Programme

Welcome to WORD Christchurch Festival 2022! Our goal? To bring the city alive with brilliant books, storytelling and ideas.

Events are listed chronologically; use the filters below to sort by date, author and genre.

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HAIKU HIKE

Wednesday, 31 August 12:30 pm

Internationally award-winning haiku poet Doc Drumheller brings the ancient Japanese ginko, or haiku walk, into Waimakariri schools.

BOOK LAUNCH: THE WANDERING NATURE OF US GIRLS

Wednesday, 31 August 6:00 pm

Join CUP to celebrate the launch of The Wandering Nature of Us Girls, Frankie McMillan’s new collection of exquisite, genre-defying prose.

TE PIKI O TĀWHAKI – 6:30 PM

Wednesday, 31 August 6:30 pm

WORD transforms Tūranga to bring to life the story of Tāwhaki which is woven into the building itself, using the spectacular central staircase as the stage.

TE PIKI O TĀWHAKI – 8:00 PM

Wednesday, 31 August 8:00 pm

WORD transforms Tūranga to tell the story of Tāwhaki which is woven into the building itself, using the spectacular central staircase as the stage.

Read Aloud Schools Day: Session 1

Thursday, 1 September 9:45 am

The Read Aloud Schools Day is back for another year. As always, we bring six exciting children’s writers across two sessions to the stage, free for all primary and intermediate schools in Canterbury.

Secondary Schools Programme

Thursday, 1 September 10:00 am

Once again, we’re offering incredible speakers to Christchurch secondary schools, absolutely free of charge.

Read Aloud Schools Day: Session 2

Thursday, 1 September 11:45 am

The Read Aloud Schools Day is back for another year. As always, we bring six exciting children’s writers across two sessions to the stage, free for all primary and intermediate schools in Canterbury.

MAGAZINE-IN-RESIDENCE: TAKAHĒ

01 Sep - 04 Sep 2022 12:00 pm

Takahē is setting up shop and making an issue on-site during WORD. Drop in to find out what goes on behind the scenes at a literary magazine.

MANA WĀHINE: INFLUENCE AND CRAFT

Friday, 2 September 1:30 pm

A kōrero with Coco Solid, Rebecca K Reilly and Nicole Titihuia Hawkins about the writing, art, music or people inspire them, and how these influences show up in their work.

OUT HERE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF TAKATĀPUI AND LGBTQIA+ WRITERS FROM AOTEAROA

Friday, 2 September 4:00 pm

Chris Tse and Emma Barnes host a range of special guests for a deep dive into the brilliance and diversity of Queer writing today.

HUMANS OF NEW ZEALAND

Friday, 2 September 5:30 pm

Join Rebecca K. Reilly, Sue Orr and Chloe Lane in conversation with Kate De Goldi about the murky intricacies of emotional, sexual and family politics and dynamics explored in their novels.

MELANI ANAE: FIFTY YEARS OF THE POLYNESIAN PANTHERS

Friday, 2 September 6:00 pm

Dr Melani Anae reflects on the apology for the Dawn Raids, and five decades spent in peaceful resistance, educating New Zealand about ongoing racism, and Pasifika empowerment.

CELEBRATING CULTURE AND SISTER CITIES

Friday, 2 September 7:00 pm

New Zealand poets join forces with Chinese musicians in celebration of the sister city relationship between Waimakariri and Enshi, China,

THE GREAT WORD STORY HUNT

Saturday, 3 September 10:00 am

The Great WORD Story Hunt is back. Grab the whānau and find clues hidden in the library that will lead you to the next story.

REMEMBERING THE FUTURE, REIMAGINING THE PAST

Saturday, 3 September 10:30 am

Whiti Hereaka, Sascha Stronach and Cassie Hart on the craft of reimagining the past, present and future in their fiction.

THE GENTRIFICATION BLUES AND COMEDY HOUR

Saturday, 3 September 12:30 pm

Two gifted satirists, Coco Solid and Murdoch Stephens, tackle housing and gentrification in their recent books. Join them for a sparky conversation about the places we live.

WAR AND PEACE

Saturday, 3 September 2:30 pm

Ross Calman and Dr Te Maire Tau on the life of Te Rauparaha, the turbulent history between Ngāi Tahu and Ngāti Toa and the peace marriages that followed.

NO OTHER PLACE TO STAND: CREATIVITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Saturday, 3 September 4:30 pm

How do we adapt, mitigate and create in response to the climate crisis? Can good writing get us past the language of science and policy to where the ecological and human meet?

HE WAIATA HOU – INDIGENOUS WRITERS HUI

Sunday, 4 September 10:00 am

As a Māori or Pasifika storyteller, what do you want the future of indigenous storytelling to look like?

HAPPINESS AND OTHER BAD IDEAS

Sunday, 4 September 12:30 pm

What makes our moods? What do meditation and medication do to our brains? Is it better to be happy or do good?

MAKE IT, SAY IT, DO IT NOW

Sunday, 4 September 2:00 pm

Under 25 with a message to spread or a story to tell? Come down for a mashup of free workshops, stalls and creative crafts.

JULIE KING MEMORIAL LECTURE: TAONGA MĀORI AND CHRISTIAN MISSIONS

Sunday, 4 September 2:00 pm

Professor Deidre Brown presents the fascinating story of the trade in treasures between 19th-century Māori and Christian missionaries.

INFIDELITY, DOMESTIC LIFE & DESIRE

Sunday, 4 September 2:30 pm

Tracey Slaughter, Brannavan Gnanalingam and Murdoch Stephens chat about the harsh realities of domestic life and parenting, desire and rage, loss and sexual politics in their books.

TĀNGATA NGĀI TAHU: PEOPLE OF NGĀI TAHU 2

Sunday, 4 September 4:00 pm

Join Tā Tipene O'Regan, Helen Brown and Michael Stevens for a journey through some extraordinary Ngāi Tahu lives.

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