Words for Christchurch: Keri Hulme

Korure The green tunnels of my dreams are still invaded by the sea- the wreck waves hurtle over the cribs and cetaceans I have never seen rollick & clamour & band together to fossick where homes have been -the home…

Words for Christchurch: Madeleine Slavick

Madeleine Marie Slavick is the author of several books of poetry and non-fiction, and has exhibited her photography internationally. She lives between New Zealand and Hong Kong and maintains a daily blog: http://touchingwhatilove.blogspot.com. One Week after the earthquake Yesterday, at…

Words for Christchurch: David Howard

In the second contribution from writers around the country in our Words for Christchurch series, Dunedin poet and founder of literary magazine Takahe David Howard writes an elegy to Rhys Brookbanks, who died in the CTV building collapse. The piece…

Words for Christchurch: Paula Green

With the help of Graham “Bookman” Beattie, we’ve launched an open invitation for writers from around New Zealand to send us words for Christchurch. The first piece – received minutes after the invitation was offered – is from Paula Green,…

Words + Music – Kristin Hersh at WORD Christchurch

Last night was a night of magic women in the Cathedral – Eleanor Catton, followed by an evening of words and music with Kristin Hersh of Throwing Muses. Her festival bio: American songwriter, guitarist and author of the memoir Paradoxical…

Christchurch: words can not explain

Sometimes silence says it all. Which is why, I suspect, Civil Defence added no commentary to this video. It is brilliantly shot, and quite moving. Source: Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM) and licensed by MCDEM for re-use…

Poet Kaveh Akbar is no sheep in wolf’s clothing – WORD Christchurch

Kaveh Akbar is more of a shepherd than a wolf. The internationally acclaimed Iranian-American poet not only produces amazing thought-provoking poetry, but nurtures other poets to achieve their full potential too. So it was a perfect date for us to be…

Poet and Poetry Cheerleader in Chief: Kaveh Akbar – WORD Christchurch – Tuesday 6 November 6.30pm at Tūranga

… It’s exhausting, remaining / humble amidst the vicissitudes of fortune. It’s difficult / to be anything at all with the whole world right here for the having. (from the poem Being in This World Makes Me Feel Like a…

Tāngata Ngāi Tahu – WORD Christchurch 2018

Tāngata Ngāi Tahu: People of Ngāi Tahu. Volume One is a new book celebrating the rich and diverse lives of fifty people of Ngāi Tahu. It was published by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Bridget Williams Books in late…

The Body is not an Apology – Sonya Renee Taylor: WORD Christchurch Festival 2018

Poet and playwright Tusiata Avia, introduced Sonya Renee Taylor, the founder of The Body Is Not An Apology, and informed us that they had fourteen years of friendship. The Body Is Not An Apology is an ideal and now also…