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World of Words Goes Digital / He Kōrero Matihiko o Te Ao

WOMAD NZ is excited to present a new online programme featuring some of New Zealand's most diverse voices, authors, comedians, musicians and poets.
World of Words Goes Digital is a series of 9 rich conversations.

Each series shares words of wisdom, inspiration, personal challenges and journeys from an inspiring line up which includes Tame Iti, Mike Chunn, Penny Ashton, Chessie Henry, Te Radar, Elizabeth Smither, Selina Tusitala Marsh, Paul Cleave and Paula Morris. 

World of Words Goes Digital is a celebration of the spoken word, and
will have you thinking, laughing, listening and learning.

Watch each of the series  below:

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Series 1: Tame Iti Interviewed by Wharehoka Wano

Sunday 5 July, 9am 

Well-known Tūhoe Māori activist Tame Iti is no stranger to controversy. He grew up in the Urewera area and has been passionately involved with numerous political protests, including protests against the Vietnam War and apartheid in South Africa.

Missed Series 1:  Watch it Here 

Series 2: Mike Chunn interviewed by Hilary Bennett

Sunday 12 July, 9am

Mike Chunn is a music legend. Along with Tim Finn and Phil Judd he was a founding member of Split Enz, playing the bass on their first three albums. His book, A Sharp Left Turn, is a beautifully written look at his years in the band, and the powerful story of how he dealt with a crippling mental health issue and went on to become such an influential music identity.

Missed Series 2: Watch it Here 

Series 3: Poetry Readings with Penny Ashton, Virginia Winder, Warren Smart and Mohamad Hassan

Sunday 19 July, 9am

Penny Ashton is a fiery-haired powerhouse and a self-confessed show off. Known as Ms Hot Pink, Penny is an award-winning poet, a comedienne, an actor, a TV presenter, and host for the last four years of the popular WOMAD Poetry Slam, part of the World of Words Programme. Joining Penny are three of our World of Words Poetry Slam participants Virginia Winder, Warren Smart and Mohamad Hassan.

Missed Series 3 : Watch it Here 

Series 4: Chessie Henry Interviewed by Susette Goldsmith

Sunday 26 July, 9am

Chessie Henry is the author of We Can Make A Life, a family memoir which was recently awarded the E.H. McCormick prize for General Non-Fiction at the 2019 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. Along with published works on The Spinoff and The Wireless Chessie has an MA in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters. We Can Make A Life was the book chosen for the inaugural WOMAD Book Club

Missed Series 4 : Watch it Here 

Series 5: Te Radar Interviewed by Kevin Chapman

Sunday 2 August, 9am

Te Radar maybe New Zealand’s worst television gardener, but he is one of our country’s most beloved comedians. This natural-born raconteur is blessed with a talent for talking, a passion for sustainability and history, and an ever-growing list of awards. With his easy-going personality and his outrageously quick wit, Te Radar’s critically acclaimed blend of comedy left WOMAD audiences thinking and laughing.

Series 6: Elizabeth Smither in Conversation with David Hill

Sunday 9 August, 9am

Elizabeth Smither is a multi-award-winning New Zealand poet, novelist, and short story writer. Her numerous collections of poetry have been published alongside several novels and short story collections. In 2002 she was named the Te Mata Poet Laureate, and in 2018 her collection Night Horse won the poetry category of the 50th Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

Series 7: Selina Tusitala Marsh Interviewed by Nicola Ngarewa

Sunday 16 August, 9am

A wild-haired and powerful poet known throughout the globe for her vivid and stirring work, Tusitala is Samoan for 'storyteller'. As a New Zealand Poet, Laureate Selina spreads her fiery passion far and wide, composing and performing poetry for the Queen, as well as Barack Obama. In 2019 this extraordinary Pasifika poet and scholar was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to poetry, literature, and the Pacific community.

Series 8: Paul Cleave Interviewed by Kevin Chapman

Sunday 23 August, 9am

 Paul is an award-winning author who often divides his time between his home city of Christchurch, New Zealand, where all his novels are set, and Europe, where none of his novels are set. His works have been bestsellers that been translated into over a dozen languages and have sold over a million copies. He has won the Ngaio Marsh Award, the Saint-Maur book festival’s crime novel of the year award, has been shortlisted for the Edgar and the Barry and the Ned Kelly. When he’s not at home with the stereo cranked up loud and working on his next novel, he can normally be found on a tennis court, a golf course, or throwing a Frisbee somewhere.

Series 9: Paula Morris Interviewed by Susette Goldsmith

Sunday 30 August, 9am

Paula is the author of the story collection Forbidden Cities (2008); the essay On Coming Home (2015); and seven novels, including Rangatira (2011), fiction winner at both the 2012 New Zealand Post Book Awards and Ngā Kupu Ora Māori Book Awards. She teaches creative writing at the University of Auckland.