WORD Christchurch Festival, and events

WORD Christchurch presents a huge variety of literary events, including a biennial WORD Christchurch Festival – the largest literary event in the South Island – and one-off events with visiting and local authors. In May each year WORD Christchurch partners with the Auckland Writers Festival for an Autumn Season, and in August and September on the festival off-year they partner with Christchurch Arts Festival for a series of ideas-based events. WORD presents events during KidsFest in non-festival years, and every year they run a free schools programme showcasing the finalists in the New Zealand Children’s Book Awards.

2019 events

Shifting points of view - 18 August to 14 September 2019

Visit our page on Shifting points of view.

WORD Christchurch Autumn Season 2019

Read our posts on the WORD Christchurch Autumn Season. Wednesday 8 May to Saturday 25 May 2019.

WORD Christchurch information

WORD Christchurch photos

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

WORD Christchurch on Twitter

Previous WORD Christchurch coverage

WORD Christchurch Festival 2018

Posts and reports on festival events for 2018

2018 Events

Lee Child Friday 23 November 7pm

Kaveh Akbar Tuesday 6 November 6.30pm


WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival 2016

Jane Smiley - May 2016

Anis Mojgani - March 2016

Shifting points of view – 30 August and 7 September 2015

Shifting points of view was a bumper crop of sessions from top writers and commentators. It was WORD Christchurch's part of the Christchurch Arts Festival and warmed the cockles of enquiring minds. Read our coverage:


Earlier festivals and events

Our page on literary festivals and events.