Words for Christchurch: Andrew Bell

Andrew Bell was driving through central Christchurch when the February 22 quake hit. These are his Words for Christchurch: THAT TUESDAY Driving down Lichfield Street, that banal, modern automaton achievement, concentration supposedly on total road awareness, defensive driving only, deep…

Words for Christchurch: Atka Reid and Hana Schofield

Sisters Atka and Hana and their family were sponsored by a Christchurch family to move to Christchurch from war-torn Bosnia 18 years ago. They’ve written a book about their story, Goodbye Sarajevo, which will be published in early May by Bloomsbury…

Words for Christchurch: Mark Pirie

Mark Pirie is a Wellington poet, editor and publisher who has a number of relatives living in Christchurch. He was saddened by the deaths of so many, especially fellow poet Rhys Brookbanks in the CTV building.  He wrote these Words…

Words for Christchurch: Kevin Ireland

Acclaimed poet and novelist Kevin Ireland wrote these Words for Christchurch. A house in Christchurch The whole house fell around him. First the books were flung across the room, then the shelves splintered and ripped apart. That’s what he now…

Words for Christchurch: Jan Kemp

Poet and short story writer Jan Kemp sent these Words for Christchurch to us from Germany. i.m. Victims of the Christchurch Earthquake, NZ,  22nd February 2011 Tunisia, Egypt, Christchurch, Libya, Japan, a month of revolutions & catastrophes each one occurring…

Words for Christchurch: Mary McCallum

Author and freelance writer Mary McCallum – well-known to some as a frequent guest on National Radio – Wrote these Words for Christchurch. Earth For the people of Canterbury after the September earthquake, 2010 Day 1 it mobs us leaves…

Words for Christchurch: Kay McKenzie Cooke

Kay McKenzie Cooke is a poet based in Dunedin who sent these Words for Christchurch, sharing her personal connections to Christchurch and how the earthquake has impacted the lives of people around the country. ‘Makes you think’ I was looking…

Words for Christchurch: Brian Easton

Brian Easton, economist and Listener columnist, wrote these Words for Christchurch. He tells us of his reading life through books, the special place the old public library on Hereford street holds in his heart, and his hopes for that site…

Words for Christchurch: Emma Currie

Emma Currie is a second-year student at the Hagley Writers’ Institute. State of Emergency 1. Hazy lazy skies fractured terra firma, fractured people bathing in dusted blood while buildings play dominoes. 2. Candle wicks tired lulled into foetal positions ears…