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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Postponed Book Launch | Just Looking by Peter Bland

Curse the flight-cancelling wind! The launch of Peter Bland's poetry has been postponed because Peter is still in Auckland. Now next Thursday 6 May, 6-7:30pm. Sorry for the inconvenience. We look forward to seeing you all then.

Exploring sound features in poetry

Sometimes the quest for meaning can shift the focus away from sound in a poem. In this workshop taught by Whanganui poet and teacher Airini Beautrais, we will go back to words as the building blocks of poems and explore different ways to approach sound. To reserve your space contact Kirsten Le Harivel at

Wild Honey launch - Wellington

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

Book Launch | Shirley Smith: An Examined Life by Sarah Gaitanos

Unity Books and Victoria University Press invite you to celebrate the launch of 'Shirley Smith: An Examined Life' by Sarah Gaitanos. The book will be launched by the Hon. Grant Robertson.

Book Launch | The New Photography edited by Athol McCredie

Unity Books and Te Papa Press warmly invite you to celebrate the launch of 'The New Photography' edited by Athol McCredie. All welcome.

Inside.Out Open Mic for Writers

BRING YOUR WRITING - poetry, flash fiction, short story, performance poetry, life writing etc - to read at the open mic (up to 6 mins max) , or come as audience to hear what's brand new. Plus, excellent musicians, word challenges, book prizes & more. Everyone welcome. Inside.Out has been providing local writers with a comfortable space to share their prose and poetry since 2012.

Book Launch | Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty of Waitangi

Unity Books, Lift Education and Creative New Zealand warmly invite you to celebrate the launch of 'Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty of Waitangi', a reorua (bilingual) graphic-novel-style flip-book that offers an innovative and fascinating new look at our founding treaty. By Toby Morris with Ross Calman, Mark Derby, and Piripi Walker. All welcome.

New Zealand Society of Authors AGM weekend workshops

NZSA AGM Dunedin 15 June 2019
Saturday 15 June
The New Zealand Society of Authors holds its national AGM, Saturday morning at the Dunedin City Library. In the afternoon are free workshops for writers. If you are not a member, you are welcome to attend the workshops for koha, and find out what NZSA is all about: workshops, advocacy, professional development, information, support and collegiality. We have 8 regional branches and many local hubs.

Book Launch | Making History: A New Zealand Story by Jock Phillips

Unity Books Wellington & Auckland University Press warmly invite you to celebrate the launch of 'Making History: A New Zealand Story' by Jock Phillips, to be launched by Sir Geoffrey Palmer.

Windswept Slam - June

Nau mai, haere mai.
​Welcome to the coolest little slam in the capital 🌬
19 June, 16 July, 27 August, 17 September

Book Launch | Two or More Islands by Diana Bridge

Unity Books Wellington & Otago University Press warmly invite you to celebrate the launch of 'Two or More Islands' by Diana Bridge. All welcome.

Flash in the Pan - National Flash Fiction Day Christchurch

This winter celebrate the smallest fictions on National Flash Fiction Day!

Flash in the Pan brings together Canterbury's best established and emerging flash fiction writers for a spirited afternoon with readings, award presentations.

National Flash Fiction Day 2019

June 22 is our shortest day of the year — and the day we know and love as National Flash Fiction Day.

Book Launch | How To Escape From Prison by Dr Paul Wood

Unity Books Wellington & HarperCollins Publishers warmly invite you to celebrate the launch of 'How To Escape From Prison: The Remarkable Story of How One Man Defied The Odds' by Dr Paul Wood.
All welcome. Please RSVP to: