On Wednesday night at Christchurch's beautifully restored Town Hall, Zadie Smith, one of this generation's most important literary voices, took the mic at a WORD Christchurch event, her only New Zealand appearance. A writer apart In her introduction, WORD Christchurch director, Rachael King, quite justifiably described Zadie Smith as being on her dream literary festival…
Zadie Smith, best-selling novelist and one of literature's most celebrated voices, will be speaking at the Christchurch Town Hall on Wednesday 13th of November. You can find out more and buy
The Master has done it again - Stephen King comes up with another winner with The Institute. The Institute The Institute takes me back. This book reminds me warmly of some of my favourite Stephen King stories, without repeating them. A remarkable achievement for someone who has been writing for a lifetime - my lifetime…
Few wagers in literature can compare with that of Phileas Fogg, and his bet to fellow reform club members that he could travel around the world in just 80 days. Fogg's 20,000 pound bet (half of his fortune and £2,221,600 in today's money) began on Wednesday 2 October 1872.
Sunday 15 September saw the end of Mr Tang Yu-Shiun's Art of Calligraphy Exhibition. The exhibition finished with an excellent seminar, where Mr Tang's wife Gladys gave an overview of the exhibition, and featured a variety of dance and musical performances.
Christchurch is celebrating the Antarctic Season Opening with events celebrating Christchurch's role as one of five Antarctic Gateways in the world.
"I am equally fond of my magician’s top hat and my bowler hat. Next, I think I would quite like a steampunk version of Boba Fett’s helmet": Interview with Gareth Ward
Simon Pollard talks about the wonders of Woodlawn Cemetery. This was one of the tiny lectures in the Cabinets of Curiosities at WORD Christchurch.
'I believe as many as six impossible things before breakfast!" - Part one of the conclusion of A cabinet of Curiosities, tiny lectures on the weird and wonderful: WORD Christchurch 2019. Rachael King on tattooing.
'Funny As': Reflections on New Zealand comedy from New Zealand comedians - WORD Christchurch Shifting Points of View 2019