Our 2024 Programmers-at-Large

February 22, 2024

WORD Christchurch continues to elevate Māori writers and storytellers, as well as creatives across the country (and beyond!) through our Programmers-at-Large for the 2024 festival.

Pōneke based Tayi Tibble (Ngāti Porou/Te Whānau ā Apanui) and Tāmaki Makaurau based Jordan Tricklebank (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Mahuta) join our Ōtautahi based Programme Director Kiran Dass to bring together kupu, books, stories, ideas, music, performance and more to our city stages this spring.

Programme Director Kiran Dass says, “I have long admired the work that both Tayi and Jordan do, and I’m thrilled to be collaborating with them on our 2024 programme. We’ve already had some exciting conversations, so you’ll want to stay tuned!”

Tayi Tibble is one of the hottest Indigenous poets on the planet right now, having been published in  the New Yorker magazine in 2023, the first Māori writer to do so. Jordan Tricklebank is best known as Jordan from Māori Lit Blog, an influential online publication (and instagram channel) championing Māori writing, new and old.

This shared approach to programming the WORD Christchurch festival extends an opportunity to the many and varied voices of Aotearoa, and offers a new way of working where writers and creatives don’t need to set aside their own practice full time in order to showcase the work of others.

Executive Director Steph Walker says, “having Tayi and Jordan join us from two other major cities is a brilliant creative collaboration, and allows us to stretch our limited resources further to bring the best artists to Ōtautahi Christchurch for our eager audiences”.

WORD Christchurch takes place 27 August – 1 September 2024 at venues across the city. The programme will be launching on Wednesday 3 July at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū.

More about our PALS:

Tayi Tibble (Ngāti Porou/Te Whānau ā Apanui)

Tayi is a poet and writer from Aotearoa. Born in Wellington, Tayi grew up in Porirua and studied at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington, graduating with a degree in history and a Masters in Creative Writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters in 2017. In that same year, she received the Adam Foundation Prize in Creative Writing for her work In a Fish Tank Filled with Pink Light, which went on to become her first collection, Poūkahangatus, which was published in 2018 by Te Herenga Waka Press. Her second book of poetry, Rangikura, was published in the United States in 2023.

Jordan Tricklebank (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Mahuta)

Jordan is the curator of Māori Literature Blog, a dedicated exploration of literature written in English by Māori authors of the 20th and 21st centuries. He is also the creator and editor of Pūhia, a literary journal that showcases literature and art by Māori creators. Jordan was a recipient of the 2023 Verb Micro Residency, and facilitated events at the festival. Jordan’s writing has been awarded at the Pikihuia Awards, featured in The Pantograph Punch, Newsroom, and Huia Short Stories.

Social Feed

Subscribe to receive the latest updates

Skip to content