Grace Taylor: 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:

Grace Taylor – poet

Cover of Wild dogs under my skirtWhat (or who) are you most looking forward to at WORD Christchurch?

 Anis Mojgani, Tusiata Avia and local poets from Christchurch.

What do you think about libraries?

I wish I could get lost in a library everyday. I love to see libraries alive in communities with literature spilling out the doors with young people.

Share a surprising fact about yourself.

 I did ballet for 8 years.

The creator of the Moomintrolls – Tove Jansson Centenary

Saturday 9 August was celebrated in Finland and worldwide as the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tove Jansson, Finnish artist and writer. Born in Helsinki into a Finland-Swedish family of artists – her father was a sculptor, her mother an illustrator – Tove Jansson is perhaps best known in this country as the creator of the Moomintrolls.

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