WORD Christchurch Festival 2021

WORD Christchurch Festival 2021

WORD Christchurch Festival took place from Wednesday 10 November to Saturday 13 November 2021.

WORD Christchurch 2021 blog posts

Belonging and not belonging: Tommy Orange

Fee reports back from a WORD Christchurch event with Native American writer, Tommy Orange who talks decolonisation and indigenous voices.

Quietly Fierce: Patricia Grace at WORD Christchurch 2021

Fee had been waiting to see Patricia Grace (Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Raukawa and Te Āti Awa) in person for a long time. Maybe a lifetime.

It's complicated: The Faraway Near with Hari Kunzru

Moata attends a WORD Christchurch session that explores the complicated nature of fiction, dark corners of the Internet, and the alt-right.

Helen Clark: The Big Issues: WORD Christchurch Festival 2021

Hong reports back from WORD - Helen Clark in conversation with Bronwyn Hayward about the big issues: Climate Change, Covid, and more.

A. C. Grayling surveys the frontiers of knowledge at WORD

A. C. Grayling is one of the great public intellectuals. For Rob it was an opportunity not be missed to see him at the Faraway Near,

Abbas Nazari & Helen Clark: WORD Christchurch Festival 2021

"We were given a chance & grabbed it with two hands, we built a life and built a community.” Abbas Nazari at WORD Chch with Helen Clark.

She is not your rehab: WORD Christchurch Festival 2021

"There is more to come. We are on a journey to encourage people to do the work and heal this inter-generational trauma." Matt & Sarah Brown.

Plot will find a way: Ian Rankin, live from Edinburgh

Moata watches Ian Rankin's WORD Christchurch livestream and learns a lot about Tartan noir, Edinburgh, and being a "pantser".

The Apocalypse comes to WORD Christchurch Festival

Apocalypse Now! from the comfort of The Faraway Near. Rob reports back on a session with Tom Doig in Tūranga, and Mark O'Connell in Dublin.

The Living Mountains: WORD Christchurch Festival 2021

Going looking for history - Tā Tipene O'Regan & Nic Low (Ngāi Tahu) talk about Kā Huru Manu & the old mountain trails in the atlas.

A Clear Dawn: New Asian Voices from Aotearoa New Zealand

"I hope this is a window into the future -- rich, respectful partnerships, learning from each other, working together ..."Hong reports back.

WORD Gala - The Place you return to is Home: WORD Chch 2021

"There I am home": Donna watches the livestream of the WORD Gala - The Place you return to is Home.

Mark Solomon: Mana Whakatipu: WORD Christchurch 2021

"I will speak to the bullet points out of my heart ...." Donna reports back on Mark Solomon's WORD session

Sue Kedgley - Fifty years a Feminist: WORD Christchurch 2021

"Every woman on the planet is suffering from sexual harassment" - Donna reports on the WORD kōrero between Sue Kedgley and Lianne Dalziel.

How to Write a Killer Plot: WORD Christchurch Festival 2021

Crime writers take the stage. Fee reports back on a killer WORD Christchurch event with Paul Cleave and Jacqueline Bublitz.

Cabinet of Curiosities: Tiny Lectures - Weird & Wonderful

The Naked Pie Man of Palmy. Limpets. Renee reports back from WORD's Cabinet of Curiosities: Tiny Lectures on the Weird and Wonderful.

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