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OUP authors at WORD Christchurch Spring Festival 2020

Thursday 22 October 2020 9:44am

Word_2020_logo_colourFor those attending the WORD Christchurch Spring Festival this year, be sure to check out the Otago University Press authors who will be featured throughout the festival (October 29 to November 1).


Philip Armstrong

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TALKING ANIMALS: LAURA JEAN MCKAY AND PHILIP ARMSTRONG: In Laura Jean McKay‘s visceral and eerily topical novel, The Animals in That Country, a pandemic is sweeping Australia. This is no ordinary flu though – the virus enables humans to communicate with animals. But protagonist Jean, ‘hard-drinking, foul-mouthed, and allergic to bullshit’ is no Dr Dolittle. Philip Armstrong‘s debut poetry collection, Sinking Lessons, also features lots of animals, from dogs to eels to hares to leaf-cutter ants, drawing on his academic work in human-animal studies. Both writers appear in conversation with each other about their books and ask: what would the animals say if they could talk to us?


David Eggleton

DAVIDEGGLETON cropTE PAPA ŌTĀKARO WALK: The Ōtākaro/Avon River was highly regarded as mahinga kai (food source) by Ngāi Tahu and later was the site of development by early settlers. Join Joseph Hullen, master Ngāi Tahu storyteller, as he leads you down the walkway and encounter poets whose works are engraved within the precinct stone. With David Eggleton, Frankie McMillan, Fiona Farrell and Bernadette Hall.
NEW REGENT STREET POP-UP FESTIVAL: Canterbury Poets Collective at Café Stir featuring John Allison (emcee), David Gregory (emcee), Marisa Cappetta, Jeni Curtis, David Eggleton, Bernadette Hall, Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, Helen Mongillo, James Norcliffe, and Annabel Wilson.
POET LAUREATE’S CHOICE: How do poets, our most sensitive communicators, perceive and make meaningful the spirit of the places where they reside? Poet Laureate David Eggleton has invited poets who live in Te Waipounamu — Kay McKenzie Cooke, Bernadette Hall, Cilla McQueen, Owen Marshall and James Norcliffe — to present poems exploring that question.


Fiona Farrell

Farrell crop Caroline DaviesTE PAPA ŌTĀKARO WALK: The Ōtākaro/Avon River was highly regarded as mahinga kai (food source) by Ngāi Tahu and later was the site of development by early settlers. Join Joseph Hullen, master Ngāi Tahu storyteller, as he leads you down the walkway and encounter poets whose works are engraved within the precinct stone. With David Eggleton, Frankie McMillan, Fiona Farrell and Bernadette Hall.
BOOK LAUNCH: FIONA FARRELL: Join Fiona Farrell, Otago University Press and Scorpio Books for the launch of Nouns, Verbs, etc, which collects the best poems from 25 years of writing and intersperses it with other work thus far ‘uncollected’. The themes are wide ranging: political and personal, regional and global, including love and birth and death, war and emigration, history and landscape.
DEAR KATHERINE: For fifty years, writers have travelled to Menton in the south of France to take up the Katherine Mansfield Fellowship. While there, they work in a studio attached to the Villa Isola Bella, where Katherine Mansfield, arguably New Zealand’s most famous writer, lived and wrote for a time late in her career. We invite five of those writers to write a letter to Mansfield about their time writing by the Mediterranean, or about anything they think Katherine should know about the world in 2020. Featuring Paula Morris, Vincent O’Sullivan, Bill Manhire, Carl Nixon and Fiona Farrell.


Cilla McQueen

McQueencrop Adrienne MartyncropREMEMBERING RALPH HOTERE: Vincent O’Sullivan is joined by Bill Manhire, Cilla McQueen and Lisa Reihana to discuss the life and work of the man behind the iconic, stand-alone signature: HOTERE. Chaired by Sally Blundell.
WILD HONEY: A CELEBRATION OF NEW ZEALAND WOMEN’S POETRY: Wild Honey celebrates the many ways in which poems by women deserve a place in the literary canon of Aotearoa. Featuring Jess Fiebig, Bernadette Hall, Cilla McQueen, Selina Tusiatala Marsh, Tusiata Avia, Frankie McMillan and Freya Daly Sadgrove, with Morrin Rout.
POET LAUREATE’S CHOICE: How do poets, our most sensitive communicators, perceive and make meaningful the spirit of the places where they reside? Poet Laureate David Eggleton has invited poets who live in Te Waipounamu — Kay McKenzie Cooke, Bernadette Hall, Cilla McQueen, Owen Marshall and James Norcliffe — to present poems exploring that question.


James Norcliffe

James-Norcliffe-1500x1000POET LAUREATE’S CHOICE: How do poets, our most sensitive communicators, perceive and make meaningful the spirit of the places where they reside? Poet Laureate David Eggleton has invited poets who live in Te Waipounamu — Kay McKenzie Cooke, Bernadette Hall, Cilla McQueen, Owen Marshall and James Norcliffe — to present poems exploring that question.
KO AOTEAROA TĀTOU | WE ARE NEW ZEALAND: To celebrate the launch of this important book, published by Otago University Press, WORD welcome contributors reading from their work alongside special guests from 5pm to 6pm, followed by a reception from 6pm to 7pm.


KAT cover thumbKO AOTEAROA TĀTOU | WE ARE NEW ZEALAND

There will also be a special event for Ko Aotearoa Tātou | We Are New Zealand (eds Paula Morris, Michelle Elvy and James Norcliffe) featuring Dr Hanif Quazi, Selina Tusitala Marsh, Ghazaleh Golbakhsh, essa may ranapiri, Donna Miles-Mojab, Mohamed Hassan, Tusiata Avia, David Gregory, E Wen Wong and more.
Ko Aotearoa Tātou | We Are New Zealand is bursting with new works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and visual art created in response to the editors’ questions: What is New Zealand now, in all its rich variety and contradiction, darkness and light? Who are New Zealanders? The starting point for the anthology was the statement by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern after the March Christchurch attacks: ‘Because we represent diversity, kindness, compassion, a home for those who share our values, refuge for those who need it…we will not, and cannot, be shaken by this attack.’
To celebrate the launch of this important book, published by Otago University Press, we welcome contributors reading from their work alongside special guests from 5pm to 6pm, followed by a reception from 6pm to 7pm.