Mark reports on the Behrouz Boochani WORD Christchurch event on Friday 29 November. His book recounting his experience on Manus Island - No Friend but the Mountains - was typed out on a mobile phone in Farsi, before being translated to English, and eventually published.
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
Simon Pollard talks about the wonders of Woodlawn Cemetery. This was one of the tiny lectures in the Cabinets of Curiosities at WORD Christchurch.
'Funny As': Reflections on New Zealand comedy from New Zealand comedians - WORD Christchurch Shifting Points of View 2019
Thriller writing superstar Val McDermid has been to town, speaking as part of the WORD Christchurch Shifting Points of View season at The Piano on Friday 13 September
There was colour, laughter, and stories galore at Tūranga on Thursday evening for the New Zealand launch of Samoan Queer Lives. MCed by well-known fa'afafine Fuimaono Karl Pulotu-Endemann (Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit), this was a joyful and thought-provoking evening that I was proud to be a part of.