2016 festival programme announced 5 July
Save the date! The WORD Christchurch Writers & Festival takes place from 25-28 August this year, with over 70 events and more than 100 speakers.
We have a new venue and lots of exciting new events: fiction, poetry, storytelling, songwriting, comics, ideas, history, live chat shows, debate, publishing tips, writing workshops and much much more. Our full programme will be announced at an event on the evening of July 5, and with an insert in the Press the next day. If you're from out of Christchurch, book your flights now and don't miss the coolest little literary festival in the country (if we may say so ourselves). Come and join the fun. Read more
Become a Supporter
WORD Christchurch is a charitable trust that presents the South Island’s largest international festival of literature and ideas, and we need your help.
Our objective: to bring the community together through their love of words in all their forms. Join the family by becoming a Patron or Supporter and help to bring the best writers and speakers to Christchurch, from around New Zealand and the world, to inform, entertain and inspire adults and children alike. We rely on support to keep ticket prices down and meet the costs associated with running a vibrant and essential festival. Benefits include: invitations to programme launches and festival parties, discounts on tickets and much more. Go here for more information and to sign up. Read more
New Feature: Podcasts
We are delighted to announce a new feature on our website: PODCASTS.
We will be recording just some of the best of WORD Christchurch events, so you can revisit them if you were lucky enough to see them, or hear them for the first time if you weren't. First up: six sessions from our Shifting Points of View sessions in the Christchurch Arts Festival. Whether you listen at your desk, out walking, or doing the gardening, enjoy these stimulating, thought-provoking and entertaining discussions on North Korea, Imaginary Cities, Effective Altruism, Belonging, Perversion and Sovereignty. Simply go to the 'podcasts' tab at the top of the page. Read more