Carpe Librum: Seize the book – WORD Christchurch

Art BoxIn the unlikely event that at some stage in the WORD Christchurch Festival, you find that you have overindulged in word richness, fear not, because an ideal palate cleanser is on hand.

Carpe Librum: Seize the Book is a exhibition of art created out of decommissioned books at Ara City Campus ArtBox. It is a great little event to sandwich in-between all the other WORD gorgeousness you will be experiencing and it’s fun to take in with a friend. Masha and I visited to-day.

This exhibition knocks your average scrapbooking right out of the ballpark. It is essentially concept art for the book lover. Each and every exhibit will challenge you to work out the creative process that went into the making of it; to bounce off one another what you would have done instead and to seriously consider taking a bookbinding course. And it’s OK if you go on your own as well, as the Artist in Residence at Ara has her studio off the end of the venue and she is a chatty lady who is producing amazing art from images of slices of her brain.

And once you’re in that part of the city, there is so much more to explore – great cafe’s, excellent outlets to buy gorgeous stationery and Central Library Manchester  to visit.IMG_0137 I will let Masha (shown here feigning terror at a giant squid in one of the exhibits) have the last word on this exhibition, she can always express things so eloquently:

More beautiful things for me to love and do.

Which all just goes to prove that WORD Christchurch 2016 offers so much more than words, while you are in town, give this free event at ArtBox a visit!

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Quick questions with Frankie McMillan – WORD Christchurch

We are asking quick questions of writers and thinkers coming to the WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival on from 24 to 28 August.

Frankie McMillan is an award-winning short story writer and poet and teacher, the author of The Bag Lady’s Picnic and other stories and two poetry collections, including There are no horses in heaven. Her latest book, My Mother and the Hungarians and other small fictions, is being launched during the festival.

Frankie McMillan (photo credit: Andy Lukey)
Frankie McMillan (photo credit: Andy Lukey)

What are you looking forward to doing in Christchurch?

I like the proximity of the Port Hills, the various walking and biking tracks, the new art galleries popping up, watching the rebuild take place but most of all having my family members live nearby.

What do you think about libraries?

I’m interested in the changing role of libraries. I’m heartened to hear how Auckland Central library caters for the homeless with a regular book club and movie club. Libraries are fantastic places.

What would be your “desert island book”?

I’d take ‘The Collected Stories of Flannery O’Connor’

Share a surprising fact about yourself.

In my thirties I trained in physical/improvisational theatre including skills such as fire breathing. Once I stood on the shoulders of my friend and blew out such a massive ball of flame it scorched the theatre ceiling.

Frankie McMillan appears in:

Cover of My mother and the HungariansMore

Cold climate knitting

Wow, we have some great knitting titles from the Scottish highlands and islands, and Scandinavia at our libraries.

Other titles:


Our Zinio for Libraries collection includes several knitting eMagazines that you can download for free and keep. PressReader has knitting magazines that you can view online. You will need your library card number and PIN/password.