WORD Festival Christchurch: Bloomsbury South
Philip Carter Family Auditorium
From 1933 to 1953, Christchurch was the arts capital of this country, home to an extraordinary range of creative men and women. Peter Simpson has told their remarkable story.
Rita Angus, Leo Bensemann, Colin McCahon, Allen Curnow, Denis Glover, James K. Baxter, Ngaio Marsh and Douglas Lilburn; The Group, the Caxton Press, the Little Theatre, Landfall and Tomorrow… From 1933 to 1953, Christchurch was the ‘Bloomsbury of the South’, where painters, writers and musicians lived, worked and loved together; fought, championed and influenced one another. Peter Simpson, who has told their remarkable story, talks to Paul Millar.
To be followed by the official launch of Simpson's new book, Bloomsbury South: The Arts in Christchurch 1933–1953 with Auckland University Press at 5pm.