1 September 2018 | WORD Christchurch Festival

In 2003, Robin Robertson challenged some of the world’s finest writers to open up and share their stories of embarrassment for the collection, Mortification: Writers’ Stories of their Public Shame. The result was both horrifying and hilarious.We gave four New Zealand writers, Jarrod Gilbert, Paula Morris, Steve Braunias and Megan Dunn, the same challenge, and invited them to read their stories aloud, alongside Irvine Welsh* (via prerecorded video), who contributed to the original book. This session will have strong language and is not for the faint of heart or easily offended. We recommend you buy a stiff drink beforehand.

*Please note that due to personal circumstances, Irvine Welsh will no longer be able to attend WORD Christchurch Festival in person. For more information please see our announcement here.

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