No coward soul

I am the only being whose doom No tongue would ask, no eye would mourn; I never caused a thought of gloom, A smile of joy, since I was born. Oh Emily Brontë - how wrong you are! I don't know if this poem of yours is autobiographical or not, but you really have caused many…
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Six of the best – Ian Rankin, Anne Enright, and more top writers coming to Christchurch!

WORD Christchurch has joined forces with the Auckland Writers Festival to bring amazing authors to Christchurch in May. The WORD Autumn Season, which runs from 14 to 17 May, features: Bestselling Scottish crime novelist Ian Rankin; Man Booker Prize-winning Irish novelist Anne Enright; Highly-respected British historian and biographer A. N. Wilson, author of The Victorians…
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My library – Rachael King

Writer and Programme Director of WORD Christchurch Rachael King talks to librarian Donna Robertson in the third issue of our magazine uncover - huraina. What’s your earliest library memory? When I was 12 I was sent from my home in Auckland to Hastings to board with my mother’s friends and go to school there. I…
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Your own personal Christchurch – we pick things to do and see for WORD Christchurch writers

Our team of WORDy librarians have handpicked some places and experiences for WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival guests. Caitlin Doughty I reckon mortician Caitlin might like to see that slightly creepy mourning jewellery made of hair at the Canterbury Museum. Caitlin Doughty appears in: PechaKucha Night, Thurs 25 Aug, 8.20pm The Stars Are On…
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“For Later” lately (5)

In an attempt to tame her ever-growing For Later list, Robyn has decided to share with us on a regular basis the titles that she has recently added to her list. The theory being that, even if she doesn’t ever get round to reading them, she can perhaps do so vicariously through you… So please…
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Festival made accessible

About now you may be wondering what happened to your good intentions of reading all those interesting books by those fascinating authors you heard about at WORD Christchurch or missed out on hearing at Auckland Writers Festival. Never fear, a solution is near! Listen to your festival favourites You may have not enough hours in…
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Guess who’s coming to Christchurch? David Walliams, David Mitchell, Helen Macdonald, Xinran, Steve Braunias, Nick Davies.

Ōtautahi you are in for a right treat. WORD Christchurch - in association with the Auckland Writers Festival - is bringing six top authors to town for its Autumn Season 13 to 17 May. For some top whānau fun, head along to David Walliams (Thursday 14 May 6pm). He will be reading from Awful Auntie…
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