Micro Madness 2017 – today a NZ story

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Welcome to Micro Madness 2017

A story a day June 1 – June 22


Celebrating the smallest stories – micros up to 100 words – selected from entries from around the world by this year’s judges Frances Gapper (UK) and Rachel Smith (NZ).


Thank you to all who entered the competition.

Congratulations to these 22 writers, whose stories have appeared this month:


Celia Coyne * Judy Darley * Jude Higgins * John Holland  

Gail Ingram* Ingrid Jendrzejewski * Jac Jenkins * Pam Laird

Fiona Lincoln * Agnes Marton * Heather McQuillan  

Zoe Meager * Vivienne Merrill * Steven Moss * Keith Nunes

 Clair Polders * Santino Prinzi * Laurie Stone * Sally Syson  

Vivian Thonger * Sophie van Llewyn * Iona Winter


The top three winners are shared June 20, 21 and 22.

Please go to the Micro Madness page to read all of June’s stories

and watch this space as the last three unfold each day.




Micro Madness 2017

Info: nationalflash@gmail.com



September 2017, Christchurch – Shifting Points of View events


WORD Christchurch, in association with Christchurch Arts Festival, is pleased to announce Shifting Points of View, a series of events designed to provoke and enlighten, and maybe even change your perspective on the world.

Featuring Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett, provocateur and documentary-maker John Safran, Australian feminist Clementine Ford, British journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge, author Witi Ihimaera, surgeon David Galler, poet Glenn Colquhoun, Ngāi Tahu storyteller Joseph Hullen and more, Shifting Points of View takes place throughout September 2017 as part of the Christchurch Arts Festival.

For discussions on failure, racism, feminism, music, politics, extremism, gothic literature, local Ngāi Tahu stories and the things that matter most in life, visit our website for the full line-up of speakers and events, and check out the amazing Christchurch Arts Festival programme which launched last night!

Tickets for all events go on sale 21 June through Ticketek. A Shifting Points of View season pass will also be available.

On tonight: Bridges by Bill Manhire and Norman Meehan


7.30PM | 20 JUNE | TICKETS $28



Bridges is song cycle composed by Bill Manhire and Norman Meehan with vocalist Hannah Griffin, and accompanied by Blair Latham (guitars, reeds) and Andrew Laking (double bass).

Drawing from Old Norse tales and poems (including the medieval Norwegian “Draumkvæde” or “Dreamsong”), and supplementing these with his own texts, New Zealand poet Bill Manhire has assembled a suite of poems that together form an episodic narrative tracing journeys and a variety of crossings-over.

Central to the narrative is Bifröst: a burning and trembling rainbow bridge that, in Norse mythology, reaches between Midgard (the world) and Asgard, the realm of the gods. Ancient bridges like Bifröst and Gjallarbrú – which spans the river Gjöllin in the underworld – seem to involve journeys between this and other worlds, and often involve tests as one makes the journey.


Duration: 60 minutes