Cashel Street, 1946 : Picturing Canterbury

Cashel Street, 1946. Christchurch City Libraries, CCC-AFStacey-010

The new Halswell Library and Community Facility takes shape

Deputy Mayor Vicki Buck
Deputy Mayor, Vicki Buck, breaking ground at the site of the new Halswell Library and Community Facility

Construction of the Halswell Library and Community Facility – a new community hub incorporating a library, outdoor pool, meeting spaces and a customer service desk – begins on Monday 14 July 2014.

On Friday 11 July, Deputy Mayor and Riccarton–Wigram Councillor Vicki Buck broke ground on the project, at a Whakawatea (blessing) and sod-turning event with the help of some local children. It was good to see the event so well attended and shows the value the local community places on the new facility.

We now look forward to the opening of the Halswell Library and Community  Facility.



WORD UP – feast your eyes on the WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival

Literary director Rachael King
Literary director Rachael King at the launch of the WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival. Thursday 10 July 2014. Flickr: 2014-07-10-IMG_0653

The WORD programme is out, and it is GOOD. Mighty good. It is also BIG – over 100 writers. It is also INTERNATIONAL as well as very LOCAL.

Here’s a tiny taster of what’s on show:

Some of the world’s best storytellers will be there – Eleanor Catton, Noviolet Bulawayo, Diane Setterfield, Elizabeth Knox …

Thinkers to make you go Hmmm – Maire Leadbeater on People Power; Luke Harding on Ukraine and Edward Snowden …

Family friendly – Jackie French (Australian Children’s Laureate), picture book readings, exciting tales …

Music and poetry-  Kristin Hersh of Throwing Muses, Aldous Harding, slam poet Anis Mojgani …

Satire with Ben Uffindel from The Civilian and Steve Braunias, superheroes and comics …

And tributes to our finest – Janet Frame and Margaret Mahy.

We’ve done a Storify of the programme “reveal” and what people are saying.

Have a look at our WORD page with links to most of the authors on show – a glorious grab-bag of great writing and interesting ideas.

Cover of Shigeru Ban Cover of We need new names Cover of I am JulietCover of Snowden Files Cover of Paradoxical undressingCover of Delicious Cover of Bellman and Black Cover of The silence of the sea Cover of Dreams of gods and monsters Cover of The Interestings Cover of ANZAC Cover of Purgatory Cover of Passing Through Cover of Bloodclot Cover of Koiwi Koiwi Cover of Wild blackberries Cover of The Commons Cover of Fish like a drink Cover of Bruiser Cover of Civilisation Cover of Ben Brown Cover of How to hear classical music Cover of The Luminaries Cover of The Wandering Mind Cover of The 10pm question Cover of Breton Dukes Cover of The Lives and Loves of Lena Gaunt Cover of The Broken book Cover of The hut builder Cover of Simon Gault Cover of Nicky Hager Cover of While we run Cover of Incomplete works Cover of A history of silence Cover of Wake Cover of The fall of light Cover of Peace, power and Politics Cover of Tragedy at Pike River Cover of Liam Cover of Tina Makereti Cover of Owen Marshall Cover of The virgin and the whale Cover of Nicky Pellegrino Cover of John Pule Cover of Charlotte Randall Cover of Inequality Cover of How we remember Cover of The shaky isles Cover of Birthright Cover of Ad Lib Cover of Dot Smith Cover of A Winter's Day in 1939 Cover of Canterbury Quake