We celebrate writers from Aotearoa and around the world in a five-day festival featuring our famous LitCrawl Wellington in the middle of it all. Mark 6 - 10 November in your diaries (LitCrawl on Saturday 9 November). There will be events for everyone and a special programme of workshops and experiences of kids, too. Programme is out on 4 September.
Wendy S. Walters will unrest your moral imagination with her public lecture on intersections between writing and design and the concept of the post-industrial city. Walters' is widely known for her critically acclaimed collection of essays Multiply/Divide which uncovers the reasoning behind social conflicts in the U.S., in particular those to do with race and gender. Introduced by Tina Makereti.
How to get there: The Museum Building on the Massey Wellington campus is accessed via Tasman Street entrance to War Memorial. Free parking around Museum Building.
This three-hour masterclass will focus on developing methods for research and building organic forms in narrative (or not?) nonfiction. Though a series of short readings and graduated writing assignments, we will attempt to invent new accounts of the past and possibly, the future. Some of the themes we will pursue include time, memory, objects, design, and speculation. Participants will read and write new work in the session and should be prepared to discuss their process as it relates to the exercises.
Limited spaces: To register, email your name and phone number to email@example.com. For further information contact Julieanna Preston firstname.lastname@example.org or Ingrid Horrocks email@example.com.
How to get there: Te Ara Hihiko/ Block 12 on the Massey Wellington campus is accessed via Wallace Street, Entrance C. Paid parking around Museum Building.
NonfictioNOW is the world’s leading gathering in the field of nonfiction creative writing. Come for a preview party and find out why Massey University’s Creative Writing Programme and VERB are bringing this to Wellington in 2020. Featuring international guests Robyn Hemley (former director of Nonfiction Writing Program at The University of Iowa), Patrick Madden (essayist and series editor 21st Century Essays), David Carlin and Nicole Walker (The After-Normal: Brief Alphabetical Essays on a Changing Planet). Hosted by Ingrid Horrocks and Tina Makereti (2020 NFN co-chairs).
Luke Wright is one of England’s most celebrated spoken word poets: flamboyant, political and riotously funny. He writes inventive poems with loads of heart and then performs them with snarl and spit.
“One of the funniest and most brilliant poets of his generation” – The Independent
Award-winning British podcaster Helen Zaltzman (aka The Allusionist) returns to the stage to rumble with language with infectious verve, and a generous helping of pop culture - with musical support from Martin Austwick. Join her for a fascinating and irreverent adventure into the world we make with words.
Proudly supported by the National Library of New Zealand.
* Extra event added on April 27 at Te Auaha, 65 Dixon St. (tickets available here).