Helen Clark to feature at upcoming Word Christchurch festival

Former prime minister Helen Clark will be a guest speaker at the upcoming WORD Christchurch Festival on August 31.
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Former prime minister Helen Clark will be a guest speaker at the upcoming WORD Christchurch Festival on August 31.

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark is a last minute addition to a writers and readers festival in Christchurch. 

Clark will join the line-up of local and international speakers at the biennial WORD Christchurch festival, which will run from August 29 to September 2.

She will appear alongside Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel at the Isaac Theatre Royal at 6pm on August 31.

WORD Christchurch literary director Rachael King.
John Kirk-Anderson

WORD Christchurch literary director Rachael King.

Clark's new book Women, Equality, Power, will be released the same day. The book is a selection of her speeches.

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Clark was called in after headliner Irvine Welsh had to withdraw from the programme on Tuesday.

Festival programme director Rachael King said she was disappointed to lose Welsh but was delighted Clark had joined the programme.

"We were disappointed when we lost Irvine Welsh… but as the saying goes, when one door closes, a window opens.

"One of the major themes of this festival is a celebration of 125 years of women's suffrage, so her session on women, equality and power couldn't be more apt," she said.

Tickets for the event go on sale at 9am on Friday August 17 at Ticketek.

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Further information on the festival can be found on the WORD Christchurch website.

 - Stuff

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