Literary Magic at the Verb Festival

We’re excited to see that our good friends at Verb have just announced the details of their eighth annual festival!

This year’s festival takes place between 3-7 November and includes the ever-popular LitCrawl on Saturday 6 November. For inspiration, this year the Verb team have chosen the theme of “Coven” to explore ideas of community, magic and circles of knowledge both ancient and new.

You Can get Full programme details (including how to book) by clicking here. Specific LitCrawl details can be found here.

To get you in the right place to enjoy the many magical treats on offer, we have a wide range of related books. Below is just a small selection of those titles:

Surrealist Sisters: Writers Respond: Sunday, 31 October, 2pm Te Papa – Te Marae, Level 4 (Free event). Click here for event details and to book.

Women artists and the surrealist movement / Chadwick, Whitney
“This pioneering book stands as the most comprehensive treatment of the lives, ideas and art works of the remarkable group of women who were an essential part of the Surrealist movement.” (Catalogue)

Aroha: Hinemoa Elder: Sunday, 7 November, 2:30pm – 3:30pm National Library of New Zealand, Auditorium | Taiwhanga Kauhau. Click here for event details and to book.

Aroha : Māori wisdom for a contented life lived in harmony with our planet / Elder, Hinemoa
“Ki te kotahi te kakaho ka whati, ki te kapuia, e kore e whati. When we stand alone we are vulnerable but together we are unbreakable. Discover traditional Māori philosophy through 52 whakataukī – simple, powerful life lessons, one for every week. Each one is retold by respected Māori psychiatrist Dr Hinemoa Elder to show how we can live a less stressful daily life, with more contentment and kindness for each other and the planet.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Fresh Ink: Friday, 5 November, 1:00pm – 2:00 pm St Peter’s on Willis. Click here for event details and to book.

Auē / Manawatu, Becky
“Taukiri was born into sorrow. Auē can be heard in the sound of the sea he loves and hates, and in the music he draws out of the guitar that was his father’s. It spills out of the gang violence that killed his father and sent his mother into hiding, and the shame he feels about abandoning his eight-year-old brother to another violent home. But Arama is braver than he looks, and he has a friend and his friend has a dog, and the three of them together might just be strong enough to turn back the tide of sorrow.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Political Fiction: Saturday, 6 November 6:00pm – 6:45pm Meow, 9 Edward Street. Click here for event details and to book.

She’s a killer. / McDougall, Kirsten

” Kirsten McDougall’s latest novel is a brilliant new speculative  fiction  climate change  novel set in Wellington in a very believable and near future ”

( Adapted from Catalogue)


Silence Is…: Saturday, 6 November, 6:00pm – 6:45pm St Peter’s on Willis. Click here for event details and to book.

Tōku pāpā / Solly, Ruby
“‘This book sings a song of connection and disconnection. It moves between the light and the dark as all living things must, and it stretches back to our ancestors and forward to our descendants, while exploring the difficulties of loving those who we should be closest to. This is a searching and generous collection of toikupu that slow time to a trickle…’ — essa may ranapiri.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Nature Cure: A Forager’s Treasury with Johanna Knox: Friday, 22 October 2021, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, The Innermost Gardens  31 Lawson Place. Click here for event details and to book.

The forager’s treasury : the essential guide to finding and using wild plants in Aotearoa / Knox, Johanna
“A New Zealand guide to the art of foraging – a comprehensive guide to finding sustainable, free and fascinating plants.” (Catalogue)

A Clear Dawn: Wednesday, 3 November, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Meow, 9 Edward Street. Click here for event details and to book.

A clear dawn : new Asian voices from Aotearoa New Zealand
“This landmark collection of poetry, fiction and essays is the first-ever anthology of Asian New Zealand creative writing. A Clear Dawn presents an extraordinary new wave of creative talent. With roots stretching from Indonesia to Japan, from China to the Philippines to the Indian subcontinent, the authors in this anthology range from high school students to retirees, from recent immigrants to writers whose families have lived in New Zealand for generations.” (Catalogue)

What We Talk About When We Think About the Future: Saturday, 6 November, 8:30pm-9:15pm, St Peter’s on Willis, 211 Willis Street. Click here for event details and to book.

Reading the signs / Freegard, Janis
“The poems in Janis Freegard’s new collection take their starting point from the poet’s daily ritual of reading the tea leaves while writing in the Ema Saiko room in the Wairarapa. This leads to unexpected discoveries about the world around her, from spider visitors to the writing room and a papyrus-fine gecko skin in the nearby wildlife sanctuary, to news of the ancient bdelloid rotifers that defy natural disasters and the recently extinct amphibians that did not.” (Adapted from Catalogue)