Pantograph Picks: LitCrawl 2017

Our top picks from Wellington's LitCrawl 2017.

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From 10 - 12 November, Wellington's coolest lit festival returns to celebrate local, national and international writers. The ‘crawl’ of LitCrawl happens on Saturday 11 November: the night is divided into three phases with many events happening at one time. To make it easy for you, here are our top picks for the crawl.


6.00pm – 6.45pm, Bicycle Junction, 1 Marion Street.

Six writers read from work that explores the wilderness, and the reflections that come from inhabiting the non-human world. Featuring writer Paul Stanley Ward (who developed Wild Eyes), poet Bill Nelson and short story writer John Summers (who run the Aotearoa outdoors journal, Up Country), writer and scientist Richard Hall, Australian novelist Harriet McKnight, and NZ/Canadian writer and cyclist Laura Williamson. This session is being held at Bicycle Junction's new location (and we love a bike shop-come-cafe where staff are matched with their bikes). 

6.00pm – 6.45pm, Crumpet, 109 Manners Street.

The unbeatable LaQuisha St Redfern talks with playwright Victor Rodger about life, writing and Wellington. Victor is an acclaimed writer of such plays as Sons, Black Faggot, and My Name is Gary Cooper. LaQuisha is a performance artist, blogger, writer and much-loved Wellingtonian. This session will be ace!


7.15pm – 8.00pm, Arty Bees Books, 106 Manners Street

Jack Kerouac said, 'It was a rainy night. It was the myth of a rainy night.' In this session five writers will offer up fragments of their own myth making. Gather around for readings that overlay the universe with fresh openings to new worlds. Featuring local poet Lee Posna, American transplant Valerie Arvidson who writes photo-embedded fiction, super-star novelist Emily Perkins, spec-fic writer Dan Rabarts, and award-winning fantasy, sci-fi and horror writer, Lee Murray.

7.15pm – 8.00pm, Hunters & Collectors, 134 Cuba Street

Call me shallow, but this is the event that I'm most looking forward to. Six stylish writers meet in one of Wellington’s most iconic spots to read each other’s work and describe live how the work of that writer translates into fashion. The readers are Tayi Tibble (style: fierce glamour), Kirsten McDougall (style: bogan rock chick), Pip Adam (style: eclectic bohemian intelligentsia), Sarah Webster, (style: lyrical hipster) and Jess Holly Bates (style: 80s hip-hop mashup). Move aside, Project Runway.


8.30pm – 9.15pm, Meanwhile, 99/2 Willis St

Nestle in for readings from Aotearoa’s steamiest journal Aotearotica, which features writing and art from New Zealand and beyond. Aotearotica's editors work to select pieces that represent a wide range of genders, sexualities and perspectives, and they've just launched volume three. In this special LitCrawl session, you’ll hear from editor, Laura Borrowdale, as well as from contributors Dylan Horrocks, Sarah Laing, and Monica Macansantos. 

8.30pm – 9.15pm, Alistair's Music, 215 Cuba St

We recommended this session in our LitCrawl 2016 picks, and we're going to do it again. Radio New Zealand’s Nick Bollinger will host songwriters in Wellington’s most acoustically sympathetic venue, Alistair’s Music. The session features New Zealand singer-songwriter and environmental activist Steve Abel, local musican and writer Jessie Moss, and Finn Johansson (who has one of the most epic moustaches in Aotearoa music). A great way to end the night before...


After Party
9:30pm – 1:00am, Meow, 9 Edward Street. Tickets $10

Come dance it out at the LitCrawl After Party where you can buy beers, books, get them both signed and maybe even get yourself a wee personalised poem, and live music!

LitCrawl 2017 runs from Friday 10 November to Sunday 12 November.
Find the entire LitCrawl 2017 programme on their website.