Dear Katherine : Fellows write a letter to Katherine Mansfield – WORD Christchurch Spring Festival 2020

In the last-but-one event at the hugely successful WORD Christchurch Spring Festival, Bill Manhire, Carl Nixon, Fiona Farrell, Vincent O'Sullivan and Paula Morris shared their letters to our most beloved writer, to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship. All have been recipients of this funded stay in Menton, France, where Katherine…
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And the winner is…! The Ngaio Marsh Awards for Best Crime Novel and Best First Novel: WORD Christchurch Spring Festival 2020

This event was one of the big moments I'd been waiting for. The lineup of nominees in both categories was highly competitive this year and it was anyone's guess who would win. On Saturday night, in the TSB Space at Tūranga, (fittingly All Hallow's Eve) Vanda Symon (author of the Sam Shepherd series) began proceedings…
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An Hour with Vincent O’Sullivan: WORD Christchurch Spring Festival 2020

Vincent O’Sullivan (DCNZM) is one of New Zealand’s best-known writers. He is a poet, short story writer, novelist, playwright, critic, editor, biographer, and librettist. Former Poet Laureate and recipient of the Katherine Mansfield Fellowship (1994), O'Sullivan jointly edited the five-volume Collected Letters of Katherine Mansfield (with Margaret Scott). He has won many national book awards…
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Nouns, Verbs etc with Fiona Farrell: WORD Christchurch Spring Festival 2020

Local Clever Girl who became a Famous Woman, the wonderfully multi-talented Fiona Farrell launched her latest work at Scorpio Books last night; a work of poetry, humbly titled Nouns, Verbs etc. Nouns, Verbs, Etc Nouns, Verbs, etc is Farrell's fourth book of poetry, and its a 'Best Of'; including some of her greatest hits, taken…
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