The Chamber, a smaller, lower-ceilinged room at The Piano, was packed on Sunday evening. Runners and the running-curious gathered to hear from writers (and runners) Josie Shapiro, Guyon Espiner and Jessica Howland Kany in conversation with Alex Casey from The Spinoff. Josie Shapiro recently published the novel "Everything is Beautiful and Everything Hurts", the story…
On Thursday evening at The Piano, environmental anthropologist Mahmah Timoteo, climate and sustainability writer and political scientist Bronwyn Hayward, and poet and editor Eric Kennedy took the stage for a discussion of writers and writing in the face of a changing climate. A wide-ranging conversation with Melanie Dixon unfolded, with a few of the many insightful moments outlined below.
On Friday at The Piano, an attentive audience listened to David Vass and Nic Low discuss the pleasures & perils of climbing mountains.
Last Wednesday evening WORD director Nic Low took the stage of The Piano to welcome Kurdish Iranian writer, journalist, cultural advocate and filmmaker Behrouz Boochani back to Ōtautahi.
Writer, journalist and filmmaker Behrouz Boochani will be a familiar figure to many in Ōtautahi, having made the city his first home in Aotearoa. Hear from him about his new book Freedom, Only Freedom.
Clare considers the appeal of chess, an activity "that can be a place of connection, amusement, and sustained keen attention."
Clare reports back from a WORD Christchurch session with novelists Carl Shuker and Eileen Merriman and their reflections on the medical profession and health system.
I first encountered the work of Pip Adam on reading The New Animals, winner of the 2018 Acorn prize for best fiction. A strange, slippery novel, it struck me in its adept portrayal of inter-generational dissonance, and darkly beguiled in its slinking descent to mermaid-transmutation in the Hauraki Gulf. This year, Adam's latest book Nothing…