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The WORD Christchurch Spring Festival is a colourful explosion of stories, ideas, poetry and song. This season we are celebrating the wealth of talent in Aotearoa, with 65 events and 100 of our finest writers, thinkers and entertainers. Check out some of Christchurch’s most interesting venues, with events such as the gala night Brave Worlds,  The Great WORD Debate and Adventurous Women at the Piano, plenty of free family and book events at Tūranga, art, poetry and politics at Christchurch Art Gallery, and fringe events in the city’s quirky bars, cafes, and theatre spaces. Buy a book from the festival bookshop and meet the author to have it signed. There’s something for all word lovers at WORD.

Events are ordered chronologically by date and time; use the filters to find types of events, or use the search button to find a writer and their events.

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COLIN MCCAHON: IS THIS THE PROMISED LAND?

Wednesday, 28 October 6:00 pm

Leading Colin McCahon scholar, writer and curator Peter Simpson, in conversation with Grant Banbury, discusses and illustrates the evolution of McCahon’s work and life over his long career.

Book Launch

BOOK LAUNCH: FIONA FARRELL

Thursday, 29 October 5:30 pm

Join Fiona Farrell for the launch of her new poetry collection, Nouns, Verbs, etc, published by Otago University Press.

Book Launch

BOOK LAUNCH: MOHAMED HASSAN

Thursday, 29 October 6:00 pm

Join Mohamed Hassan as he launches National Anthem, a collection of poetry that explores themes of displacement, nationalism and mental health. With special guests Dominic Hoey and Daisy Speaks.

Fiction

NZSA NEW ZEALAND HERITAGE LITERARY AWARDS

Thursday, 29 October 7:00 pm

You're invited to attend the award ceremony for this year's Heritage Literary Awards, hosted by the New Zealand Society of Authors, including readings and a light supper.

Children & Family

READ ALOUD SCHOOLS DAY

Friday, 30 October 10:00 am

The Read Aloud Schools Day is a festival institution that celebrates writing for children and young adults and brings together some of our best New Zealand authors to inspire youthful readers and writers.

Fiction

HERITAGE: HISTORICAL WRITING

Friday, 30 October 10:30 am

AJ Fitzwater and Joanna Orwin are joined by winners of the Heritage Book Awards to discuss their new books, each rooted in New Zealand history.

Fiction

THE QUICK BROWN DOG

Friday, 30 October 12:00 pm

Writers and tutors from the Hagley Writers' Institute launch the latest issue of their journal, The Quick Brown Dog.

Free Entry

SPOONFUL OF SPICE

Friday, 30 October 12:00 pm

A celebration of food and culture from women of Christchurch, put together by students from Rangi Ruru College and chaired by Annabel Langbein.

Fiction

FAMILY TIES: CARL NIXON & CHLOE LANE

Friday, 30 October 1:30 pm

You can't choose your family, or can you? Carl Nixon (The Tally Stick) and Chloe Lane (The Swimmers) discuss their gripping new novels with Kirsten McDougall.

Free Entry

MERCHANT, MINER, MANDARIN

Friday, 30 October 3:00 pm

Jenny Sew Hoy Agnew and Trevor Agnew present the remarkable story of Choie Sew Hoy, whose illustrious career changed the shape of commerce and industry in Otago and Southland.

Book Launch

KO AOTEAROA TĀTOU | WE ARE NEW ZEALAND

Friday, 30 October 5:00 pm

In Ko Aotearoa Tātou | We Are New Zealand, writers and artists respond to the questions: What is New Zealand? Who are New Zealanders? With Selina Tusitala Marsh, Ghazaleh Golbakhsh, essa may ranapiri, Donna Miles-Mojab, Mohamed Hassan, Tusiata Avia and more.

Children & Family

THE GREAT WORD STORY HUNT!

Saturday, 31 October 10:30 am

Join the family story hunt in the library! Find clues that will lead you to the next story. With Selina Tusitala Marsh, Weng Wai Chen, Loopy Tunes, Jonathan King and Elissa Weissman.

Free Entry

PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE: THE FUTURE OF DEMOCRACY

Saturday, 31 October 12:00 pm

Sally Blundell, Golriz Ghahraman, and Sacha McMeeking – contributors from Freerange Press’s Public Knowledge – discuss the state of our public knowledge, the implications for democracy and what we can do better.

Free Entry

A LONG TIME COMING: NGĀI TAHU’S SETTLEMENT

Saturday, 31 October 12:00 pm

A Long Time Coming tells the extraordinary story of Ngāi Tahu’s treaty settlement negotiations with the Crown. Join author Martin Fisher, along with Te Maire Tau, Tā Tipene O’Regan and Chris Finlayson, as they discuss the claim that spanned two centuries.

Children & Family

IN OTHER WORDS

Saturday, 31 October 1:30 pm

The WORD Youth Jury presents an accessible, all-ages event with readings in English, te reo Māori and New Zealand Sign language.

Fiction

TELL IT SLANT

Saturday, 31 October 3:00 pm

Four writers discuss their approach to truth in their work. With Nathan Joe, essa may ranapiri, Lil O'Brien and AJ Fitzwater hosted by Ray Shipley. In support of Qtopia.

Fiction

NGAIO MARSH AWARDS

Saturday, 31 October 4:30 pm

Welcome to the presentation of the Ngaio Marsh Awards for Best Novel and Best First Novel including Becky Manawatu, Christina O'Reilly, Stephen Johnson and Renée.

Fiction

NEW REGENT STREET POP-UP FESTIVAL

Saturday, 31 October 6:00 pm

For a taste of all things wordy, pop in to and about the characterful spaces of New Regent Street. Featuring local and national talent in sessions on body horror, life writing, poetry, science fiction, and more.

Book Launch

TUSIATA AVIA: THE SAVAGE COLONISER BOOK LAUNCH

Saturday, 31 October 8:00 pm

Join Tusiata Avia for the launch of her much-anticipated new collection The Savage Coloniser Book, with special guests Selina Tusitala Marsh and FAFSWAG's Pati Solomona Tyrell. Doors open at 7.30pm.

Children & Family

DRAGONS, GODS & ADVENTURE

Sunday, 1 November 12:30 pm

Join junior fiction writers Tania Roxborogh, Heather McQuillan and Bill Nagelkerke with their adventure novels for 8-12 year olds, with Zac McCallum.

Free Entry

FOR YOU(TH)

Sunday, 1 November 1:00 pm

An afternoon of activities for young people curated by our Youth Jury. With games, zine-making and workshops on creative writing with Karen Healey and illustration with Katie O'Neill.

Children & Family

POETRY PLAYGROUND

Sunday, 1 November 2:00 pm

Poetry is the best playground! Join Paula Green and play with what poems can do. You'll use your ears and eyes and imaginations to make words soar and slide and pop.

Book Launch

LOOPY TUNES BOOK LAUNCH

Sunday, 1 November 3:00 pm

Join musical duo Loopy Tunes as they launch their latest picture books He Kirihimete Karakara Kiwi/A Colourful Kiwi Christmas and Ko Te Pūtake Mo Te Kirihimete/The Reason For Christmas.

Fiction

EILEEN MERRIMAN: A TRIO OF SOPHIES

Sunday, 1 November 3:30 pm

Eileen Merriman discusses her novels for teens, which often explore sensitive topics, with fellow young adult author Karen Healey.

Book Launch

BOOK LAUNCH: JOHN NEWTON & BERNADETTE HALL

Sunday, 1 November 6:00 pm

Join Victoria University Press to toast the launch of two new books, John Newton's comic novel in verse, Escape Path Lighting, and Bernadette Hall's poetry collection Fancy Dancing.

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