This Saturday literature lovers will be running from venue to venue hoping to catch their favourite writers at LitCrawl 2016. Based on the concept of a pub crawl but with more words (and (maybe?) fewer drunken stumbles) the event is in its third year. There are 18 venues for the crawl this year plus the After Party at the Paramount. Directors Claire Mabey and Andrew Laking urge Wellingtonians to map their crawl in advance and to arrive early. “The very concept of LitCrawl makes you want to be in – at least – two places at once.  The programme is divided into three parts between 6 and 9.30pm, so everyone can plan to enjoy a minimum of three sessions. Remember the upside of not getting into one means you can quickly race off to another” Mabey says.

The six events in Part one feature: stories on the theme of metamorphosis; “some writing loosely organised along non-heterosexual lines across genders and experiences”; unseen Wellington; BWB Texts authors interviewing each other; writers wildest dreams; writing about family and being a parent.

Part Two’s six events include: live format chatting and cartooning with the Tobys; fresh writing by writers under 25; poetry in languages from around the world; medicine and poetry; four disabled writers read from their published works (this session will be sign interpreted); the books writers read.

And the final six events of Part Three present: choicest paragraphs from essays; pure poetry in performance; the offline launch of a new online journal called 4th Floor; singer-songwriters in performance; experiences of dislocation and marginalisation.

Entry to all the events is by donation. (The LitCrawl team recommend $5 per event as this allows them  to keep it “ambitious and free”.)