Ant Sang: Dharma Punk at WORD Christchurch, 1 September

Helen and the Go-Go Ninjas

I’ll be talking collaboration, animation and illustration with the mighty Ant Sang at WORD Christchurch 2018. Ant Sang: Dharma Punk Best known for his Dharma Punks comics, the award-winning graphic novel Shaolin Burning and his work on the ground-breaking animated television series, bro’Town, Ant Sang brings to WORD his latest work, a collaboration with author Michael Bennett. Helen … Read more…

Bad Diaries Salon WORD Christchurch, 31 August

Word Christchurch 2018

We’re thrilled to be bringing Bad Diaries Salon to New Zealand, and to WORD Christchurch 2018, which runs this year from 29 August to 2 September. The theme for WORD Christchurch this year is ADVENTUROUS, and Bad Diaries Salon will be bringing the #RISK to Friday night at the festival, following on from the gala Starry, Starry Night event. … Read more…

Writing workshop at 2016 WORD Christchurch Festival

WORD Christchurch 2016

The programme has just been launched for WORD Christchurch 2016 Writers & Readers Festival, which runs from 26 to 28 August. I’ll be teaching a writing workshop on the Friday of the festival.   Teaching the monster to speak: Writing believable fictional characters Writing fiction is a licence to invent and transform. When we write, we might choose to … Read more…

Aardvarks + Aussies + BUST, oh my!

Hashtag wordchch

In a fortnight I’ll be in Christchurch for WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival 2016 (24–28 August). There’s a hashtag, of course; trust @kebabette to wear it with style. The last #WORDCHCH, in 2014, was fabulous (I wrote about it here and here, and here‘s the PechaKucha talk I gave there), and this year the festival promises (less scary than lions and tigers … Read more…

‘Loss and Love’ at 2015 Auckland Writers Festival

I’m looking forward to heading up to Auckland next month for Auckland Writers Festival. This’ll be my third time heading up to Auckland for the writers festival (I wrote about the 2014 festival here and here), but my first time on the programme. The festival has got bigger and better each year that I’ve been, … Read more…

Dream a little dream of me (or, 2014)

2014 was a year that saw quite a few long-held dreams come true, for me, so I hope I can be forgiven a trumpetblowing review of the year’s highlights. I give you: some dreams and their fulfilment (plus some other writing highlights). Being invited to a writers festival I’ve sat in the dark in the audience for so many years, … Read more…

After WORD

WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival (27—31 August 2014) was a little beauty, living up to my high level of anticipation and expectation. Rachael King (Literary Director), Marianne Hargreaves (Executive Director), the Festival Trust and everyone involved created an engaging, entertaining, and distinctive festival that celebrated words in all their forms. I particularly loved the … Read more…

WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival 2014

I’m really excited to be heading to Christchurch this week for the WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival, 27–31 August 2014. I’ve spent very little time in Christchurch over the years, and nothing other than the odd day of meetings here and there since the earthquakes. I’m looking forward to getting to know the place a … Read more…

‘Waves’ PechaKucha 20×20 talk

I was thrilled to be part of the PechaKucha Night programme in Christchurch as part of WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival last month. The event featured “some of the festival’s top local and international writers presenting an eclectic range of PechaKuchas…that encompass their passions and expertise”, so the programme promised. PechaKucha 20×20 is a format where each speaker has … Read more…