Our festival-within-a-festival is back for another marathon of stunning performances and outrageous gimmicks, in a showcase of Ōtautahi and Aotearoa’s finest word people.
Featuring close to 40 performers, and curated by WORD’s own programmer-at-large, Audrey Baldwin, 2022’s pop-up is a seven-course feast covering amuse-bouche haiku, new release entrees, a fresh soup of emerging talent, tāngata moana kai moana, the meat and potatoes of algorithms doing violence to classic literature, then on to a bittersweet desert of heartbreak and lust…with karaoke to close. Drop in and out at any time.
Amuse bouche 5.15pm – 5.35pm
A little somethin’ somethin to whet the appetite? A wee morsel to tease the tongue? We’re starting off with some short and tasty texts. Perhaps a haiku, a Limerick, a ditty. Dynamite comes in small packages, and these peices will be just that.
Kidd’ (Hsin-Yi) Chien
Entree 5.45pm – 6.25pm
A good entree leaves you ready for more! We’ll hear from a handful of writers who have new publications, hot off the press and ready for you to devour. An opportunity to find out more about the key ingredients and techniques that go into a perfectly balanced book via quickfire questions and tantalising excerpts.
Kaimoana 6.35pm – 7.15pm
We’ve netted some amazing tangata moana performers, ready to soak your senses with powerful poems and prose. You’ll be hooked!
Danielle O’Halloran -Thyne
Soup Du Jour 7.25pm – 8.05pm
Curated by Josiah Morgan, a selection of young writers showcasing fresh works to challenge and delight.
Weird Stew Made by Robots 8.15pm – 8.50pm
Robots vs Classics is back! In this comedic course, we invite writers to feed a classic text of their choice through a digital process. See what robots such as google tanslate do to staple literary works by Shakespeare, Austen or ….Ed Sheeran?
Dessert 9.00pm – 9.40pm
You can’t have the sweet without the salty; join these delectable poets as they share bittersweet stories of heartbreak, heart ache, lust and idealism.
Rebecca K Reilly
Digestif 9.50pm – 10pm
A playful digestif to get the (spontaneous, organised-on-the-spot) after-party started – brave writers read aloud a mystery poem from a sealed envelope and perform it as best they can – it’s lucky dip poetry karaoke!
With special guests.