WORD Christchurch Spring Festival 2020

WORD Christchurch Spring Festival 2020

The WORD Christchurch Spring Festival is on from Wednesday 28 October to Sunday 1 November. Enjoy events that will satiate your appetite for literature, ideas, and entertainment. Over 40% of the events are free to attend.

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WORD Christchurch: Moata's picks of the Spring festival

Moata takes a highlighter to the WORD Christchurch Spring Festival programme and makes her picks of the "not to be missed" events.

WORD Christchurch Spring Festival events at Tūranga - FREE!

WORD Christchurch Spring Festival: Eileen Merriman

Sunday 1 November 3.30pm - 4.30pm
YA author Eileen Merriman talks about her books and latest A Trio of Sophies with YA writer Karen Healey. Free, bookings required.

WORD Christchurch Spring Festival: Loopy Tunes book launch

Sunday 1 November 3pm to 5pm
Fabulous musical duo Loopy Tunes are coming to WORD to launch the new books in their Rainbow Collection! Free, bookings required.

WORD Christchurch Spring Festival: FOR YOU(TH)

Sunday 1 November 1pm -3pm
Workshops on creative writing with Karen Healey, illustration demos with Katie O’Neill, games, zine-making. Free, bookings required.

WORD Christchurch Spring Festival: Dragons, Gods & Adventure

Sunday 1 November 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Meet writers Tania Roxborogh, Heather McQuillan, and Bill Nagelkerke. Free, bookings required.

Ngaio Marsh Awards

Saturday 31 October 4.30pm - 5.30pm
Come along & hear shortlisted writers reading from their books before the presentation of the Ngaio Marsh Awards. Free, bookings required.

WORD Christchurch Spring Festival: In other words

Saturday 31 October 1.30pm - 2.15pm
he WORD Christchurch 2020 Youth Jury presents this celebration of stories across culture and language. Free, bookings required.

WORD Christchurch Spring Festival: A Long Time Coming

Saturday 31 October 12noon - 1pm
A Long Time Coming: The story of Ngāi Tahu’s treaty settlement negotiations tells the complex and compelling story. Free, bookings required.

WORD Christchurch Spring Festival: The Great Word Story Hunt

Saturday 31 October 10.30am-12noon
Join the family story hunt in the library! Find clues hidden in the library that will lead you to the next story. Free, bookings required.

WORD Christchurch Spring Festival: Ko Aotearoa Tātou

Friday 30 October 5pm to 7pm
Ko Aotearoa Tātou | We Are New Zealand is bursting with new works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and visual art. Free, bookings required.

WORD Christchurch Spring Festival: Family ties

Friday 30 October 1.30pm to 2.30pm
Exploring complex themes, Carl Nixon and Chloe Lane talk with Kirsten McDougall about the craft of writing. Free, bookings required.

WORD Christchurch Spring Festival: The Quick Brown Dog

Friday 30 October 12noon to 1pm
Join Hagley Writers’ Institute & graduate editors to celebrate 4th edition of literary journal The Quick Brown Dog. Free, bookings required

WORD Christchurch Spring Festival: Spoonful of Spice

Friday 30 October 12noon to 1pm
A celebration of food and culture, devised by students from Rangi Ruru College to promote understanding. Free, bookings required.

WORD Christchurch Spring Festival events at Tūranga - $

WORD Christchurch Spring Festival: Medical Misadventures

Sunday 1 November 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Two novels by Carl Shuker & Eileen Merriman take medical mishaps as starting points. Chaired by Emma Espiner. $20 / $18, bookings required

WORD Christchurch Spring Festival: Elizabeth Knox

Sunday 1 November 12pm -1pm
Elizabeth Knox in conversation with Noelle McCarthy - witness this incredible mind at work .$20 / $18, bookings required.

WORD Christchurch Spring Festival: Spontaneous Storytelling

Sunday 1 November 10.30am-11.45am
Meegwai Productions present an intergenerational experience for families to create stories together. $10, bookings required.

WORD Christchurch Spring Festival: Pip Adam - Nothing to See

Sunday 1 November 10.30am-11.30am
Pip Adam discusses her work, and her unique world view, with fellow novelist Carl Shuker. $20/$18, bookings required.

WORD Christchurch Spring Festival: Finding a Place

Saturday 31 October 3pm - 4pm
Two young first gen Iranian NZers tell their extraordinary stories. Ghazaleh Golbakhsh & Golriz Ghaharaman. $20/$18, bookings required.

WORD Christchurch Spring Festival: Bill Manhire: Wow

Saturday 31 October 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Join the poet and his ex-student of Modern Poetry, John Campbell, for readings and conversation. $20/$18, bookings required.

WORD Christchurch Spring Festival: Talking Animals

Saturday 31 October 10.30am-11.30am
Laura Jean McKay and Philip Armstrong appear in conversation - & ask what would animals say if they could talk? $20/$18, bookings required.

WORD Christchurch Spring Festival: Vincent O'Sullivan

Friday 30 October 3pm to 4pm
An hour with poet, novelist, short story writer, playwright, and librettist Vincent O’Sullivan. $20/$18, bookings required.

WORD Christchurch Spring Festival: Short Fiction Workshop

Friday 30 October 2pm to 4.30pm
Master short fiction writer Owen Marshall leads a workshop on craft to improve your own writing. $50 + fees, bookings required.

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