Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
WORD Christchurch Newsletter
Fiona Farrell's The Villa at the Edge of
the Empire: 100 ways to read a city is a provocative
and insightful exploration of rebuilding our homes, communities and
cities after their devastation, from one of Canterbury's
most esteemed writers. North
and South magazine recently said: “This is the book
those of us outside Christchurch, watching from afar in ill-informed
horror, have been waiting for… And for those who have lived through
the disaster, it will provide a coherent account of events they must
have struggled to believe were actually happening.”
Fiona will discuss her book on the Imaginary
Cities panel during the Christchurch
Arts Festival on 30 August, along with urban designer
Hugh Nicholson, novelists Anna Smaill and Hamish Clayton, and
chair Lara Strongman. Presented in association with WORD Christchurch
and Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu.
Read an extract from the book and an interview with
Fiona Farrell in The Weekend Press.
TIM FINN: WHITE CLOUD
by Tim Finn and Ken Duncum, with film footage
assembled by Sue Healey.
"These islands are full of voices,” says Caliban
in The Tempest.
And so are these islands.
Celebrated New Zealand musician Tim Finn
takes audiences on an immersive, poetic musical voyage of discovery
as he explores the stories of family members and ancestors captured
from journals, letters and memoirs. A potent journey into Finn's
history and a contemplation of what it is to be Pākehā.
4 & 5 September, 6pm TVNZ Festival Club, The Arts Centre Tickets and more info here
ELIZABETH KNOX AND OTHERS:
Presented by Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o
In an eclectic walk on the dark
side distinguished writer Elizabeth
Knox will read from her recent novel Wake,
Vangioni will discuss Petrus van der Velden's
Dutch Funeral and Lana
Coles will look at fatal Victorian fashion and
the allure of the poison garment. There will be music, Dutch
funeral cakes and mulled wine to end the evening. More info here.
Wednesday, 22 July 2015. 6.00pm WEA, 59
Gloucester Street (opposite the Gallery) FREE
CALLING ALL EMERGING
If you or your offspring caught amazing poets Anis Mojgani and
Thompson at the 2014 WORD Christchurch schools’ day
and thought ‘I’d love to learn to do that’, here is your chance. If
you have a passion for performance poetry, are between 16 and 24
years old and want a priceless opportunity to develop your
performance poetry skills under established poets Alice Andersen
O’Halloran, then RISING VOICES is for you!
Be a part of the growing youth poetry scene in
Christchurch, develop your craft with seven performance poetry
workshops and take your chance at claiming the stage with your words.
one more chance to audition.
GET ON BOARD THE COMMUNITY
This August, Christchurch City Libraries invites you
to read, share and discuss Magpie
Hall by Rachael
King. Take a walk with us on the dark side, as we
explore family secrets, taxidermy, Victorian tattooing, and Gothic
novels. Wheelers will be providing unlimited free eBook copies of Magpie Hall
for all of August!
Thanks to all the kids who took part in our writing and
comic workshops over the school holidays, and thanks to Doc Drumheller,
Laing for inspiring our young writers. If you’d like to
sign up to our occasional newsletter aimed at children’s books and
events, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with KIDS
in the subject line. If you are looking for more workshop
opportunities, why not visit Christchurch's School for