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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The Crucial Decade | Pukapuka Talks (Nelson Arts Festival)

Kim Hill invites Jason Boberg, Mike Joy, Dave Lowe and Kera O’Regan to explain why there’s still hope we can respond to the climate crisis.
In her introduction to the new anthology, Climate Aotearoa: What’s happening and what we can do about it, Rt Hon Helen Clark reflects that while governments and businesses around the world have been forced to act in response to Covid-19, why isn’t the same true in the case of the climate crisis?

Beyond the Headlines | Pukapuka Talks (Nelson Arts Festival)

Crime writer Alan Carter interrogates Steve Braunias and Jared Savage, two of Aotearoa's best journalists, about their new true crime books.

Asian Voices in Aotearoa | Pukapuka Talks (Nelson Arts Festival)

Hear from three contributors to the new anthology, A Clear Dawn: New Asian Voices From Aotearoa New Zealand: Angelique Kasmara, Rose Lu and Chris Tse.

Wāhine Wahapū

Former NZ Poet Laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh shares the stage with two of Aoteaora’s most extraordinary young poets – Ruby Solly and Tayi Tibble – as they perform poems from their latest collections.

Once Were Hippies | PukapukaTalks (Nelson Arts Festival)

Steve Braunias speaks with Miro Bilbrough about her memoir, In The Time of the Manaroans, which he declared on Newsroom the ‘best written book of non-fiction of 2020’.

Out Here in Whakatū | Pukapuka Talks (Nelson Arts Festival)

Join Chris Tse, Ruby Solly and AJ Fitzwater to celebrate the breadth and diversity within Aotearoa’s rainbow literary community.

Sisters Are Doing It | Pukapuka Talks (Nelson Arts Festival)

Local food writer Nicola Galloway chats to Margo and Rosa Flanagan (AKA ‘Two Raw Sisters’) about their new cookbook, Salad.

New Zealand Young Writers Festival 2021

Free four day literary festival designed to free your mind through workshops, performances, panels and more.

Yarns in Barns: Wairarapa Festival of Reading

Yarns in Barns is the Wairarapa's biennial literary festival for the community with a distinctly rural twist. Bringing together some of New Zealand’s best writers, poets and storytellers for two weeks of events held in an eclectic range of venues across the region. From bookshops to libraries, wineries to wildlife centres and of course, it goes without saying – barns!

Next event: 15-24th October 2022


Verb Wellington

Hold the date!

The 8th annual Verb Festival. Watch this space for details!

LIANZA 2021 Conference

Join LIANZA and the library and information sector for a three-day conference, virtually and in-person!

You'll be inspired by international and national keynote speakers, engaged in collaborative workshops, and motivated by the many seminars presented by library and information sector colleagues from across New Zealand!

2021 Read NZ Pānui

Read NZ Te Pou Muramura will hold its annual Pānui (Lecture) on November 10, 2021.

The life-changing power of reading and literature is explored in this year’s compelling Read NZ Te Pou Muramura Pānui (formerly the Book Council Lecture) on November 10, 2021 at the National Library Auditorium (Aitken St entrance) at 6 pm, alert levels allowing.

The organisation is thrilled to announce that Ōtaki playwright Renée (Ngāti Kahungunu) will deliver its 2021 address: "If you don’t get your head out of a book, my girl, you’ll end up on Queer Street."

Going West Festival - Shifting Ground

The fourth and final night of Going West Live looks at how realities change in ways that aren't always apparent. In multiple sessions across both venues, this event welcomes a wide array of writers who can traverse worlds to reveal deeper understanding of who – and where – we are. With an emphasis on te ao Māori, our invited historians, poets, creative non-fictionalists, novelists and photographers will unpack their work through oratory, kōrero and performance.

Storylines Northland Tour incl Kaipara, Whangarei and Far North

The Storylines National Story Tour sends four leading authors and illustrators to visit schools, early childhood education centres, community groups and libraries on each of its tours each year.

Everything Books Tauranga Book signing

An opportunity to talk to NZ published authors, some of them international best sellers and award winners, buy their books and have them signed. Workshops will be held during the day on the process of writing and publishing a book for anyone interested. There will be a special space for children to have books read to them, enjoy book related entertainment and win books. Raffles held for bundles of signed books and a gold coin donation will be appreciated for Blind Low Vision Library. FREE ENTRY.