VERB Wellington | Words that move.

Irish poet Doireann ni ghriofa at crumpet in 2018. photo by vanessa rushton photography.

Irish poet Doireann ni ghriofa at crumpet in 2018. photo by vanessa rushton photography.

In 2014 Claire Mabey and Andrew Laking started LitCrawl Wellington. It took place over one Saturday night and featured 15 literary events in as many venues over 3.5 hours. Wellington writers, publishers, bookshops, bars, galleries, Cuba St, and Wellingtonians were at the heart of LitCrawl and the combination made for one thrill of an evening. It was completely packed, overflowing! And a great time was had by all.

Since that inaugural event we have created a LitCrawl every November with our fifth birthday celebration in 2018. And as more and more people have discovered LitCrawl we have swelled our programmed to keep up. By our fifth birthday 2018 we had blown up into a 4-day festival with events running every day and all through the weekend. This new, bigger beast was crying out for a name of its own… so let us introduce you to Verb Wellington.

Verb Wellington emerged out of the growth of events that now surround our Saturday night LitCrawl. Verb Wellington is still directed by Claire Mabey and Andrew Laking (Pirate & Queen) and the famous LitCrawl is still happening every November. Verb is:

Verb wellington is an annual writers festival, events throughout the year, residencies and collaborations. Design by Minson Design.

Verb wellington is an annual writers festival, events throughout the year, residencies and collaborations. Design by Minson Design.

Verb Festival, feat. LitCrawl 6 - 10 November 2019
Verb Events happening throughout the year
Verb Residencies in development
Verb Collaborations

Verb showcases Aotearoa and international literary talent and looks to all of the ways that writers are changing the way we think, see and feel. You can read about our 2019 Guest Curators here. You can contact us here, support us here.

‘This is the city of action,
the world headquarters of the verb -’ Lauris Edmond, from ‘The Active City’ in Scenes from a Small City