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Book Launch

THE LIVING MOUNTAINS

Friday, 20th August 6:00 pm

Join Tā Tipene O'Regan and Nic Low for a conversation about the old Ngāi Tahu trails through the Southern Alps, and the rich histories contained in Māori placenames and maps.

Book Launch

BOOK LAUNCH: ATUA BY GAVIN BISHOP

Tuesday, 24th August 5:30 pm

Penguin Random House warmly invites you to the launch of Gavin Bishop’s new book Atua: Māori Gods and Legends. Atua explores Aotearoa's most exciting legends from creation to migration. All welcome.

Book Launch

BILL HAMMOND: ACROSS THE EVENING SKY LAUNCH

Wednesday, 25th August 6:00 pm

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū launches Bill Hammond's Across the Evening Sky, a new book on the artist’s spectacular bird and cave paintings, with Marianne Hargreaves, Nathan Pōhio, Paul Scofield, Ariana Tikao, Rachael King, Nic Low, Peter Vangioni — and more.

Curiosity

TE PIKI O TĀWHAKI: THE ASCENT OF TĀWHAKI

Thursday, 26th August 8:00 pm

Using the spectacular central staircase as the stage, with audiences ranged around the balconies on all sides, this not-to-be-missed transformation of Tūranga celebrates the Ngāi Tahu stories woven into the building itself. Joseph Hullen, Ariana Tikao and Juanita Hepi fly you to the heavens in pursuit of matauraka, the knowledge of the gods.

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MAGAZINE IN RESIDENCE: TAKAHĒ

Thursday, 26th August 12:00 pm

We're making a magazine, start to finish, during WORD 2021! Drop in any time between noon and 4pm to watch the madness, submit your writing, or have a chat.

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MELANI ANAE: FIFTY YEARS OF THE POLYNESIAN PANTHERS

Thursday, 26th August 6:00 pm

Melani Anae was a co-founder of the Polynesian Panthers. In conversation with Okirano Tilaia, she reflects on the announcement of an apology for the Dawn Raids, and her new book The Platform, detailing five decades spent in peaceful resistance, educating New Zealand about ongoing racism, and Pacific empowerment.

Curiosity

TE PIKI O TĀWHAKI: THE ASCENT OF TĀWHAKI

Thursday, 26th August 6:30 pm

Using the spectacular central staircase as the stage, with audiences ranged around the balconies on all sides, this not-to-be-missed transformation of Tūranga celebrates the Ngāi Tahu stories woven into the building itself. Joseph Hullen, Ariana Tikao and Juanita Hepi fly you to the heavens in pursuit of matauraka, the knowledge of the gods.

Comedy

LANDLORDING

Friday, 27th August 6:00 pm

Satirist and renter Murdoch Stephens speaks with satirist and one-time landlord Danyl McLauchlan about Murdoch's new novel Rat King Landlord, the housing crisis, and life and debt.

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NEW REGENT STREET POP-UP FESTIVAL

Friday, 27th August 6:00 pm

On Friday night, we transform Christchurch's most characterful street into a literary hive, with a dozen venues hosting back-to-back readings, launches, games, projections and talks.

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MAGAZINE IN RESIDENCE: TAKAHĒ

Friday, 27th August 12:00 pm

We're making a magazine, start to finish, during WORD 2021! Drop in any time between noon and 4pm to watch the madness, submit your writing, or have a chat.

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HOW TO WRITE A POEM

Friday, 27th August 1:00 pm

Join Karlo Mila, Kate Camp and Tayi Tibble, chaired by Bernadette Hall, and find out what drives their material, what they think makes a good poem, and how to write your own.

Feminism

HER SAY AT LINWOOD LIBRARY

Friday, 27th August 1:30 pm

Join Jackie Clark, founder of The Aunties, for a relaxed talk at Linwood Library as she shares her experiences and talks about the new book, Her Say, which features stories of women overcoming trauma from abusive relationships, told in their own words.

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MAGAZINE IN RESIDENCE: TAKAHĒ

Saturday, 28th August 12:00 pm

We're making a magazine, start to finish, during WORD 2021! Drop in any time between noon and 4pm to watch the madness, submit your writing, or have a chat.

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ADAPTING AVIA

Saturday, 28th August 2:30 pm

WORD invites you to spend an hour celebrating the work and success of Tusiata Avia, from recent honours to off-Broadway acclaim. She is joined by the dream team who staged Wild Dogs Under My Skirt, Victor Rodger and Anapela Polata’ivao.

Curiosity

KĀ WAI O TAHU: NGĀI TAHU’S LEGAL ACTION OVER WATER

Saturday, 28th August 5:30 pm

Why has Ngāi Tahu taken the Crown to court over freshwater? Join Lisa Tumahai, Dr Te Maire Tau and Dr Mike Joy for an in-depth discussion of Ngāi Tahu's legal action, and the history, tikanga and science of the Wai in Te Waipounamu. Journalist Mike McRoberts in the chair.

Children & Family

THE GREAT WORD STORY HUNT

Saturday, 28th August 10:30 am

The Great WORD Story Hunt is back, with hidden clues taking you and your family from one end of Tūranga to the other! With James Norcliffe, Maysoon Salama, Joanna Grochowicz, Maria Gill, Sarina Dickson and Hilary Jean Tapper. Adventure awaits! Prizes to be won!

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MAGAZINE IN RESIDENCE: TAKAHĒ

Sunday, 29th August 12:00 pm

We're making a magazine, start to finish, during WORD 2021! Drop in any time between noon and 4pm to watch the madness, submit your writing, or have a chat.

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UNSETTLING STORIES

Sunday, 29th August 1:30 pm

How, and why, do novelists tackle the hard topics, writing through their own discomfort to produce important and unsettling books? Clare Moleta, Brannavan Gnangalingam and Sue Orr speak with Tracy Farr.

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MARGARET MAHY MEMORIAL LECTURE: BEN BROWN

Sunday, 29th August 1:30 pm

Ben Brown is the inaugural Te Awhi Rito Reading Ambassador, travelling the nation to nurture young readers. But how do you combine oral storytelling traditions and reading? Ben draws on kā awhi rito, the mature leaves which support the young shoot of a harakeke plant, and his life as a poet and educator, to talk about building children’s imagination and confidence through storytelling in all its forms.

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TAKAHĒ MAGAZINE-IN-RESIDENCE LAUNCH PARTY

Sunday, 29th August 4:00 pm

takahē is our 2021 Magazine-in-Residence, which means they're creating an issue live during the festival itself. After four hectic days of editing, layout, printing, and binding, the takahē editorial team and guests invite you to celebrate the launch of this very special issue with readings and toasts.

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