "poetry stars", might…
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The Body is not an Apology – Sonya Renee Taylor: WORD Christchurch Festival 2018

Poet and playwright Tusiata Avia, introduced Sonya Renee Taylor, the founder of The Body Is Not An Apology, and informed us that they had fourteen years of friendship. The Body Is Not An Apology is an ideal and now also a global business committed to radical self-love and global transformation. If I could only write…
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Diana Wichtel – Driving to Treblinka: WORD Christchurch Festival 2018

I must admit I have not yet read Driving to Treblinka, but I am on the long list of library customers who have reserved it to read. I have, however, read all The Listener articles that were the precursors for this book. Driving to Treblinka The moderator for this session was Philip Matthews, former colleague of…
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