Sarah Laing: Talking Mural
Oct
27
to Nov 10

Sarah Laing: Talking Mural

  • Te Auaha (front window) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We are thrilled to be working with artist and writer Sarah Laing (Let Me Be Frank, Mansfield & Me), Te Auaha and Wellington City Council on a special, one-off mural project for Verb Festival. For two weeks you can come to 65 Dixon St to see and interact with Sarah Laing’s re-writable mural. The scene is a day in Pōneke some time in the near future. What are our Wellingtonians talking about? You decide!

Study the mural and write to us what you think should go in the speech bubbles. This is a chance to change the conversation.

We will put new text into the speech bubbles each Tuesday and Thursday that the mural is up (Tuesday 29, Thursday 31 October, and Tuesday 5 and Thursday 7 of November).

We will upload the image of the mural on this website in early October accompanied by guidelines for how to submit your words. We will notify everyone whose dialogue we have selected to go up on the Talking Mural so you can come down and see your conversation.

Over the festival weekend of 9 & 10 November we invite you to come along and visit the mural and write up your words while we capture it for our online Talking Mural archive.
Visit & add your words during the times shown below:
Saturday 9 November: 12noon - 1pm* & 2pm - 3pm
*Artist Sarah Laing will be there at this time so you can ask her about the work!
Sunday 10 November: 12noon - 1pm & 2pm - 3pm

Proudly supported by Wellington City Council.

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Verb Festival Gala Night: The Essential Struggle
Nov
6
6:30 PM18:30

Verb Festival Gala Night: The Essential Struggle

Celebrate the start of Verb Festival with a trip into the unanswerable question of “what is the essential struggle”? Verb authors offer ideas that will take us from the personal to the political, the beautiful and the ludicrous, so prepare for a multi-faceted journey to the heart of it all. Speakers include: Nadine Anne Hura, Sarah Moss (UK), Sinéad Gleeson (Ireland), D. Nandi Odhiambo (Africa/Canada), Nick Ascroft, Eamonn Marra, Rijula Das, Harry Giles (Orkney), Duncan Sarkies. Grab a drink and meet the authors afterwards. Hosted by Mark Amery


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For the Love of the Library
Nov
7
12:00 PM12:00

For the Love of the Library

The loss of Central Library revealed just how much we love and need our libraries. Three librarians - Laurinda Thomas, Bee Trudgeon, Jackson Nieuwland - discuss, with author Elizabeth Knox, what they value most about their work, their workplace and how they see the libraries of the future for Aotearoa. 
With thanks to Wellington City Libraries for hosting us in the pop-up Library within a Library.

Free entry.


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Damascus: Christos Tsiolkas
Nov
7
6:00 PM18:00

Damascus: Christos Tsiolkas

Much-loved Australian Christos Tsiolkas (The Slap) sits down with Kate Duignan to discuss his much-anticipated first novel in six years, Damascus. Taking on the founding of the Christian Church through the story of St Paul and the generations after the death of Christ, the book reverberates with some of the most pressing concerns of today: unity, division, patriarchy and false constructs.


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Lie Down and Listen: World Builders
Nov
7
6:30 PM18:30

Lie Down and Listen: World Builders

  • Freemasons’ Lodge, Wellesley Boutique Hotel (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We’ve been let into the plush ritual room belonging to the Freemasons of Wellington. Join us for an hour of readings as ritual — lie down on the thickest carpet of your life and listen to writers whose written worlds will take your inner eye on a cinematic journey. Readers include: Elizabeth Knox, Helen Vivienne Fletcher & James McNaughton. Limited capacity.


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Shayne Carter with Nick Bollinger
Nov
7
7:30 PM19:30

Shayne Carter with Nick Bollinger

In Dead People I Have Known, New Zealand legend Shayne Carter describes over 40 years of making music in Aotearoa. The frank and often funny memoir is a feat of craft in its own right. For this very special Verb Festival event, Shayne Carter speaks with RNZ’s Nick Bollinger about his life as a musician, writer and icon.


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Verb Festival Poetry Showcase
Nov
7
8:30 PM20:30

Verb Festival Poetry Showcase

An hour of poetry in performance from some of Aotearoa and the world’s most lyrically vibrant voices. Gather together in the spirit of words in action and let these poets work their magic. Feat. Chen Chen (US), Michael Pedersen (Scotland), Freya Daly Sadgrove (NZ), Omar Musa (AUS), Marty Smith (NZ), Harry Giles (Scotland), Sara Hirsch (UK / NZ), and more. 

Co-curated with Motif Poetry.

Proudly supported by the Embassy of the United States of America and Scottish Books International


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Collections Upon Collections
Nov
8
12:00 PM12:00

Collections Upon Collections

Join us for a very special event with some of Aotearoa’s greatest poets:

Bill Manhire, Cilla McQueen, David Eggleton, Elizabeth Smither, Apirana Taylor, Rachel McAlpine & Jenny Bornholdt. Each poet will read from their very first collections and from their very latest. With questions in between from our host, writer Paula Morris.


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Val McDermid: Queen of Crime
Nov
8
6:00 PM18:00

Val McDermid: Queen of Crime

We welcome the Queen of Crime herself, Val McDermid, to Wellington.

Val McDermid has been publishing acclaimed crime fiction for over 30 years. Her work has been translated into 40 different languages and sold over 16 million copies worldwide. Val joins RNZ’s Noelle McCarthy for a discussion about her latest books: the beautiful My Scotland, an ode to the Scotland in her stories and what those places mean to her, and the rather more bloody, How the Dead Speak.


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Lie Down and Listen: Poetics
Nov
8
6:30 PM18:30

Lie Down and Listen: Poetics

  • Freemasons’ Lodge, Wellesley Boutique Hotel (map)
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For our second edition of Lie Down and Listen you will be treated to a line up of poets so fine you’ll never want to peel yourself from the velvet surrounds of the Lodge ritual room. Poets include David Eggleton, Hannah Mettner, Cilla McQueen, Amy Brown, Nina Powles, Vanessa Crofskey and essa may ranapiri. Limited capacity.

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Michael Connelly: The Night Fire
Nov
8
7:30 PM19:30

Michael Connelly: The Night Fire

Bosch is back. A giant of the crime fiction universe with over 70 million books sold worldwide, Hollywood film adaptations (The Lincoln Lawyer), a true crime podcast (Murder Book) and multiple awards, Michael Connelly joins us to celebrate the release of The Night Fire, his latest in the acclaimed, internationally best-selling Harry Bosch series. Fellow award-winning crime writer Liam McIlvanney joins Michael for a conversation about the brain behind Bosch.


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Drone by Harry Giles
Nov
8
7:30 PM19:30

Drone by Harry Giles

If a drone could descend to earth to tell you her story, what would she say? Drone is the tragicomic autobiography of the 21st century’s strangest and most frightening technology. With live poetry, music and video, this glitchy cabaret spectacular is a tender, furious and bleakly funny drone’s-eye-view of anxiety, violence, surveillance, work and survival. “Drone is daring posthuman theatre, captivatingly executed.” –  Edinburgh Festivals Magazine.

Written by the Forward-shortlisted Scottish poet Harry Josephine Giles and performed by them with international sound artist Neil Simpson (Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo) and live video artist Jamie Wardrop (Beats, The Dwelling Place), Drone is the astonishing culmination of five years of work. Directed by Rob Jones, the performance is mixed new every night, the three artists making a live cabaret band for an intense and groundbreaking multimedia gig theatre. Second show on Saturday 9 (page 29).

Proudly supported by Creative Scotland.


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Lit-Sync For Your Life 2019
Nov
8
9:00 PM21:00

Lit-Sync For Your Life 2019

Category is: literary sequels. Last year’s LitCrawl smash hit is back with an even bigger line-up that will lend you life. Six of Wellington’s most dynamic and fearless drag performers will shablam the house down in a literary drag show celebrating New Zealand books and writers. Featuring The Bombay Bombshell, Bunny Holiday (House of Drag), Hariel, Lord Bi-Ron, True d’Heaux, and 2019 Mx Capital Drag champion Willy SmacknTush. Curated by Chris Tse.


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Micro-Residencies 2019
Nov
9
to Nov 10

Micro-Residencies 2019

Thanks to the support of five wonderful Wellington art galleries and the Mātātuhi Foundation, we have been able to support five micro-residencies for five fresh Aotearoa voices. We have partnered with Sweet Mammalian journal who selected our five residents, who are: Jasmine Gallagher, Jackson Nieuwland, Miriama Gemmell, Sam Duckor-Jones, and Chris Holdaway.

Huge thanks to Bowen Galleries, PlayStation, Bartley + Company Art,

Millers O’Brien, and Meanwhile for their support of this opportunity for Aotearoa writers.


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Writing Place & Displacement With D. Nandi Odhiambo
Nov
9
10:00 AM10:00

Writing Place & Displacement With D. Nandi Odhiambo

Join D. Nandi Odhiambo for a writing workshop to explore questions of home and identity: What does it mean to lose your place? How do you steer your readers through the complex landscapes of colonisation? D. Nandi Odhiambo is the 2018 Elliot Cades Award for Literature for an Established Writer. His novels include the latest Smells Like Stars, The Reverend’s Apprentice, Kipligat’s Chance and diss/ed banded nation. Currently, he is Associate Professor of English at the University of Hawai‘i—West O‘ahu.


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In The Time I Have Left
Nov
9
10:00 AM10:00

In The Time I Have Left

Start your literary day with a voyage into imagined, urgent futures (with coffee & treats). Writers Christos Tsiolkas, Emmy Rākete and Nick Ascroft talk with Jo Randerson about what they would do if they knew the world as we knew it was going to end in six months’ time.

Tickets include coffee and treats.


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Food, Memory & Poetry
Nov
9
10:00 AM10:00

Food, Memory & Poetry

Tip in the flour, sunlight, onions, salt and rainwater. light the flame, test the heat

with the tips of your knuckles. catch your wrist on the wok, gasp, kiss it cold.

- from Spring Onion Pancake by Nina Powles

In this workshop with award-winning poet Nina Mingya Powles you will reach into the branches of your memory to pick food-related fragments to inspire new poetry. Your ticket includes food prepared by your teacher.

Nina Powles is of mixed Malaysian-Chinese heritage, was born in Wellington, and now lives in London. She is the author of poetry pamphlet collections including field notes on a downpour, Luminescent and Girls of the Drift. Nina is co-editor of The Shanghai Literary Review and founding editor of Bitter Melon 苦瓜, a new press that publishes limited-edition poetry pamphlets by writers from Asian diaspora communities.

Tickets: $45 (includes hot drinks and dumplings)


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Polhill Hikoi
Nov
9
10:00 AM10:00

Polhill Hikoi

  • Meet at the Aro St entrance of Polhill Reserve. (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Bring the kids and join a hikoi in Polhill Reserve with Paul Stanley Ward (Capital Kiwi), Arihia Latham (writer & rongoā practitioner) and Robert Vennell, author of the beautiful The Meaning of Trees. Perfect for a family outing this is a stroll through one of our vibrant inner-city sanctuaries. Paul, Arihia and Rob will point out feathers and fronds en route. 

Suitable for ages 8 and up. Duration 45mins. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Limited capacity.


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Swim: A Creative Nonfiction Workshop
Nov
9
10:30 AM10:30

Swim: A Creative Nonfiction Workshop

Annette Lees’ book Swim is a collection of stories gathered from people all over Aotearoa who share a passion for dipping into our wild waters. Annette’s diary of a year of swimming documents the history and future of our passion for rivers, lakes, water holes, creeks, wetlands and oceans. Join the author and fellow travel writer, Ingrid Horrocks, for an (optional) dip in Island Bay followed by warming hot drinks and a workshop on creative non-fiction inspired by travel and nature. 

Sea swim at 10.30am; hot drinks and workshopping starts at 11am. Bring warm clothes to change into!


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By the Stars: Writing Place
Nov
9
11:00 AM11:00

By the Stars: Writing Place

Writers Diane Comer and D. Nandi Odhiambo talk with Ella Borrie about how place informs their writing and the stories they want to tell. Diane is author of The Braided River: Migration and the Personal Essay and African-Canadian novelist Nandi Odhiambo is the award-winning author of Smells Like Stars.


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Fragments from Planet Parent
Nov
9
11:00 AM11:00

Fragments from Planet Parent

The arrival of a child warps time and transforms adult humans. Writers Renee Liang, Michele Powles (When We Remember to Breathe) and Amy Brown (Neon Daze) discuss the ways in which they go about trying to capture moments, manage emotions, and explain to themselves and others what planet they have arrived on and how to survive it. Hosted by Michele A’Court.


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KidsCrawl Porirua!
Nov
9
11:00 AM11:00

KidsCrawl Porirua!

We have misplaced some writers… and illustrators… at the Porirua Library.

Can you help us find them? All we have are our wits and a map. Join us for a mission to recover some of Aotearoa’s most talented storytellers and score some skills of your very own (we’ve heard that our lost authors might be carrying a few secrets with them… ).  Lost authors include Sacha Cotter and Josh Morgan (multi-award winning creators of The Bomb) and Paul Beavis (Mrs Mo’s Monster).

Suitable for ages 8–12 years.
Free Entry but Registration essential! Email us to register at
kidscrawl@verbwellington.nz


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Dr Natalie Flynn: The BS of Bombardment
Nov
9
11:00 AM11:00

Dr Natalie Flynn: The BS of Bombardment

Clinical Psychologist Dr Natalie Flynn wrote the book she always wanted to read. After seeing patient after patient stressed out by screeds of conflicting information on parenting, she waded through all of the claims around breast feeding, sleep training, day care, and the myriad other decisions parents have to make. The result is the book Smart Mothering. Dr Flynn talks with RNZ’s Caitlin Cherry about sorting through the BS to help others make science-based decisions about caring for babies. 

Free, just bring your questions.

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Pūrākau: Stories for all Time
Nov
9
12:30 PM12:30

Pūrākau: Stories for all Time

Pūrākau is an extraordinary collection of stories by Māori writers that retell traditional Māori myths and legends. The book reveals just how vividly those characters live in and around us. Contributing authors Patricia Grace, Renée and Apirana Taylor talk to editor Whiti Hereaka about why we need to keep telling our stories and what they teach us about the times we live in today.


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Further Possibilities: Chen Chen
Nov
9
12:30 PM12:30

Further Possibilities: Chen Chen

A poet of Whitman’s multitudes and of Langston Hughes’ blues, of Dickinson’s ‘so cold no fire can warm me’ and of Michael Palmer’s comic interrogation... Chen is a poet I’ll be reading for the rest of my life.” – Jericho Brown

Chen Chen’s debut poetry collection, When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, is a collection that crackles with humour, love, grief and longing. Reaching right into the heart of essential human struggles, this award-winning collection shares the complexity of human entanglements and the many identities one person can occupy: queer, immigrant, Asian, American, son, lover, poet. Chen Chen talks with Aotearoa poet Chris Tse.

Proudly supported by the Embassy of the United States of America


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Hoihoi Turituri Noisy Party!
Nov
9
1:30 PM13:30

Hoihoi Turituri Noisy Party!

Clear your throats and prepare your voices for a very noisy book launch. Hoihoi Turituri is the te reo Māori translation of Gecko Press’s best-selling The Noisy Book. We launch this fantastic edition with a group read-aloud and we need your help! Small readers bring your big readers along and join the fun.

Free.

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Smells Like Stars: D. Nandi Odhiambo
Nov
9
2:00 PM14:00

Smells Like Stars: D. Nandi Odhiambo

Nandi Odhiambo won the 2018 Elliot Cades Award for Literature for an Established Writer. His latest novel Smells like Stars is set in a Pacific tourist haven and follows four characters who are each fighting for love against layers of historic and contemporary hurdles. Part investigative thriller, part family drama, the story explores queer and interracial love, suffering, communication and the search for meaning in a place steeped in colonial history. Nandi speaks with Tina Makereti (The Imaginary Lives of James Pōneke) about this thought-provoking book and the experiences behind it.


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A Write Thrill
Nov
9
2:00 PM14:00

A Write Thrill

A powerhouse panel of crime and thriller writers reveal the motivations and stories behind the creation of their un-put-downable novels. UK writer Val McDermid (How the Dead Speak) joins three of Aotearoa’s finest: Charity Norman (See you in September) Renée (The Wild Card) and Alix Bosco (Greg McGee, Slaughter Falls).


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Going to Custard: High Tea
Nov
9
2:30 PM14:30

Going to Custard: High Tea

Marriage trouble, juggling work with parenting, illness, how to make a living from farming … Danielle Hawkins’ novel When it All Went to Custard is a fictional serving of the very real challenges of living. Catherine Robertson’s novel What You Wish For is a funny and poignant story of small town New Zealand whose characters make the world feel complex and full of colour. The pair of best-selling Aotearoa writers sit down and tuck into talk about how they draw upon life to spin into stories for their beautifully Kiwi pages.

Ticket includes High Tea.


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Ghost Wall: Sarah Moss
Nov
9
3:30 PM15:30

Ghost Wall: Sarah Moss

Ghost Wall is a burnished gem of a book, brief and brilliant, and with it Moss’s star is firmly in the ascendant.” – The Guardian

Noelle McCarthy (RNZ) talks with celebrated UK novelist Sarah Moss, whose latest book Ghost Wall is a taut, heart-stopping work that has captivated readers world-wide. During a hot summer at a camp designed to experience Iron Age living, a family’s deep tensions boil over. A story so compelling it is impossible not to read it in one sitting, Ghost Wall stirs truths about domestic violence, the physicality of living, and the historical and contemporary brutality of the patriarchy. Join one of the finest writers of our time for a conversation about her life and work.


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Writing my Best Life
Nov
9
3:30 PM15:30

Writing my Best Life

To read memoirs and personal essays is to walk through the landscapes of another life while also surveying your own through the prism of another’s memories and reflections. Rose Lu (All Who Live on Islands), Linda Burgess (Someone’s Wife) and Sinéad Gleeson (Constellations) speak to Ingrid Horrocks about the draw of writing creative nonfiction, memoir and the essay. What gets left out? What happens to the truth between memory and the page? And whose lives do our authors draw upon when they are writing their own? 

Proudly supported by Culture Ireland


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