Barnaby Bennett: WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival

WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival kicks off on 27 August. We’ve asked three quick questions of festival guests:

Barnaby Bennett

Cover of Peace, power, and politicsWhat (or who) are you most looking forward to at WORD Christchurch?

I’m mostly looking forward to launching our book Once in a Lifetime: City-building after Disaster in Christchurch. We’ve had amazing support in creating it and it has the voices of so many people in it who will be at the launch, so I’m mainly excited (and a little scared) to let it out into the world. Also pretty excited to see people like Nicky Hager, Gerard Smyth, and Maire Leadbeater talk about their work. We are blessed with a great lineage of articulate activists in this country.

What do you think about libraries?

Well, as a Ph.D student libraries are incredibly important, they the heart of research. I don’t think contemporary society could exist without them. It’s obvious that new technologies are changing them, but in all my experiences librarians are the people most on top of what that change means to libraries and how to adapt to the new opportunities.

Cover of Barnaby BennettShare a surprising fact about yourself.

Um, my name got borrowed for a brilliant children’s book by Hannah Rainforth called Barnaby Bennett which is all about a little Māori boy who always wears red. Also I was born in the year (1980) that humans exceeded the carrying capacity of the earth for the first time, I sometimes worry I was the one that put us over the edge.

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