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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Writing Funny, Writing Sad

Comedy writing masterclass with stand-up comedian and novelist Eamonn Marra

Pukapuka Talks: Fleeing to Freedom

Behrouz Boochani and Golriz Ghahraman in conversation with journalist Anke Richter.

Our People, Our Cultures, Our Languages

Panel discussion about our multicultural whenua

The launch of Reading the signs a poetry collection by Janis Freegard.

The launch of a new collection of Poetry by Janis Freegard.

Not Just for Laughs: Eamonn Marra and Lil O’Brien

Eamonn Marra and Lil O’Brien discuss the balance between comedy and tragedy in their debut books.

Writing Young Adult Fiction

Multi-award winning author of fiction for young adults Mandy Hager in conversation with local YA writers Rachael Craw, Brin Murray and Robyn Prokop.

NZSA Writing Workshop

Two-hour workshop with award-winning YA author Mandy Hager

Miriam Lancewood: Wild At Heart

Miriam Lancewood talks with Kerry Sunderland about her gripping sequel to the international bestseller, "Woman in the Wilderness".

Pukapuka Talks: Historical Fiction

Christine Leunens and Alexandra Tidswell discuss how they work with both research and imagination when creating characters from the past.

Pukapuka Talks: Our Grandfathers

Ian Trafford and William Moloney have both written fascinating novels based on their grandfathers’ WWI diaries.

Pukapuka Talks: Annabel Langbein

Annabel Langbein discusses her new memoir, Bella: My Life in Food, with Nicola Galloway.

Escaping the Poem

Cliff Fell and John Newton perform parts of their hybrid works, an epic poem and a verse novel.


Launch of the fourth issue of NMIT’s arts and literary journal "kiss me hardy".

Squiggla - Bringing Arts Back into the Classroom

From the co-developers of Squiggla and Te Uru

Launch of ‘DietVale’

The official launch of 'Dietvale', a horror thriller from multi-genre New Zealand author, Andrene Low.

WORD Christchurch Festival

New Dates! Mark your diaries... the 2020 WORD Christchurch Festival will now be taking place from 30 October - 1 November, with a new grassroots programme.

Whenua Ūkaipō Connetcedness - Free Art Exhibition

A United Nations 75th anniversary art exhibition, bringing forward authentic Māori, indigenous and many cultures artistic visions to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.


Launch of 'The Forger and the Thief'

The official launch of the latest thriller by New Zealand author Kirsten McKenzie - The Forger and the Thief.

Set in Florence, Italy, The Forger and the Thief is set amongst the devastating floods of November 1966, where the River Arno ravaged Florence's artworks, architecture and citizens. The launch of The Forger and the Thief coincides with the 54th anniversary of the floods.

Kirsten's previous thrillers - Painted and Doctor Perry, were both bestsellers in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, enjoying a long run in the horror charts. Kirsten is a full time author based in Auckland.

Mauri Ola Live - Whenua Ūkaipō Connectedness - Wā Kōrero

Our closing night special features spoken word and Taonga Puoro (traditional Māori instruments).
Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh (performing artist)
Rob Thorne (performing artist)

cancelled: Ignition Children's Book Festival

regretfully cancelled: Our annual children's book festival.

Verb Festival

Wellington’s favourite indie writers and ideas festival returns this November with a programme packed with Aoetearoa’s top writers, poets, storytellers and journalists.

Closed to Public

Writers in Schools visits by David Riley

Auckland-based Reading Warrior author David Riley will be in Wellington for the local SLANZA meeting.

Books from our Backyard

We’re all thinking more about ‘supporting local’ and New Zealand produces outstanding writing.

Storylines National Story Tour - Marlborough Region

Applications for Story Tour visits in 2020 are OPEN!

hold the date: 2020 Read NZ Te Pou Muramura Pānui

We're thrilled to announce that Lyttelton poet Ben Brown (Ngāti Māhuta, Ngāti Koroki, Ngāti Pāoa) will deliver our 2020 Read NZ Te Pou Muramura Pānui (formerly the Book Council Lecture) at the National Library auditorium in Wellington on November 18.