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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July

New Zealand Mountain, Film and Book Festival - Queenstown

The 19th NZ Mountain Film and Book Festival presents a wide range of films, guest speakers, workshops and presentations from inspirational adventurers. Our films and books tell stories of adventure sports, foreign cultures, remote travel and environmental issues.

Book Launch: The Only Living Lady Parachutist

Please join us at the launch of Catherine Clarke’s debut novel The Only Living Lady Parachutist, based on a woman who jumped from hot air balloons in 1890s Australia and New Zealand.

Closed to Public

Writers in Schools visits by Ruth Paul

Wellington based author/illustrator Ruth Paul is visiting schools in Christchurch this week.

Book Launch | Mental Fitness by Paul Wood

Join Unity Books and Paul Wood, author of How to Escape from Prison, to celebrate the launch of Paul’s latest book Mental Fitness (Harper Collins).

Book Launch | Harry Ricketts: Selected Poems

Unity Books and Victoria University Press warmly invite you to celebrate the launch of 'Selected Poems' by Harry Ricketts. All welcome.

All Unity Books events pending alert level 1.

Marlborough Book Festival

The Marlborough Book Festival is run by the Marlborough Readers & Writers Charitable Trust.

https://www.marlboroughbookfest.co.nz/

Pop-up Guerrilla Publishing with 5ever x NAG at Te Ramaroa

5ever x NAG is in Nelson for Te Ramaroa Light Festival - and we need your help! Please join us for some creative chaos and pedal-powered publishing!

Author talk | Anne Kayes on 'In Our Own Backyard'

Join author Anne Kayes, as she discusses and reads from her new YA novel, 'In Our Own Back Yard'. All welcome.

Author talk | Grief on the Run by Julie Zarifeh

Join us to hear clinical psychologist and author Julie Zarifeh in conversation with Dr. Shaystah Dean, discussing Julie's new book Grief on the Run and the five strategies she used to help her cope with devastating loss. All welcome.

Book Launch | The Commercial Hotel by John Summers

Unity Books and Victoria University Press warmly invite you to celebrate the launch of 'The Commercial Hotel' by John Summers. All welcome.

Book Launch: The Only Living Lady Parachutist

We are pleased to host the launch of Catherine Clarke’s debut novel The Only Living Lady Parachutist based on a woman who jumped from hot air balloons in 1890s Australia and New Zealand.

Hannah Parry (in conversation with Casey Lucas-Quaid) to celebrate the launch of her latest novel A Radical Act of Free Magic.

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that we will be hosting an event with Hannah Parry ( in conversation with Casey Lucas-Quaid ) to celebrate the launch of her latest novel A Radical Act of Free Magic.

WHERE: -Te Awe branch

WHEN: -Thursday 22nd July at 6pm

Words Will Work - South Auckland Writers Festival 2021

Develop your writing skills and meet other writers

Memories, Reliable and Otherwise An Online Writers Practice Workshop

Explore how our memories are triggered, how we mould and manipulate them, and how this impacts on our writing.

Love & Loss. Letters from Auckland War Memorial Museum's collection

Be the first to see this emotive new exhibition, where words written in many hands across many centuries declare strikingly similar messages: "I love you. I miss you." Hear Auckland Museum’s Curator of Manuscripts Nina Finigan and Interpretive Planner Kavi Chetty share their journey in creating "Love & Loss".
Tickets available at https://www.aucklandmuseum.com/visit/whats-on/members/love-and-loss-members-preview-talk-and-tour

Book launch // Parenting in the Anthropocene

Join Unity Books, Freerange Press and contributors Emily Writes, Brannavan Gnanalingam, Jess Berentson-Shaw and more to celebrate the launch of Parenting in the Anthropocene, the third volume in the Radical Futures series.

The Mirror Book: In conversation with Charlotte Grimshaw

The Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival is very pleased to be bringing Charlotte to Dunedin next month to talk about her memoir, The Mirror Book (RHNZ Vintage, 2021). Charlotte will be in conversation with Phillippa Duffy, General Manager of the University Book Shop, and one of the recent festival’s popular session hosts.

NZSA Napier/Ahuriri Roadshow

JOIN US for an invigorating day of professional development offering keynote sessions, workshops, masterclasses, and discussions, with a catered morning tea/coffee and lunch.