WORD Christchurch Festival 2022

WORD Christchurch Festival 2022

WORD Christchurch was on from Wednesday 31 August to Sunday 4 September 2022.

Find out about WORD Christchurch, and the writers and books featured in the festival, and explore our coverage of WORD events and sessions.

WORD Festival 2022 coverage

Indelible: Tattoo Tales: WORD Christchurch 2022

Poppia reports back from Absolution Tattoo Studio and Gallery where people told the tales of their tattoos.

Crime After Crime: Ngaio Marsh Edition: WORD

Fee reports back on a night with Val McDermid, Michael Robotham, J.P. Pomare; and Vanda Symon - and the Ngaio Marsh Awards.

Best WORDs of the festival

Our library WORD correspondents have picked their favourite quotes from the WORD Christchurch 2022 sessions they attended.

Tāngata Ngāi Tahu, volume 2 - “We must own our own memories”

Maatakiwi reports back from a WORD Christchurch session looking at the latest volume in Ngāi Tahu's biography series.

Dr Deidre Brown: Taonga Māori & Christian Missions

Maatakiwi reports back from the Julie King Memorial Lecture at WORD Christchurch on the topic of Māori artefacts and taonga.

He Waiata Hou – Indigenous Writers Hui: WORD Christchurch

Maatakiwi reports back from an inspiring session on indigenous storytelling - "left the wānaka believing the future is ours to write..."

Unite under one cathedral, says former Attorney-General

Chris Finlayson has some unorthodox reckons about Christchurch's cathedrals in conversation with Kim Hill at WORD Christchurch 2022.

Poverty, privilege and New Zealand's place in the world

Paul reports on two different sessions with different perspectives on similar topics with Chris Finlayson, Max Rashbrooke and Dominic Hoey.

War and Peace: WORD Christchurch 2022

Maatakiwi on a session with Ross Calman & Dr Te Maire Tau discussing turbulent times between Ngāi Tahu & Ngāti Toa, & peace marriages.

Good Nutrients and Better Thoughts: Julia Rucklidge at WORD

Hong reports back from a session with the author of "The Better Brain" on effect nutrition can have on our brains.

Matariki: Stories and Stars: WORD Christchurch 2022

Maatakiwi reports on a Matariki talk with Miriama Kamo & Victoria Campbell and insights into the relationship between stars & environment.

Kate De Goldi: Earthquakes and Cathedrals: WORD Chch 2022

Teresa hears from Kate De Goldi about her latest novel Eddy, Eddy; writers being great observers, and her work on literacy.

Passion for Telling Survivors' Stories: Heather Morris

Hong reports back from The Faraway Near with Heather Morris, and her stories about the Holocaust.

I see white trousers in your future: Menopause

Donna reports back from WORD Christchurch where Nicky Pellegrino and Miriama Kamo do "real talk" about perimenopause and menopause.

Faith and The Faraway Near: Ottessa Moshfegh

Ottessa Moshfegh beams in from Amsterdam to talk about darkness, faith, and her novel, Lapvona.

The Great WORD Story Hunt at Tūranga: WORD Christchurch 2022

Follow me on the Great WORD Story Hunt. First, pick up a card. You have clues to follow to find a writer - somewhere in Tūranga.

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Photos of WORD Christchurch Festival 2022

Photos of WORD Christchurch events in 2022, including the programme launch at Tūranga.

WORD Christchurch information

WORD Christchurch coverage

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WORD Christchurch photos

Images from the WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival, and events.

Previous WORD Coverage

Visit our WORD Christchurch page for coverage of previous festivals and events.

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Nic Low

"What are you really excited about in this year's Festival?"

Moata interviews Nic Low, Programme Director for WORD Christchurch, looking ahead to WORD from 31 August - 4 September.

The Unlikely Librarian

"Aren't we all books bound in human skin?"

Poppia chats with Mike Moroney (aka the Unlikely Librarian), Library Assistant Auahatanga | Creativity tells us about his involvement in some of this year’s WORD events.

Mike's event is Indelible: Tattoo Tales Saturday 3 September 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Catalogue search for Out Here An Anthology of Takatāpui and LGBTQIA+ Writers From AotearoaCatalogue search for How to be a bad muslim

These interviews were broadcast in part on So Many Stories, 5 August 2022.

Ray Shipley

"There's nothing quite like a live performance."

Poppia talks with Ray Shipley, poet, comedian, and former Youth Librarian looking forward to their Late Night Poetry Hour at WORD and National Poetry Day (Friday 26th August). They'll let you in on some picks from recent NZ poetry and fiction. Check out our Poetry page for more.

Ray is appearing in:
Ray Shipley's Late Night Poetry Hour Friday 2 September 9pm to 11pm
The Stardust Cabaret Saturday 3 September 7.30pm to 9pm
Out here: An anthology of Takatāpui and LGBTQIA+ writers from Aotearoa Friday 2 September 4pm to 5pm
and recommends Mohamed Hassan: How to be (a bad) Muslim Friday 2 September 3.30pm to 4.30pm

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