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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CANCELLED The Marlborough Book Festival

The Marlborough Book Festival is an annual weekend of wonderful writers, curious audiences and beautiful Marlborough locations.

Book Launch: Blaze - Guardian of the Monarchs

Free event to start the school holidays. Decorate your own mask, dress up and come celebrate the launch of "Blaze - Guardian of the Monarchs" by local author Adele Gaddes.

For more information, pre-sales of the book, and to download mask template visit

July School Holidays Creative Writing Workshop

Learn new ways to make your writing spectacular at our school holiday creative writing workshop. For young people aged 10-14.

Katherine Mansfield Year 12 and 13 Short Story Competition

Are you a Year 12 or 13 student in the Wellington region? Enter the annual Katherine Mansfield Short Story Competition and be in to win a $500 cash prize.

Featherston Booktown 'Words in Winter' - Elizabeth Knox in coversation with Noelle McCarthy

Elizabeth Knox, who was appointed a CNZM in the recent Queen's Birthday honours list, will be in conversation with Featherston-based broadcaster, writer, and chicken fancier, Noelle McCarthy, on her internationally bestselling book: The Absolute Book.

Featherston Booktown 'Words in Winter' - Peta Mathias Fundraiser Gala Afternoon Tea

Join the ever-popular Peta Mathias – cook, raconteur, traveller, writer, singer, and TV star at a Gala Afternoon Tea on Saturday 11 July from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm in the Supper Room in the Anzac Hall.

Suzy Cato and The Kauri Family

An event with Suzy Cato at Dorothy Butler Children's Bookshop

Book Launch | Stop Worrying About Money by Baubre Murray

Join us to celebrate the launch of 'Stop Worrying About Money' by Baubre Murray. All welcome.

Closed to Public

Writers in Schools visits by Jennifer Somervell

Canterbury based author of "Tales from the Farm" books is visiting schools in Marlborough this week.

Writing a Short Play

Writing for the stage is more than just telling a story. Playwright Dave Armstrong will help you develop the skills to create compelling, well-paced scenes and snappy dialogue that will work well on stage. By the end of the course, you will have written a short play.

You will be expected to work on your play in between each class, with the final class including a reading of each completed short play.

Between the Lines

Central Hawke's Bay's inaugural festival, Between the Lines.

Double Book Launch: Brannavan Gnanalingam & Murdoch Stephens

Join us to release two new books into the world! Brannavan Gnanalingam's 'Sprigs' and Murdoch Stephens' 'Rat King Landlord'.

Closed to Public

Writers in Schools visits by Jennifer Somervell

Canterbury based author of "Tales from the Farm" books is visiting schools in Taranaki this week.

Closed to Public

Writers in Schools visits by Juliette MacIver in Christchurch

Yes! it's happening! Wellington based author Juliette MacIver is visiting schools in Christchurch this week.

Storylines Nationals Story Tour - Manawatu Region

Applications for Story Tour visits in 2020 are OPEN!

Solid Air Launch Aotearoa

Celebrate the premiere NZ launch of the ground breaking ‘Solid Air: Australia & New Zealand Spoken Word’ anthology.