Maire Leadbeater: WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival

WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival is a mere few weeks away – it kicks off on 27 August. We’ve asked three quick questions of festival guests:

Cover of Peace, Power and politicsMaire Leadbeater – long-time human rights and peace activist and writer

What (or who) are you most looking forward to at WORD Christchurch?

I am really looking forward to meeting Luke Harding, author of The Snowden files. I think Snowden is a fascinating character, and a man of remarkable integrity and courage. We all need to understand the Five Eyes surveillance network and its limitless capacity to spy on institutions, governments and individuals.

What do you think about libraries?

I love libraries, especially their wonderful research facilities where I happily spend hours and days devouring unpublished manuscript material, letters and documents. Without such material I could not have written Peace, Power and Politics: how New Zealand became Nuclear Free.

Share a surprising fact about yourself.

I enjoy ice skating.  I learnt as a teenager in Christchurch and can still skate, upright if not elegantly, well into my 60s!

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