Verb Wellington join historic Cheltenham Literature Festival for 70th Anniversary

Verb Wellington is thrilled to be part of The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival’s 70th anniversary celebration. Coming up in early October, the famous literary festival will swarm Cheltenham (UK) with 500 events in celebration of seven decades of literary festivities. Verb Wellington is one of seven selected festivals from around the world for the ‘Seven at Seventy’ project.

Born in 1949, The Cheltenham Literature Festival is one of the oldest of its kind. Each year, hundreds of writers come together to celebrate literature. Lively debates, insightful workshops and in-depth interviews thrill visitors from the world over. The iconic festival invited seven festivals to be guest curators this year, including Verb Wellington and their nominated writer, Chris Tse.

Chris Tse is a prolific poet, short fiction and non-fiction writer from Lower Hutt, Wellington. Chris won the Jessie Mackay Award for Best First Book of Poetry for his collection, How to be dead in a year of snakes. His most recent poetry collection is He’s so MASC (2018), an exploration of identity as a person and poet. You will find Chris’ work in the pages of many journals and anthologies such as Takahe, JAAM and Best New Zealand Poems.

Verb Wellington runs writers events in Wellington including the annual LitCrawl which blasts through Wellington’s best-loved indie bookshops, bars, galleries and cafes every November. Verb Wellington brings literary events to the capital year-round, including talks with Graeme Simsion, Luke Wright and John Boyne in 2019, with more to be announced for August 2019. Claire and Andrew, the founders of Verb Wellington, are honoured to have their festival involved in one of the most prestigious literary festivals in the world. They are proud to nominate the exceptional Chris Tse, Verb’s inaugural guest curator (2018),  to represent the literary talent of Aotearoa.

Verb Festival feat. LitCrawl is 6 - 10 November 2019. Programme launches 4 September.