Thu 18 Oct 2018

More Words at WOMAD

She eschewed the microphone, declaring she didn’t need it, then enthralled an audience of 100 with her views on evolution from the perspective of a mother and grandmother.

American author Sonya Renee Taylor is a poet, spoken word artist, speaker, social justice activist, educator, and founder of The Body is Not An Apology movement.

She will be part of an impressive line-up at the WITT sponsored World of Words at WOMAD 2019 next March and was a guest artist at the official WOMAD launch in Wellington last night (October 17).

Last night Taranaki Arts Festival Trust chief Suzanne Porter announced the World of Words for 2019 would move to the Kunming Garden area.

She said the event, introduced last year, was so popular programming would be extended to include late night slots.

“Festival goers can enjoy the relaxed beauty of the Kunming area whilst listening to top-notch authors, presenters and comedians," she said.

Other artists lined up for the World of Words are author and musician Dominic “Tourette’s” Hoey,  beer expert Michael Donaldson,  comedienne Michèle A’Court, music scene expert Nick Bollinger, poet and comedienne Penny Ashton and author Pip Adam, (Aotearoa).

“If Sonya’s performance last night is anything to go by, World of Words is going to be a fantastic part of WOMAD next year,” Barbara George said.


Pictured: Barbara George and Sonya Renee Taylor at last night’s WOMAD launch.