WORD Christchurch is a world-class festival of writing and ideas giving Christchurch audiences direct access to the best authors in New Zealand and the world, ground-breaking ideas, Ngāi Tahu stories, and opportunities for local writers and readers to create new work.

We bring Christchurch communities together through their love of words with renowned authors discussing their work, showcases of poetry and song, expert panels debating local and global issues, youth and school programmes designed to inspire a love of reading and writing, and a wide range of fun, festive special events.