Shifting points of view – WORD Christchurch: 1 to 16 September 2017

Shifting points of view gave you a bumper crop of sessions from top writers and commentators. It was WORD Christchurch's part of the Christchurch Arts Festival — designed to provoke and enlighten, and maybe even change your perspective on the world.

Read all our WORD Christchurch Shifting Points of View 2017 blog posts.

Shifting Points of View

Fail safe / Fail better — Clementine Ford, Witi Ihimaera, Glenn Colquhoun, Lianne Dalziel, Hana O’Regan and Victor Rodger
Friday 1 September 7pm to 8.30pm at The Great Hall

Six speakers share tales of failure and its role in their lives and careers. Featuring Australian feminist writer Clementine Ford, esteemed author Witi Ihimaera, storyteller and corporate warrior Hana O’Regan, everyone’s favourite poet/doctor Glenn Colquhoun, Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel, and playwright Victor Rodger.

Tutae Patu Lagoon walking tour with Joseph Hullen
Presented in association with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu
Saturday 2 September and Saturday 16 September, 1.45pm for 2pm start

Nau mai, haere mai, tauti mai — come along and enjoy a walk through the Tuhaitara Coastal Park with Joseph Hullen (Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Ngāi Tahu).

Fight like a girl — Clementine Ford
Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, Saturday 2 September, 3pm

Join Australia’s online sensation, fearless feminist heroine and scourge of trolls and misogynists everywhere Clementine Ford as she outlines her essential manifesto for feminists new, old and soon-to-be, and exposes just how unequal the world continues to be for women. Introduced by journalist Beck Eleven.

Things that matter — Dr David Galler in conversation with Glenn Colquhoun
Gloucester Room, Isaac Theatre Royal, Saturday 2 September, 7pm

David Galler has ‘the mind of a superb scientist and the soul of a fine poet’. From his position as Intensive Care specialist at Middlemore Hospital, he tells stories of life and death, and aims to demystify much of the work doctors do ... Dr Galler discusses the things that matter with poet and fellow medicine-man, Glenn Colquhoun.

Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race — Reni Eddo-Lodge in conversation with Victor Rodger
Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, Tuesday 5 September, 6pm

When award-winning British journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote a blog post about the way discussions of racism were being led by those not affected by it, her words hit a nerve. Galvanised, she dug into the source of her feelings and kept writing. The result was Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race. We invite you to come and listen as Eddo-Lodge discusses, with playwright Victor Rodger, issues such as eradicated black history, whitewashed feminism, and the inextricable link between class and race, while offering a framework to see, acknowledge and counter racism.

Madwomen in the attic — Rebecca Vaughan, Karen Healey, Moata Tamaira, chaired by Rachael King
Great Hall, The Arts Centre, Wednesday 6 September, 8.30pm

Following a performance of Jane Eyre: An Autobiography with Rebecca Vaughan, sit back and enjoy dark tales of Gothic houses, damaged men, plucky heroines and secrets lurking in attics. What is the enduring appeal of the Gothic women of literature? Who are the forgotten women, and the doppelgangers? An actor, a novelist and a librarian share their views, their favourite heroines, and improvise their own tales of women with great hair fleeing Gothic houses. Rebecca is joined by Karen Healey and Moata Tamaira, chaired by Rachael King.

Depends what you mean by extremist — John Safran in conversation with Te Radar Concert Hall, The Piano, Sunday 10 September, 1pm

No one turns up where they’re not wanted quite like John Safran, Australian satirist and maker of provocative and hilarious documentary series such as John Safran vs God. In Safran’s latest book, Depends What You Mean by Extremist, he embeds himself in the world of Australia’s diverse community of white nationalists, ISIS supporters, anarchists and more, digging away at the contradictions that many would prefer be left unexamined. John Safran is joined by Te Radar for an entertaining and thought-provoking discussion.

Big blue sky — Midnight Oil’s Peter Garrett in conversation with Finlay Macdonald
Concert Hall, The Piano,  Sunday 10 September, 3pm

In between Midnight Oil’s two New Zealand concerts, the band’s charismatic frontman Peter Garrett makes a special appearance to talk about his creative and political life, as outlined in his recent memoir Big Blue Sky. Peter Garrett appears in conversation with broadcaster/journalist Finlay Macdonald, followed by an audience Q & A and a book signing.

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