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Verb Readers & Writers at City Gallery Wellington

Saturday 5–Sunday 6 November

City Gallery Wellington is excited to be partnering with our friends at the Verb Festival once again to host several festival sessions. Come along to join other booklovers hears from a range of wordsmiths as they share their passion and craft.  

For more information, how to book, and the full programme check out the Verb Wellington website. Sessions are ticketed so book early to avoid disappointment.  

The following Sessions will be hosted at City Gallery Wellington in the Adam Auditorium.  


Litcrawl: Anatomy of a Poem
Saturday 5 November | 6.00 – 6.45pm | Entry by donation (suggested $5)
Join poet/editor Ash Davida Jane as she chats to veteran poets Anna Jackson and Sudha Rao about what makes a poem good, how to read poetry and how poems work on the page.  


How to Hook a Reluctant Reader
Sunday 6 November | 12.00 -12.45pm | Free
What can we offer reluctant readers? How can parents and caregivers support a lifelong interest in books and reading for pleasure? Join co-editors of Annual Ink, Kate De Goldi and Susan Paris, with Verb's Founder Claire Mabey, for a discussion about the breadth of literary opportunity for young readers. They will share examples of different kinds of literary forms, from comics, to essays, to short stories and novels. Come with your questions. Spot prize giveaways to take home to your young readers, too. 

This event is part of our super fun family day programme full of multi-lingual bookish good times and activities! See the full programme here. 


Birds, Fables, Carnivals: Catherin Chidgey
Sunday 6 November | 1.30 – 2.30pm | $19-$23

After the internationally lauded Remote Sympathy, Chidgey’s latest novel The Axeman’s Carnival is a tour-de-force with a talking magpie at the centre of the telling. Join Maggie Tweedie as she talks to Catherine about how we write about the relationship between humans and the natural world, the double-edged magic of fame, and the freedom of fables. 


The Possibility of the Personal: Sarah Jane Barnett
Sunday 6 November | 3.00 – 4.00pm  | $19-23

Notes on Womanhood started as a personal project –– a way of understanding what womanhood meant for Sarah Jane Barnett through the arrival of middle-age, a hysterectomy and the process of getting to know herself anew. The project transformed into a memoir, a feminist manifesto, a blazing personal meditation and what has been described as ‘a coming-of-middle-age-story’. Join Megan Dunn as she talks to Sarah about how our personal journeys and reckonings can reverberate through our art, expanding the possibilities of the personal and transforming the things we create, including ourselves.  

This book is a conversation with myself about my own womanhood… The act of looking showed me the stitches: Western society's beauty standards, the male gaze, a fear of aging, hair politics, care work, my grandmother, life stage transitions, orca whales and tramping.” – Sarah Jane Barnett