Donna is excited about NZ Bookshop Day and the possiblity of new books as well as a tote by Xoë Hall with the slogan "Books are my bag."
This was a wide-ranging discussion about "re-indigenising through our words, decolonising and re-indigenising the page". This naturally leads to stepping away from the margin, the edge, into the centre - a place of power.
Black is the colour and the theme - absence, essence, death, and endurance. Roy Montgomery and Clementine Valentine play music, and then Roy reads poems from his new book Endurance.
Philip Matthews and Sue and Phil Bagshaw explore the life of Andrew Bagshaw - heroism, life, death, and the truly extraordinary lengths someone can go to do what's right.
Billy Joel, The Balaclavas, Animal sex, Architecture, & Aotearoa's Native Plants - Donna opens the door to this year's WORD Cabinet of Curiosities.
Donna's getting ready for WORD - making a list and checking it twice. Here are her picks, and some quick reviews of Festival authors she's read this year.