WORD Christchurch Festival 2022

WORD Christchurch Festival 2022

WORD Christchurch is 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.

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WORD Christchurch 2022 Festival Coverage

WORD Festival 2022 coverage

Ngaio Marsh Awards 2022: The Last Guests is the best yet!

Ahead of his appearance at WORD, Fee reads Ngaio Marsh Award nominee, JP Pomare's The Last Guest, a twisty mystery that keeps her guessing.

Indelible: Telling tales in human skin at WORD Christchurch

Mike, a librarian at Tūranga, talks about his upcoming session at WORD Christchurch, of tattoos and books with unsavoury coverings...

National Poetry Day Fri 26 Aug & poetry at WORD Christchurch

Find out what's on for National Poetry Day, and the poetry events at WORD Christchurch Festival 2022.

I give you my WORD: My picks of WORD Christchurch 2022

Donna has fossicked among all the goodies of the WORD Christchurch Festival 2022 and picked her top 10.

Teresa's picks: Fiction, more fiction, and poetry at WORD

Teresa tells us what sessions she's keen for this year: Emily St. John Mandel, Kate De Goldi, and a climate change poetry anthology.

Jesse’s Top Two … and Some Others: WORD Christchurch 2022

Jesse recommends 2 top sessions at WORD 2022 & a bunch more because "This year’s programme is nothing if not exciting and innovative".

Go for launch! WORD Christchurch 2022

Moata makes her picks from this year's WORD Christchurch festival programme. Writers, and storytellers and authors galore!

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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

Listen to Bookenz on Plains FM for interviews with WORD authors.

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.

WORD Christchurch 2022 events at Tūranga

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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

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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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