Remembering ANZAC: WORD Christchurch

Photographer Laurence Aberhart's latest work is ANZAC, a collection of 70 photographs of NZ and Australian war memorials. Laurence, Jock Phillips (who wrote the introduction to ANZAC) and Christchurch Art Gallery director Jenny Harper discussed the evolving relationship between the community and its war memorials, the changing attitudes to the memorials between the First and Second World Wars and individual monuments and sculptors as part…
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Read it again! WORD Christchurch

The youngest readers weren't forgotten in the WORD Christchurch festivities. On Saturday afternoon Read It Again! let five picture-book authors share their creations with an eager audience of three to eight year olds. Sheila Sinclair of Christchurch-institution The Children's Bookshop chaired the session. Melinda Szymanik read the NZ Post Children's Choice award winner for 2009, The were-nana. Little sisters in the…
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The Secret Diary of The Civilian: WORD Christchurch

"The Civilian is not a force for good." Ben Uffindell, founder of The Civilian website, was very clear in his discussion with Steve Braunias that The Civilian isn't trying to push an agenda or change the world. Steve introduced Ben as a "much loathed and somewhat loved enfant" to a crowd of WORD Christchurch attendees on Saturday night. Steve talked about his…
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Beyond The Veil: Historical Ghost Stories – WORD Christchurch

Was anyone else frustrated that the ghost was always really just the Janitor in Scooby-Doo? Diane Setterfield, author of gothic suspense books The Thirteenth Tale and Bellman & Black was. Today in her own writing she feels that she is doing injustice to real human experience if she explains all the spooky stuff away in the end. Diane, Rosetta Allan…
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Happy Birthday, Janet: WORD Christchurch

August 28 2014 marked the 90th anniversary of the birth of one of New Zealand's most celebrated authors (so far) Janet Frame. As part of WORD Christchurch, Bernadette Hall, Owen Marshall, Tusiata Avia and Janet Frame’s niece and literary executor, Pamela Gordon discussed her work and influence. Owen Marshall said that although he met Janet Frame three times, the thing that most closely aligned…
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Mind-blowing billboards at Lyttelton

No, they’re not election-related, and hopefully the graffiti vandals will stay away. The wonderful billboards are Jae Renaut’s exhibition of enlarged black and white photographs of some of Lyttelton’s lost heritage buildings. Three images have so far gone up on the sites of the original buildings: the Salvation Army Barracks, the Harbour Light, and the…
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Oxford cleverness online!

When I think of Oxford University I think of stone buildings, towering spires and grown men walking around with black capes on discussing clever things. My Oxford is a sort of older person's Hogwarts without Harry Potter. In reality, Oxford University is a terribly advanced place having embraced the online world to spread its genius. We…
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Get creative at Craft Corner

Are your creative juices threatening to spew forth like so much Red Zone liquefaction? Do you need an outlet for your inner artist?  Then break out your glue gun, stencils and sparkly bits and have a look at World Book’s Craft Corner! This newest online sensation has thousands of activities with easy, clear instructions, photographs and…
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