LITCRAWL WELLINGTON

women of letters

 

Six New Zealand women write letters on a theme and read them for the first time aloud in front of an audience.

 

This is the fourth edition of this Australian-grown salon that has taken the world by storm. It is an astonishing evening that will move you in every way. Featuring Gaylene Preston, Jess Holly Bates, Georgina Beyer, and Rachel Stewart, Ashleigh Young and Makereti Urale. All profits from this event will be donated to the Wellington Homeless Women’s Trust.

 

‘Women of Letters is the perfect alchemy of literary art-party and storytelling’ -- Amanda Palmer

First Novels

Harriet McKnight & Annaleese Jochems

 

Pip Adam talks to new novelists Harriet McKnight (Australia) and Annaleese Jochems (New Zealand) about their debut titles and how it feels to get feedback like "Sultry, sinister, hilarious and demented, Baby blazes with intelligence and murderous black humour." – Eleanor Catton and "Rain Birds is the kind of novel you will feel keenly, and think about for weeks after you’ve finished reading. McKnight is a writer to watch." —Ellen Cregan

 

Supported by the Australian High Commission

first

novels

saturday 11 november

11am

city gallery

 

tickets $15 / $18

 

Litcrawl

EXTENDED

ticketed events

At city gallery

women of letters

Friday 10 November

7.30pm

City Gallery

 

Tickets $45

 

Welcome to the new LitCrawl Extended series. This series is your chance to further immerse yourself in writers and ideas and make an entire weekend of it. Unless otherwise stated, tickets for Extended sessions are $15, or $18 if you want to give LitCrawl extra support. LitCrawl Extended multiple session passes are also available.

 

With thanks to City Gallery Wellington, our Extended partner.

 

 

 

SLEEPS STANDING

 

"During three days in 1864, 300 Māori men, women and children fought an imperial army and captured the imagination of the world."

 

Sleeps Standing by Witi Ihimaera and Hemi Kelly gives voice to the people who tried to protect their culture and land. The book is an extraordinary multi-perspective view of the Battle of Ōrākau with translations into Māori by Hemi Kelly. Chaired by Michalia Arithamos.

 

 

Sleeps

Standing

SAT 11 November

12.30 pm

City Gallery

 

TICKETS $15 / $18

 

 

Nuns, Angels, Witches and Sluts

 

A panel of New Zealand writers discuss the inspiration and impact of the female other in New Zealand writing. Featuring Mandy Hager, Kirsten McDougall, Elizabeth Knox and Jess Holly Bates.

 

Supported by Victoria University Press

 

 

 

 

Born Storyteller: Jan Carson

SAT 11 November

3.30 pm

City Gallery

 

TICKETS $15 / $18

 

 

 

Nuns, Angels, Witches and Sluts

 

Sat 11 november

2 PM

city gallery

 

tickets $15 / $18

 

Born Storyteller: Jan Carson

 

“A born storyteller, her narratives are uncontainable, fizzing up out of her pages like soda and vinegar in a bottle.” The Guardian

 

Jan Carson is a writer based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her critically acclaimed debut novel Malcolm Orange Disappears, inspired by her grandmother who had dementia, is a tremendously imaginative adventure tale full of poignancy and humour. Carson is also author of short story collected Children’s Children and volume of flash fiction born from writer’s block, Postcard Stories. Jan has produced Radio drama for BBC Radio 4 and 3, most recently working with Liam Neeson and in 2016 she won the Harper's Bazaar UK short story competition. In this special LitCrawl Extended session, Jan talks with Charlotte Graham about her inspirations, ambitions and fascination with Bob Dylan.

 

Supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland

 

The Whole Intimate Mess: A Rant

Sunday 12 November

11 am

city gallery

 

The Whole Intimate Mess: A Rant

 

Holly Walker, author of The Whole Intimate Mess (BWB Texts), a book which chronicles her time as both Green Party MP and new mum, talks with Emily Writes, author of Rants in the Dark: From One Tired Mama to Another, about the pitfalls and prejudices that make life that much harder for mamas in the 21st century.

 

 

AN EXTRAVAGENCE OF WRITERS

SUN 12 November

12.30 pm

City Gallery

 

TICKETS $15 / $18

 

An Extravagance of Writers

 

Luxuriate in an hour of readings. Sink into chairs, shut your eyes if you like, and listen to some of the most singular voices from Aotearoa and around the world. Featuring Natasha Kanapé Fontaine, Susie Anderson, Tina Makereti and more.

 

 

Why I'm Writing what I'm Writing

 

Victor Roger (Sons, Black Faggot), Eleanor Bishop (Body Double), Harriet McKnight (Rain Birds) and Brannavan Gnanalingam (Sodden Downstream) have all created powerful pieces of writing that reflect some of the biggest challenges facing humanity. Together they get stuck into the need to write, the power of the arts to facilitate change, and what they think the future might hold for us all.

 

Why I'm Writing what I'm Writing

Sun 12 November

2 pm

City Gallery

 

TICKETS $15 / $18

 

WRITING WORKSHOP:

FLASH FICTION WITH JAN CARSON

 

Every day in 2015, Jan Carson wrote a story on the back of a postcard and mailed it to a friend. Postcard Stories (The Emma Press) is the published collection of highlights from this experiment. In this workshop, you will work on the art of the very short story and come away with snapshots of your own.

WRITING WORKSHOP:

Flash Fiction with Jan Carson

Sunday 12 November

2pm pm

city gallery

 

tickets $15 / $18

 

Rowley Habib:

Portrait of an Artist Mongrel

Sun 12 November

3 pm

Māoriland Hub, Ōtaki

 

TICKETS $5 / $15

 

Rowley Habib: Portrait of an Artist Mongrel

 

A performed reading, directed by Nancy Brunning, produced by Hāpai Productions and featuring Reuben Butler, Moana Ete, Tanea Heke, Jim Moriarty, Te Kahu Rolleston, Mitch Tawhi Thomas and Trae Te Wiki. Presented by Totaranui Productions in association with Māoriland Charitable Trust.

 

Venue:  Māoriland Hub, 68-70 Main Street, Ōtaki

Tickets: General Admission $15

Māoriland Social Club Members $5

 

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Fiona Farrell: On Savage Street

 

Fiona Farrell ONZM is one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed writers. Working across genres, she has won multiple awards and appeared in festivals around the world. Her latest project is a two-part exploration into how we rebuild a city: the books The Villa at the Edge of an Empire (non-fiction) and The Decline and Fall of Savage Street (fiction). Join Fiona and Louise O’Brien for an in-depth into change and transformation.

 

 

Fiona Farrell: On Savage Street

Sunday 12 November

3.30 pm

city gallery

 

tickets $15 / $18

 

Dame Margaret Sparrow: A celebration

 

Risking Their Lives (VUP) is a new book by pioneering New Zealand hero, Dame Margaret Sparrow, who has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of women in New Zealand. In this session we celebrate her life and work, as well as her latest research, with Sasha Borissenko.

 

Supported by Victoria University Press

 

Dame Margaret Sparrow: A celebration

Sun 12 November

5 pm

City Gallery

 

TICKETS $15 / $18

 

Born Storyteller: Jan Carson

 

“A born storyteller, her narratives are uncontainable, fizzing up out of her pages like soda and vinegar in a bottle.” The Guardian

 

Jan Carson is a writer based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her critically acclaimed debut novel Malcolm Orange Disappears, inspired by her grandmother who had dementia, is a tremendously imaginative adventure tale full of poignancy and humour. Carson is also author of short story collected Children’s Children and volume of flash fiction born from writer’s block, Postcard Stories.

 

Supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland