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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April

Steve Braunias at Unity Books Wellington

Twelve extraordinary tales of disappearance: a collection of true crime writing by New Zealand’s award-winning master of non-fiction, Steve Braunias.
Join Steve for a talk about his new book MISSING PERSONS at Unity Books Wellington.

The Dark Quest of Countess X - A Call to the World’s Youth by L P Hansen

Meet the author. Hear from Child Alert (ECPAT) NZ, supporters of the book. See www.lphansen.com for further information and for the Launch writing competition with its generous prizes.

Celebrating 'Imagining Decolonisation'

‘Imagining Decolonisation’, a short book authored by Bianca Elkington, Rebecca Kiddle, Moana Jackson, Ocean Mercier, Mike Ross, Jennie Smeaton and Amanda Thomas and published by Bridget Williams Books, has held a top ten spot in Unity’s best seller list for much of the last year.
Join us and the book’s authors for an evening of celebration.

Wild Dogs Under My Skirt

Tusiata Avia's powerful collection of poetry adapted for the stage is touring to Dunedin, Oamaru and Invercargill as part of the Dunedin Arts Festival.

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.

Wild Dogs Under My Skirt

Tusiata Avia's powerful collection of poetry adapted for the stage is touring to Dunedin, Oamaru, and Invercargill, as part of the Dunedin Arts Festival.

NZSA Christchurch/Ōtautahi Regional Roadshow

Take part in a day of keynote sessions, workshops, masterclasses and discussions plus a catered morning tea/coffee and lunch.

Writers Practice: Pure Psychic Automatism – Writing from Surrealist and Magical Realist Influences with Ruby Solly

The written word is powerful, but it is also a chance to play and create things which we cannot have in our real lives. Join writer, musician and taonga pūoro practitioner Ruby Solly in this two-day workshop to extend your writing, embrace the strange, and work on your potential to describe the indescribable.
On 10.30am - 3.00pm, 10 April and 17 April 2021.
Limited places available.
Register now! https://writerspractice.nz/events/purepsychic/

Wild Dogs Under My Skirt

Tusiata Avia's powerful collection of poetry, adapted for the stage is touring to Dunedin, Oamaru, and Invercargill, as part of the Dunedin Arts Festival.

Wild Dogs Under My Skirt

Tusiata Avia's powerful collection of poetry, adapted for the stage is touring to Dunedin, Oamaru, and Invercargill, as part of the Dunedin Arts Festival.

Becky Manawatu in conversation with Kate Camp

This talk has been regretfully cancelled but the workshop and picnic are going ahead: Hear award winning author Becky Manawatu in conversation with Kate Camp. This event is free. 1pm at the Business Hive at 26 Ribble Street, Oamaru.

The 2021 Festival of Colour and Aspiring Conversations

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

Book Launch | How To Live With Mammals by Ash Davida Jane

All welcome to this celebration of How To Live With Mammals, new poetry by Ash Davida Jane (VUP).

Same Same But Takatāpui

Same Same But Different and Food Court Books are overjoyed to host a reading from four of the most exciting takatāpui wahine writing today.

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.

Author talk| The Great Successor by Anna Fifield

Join us to hear Anna Fifield discuss her book, 'The Great Successor: The Secret Rise & Rule of Kim Jong Un' (John Murray) with Kelly Dennett. All welcome.

Walking In Lockdown

Five writers, Russell Brown, Nisha Madhan, Karlo Mila, Zech Soakai and Kennedy Warne, tell their stories of walking in a time of COVID-19.

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 .