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.
Monday, June 19, 2017
WORD Christchurch and Christchurch Arts Festival team up for Shifting Points of View in September
WORD Christchurch, in
association with Christchurch Arts Festival, is pleased to announce Shifting
Points of View, a series of events designed to provoke and enlighten, and
maybe even change your perspective on the world.
Featuring Midnight Oil
frontman Peter Garrett, provocateur and documentary-maker John Safran,
Australian feminist Clementine Ford, British journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge, author
Witi Ihimaera, surgeon David Galler, poet Glenn Colquhoun, Ngāi Tahu storyteller Joseph Hullen and more, Shifting Points of View takes place throughout September
2017 as part of the Christchurch Arts Festival.
In Depends What You Mean
by Extremist, John Safran, Australian satirist and maker of such
provocative and hilarious documentary series as John Safran vs God,
embeds himself in the world of Australia’s diverse community of white
nationalists, ISIS supporters, anarchists and more. He appears in conversation
with Te Radar on 10 September.
Ahead of Midnight Oil’s
Christchurch concert, the band’s charismatic frontman Peter Garrett appears in
conversation on 10 September with Finlay Macdonald. Garrett discusses his
creative and political life, as outlined in his recent memoir Big Blue Sky
–– fromhis time fronting the iconic Australian band to his roles as
environmental activist and as minister in the Labor government.
sensation, fearless feminist heroine and scourge of trolls and misogynists
everywhere, Clementine Ford will outline her essential manifesto for feminists
new, old and soon-to-be, and expose just how unequal the world continues to be
for women. Ford appears in Fight Like a Girl on 2 September.
journalist, feminist, and author Reni Eddo-Lodge will discuss her book Why
I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race with playwright Victor
Rodger on 5 September. Man Booker winner Marlon James called it ‘the kind of
book that demands a future where we'll no longer need such a book.’
In Fail Safe/Fail Better
on 1 September, Clementine Ford, Witi Ihimaera, Glenn Colquhoun, Lianne
Dalziel, Hana O’Regan and Victor Rodger share tales of failure and its role in
their lives and careers, whether it’s a building block to creative success, a
sorry rock-bottom tale, or a philosophical pondering on the nature of failure
Joseph Hullen (Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Ngāi Tahu) will lead two 60-minute walking tours on 2 and 16
September, through Tuhaitara Coastal Park at Woodend Beach and uncover the rich
history and significance of Tutae Patu Lagoon, still of great significance to Ngāi Tūāhuriri and Ngāi Tahu.
Long-time intensive care
specialist and author Dr David Galler will tell stories of life and death and
discuss the Things That Matter with poet and fellow medicine-man, Glenn
Colquhoun on 2 September.
British actor Rebecca
Vaughn, fresh from her stage performance of Jane Eyre: An Autobiography,
will be joined by Karen Healey, Moata Tamaira and Rachael King at the Arts
Centre Great Hall on 6 September to explore the enduring power of
nineteenth-century Gothic heroines in Madwomen in the Attic.
‘We are thrilled to
collaborate once again with Christchurch Arts Festival to bring a thought-provoking
programme of ideas to the city,’ says WORD Christchurch programme director
Rachael King. ‘I am grateful to festival director Craig Cooper for this chance
to work together to deliver something special to our shared audience.’
Tickets for all events go
on sale 21 June through Ticketek. A Shifting Points of View season pass
will also be available.
WORD Christchurch thanks Christchurch Arts Festival, Christchurch
Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, our major funders Christchurch City Council,
Creative New Zealand and the Rata Foundation as well as all our sponsors,
patrons and supporters.