WORD Christchurch Festival 2016 Can Books Change the World?

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Celebrate the opening night of the festival with a session that embraces the ‘planet and its people’ theme by looking at the impact literature can have on a world in turmoil. What responsibilities, if any, do writers have to engage with the issues that trouble us? Can fiction and poetry make a difference in people’s lives? John Freeman includes work of a political bent in his journal Freeman’s; Victor Rodger’s plays explore themes of race and sexuality; Kate De Goldi champions complex writing for children. Chaired by Peter Biggs. Supported by the New Zealand Book Council

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