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Word Christchurch
New Zealand

Fiona Farrell, Anna Smaill, Hugh Nicholson, Hamish Clayton, chaired by Lara Strongman

Taking the Christchurch blueprint as a starting point, the panel looks at ways we imagine cities; either in fiction, in history, or in contemporary life, whether as utopias or dystopias … cities imagined or reimagined.

Fiona Farrell's new non-fiction book Villa at the Edge of Empire addresses fundamental questions proposed by any map: Where am I? How did we get here? Where do we go now? Anna Smaill's The Chimes is set in the musical dystopia of an alternative London; Hamish Clayton's The Pale North features a post-quake reimagined Wellington, and Hugh Nicholson is principal adviser urban design at the Christchurch City Council.

Chaired by Lara Strongman, senior curator at the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu.


  • SUN 30 AUG, 12.00PM


  • TVNZ Festival Club


All tickets $20


75 minutes, no interval

Proudly sponsored by:

  • Sponsor Christchurch Art Gallery

In association with:

  • Sponsor WritersFestival

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TVNZ Festival Club

Market Square
The Arts Centre
Worcester Blvd

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