Programme

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

Download the Programme PDF here.

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

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CREATE A ZINE

23 Aug - 25 Aug 2023 9:00 am

Come to the Youth Space at Tūranga to make your own zine! 

RANGAHAU Ā IWI – NGĀTI TAMA

Wednesday, 23 August 6:00 pm

Pou Kohikohinga Māori – Tūranga's Māori Collection Specialists - share insights, resources and key texts for iwi research that are available in their collections. In August the spotlight is on Ngāti Tama.

MEET THE BOOK WITCH

24 Aug - 25 Aug 2023 3:00 pm

The Book Witch will use her crystal ball, magical powers, and tarot cards to help match curious young adult readers with the books of their dreams.

AMY HEAD: SIGNS OF LIFE

Thursday, 24 August 5:30 pm

Join us at Scorpio Books for the launch of Amy Head's new short story collection Signs of Life.

NAMING THE SIRENS

Thursday, 24 August 6:00 pm

Join Sudden Valley Press poets Gail Ingram, Jeni Curtis, Janet Wainscott and Marisa Cappetta for a celebration of local poetry.

SUMMONING WHAKAPAPA

Friday, 25 August 5:00 pm

Ruby Solly (Kāi Tahu, Waitaha, Kāti Māmoe) and Ariana Tikao (Kāi Tahu) discuss writing family histories and the protection of whakapapa with Helen Brown (Ngāi Tahu).

TE KĀHUI ŌHUA

Friday, 25 August 5:30 pm

This casual, monthly reading group celebrates the content of Tūranga's Ngā Pounamu Māori collection. Each month members choose any book from the collection – Fiction, Non-Fiction, Children’s, Adults – and shares back with the rest of the group.

AI VS LIBRARIANS

Friday, 25 August 6:00 pm

Is artificial intelligence any match for the combined years of wisdom of Tūranga’s reading advisor librarians? Join us for a fun hour of human vs machine, AI vs librarian.

POU KOHIKOHINGA MĀORI IN RESIDENCE

Saturday, 26 August 10:00 am

Meet Tūranga's Pou Kohikohinga Māori - Māori Collection Specialists who are available to answer any of your queries relating to our Ngā Pounamu Māori collection, whakapapa, or any other kaupapa Māori research.

THE LOST ART OF LETTER WRITING

26 Aug - 27 Aug 2023 11:00 am

Love notes and travel stories, heartbreak and haiku – signed, sealed and delivered by you. The Lost Art of Letter Writing is a chance for you to send letters to, and receive them from, strangers.

THE GREAT WORD STORY HUNT

Saturday, 26 August 2:00 pm

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.

ŌTAUTAHI ZINEFEST

Sunday, 27 August 10:00 am

Join Ōtautahi Zinefest to celebrate the creation of zines and small press arts – all ages and abilities welcome.

THE QUIET HERO: ANDREW BAGSHAW

Sunday, 27 August 10:30 am

In The Quiet Hero, Philip Matthews tells the extraordinary story of Andrew Bagshaw. Join Philip and Dame Sue and Phil Bagshaw, speaking with Kamala Hayman, to launch this special biography.

THE MUSIC BOOK CLUB

Sunday, 27 August 1:00 pm

Bring your favourite music book to discuss at this book club.

AIRANA NGAREWA: THE BONE TREE

Sunday, 27 August 3:00 pm

Airana Ngarewa (Ngāti Ruanui, Ngā Rauru, Ngāruahine) in-conversation about their gritty coming-of-age debut novel The Bone Tree.

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