Quick Questions with Hera Lindsay Bird – WORD Christchurch

CoverWe are asking quick questions of writers and thinkers coming to the WORD Christchurch Festival 2018 (Wednesday 29 August to Sunday 2 September).

Hera Lindsay Bird is a writer from Wellington. Her first book, Hera Lindsay Bird, won the 2017 Jessie Mackay Prize for Best First Book. Her second, Pamper Me To Hell & Back, is published this year.

Hera Lindsay Bird. Photo credit: Russell Kleyn
Hera Lindsay Bird. Photo credit: Russell Kleyn

What are you looking forward to doing in Christchurch?

In Christchurch I am looking forward to seeing everyone I know in Wellington in Christchurch. I don’t know! I haven’t been to Christchurch since I was 11 and I stayed in a terrifying house full of taxidermied animals on a school exchange. Someone tell me where to go, please. Otherwise I will be at back to back festival events!

What do you think about libraries?

 

Libraries are dangerous & elitist cultural echo chambers which should all be burned to the ground. Just kidding. I love libraries obviously, I’m not a monster. Sadly I can never go to them because I still have too many fines from the time I worked at the library but still somehow forgot to return my books.

CoverWhat would be your desert island book?

Tactically it would make the most sense to bring something like Proust or Shakespeare so you wouldn’t run out of material as fast, but since this is a hypothetical question I’d probably bring P G Wodehouse.

Share a surprising fact about yourself.

My dad won Sale of the Century when I was a kid. I don’t know if that’s surprising or about me, but I’m not working with much.

Hera Lindsay Bird’s sessions at WORD Christchurch Festival 2018

Poetry life hacks Friday 31 August 3.30pm SOLD OUT

The Neu! Ōtautahi Incident Saturday 1 September 7.30pm

Hollie McNish and Hera Lindsay Bird: Poetry stars Sunday 2 September 4.15pm

Quick Questions with Nathan Fa’avae – WORD Christchurch

CoverWe are asking quick questions of writers and thinkers coming to the WORD Christchurch Festival 2018 (Wednesday 29 August to Sunday 2 September).

Nathan Fa’avae has been a top adventure athlete for 20 years. He has captained the New Zealand Adventure Racing team to five world championship victories.

Nathan Fa'avae. Image supplied.
Nathan Fa’avae. Image supplied.

What are you looking forward to doing in Christchurch?

Going for a run on the Port Hills, coffee at C4, being part of Word.

What do you think about libraries?

I think libraries are vaults of spectacular opulence, texts to another dimension.

What would be your desert island book?

How to Survive on a Deserted Island by Tim O’Shei.

Share a surprising fact about yourself.

I’ve never owned a TV.

Nathan Fa’avae’s session at WORD Christchurch Festival 2018

Adventurers at heart Thursday 30 August 7.30pm SOLD OUT

The Great Library Seed and Plant Swap 2018

Spring is on its way and to celebrate the season of growing and gardening we are hosting seed and plant swaps in the first half of September.

Bring in your extra seeds and small plants and we’ll put them out to share.

The Great Library Seed and Plant Swap display, South Library
The Great Library Seed and Plant Swap display, South Library, 13 August 2018, File reference: 2018-08-13-SO-IMG_1345.jpg

We welcome vegetable, herb, flower, native, and heritage seeds. You can bring any spare potted-up seedlings. Seeds can be dropped in anytime before or during seed swap season, 1 – 15 September.

The Great Library Seed and Plant Swap: Where and when

Find out more

There are plenty more green-fingered resources at your libraries. Take a look at our page about gardens and gardening and explore the books, magazines, and eMagazines in our collection. Or try: