Welcome to the 2018 WORD Christchurch Festival


Whether you’re into extreme sports or more of an armchair traveller, invite a bit of adventure into your lives by checking out our adventurous-themed events, with whale lover Philip Hoare, intrepid traveller Robyn Davidson, extreme sportsters Nathan Fa’avae and John Hellemans, adventurous woman Hollie Woodhouse and Laurence Fearnley on mountain writing. Kids can even get adventurous with science, with Nanogirl herself, Michelle Dickinson.


This year, we celebrate all thing Scottish, with five writers from that bonnie land: poets Hollie McNish, Robin Robertson and Michael Pedersen; Shaun Bythell, author of Diary of a Bookseller; and crime writer Denise Mina. If you love a dram, don’t miss our tasting event, Whisky Galore!

Supported by the British Council and Creative Scotland.


This September we commemorate and celebrate 125 years of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. Events include a look at how far we’ve really come (125 Years: Are We There Yet?, chaired by Kim Hill), readings and discussions on women’s bodies (The Body Issue, Sonya Renee Taylor: The Body is Not an Apology), an Adventurous Women event, and the Margaret Mahy Memorial Lecture from Barbara Else, author of  Go Girl.

In a WORD Christchurch exclusive, and late addition to the programme, Helen Clark will appear in conversation with the Mayor of Christchurch Lianne Dalziel in a session about her new book Women, Equality, Power: selected speeches from a life of leadership.

We trust you’ll find something to enjoy – be adventurous!

Rachael King, Programme Director



Our objective: to bring the community together through their love of words in all their forms.

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Word Christchurch Festival

PO Box 29 270
Christchurch 8540

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