Super happy to be able to share the news that I'm on Christchurch WORD Festival's programme this year!


Explosive Archaeology

In this session devised by online arts and culture journal The Pantograph Punch, poet Tayi Tibble, curator Jennifer Shields, novelist Brannavan Gnanalingam and writer and academic Erin Harrington discuss the underappreciated artists they love – writers, artists, theatre-makers and musicians who are close to their hearts but far from a shared limelight – and what it means to be part of (or not) a national canon. Chaired by The Pantograph Punch editor-in-chief Lana Lopesi.



Neu! Ōtautahi! Incident

Haere mai, talofa, and walcome to the inaugural collision of some of Scotland, Aotearoa and beyond’s favourite wordsmiths, mavericks, lexical butter churners & raconteurs. This fast-paced and gnarly buffet of verse, music and performance is hosted by Michael Pedersen, co-creator of Edinburgh’s iconic Neu! Reekie! showcases – ‘Scotland’s favourite avante-garde noise makers’ – knowing fur blurring the boundaries between spoken word, animation, film, music, and the realms beyond.

The bar will be open aw nicht, with the sweet sounds of DJs Tawdrey Trainwreck and blle fmme spinning tunes between shows.

Michael Pedersen (Scotland)
Irvine Welsh (Scotland)
Hollie McNish (UK)
Pati Solomona Tyrell & Manu Vaeatangitau (FAFSWAG) (NZ)
Samuel Flynn Scott (NZ)
Hera Lindsay Bird (NZ)
Omar Musa (AUS)
Leilani Banday (USA)
Dominic ‘Tourettes’ Hoey (NZ)