Best-selling author Liane Moriarty to headline Word Christchurch festival
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Best-selling author Liane Moriarty is part of Christchurch’s Word Festival.
The bestselling author of Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers is headlining the Word Christchurch festival from next month.
This year, the festival is spreading out of the usual venues and into the wider city.
“You can stroll through the Red Zone after dark with naturalist writer Annette Lees, or let the poets take you on a very unusual after-hours tour of the Canterbury Museum,” the manager said. of the program, Nic Low.
Moriarty will kick off the festival week on August 27 live on stage at St Margaret’s College, with his new book Apples Never Fall.
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With more than 20 million copies sold worldwide, the Australian author is huge in New Zealand, thanks also to the television series adaptations Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers, both played by actress Nicole Kidman.
She’ll talk about the complexities of family life, love and friendship, how her local observations become global stories, and the darkness that can lurk beneath the veneer of seemingly perfect lives.
Dame Fiona Kidman, one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed writers, will perform at the Piano to talk with Morrin Rout about his third episode of memoir, So Far, So Far.
Kidman will share her experience of widowhood, literary festivals, her life as a writer and her insights into finding the lives of Jean Batten and Albert Black – the second-to-last man executed in New Zealand – and how she demanded justice for him.
Controversial feminist writer Clementine Ford, former columnist for Australian newspapers The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, brings her latest book How We Love: Notes on a Life to the table for a discussion of her past, present and future work.
The Australian author is one of the most fearless and combative voices of contemporary feminism, drawing avid fans as well as attacks from critics.
She joins Naomi van den Broek on stage for a candid journey through the loves of his own life: platonic, romantic, familial and self-love.
Program manager Kiran Dass says there’s something for everyone with dynamic events that “go beyond words on a page”.
“We have events that incorporate performances, and we even have an event that will explore the fascinating dynamics between words, wine and sound where audiences can sample all three,” Dass said.
Free events also take place, such as the Haiku Hike with internationally award-winning haiku poet Doc Drumheller, as well as Melani Anae’s reflections on Fifty Years of the Polynesian Panthers.
The full program can be found at wordchristchurch.co.nz/program.