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Verb Readers & Writers Festival

Date: Wednesday 3 November 2021 to Sunday 7 November 2021
Cost: $15-$30. Bookings required.
Contact details: events.natlib@dia.govt.nz
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Wellington's favourite celebration of books, writers, stories and ideas has a theme of 'coven' for 2021. Writers from across Aotearoa and Australia will explore matters of magic, nature, feminism, motherhood, mātauranga Māori, resistance, the supernatural, the spiritual, and much more.

A celebration of books, writers, stories and ideas

This year’s festival is inspired by an idea that is, at its heart, quite radical: the idea that words can affect change in the material world.

When we come together to honour stories, writers, books and ideas that mean something to us — as people, as a country, and as part of a global conversation — then we’re inviting understanding, knowledge and shared experiences that might just help us define our next steps.

Feature writers include Hinemoa Elder (Aroha), Rebecca Macfie (Helen Kelly), Meg Mason (Sorrow & Bliss), Rebecca K Reilly (Greta & Valdin), Kyle Mewburn (Faking It), Steph Matuku (Falling into the Rarohenga), Sue Orr (Loop Tracks), and Doireann Ní Ghríofa (A Ghost in the Throat).

The annual LitCrawl takes place on Saturday 6 November between 6pm to 9:30pm and showcases over 100 writers in 26 events throughout the CBD.

Bookings essential

View the full programme, including the Magical Matters Family Day, Gala night, Feminist Rage Night, Workshops and Newtown Sunday Stroll, and buy tickets from the Verb Wellington Festival website.

Book your tickets

Safety measures when you come to the event

Find out about what you need to do when you visit the National Library Wellington for the event.

Safety measures in place for visiting the Library

Stay home if you are sick or feel unwell.

Check before you come

Due to COVID-19 some of our events can be cancelled or postponed at very short notice. Please check the website for updated information about individual events before you come.

For more general information about National Library services and exhibitions have look at our COVID-19 page.

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