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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August

Call for submissions: Ko Aotearoa Tātou | We Are New Zealand

Immediate call for submissions.

This anthology of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and visual art celebrates the voices, experiences and ethnicities that form contemporary New Zealand. Its editors are Michelle Elvy, Paula Morris, and James Norcliffe.

Hamilton Book Month

Hamilton Book Month is on every August with almost all events free of charge and open to all.

Paint n' Pen: Free Creative Writing Workshop - 4 August

Write a short story, a poem, or some lyrics inspired by Christchurch's rich street art and get published! We are offering a series of workshops plus guided tours to work on your ideas. Open to writers, budding and established, of all ages.

Lunchtime Author Talk | Toby Faber

Join Unity Books Wellington, Faber & Faber and Allen & Unwin NZ for an in-store author talk with Toby Faber, author of ‘Faber & Faber: The Untold Story’ and a new crime thriller, ‘Close to the Edge’.

Writers on Mondays: Dinah Hawken and Lynn Jenner

DIG DEEPER: Dinah Hawken and Lynn Jenner in conversation with Bill Manhire

BWB Talk: Wealth, Wellbeing and Capital Gains Tax: What Next? - Otago

Despite significant levels of inequality, the prospects of a capital gains tax in New Zealand now appear remote.

Please join author Max Rashbrooke and tax expert Lisa Marriott as they discuss options for tackling wealth inequality in their talk: Wealth, Wellbeing and Capital Gains Tax: What Next?

This event will be chaired by Janine Hayward, University of Otago.

BWB Talk: Wealth, Wellbeing and Capital Gains Tax: What Next? - Auckland

Despite significant levels of inequality, the prospects of a capital gains tax in New Zealand now appear remote.

Please join author Max Rashbrooke and tax expert Lisa Marriott as they discuss options for tackling wealth inequality in their talk: Wealth, Wellbeing and Capital Gains Tax: What Next?

This event will be chaired by Anna Hood, University of Auckland.

30th Birthday Literary Concert

The Women's Bookshop 30th Birthday Literary Concert

Wild Honey launch - Auckland

An event to celebrate the launch of Paula Green's Wild Honey: Reading NZ Women's Poetry, written by author Paula Green.

Lunchtime Event | Celebrate Children’s Books in Wellington

Unity Books and Gecko Press welcome you to a New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults event.

Double Book Launch | How To Live by Helen Rickerby & AUP New Poets 5: Carolyn DeCarlo, Sophie van Waardenberg, Rebecca Hawkes

Unity Books Wellington and Auckland University Press warmly invite you to attend the combined launch of HOW TO LIVE by Helen Rickerby & AUP New Poets 5: Carolyn DeCarlo, Sophie van Waardenberg, Rebecca Hawkes

Book Launch - 'Get Organised' by Diane Weatherhead

Diane Weatherhead is launching her new book 'Get Organised - Seasonal Planner for the Southern Hemisphere' .

The david merritt poetry experience meets booktown

I'm on tour down and back up the country to promote the publication of three new collections of poetry.

Writers on Mondays: Maria Tumarkin

AXIOMATIC: Maria Tumarkin in conversation with Chris Price

Lunchtime Author Talk | Nailing Down The Saint: Craig Cliff

Unity Books Wellington and Penguin Random House warmly invite you to celebrate the publication of 'Nailing Down The Saint' by Craig Cliff. Author talk chaired by Brannavan Gnanalingam.

Ashton Wylie Trust Literature Awards Evening

The Ashton Wylie Trust Literature awards are unique in the country for their encouragement of writing in the Mind, Body, Spirit genre.

The awards were established in 1999 thanks to a bequest from the late businessman, Ashton Wylie.

The 2019 winners will be announced at a ceremony at Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Westhaven Marina, in Auckland on Friday 16 August, 2019.

The Book category winner and the Unpublished Manuscript category winner each receive a $10,000 prize.

Natalie Haynes presents Honour Among Thebes

The History of Theatre has never been so much fun.

Writer and comedian Natalie Haynes presents Honour Among Thebes, a lively tour through the early Greek Tragedies and Comedies, from the first performance by Thespis to the raucous sex-strike of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, via the great tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides. Honour Among Thebes is based on Natalies book, The Children of Jocasta which retells the Antigone and Oedipus myths through a refreshingly feminist lens.

Natalie Haynes presents Troy Story

BBC presenter, writer, Classicist and comedian Natalie Haynes takes on the Trojan War. Based on her latest novel, A Thousand Ships, Natalie’s hour of 'Troy Story’ steers you through the stories of the women at the heart of the greatest conflict in ancient literature.

Settle in for a wild ride from divine pleasure to carnage and aftermath, from the women’s perspective. Your ticket includes a light afternoon tea and the chance to chat with Natalie after the talk.

Thanks to Double Denim for hosting. Proudly supported by The Park hotel.

Writers on Mondays: Best New Zealand Poems

BEST NEW ZEALAND POEMS 2018

BWB Talk: Wealth, Wellbeing and Capital Gains Tax: What Next? - Wellington

Will people step up now and take the time to learn, know and feel the history of the places they call home?

Four Readings and a Festival

2019 Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day

"Four Readings and a Festival" – SP (Spark Place)

Thursday 22 August 6pm - 7.30pm

Four Christchurch poets talk fame, fortune, first books and what possessed them to do it. Reading from their newborn collections are Erik Kennedy (shortlisted in the 2019 Ockham Book Awards for his collection There's No Place Like the Internet In Springtime), Marisa Cappetta (How to Tour the World on a Flying Fox), Victoria Broome (How We Talk to Each Other) and Gail Ingram (Contents Under Pressure). MC of the panel is Joanna Preston (Kathleen Grattan Award for The Summer King).

Book Launch | Relative Strangers: A Mother’s Adoption Memoir by Pip Murdoch

Unity Books Wellington and Fern Publishing warmly invite you to celebrate the publication of 'Relative Strangers: A Mother’s Adoption Memoir' by Pip Murdoch to be launched by Dame Fiona Kidman.

National Poetry Day | Wild Honey: Reading New Zealand Women’s Poetry

On National Poetry Day 2019 join Unity Books and Massey University Press to celebrate 'Wild Honey: Reading New Zealand Women’s Poetry' by Paula Green.
Paula will introduce readings from carina gallegos, Stefanie Lash,
Therese Lloyd, Maria McMillan and Manon Revuelta.

Author Talk: Self-Publishing in New Zealand

In 2019 it's easier than ever before to get your book produced through self-publishing. It's also harder than ever to get your book noticed in a noisy publishing market. How do you cut through the noise and make your book stand out? Come along and hear Dave MacManus from The CopyPress in Nelson take you through the steps of self-publishing, from editing and design to getting your book accepted into bookshops.

How to Speak Your Truth Without Being a Slave to It and the Power of What If

A one-day workshop with Victor Rodger which explores the story that you want to tell in order to find the story you should tell.

Writers on Mondays: Rebecca Priestley and Helen Heath

ELECTRIC / ANTARCTIC: Rebecca Priestley and Helen Heath in conversation

DeRay Mckesson: The Other Side of Freedom

This is an unmissable opportunity to hear from one of the world’s leading civil rights activists in conversation with Action Station’s Laura O’Connell Rapira.

In his book, On the Other Side of Freedom, Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson gives an extraordinary, personal insight into the power of the imagination and what it takes to start a movement to overturn systems of injustice and make way for true freedom.

Author talk | Alan Duff: A Conversation With My Country

Unity Books Wellington and Penguin Random House warmly invite you to hear Alan Duff discuss his new book, 'A Conversation With My Country'. All welcome.

NZ Book Council Lecture: Stories from the Wild presented by Lani Wendt Young

We are thrilled to announce Pacific Laureate Lani Wendt Young as this year’s speaker for the Book Council Lecture in Wellington on August 28. Tickets on sale August 5.

Giant Book Storytime in English and Te Reo Māori

Join us for a special Storytime session of Margaret Mahy's story A Lion in the Meadow / He Raiona i Roto i Ngā Otaota.