Irvine Welsh and AJ Finn are coming to the WORD Christchurch Festival 2018

by The Listener / 17 July, 2018
RelatedArticlesModule - WORD Christchurch festival 2018 lineup

Irvine Welsh. Photo/Jeffrey Delannoy

This year’s WORD Christchurch Festival is boasting some big international and local names in its lineup of writers coming to the city for the biennial event.

Among a squad of prominent Scottish authors is Irvine Welsh, whose latest offering Dead Men’s Trousers is his fourth sequel to his 1993 breakthrough novel Trainspotting.

Other Scots coming to Christchurch include Shaun Bythell, who wrote last year’s hit memoir Diary of a Bookseller, Glaswegian crime writer Denise Mina, and poets Michael Pedersen, Hollie McNish and Robin Robertson.

From the United States the festival is bringing AJ Finn (the pen name of Dan Mallory), whose thriller The Woman in the Window has become a global bestseller since its release earlier this year.

Among prominent non-fiction writer guests will be US investigative journalist David Neiwert, who is the author of Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Time of Trump and whose session is presented by the Listener.

British former radical Islamist Ed Husain, whose latest The House of Islam: A Global History is just out and is interviewed in this week’s Listener, will also be appearing.

Denise Mina. Photo/Ollie Grove

 

As well as attending festival sessions, Philip Hoare, the English author of 2017’s The Sea Inside and Leviathan, or the Whale will accompany a whale-watching expedition in Kaikōura.

One of the festival’s themes is adventure with the programme including endurance athletes Nathan Fa’avae and John Hellemans; Hollie Woodhouse, who recently trekked across Greenland and tells her story in the closing night event Adventurous Women; and Robyn Davidson, author of the classic story Tracks, who at the age of 27 walked 2700km across Australia’s western desert with a dog and four camels for company.

Davidson will present the opening night Adventurous keynote address on August 29.

The festival’s 120 writers and speakers also include British YA author and LGBTQI+ activist Juno Dawson; American activist and poet Sonya Renee Taylor; American sci-fi writer Ted Chiang; Australian rapper-poet and novelist Omar Musa; New Zealand poets Hera Lindsay Bird and Chris Tse; satirist Tom Scott and, in a session about songwriting, his musician son Samuel Flynn Scott; comedian Michele A’Court; historian Dame Anne Salmond; and novelists Catherine Chidgey, Charlotte Grimshaw, Tina Makereti, Paula Morris, Lloyd JonesPip Adam, Annaleese Jochems and Brannavan Gnanalingam.

AJ Finn.

AJ Finn.

 

The Listener’s own Diana Wichtel will be talking about her award-winning Driving to Treblinka at the festival.

The event is also hosting the 2018 Ngaio Marsh Awards on Saturday September 1 with overseas guests Denise Mina and AJ Finn presenting the prizes for best local crime writing.

WORD Christchurch runs from August 29 to September 2. 

Latest

PM announces ban on all military-style semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles
103805 2019-03-21 00:00:00Z Crime

PM announces ban on all military-style semi-automa…

by RNZ

Ms Ardern pledged the day after the terrorist massacre that "gun laws will change" and would be announced within 10 days of the attack.

Read more
No mention of right-wing extremist threats in 10 years of GCSB & SIS public docs
103770 2019-03-21 00:00:00Z Politics

No mention of right-wing extremist threats in 10 y…

by Jane Patterson

There is not one specific mention of the threat posed by white supremacists or right-wing nationalism in 10 years of security agency documents.

Read more
Deirdre Kent: The woman who faced down the wrath of Big Tobacco
103798 2019-03-21 00:00:00Z Profiles

Deirdre Kent: The woman who faced down the wrath o…

by Joanna Wane

As the face of anti-smoking lobby group ASH, Deirdre Kent played a vital role in the smokefree New Zealand movement.

Read more
Māori leaders say acts of terror nothing new in NZ
103766 2019-03-21 00:00:00Z Currently

Māori leaders say acts of terror nothing new in NZ…

by Leigh-Marama McLachlan

Māori leaders are calling on New Zealanders to reject the notion that 'this is not us' in the wake of the Christchurch mosque attacks.

Read more
Cynthia Millar and the strange beauty of the ondes martenot
103723 2019-03-21 00:00:00Z Music

Cynthia Millar and the strange beauty of the ondes…

by Elizabeth Kerr

The sci-fi sound of the ondes martenot is playing a key part in the upcoming performance of an epic symphony.

Read more
Christchurch gunsmith warned police about white supremacists last year
103662 2019-03-20 00:00:00Z Crime

Christchurch gunsmith warned police about white su…

by RNZ

A Canterbury gunsmith living and working says he told police less than six months ago they needed to look at the rise of white supremacists with guns.

Read more
12 moments that show how New Zealanders have united in the face of terror
103665 2019-03-20 00:00:00Z Social issues

12 moments that show how New Zealanders have unite…

by Vomle Springford

In the following days after the Christchurch terror attacks, New Zealand has come together to support the victims of the shootings.

Read more
How modern art inspired the music of Anna Clyne's Abstractions
103649 2019-03-20 00:00:00Z Music

How modern art inspired the music of Anna Clyne's…

by The Listener

The works of the English contemporary composer feature in the NZSO’s forthcoming The Planets series.

Read more