NEXT FESTIVAL: 25 – 29 AUGUST 2021
WORD Christchurch presents a huge variety of literary events, from our biennial international festival – the largest literary event in the South Island – to one-off events with visiting and local authors. In May each year we have partnered with the Auckland Writers Festival for events, and in August and September on the festival off-year we have presented Shifting Points of View, a series of ideas-based events. We also present events during KidsFest and every year we run a free schools programme showcasing the finalists in the New Zealand Children’s Book Awards.
COVID-19 has meant that we have had to adapt our usual activities until the world returns to normal, which means we’ll continue to partner with other festivals but we’ll be exploring innovative ways to engage with technology in 2021.
Past guests include such luminaries as Eleanor Catton, Zadie Smith, Behrouz Boochani, Lee Child, Nigella Lawson, Meg Wolitzer, David Mitchell, NoViolet Bulawayo, Tim Flannery, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Alexander McCall Smith, Helen Macdonald, Michael Palin, Julia Gillard, Jung Chang, Geraldine Brooks, Jane Smiley, Ian Rankin, and children’s sensations David Walliams, Jeff Kinney and Andy Griffiths.
Our events bring writers, thinkers and performers together to celebrate the written word and provide a window for readers to respond to ideas. We have relationships with other organisations in Christchurch with the aim of including as many people from the community as possible as part of our events.
Our mission is to bring the community together through its love of words in all their forms: written, spoken and sung, with an emphasis on storytelling and world-changing ideas to excite, entertain and inspire.