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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May

Somewhere a cleaner - live poetry event - free

Come and hear a diverse range of cleaners reading their poetry from Landing Press’s latest collection – 'Somewhere a cleaner.' With live music by Don Franks (former cleaner and poet). Coffee and cake (bring your own cup) - koha.

Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival 2021

Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival

Featherston Booktown

2021 Featherston Booktown

Book Group Meet Up @ Tūranga Thu 6 May 6:00PM

If you're in Christchurch and have been looking for a book group to join, or you're struggling to find enough people to form one, you're not alone. Other individuals are looking too — so we thought you might like to meet them!

Book Launch | The Alarmist: Fifty Years Measuring Climate Change by Dave Lowe

Unity Books, Victoria University Press and NIWA warmly invite you to celebrate the launch of 'The Alarmist: Fifty Years Measuring Climate Change' by Dave Lowe. All welcome.

Takapuna Poetry Tour

The Takapuna Poetry Tour features contemporary poets performing poems in response to Takapuna and its writing history. Join us for spoken word and poetry on the streets. Poets include Jack Ross, Renee Liang, Kiri Piahana Wong, Elizabeth Morten and Ruby Porter

Closed to Public

Writers in Schools visits by Gavin Bishop

Christchurch based author & illustrator Gavin Bishop is visiting schools in Hamilton this week.

Book Group Virtual Meet-Up (Auckland) Mon 10 May 10:30AM

If you're in Auckland and have been looking for a book group to join, or you're struggling to find enough people to form one, you're not alone. Other individuals are looking too — so we thought you might like to meet them!

Book Group Virtual Meet-Up (Auckland) Mon 10 May 5:45PM

If you're in Auckland and have been looking for a book group to join, or you're struggling to find enough people to form one, you're not alone. Other individuals are looking too — so we thought you might like to meet them!

Guest Poet Michael O'Leary

Poetry Reading

Book Group Virtual Meet-Up (Nelson) Mon 10 May 7:00PM

If you're in Nelson and have been looking for a book group to join, or you're struggling to find enough people to form one, you're not alone. Other individuals are looking too — so we thought you might like to meet them!

Auckland Writers Festival

2021 Auckland Writers Festival

Book Group Virtual Meet-Up (Tauranga) Tue 11 May 10:30AM

If you're in Tauranga and have been looking for a book group to join, or you're struggling to find enough people to form one, you're not alone. Other individuals are looking too — so we thought you might like to meet them!

Book Group Virtual Meet-Up (Dunedin) Tue 11 May 11:45AM

If you're in Dunedin and have been looking for a book group to join, or you're struggling to find enough people to form one, you're not alone. Other individuals are looking too — so we thought you might like to meet them!

Ngā Uruora and Where We Swim: Books in Conversation

Join Ingrid Horrocks, Turi Park, Tim Park and MC Rebecca Priestley as they discuss the ecologies, histories and personal journeys that weave their way through the ground-breaking books Ngā Uruora and Where We Swim.

Book Group Virtual Meet-Up (Hamilton) Tue 11 May 1:00PM

If you're in Hamilton and have been looking for a book group to join, or you're struggling to find enough people to form one, you're not alone. Other individuals are looking too — so we thought you might like to meet them!

Book Group Virtual Meet-Up (Hamilton) Tue 11 May 1:00PM

If you're in Hamilton and have been looking for a book group to join, or you're struggling to find enough people to form one, you're not alone. Other individuals are looking too — so we thought you might like to meet them!

Book Group Virtual Meet-Up (Kapiti) Wed 12 May 11:45AM

If you're in the Kapiti area and have been looking for a book group to join, or you're struggling to find enough people to form one, you're not alone. Other individuals are looking too — so we thought you might like to meet them!

Book Group Virtual Meet-Up (Queenstown) Wed 12 May 1:00PM

If you're in Queenstown and have been looking for a book group to join, or you're struggling to find enough people to form one, you're not alone. Other individuals are looking too — so we thought you might like to meet them!

Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2021

Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2021

Living with the Climate Crisis - book reading and panel discussion with 4 authors from Aotearoa.

Join Roskill Community Voice at Mt Roskill War Memorial Hall on Saturday the 15th March, 2pm-4pm for an afternoon of readings and panel discussion from four authors writing about the climate crisis and how it affects our daily lives.

Closed to Public

Writers in Schools visits by Michel Mulipola

Auckland based illustrator Michel Mulipola is visiting schools in Wellington this week.

Storylines National Story Tour Timaru, Mackenzie District & Ashburton

Ned Barraud, Susan Brocker, Giselle Clarkson and David Riley
visit schools, libraries and community groups in Timaru, the Mackenzie District and Ashburton this week.

Book Launch | Fifty Years a Feminist by Sue Kedgley

Unity Books and Massey University Press warmly invite you to celebrate the launch of Sue Kedgley's autobiography, 'Fifty Years a Feminist'. All welcome.

Closed to Public

Writers in Schools visits by Donovan Bixley

Taupō based author Donovan Bixley is visiting schools in Wellington this week.

Read NZ Te Pou Muramura AGM

The 2020 Read NZ Te Pou Muramura Inc Annual General Meeting will be held at Front+Centre, 69 Tory Street, Wellington

Book Launch | Vunimaqo and Me by Daren Kamali

Join us to celebrate the Wellington launch of 'Vunimaqo and Me', a poetry collection by Daren Kamali published by Kava Bowl Media. All welcome.

Book Group Meet Up @ Brew Academy Wed 19 May 6:00PM

If you're in Christchurch and have been looking for a book group to join, or you're struggling to find enough people to form one, you're not alone. Other individuals are looking too — so we thought you might like to meet them!

Book Launch | Greta & Valdin by Rebecca K Reilly

Please join us for the launch of 'Greta and Valdin' by Rebecca K Reilly (VUP). All welcome.

NZSA Nelson/Whakatū Roadshow

The New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa (PEN NZ Inc) Regional Roadshow brings professional development to the regions. A day of professional development workshops, masterclasses and panel discussions.

Closed to Public

Writers in Schools visits by Gareth Ward

Napier based author Gareth Ward is visiting schools in Auckland this week.

Book Launch | From The Centre: A Writer's Life by Patricia Grace

POSTPONED (date TBC) Unfortunately we have had to postpone tonight’s Patricia Grace event for From the Centre: A Writer's Life. Once confirmed, we will post the new date on social media and in our newsletter. Thanks for your support.

Unity Books and Penguin Random House NZ warmly invite you to celebrate the launch of Patricia Grace's memoir, 'From The Centre: A Writer's Life'. All welcome.

Book Launch | Unsheltered by Clare Moleta

You're invited to the launch of Clare Moleta's Unsheltered, an extraordinary debut novel.

Author talk | Dressed by Claire Regnault

Join us to hear Claire Regnault in conversation with Te Papa Press Publisher Nicola Legat , discussing Claire's ravishing new book Dressed: Fashionable Dress in Aotearoa New Zealand 1840–1910.
All welcome.

Event | A Clear Dawn: New Asian Voices from Aotearoa NZ

Unity Books and Auckland University Press invite you to join us in celebrating the first-ever anthology of Asian New Zealand creative writing.

I’m a poet – I’m a cleaner

Poetry readings from Landing Press’s unique new collection Somewhere a cleaner - free.

Last Friday Poems

Welcome to our new series of poetry readings at Unity Books!

Blue Dragon Book Fair

Help a great cause and grab a bargain!

Book Launch with Dahlia Malaeulu

Join us for the launch of seven new stories from local author Dahlia Malaeulu!

Dahlia’s new books aim to engage and develop Samoan cultural knowledge and language.

We Read Auckland - Ka Pānui Tātau i Tāmaki Makaurau

We Read Auckland Ka Pānui Tātau i Tāmaki Makaurau celebrates Auckland’s readers and writers and the stories that bring us together. One place, many stories - He wāhi kotahi, he kōrero rau.