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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Beyond the Page

Welcome to Beyond the Page, New Zealand’s largest literary festival for tamariki and their whānau!

Hutt City Libraries, Upper Hutt City Libraries, Wellington City Libraries, Porirua City Libraries and Kāpiti Coast District Libraries are collaborating to run an exciting line-up of events to entertain, excite, and inspire the region’s tamariki and get them exploring the world of story and their cities.

This amazing literary and creative journey takes place in 2019 from 6 - 21 July in the Wellington, Hutt Valley, Porirua and Kāpiti coast regions, for more information, visit our website

Paint n' Pen: Free Creative Writing Workshop

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 tour to work on your ideas. Open to writers, budding and established, of all ages.

Book Launch - Lay Studies by Steven Toussaint

Unity Books and Victoria University Press warmly invite you to celebrate the launch of 'Lay Studies' by Steven Toussaint

A Careful Revolution – Towards a Low-Emissions Future

Climate change is happening and the potential long-term costs are incalculable. But how do we manage the short-term costs of mitigation?

Join authors David Hall and Maria Bargh as they discuss whether a revolution can be ‘careful’, and how to ensure a tika transition in true partnership with Māori.

Swapna Haddow: Telling Tales (Kidsfest)

Free event for KidsFest! Come and meet award-winning UK author Swapna Haddow and hear her talk about her brand new book Dave Pigeon (Royal Coo!). Come along and ask questions and find out what it takes to be an author.

KidsFest Workshop: Green Elephants and Purple Oceans with Swapna Haddow

Calling all budding young authors! Have you ever wanted to write a story? Are you interested in starting out as an author? Unleash your inner writer in this interactive workshop with award-winning author, Swapna Haddow, where you will learn about creativity, editing and writing your very own stories.

Amundsen’s Way (KidsFest)

Roald Amundsen – hero or villain? Amundsen’s South Polar conquest is an extraordinary tale that combines risk, intrigue and adventure. In this free event for KidsFest, come and meet author Joanna Grochowicz as she recounts the gripping tale of the great Norwegian explorer’s courage, determination and ruthlessness in the race to the South Pole.

KidsFest Workshop: Writing the Past with Joanna Grochowicz

Do you love history, horrible or nice? How do you write a story based on real life events? In this KidsFest workshop with author Joanna Grochowicz, you’ll come to grips with the elements necessary to create stories based on your favourite well-known moments in history.

There’s Something Dark in the Water!

As part of KidsFest, come along to an interactive book launch for Ringlet and the Day the Oceans Stopped presented by author Felicity Williams and her shoal of merkid helpers. Step into a sparkling interactive underwater world created by set designer Julian Southgate and Canvas Bag Drama School.

BWB Talks: Climate Crisis and Revolution

Join authors of the latest addition to the BWB Texts series, A Careful Revolution, to explore the politics and practicalities of the low-emissions transition. Can this revolution be careful?

Monday 22 July, 6.00–7.00 pm
City Gallery Wellington

Writers on Mondays: Lynda Chanwai-Earle

HOT AND COLD: Lynda Chanwai-Earle in conversation with Miria George

Book Launch | A Communist In The Family: Searching For Rewi Alley by Elspeth Sandys

Unity Books Wellington & Otago University Press warmly invite you to celebrate the launch of 'A Communist In The Family: Searching For Rewi Alley' by Elspeth Sandys

Wordswillwork South Auckland Writers Festival

A writers festival that has broad appeal but cosy enough that you can get soup and scones while listening to readings on a winters afternoon.

Workshops, panel discussions and readings from new and established authors, as well as the announcement of the winner of the Franklin Writers Group National Flash Fiction Competition.
Venue - Nathan Homestead Date - 27th of July 2019

Writers on Mondays: Poetry Quintet

Five poets in dicussion with Chris Price.

Book Launch | Brain Connections: How To Sleep Better, Worry Less and Feel Happier by Dr Giresh Kanji

Unity Books Wellington & Pain Publications warmly invite you to celebrate the launch of 'BRAIN CONNECTIONS: How To Sleep Better, Worry Less and Feel Happier' by Dr Giresh Kanji. All welcome.

Book Launch | The Occasional Demon by Primo Levi translated by Marco Sonzogni & Harry Thomas

Unity Books Wellington, Ambasciata d’Italia, Marco Sonzogni & The Cuba Press warmly invite you to celebrate the launch of 'The Occasional Demon' by Primo Levi, a limited edition of Primo Levi’s poetry in both Italian and English to mark the centenary of his birth, translated by Marco Sonzogni & Harry Thomas.