Book events and opportunities for writers calendar

Our calendar is full of book events and opportunities for writers organised by bookish groups throughout Aotearoa. Whether it’s a festival, book launch, award, grant, poetry reading or live storytelling event, never miss a book event or writers' opportunity in your community again!

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Author talk | Andrew Crowe - Pathway of the Birds

Unity Books Wellington and Bateman Books warmly invite you to hear an interview with Andrew Crowe about his award-winning book, Pathway of the Birds: The Voyaging Achievements of Māori and their Polynesian Ancestors. All welcome.

Book Launch: Where We Swim by Ingrid Horrocks

Unity Books Wellington and Victoria University Press warmly invite to celebrate the launch of 'Where We Swim' by Ingrid Horrocks, to be launched by Laura Jean McKay, followed by a reading from Ingrid. All Welcome.

Secret Art Powers: Lies and Fluidity, a lecture by Jo Randerson

Pōneke artist and writer Jo Randerson ONZM unveiled her six frameworks, at Verb Wellington last year, for how artists and creative thinkers can re-shape our world at this urgent, uncertain moment in history. Secret Art Powers is an evolving theatrical lecture series that will culminate in a book due for publication in 2022.

How to get your book reviewed

Elizabeth Heritage an experienced book reviewer and publicist in te ao pukapuka (the NZ publishing industry, book trade, literary circles & media). Come and learn how to get your pukapuka (book) reviewed!

Closed to Public

Writers in Schools visits by Mary-anne Scott

Hawkes Bay-based author Mary-anne Scott is visiting schools around the West Coast this week.

Author Talk: Judy Melinek + T.J. Mitchell

Join New York Times bestselling co-authors Judy Melinek, M.D. and T.J. Mitchell for a candid discussion on writing together, the life of a forensic pathologist and their latest book, Aftershock.

Ages of Pages

A book event for readers and authors to connect.

Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal and National Awards Day

Presentation of the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal and Lecture - Julia Marshall, Publisher Gecko Press
Presentation of the 2021 Storylines National Awards


Capital Crimes - Karori Mystery in the Library April 9th - 6pm (Free)

The Ngaio Marsh Awards, in association with Wellington City Libraries, invites booklovers to a fun evening of criminally good conversation featuring four acclaimed local storytellers.

2018 Ngaio Marsh Award winner Jennifer Lane chairs a panel discussion with Rajorshi Chakraborti, Helen Vivienne Fletcher, and Rodney Strong on how they craft memorable characters and page-turning storylines, and infuse their books with real-life issues and insights into people and society.

The 2021 Festival of Colour and Aspiring Conversations

A week-long festival of arts and ideas held in Wanaka.

Talk and draw with Tara Black in discussion with Dylan Horrocks.  (Waitohi Library Sat 17th of April at 1pm) Free

Talk and draw with graphic artist Tara Black in discussion with fellow artist Dylan Horrocks.

A Capital Crimespree - Newtown Mystery in the Library ( Free)

Do you enjoy delving into some darkness in your reading?

The Ngaio Marsh Awards, in association with Wellington City Libraries, invites booklovers to a fun evening of criminally good conversation featuring five outstanding local storytellers.

Three-time Ockhams New Zealand Book Awards listee Brannavan Gnanalingam chairs a panel discussion with 2019 Ngaio Marsh Award and Ockhams winner Dame Fiona Kidman, 2021 Ockhams longlistee Sally J Morgan, and New York Times bestselling writing duo Dr Judy Melinek and TJ Michell. From crafting rich characters alongside exciting storylines to addressing real-life issues through their fiction, much will be revealed .