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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PRIDE Poetry Speakeasy

Come along to the PRIDE Poetry Speakeasy to guest readers and an open mic.

Fresh Scripts

Join us for fresh scripts by three emerging LGBTQIA+ playwrights!

Queer Inspiration: LGBTQI+ writing that shaped us

Join us to hear from LGBTQI+ writers about the writing that shaped them

Writing outside the ‘lines’: non-traditional writing

Join us to discuss the importance of varied forms of writing with LGBTQI+ creatives

By Ourselves, For Ourselves

Join us to discuss intersectional writing with a fantastic panel of LGBTQI+ writers!

Writing the Hard Stuff

Join us for a discussion of writing about difficult personal topics with a panel of incredibly talented LGBTQI+ writers.

Honoured Writer: Courtney Sina Meredith

Join us for a conversation with award-winning poet and writer Courtney Sina Meredith.

The Peter Wells Lecture: Gina Cole

Join us to hear from celebrated writer Gina Cole

Book Launch: Shelter by Douglas Lloyd Jenkins

Come celebrate the launch of Shelter, the new book by Douglas Lloyd Jenkins.

Looking back, Looking forward: The legacy of Takataapui/LGBQTI+ writers

Join us for our Saturday Night Special at Samesame but Different. Looking back, Looking forward: The legacy of Takataapui/LGBQTI+ writers

For the Love of Nancy Drew

Join us for an online discussion of all things queer and Nancy Drew!

Tracing Lapses: Queer Zine Workshop

Queer Zine Workshop with artist collective bttm methodology

Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts 2022

The Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts will take place in Wellington from February 21 to March 20, 2022

2022 Kāpiti Writers' Retreat

Immerse yourself in writing and conversation this summer. There’s something for everyone–whether you’re new to writing, an established writer, or somewhere in-between. The Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat is a three-day gathering for writers that encompasses intensive morning workshops and lively afternoon discussions led by leading writers from across Aotearoa – Chloe Lane, Gem Wilder, Helen Lehndorf, Nic Lowe, Rebecca Priestley, Sinead Overbye and Therese Lloyd. You'll find space to write, relax and engage with topics critical to your work.
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50 Years of Read NZ

Read NZ Te Pou Muramura celebrates its 50th birthday this year!
Join us for special event at Aotearoa NZ Festival of the Arts, bringing together a panel of our recent Pānui speakers. We'll ask them, "what's changed since your Pānui?"

Inside Quote Marks

“Inside Quote Marks” a conversation between Kiwi authors and readers.

Readers: Do you know how many authors are hiding in your suburb disguised as regular neighbours?