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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November

Lunchtime Author event | Mike White: How to Walk a Dog

Unity Books Wellington & Allen & Unwin NZ warmly invite you to hear Mike White discuss his new book, 'How to Walk a Dog' illustrated by Sharon Murdoch, with Jeremy Taylor (Slow Boat Records). All welcome.

Listening to the Waves: part 2

The second of a two-day workshop with Lynn Jenner which looks at tuning in to the sound and rhythm of your sentences and paragraphs.
The first will take place on October 19 (see separate listing).

Book Launch | Protest Tautohetohe by Stephanie Gibson, Matariki Williams & Puawai Cairns

Unity Books and Te Papa Press warmly invite you to celebrate the launch of
PROTEST TAUTOHETOHE: OBJECTS OF RESISTANCE, PERSISTANCE AND DEFIANCE
by Stephanie Gibson, Matariki Williams & Puawai Cairns
All welcome.

VERB FESTIVAL feat. LITCRAWL

A five-day writers festival celebrating Aotearoa authors and international guests. The festival features LitCrawl (25 events in 3.5 hours in 25 venues in Wellington's CBD) on Saturday 9 November. The programme is launched on 4 September.

2019 New Zealand Children's Writers' and Illustrators Hui

A National Hui for children’s writers and illustrators will take place in Dunedin over the weekend of 8-10 November, 2019, in association with Storylines.

Some of the country’s best and most beloved children’s book creators will join influential industry professionals to deliver a diverse programme of workshops, keynotes, and panel discussions – right in the heart of New Zealand’s UNESCO City of Literature. Full programme details will be released shortly. Contact co-convenors Trish Brooking (trishbrooking@gmail.com) or Jackie McMillan (jackie.mcmillan@dcc.govt.nz) for more information.

Jiffy, Cat Detective by Catherine Chidgey BOOK LAUNCH

Book Launch for Catherine Chidgey's first book for children.
Afternoon tea, a colouring competition and a reading - bring the family.

Book Launch in the Kapiti Coast - Ben Spies

Local teenage author Ben Spies launches his fourth book - a science fiction for older children called 2020.

BWB Talks: The Dark Island (Wellington)

BWB author and historian Benjamin Kingsbury discusses his new book, 'The Dark Island', with chair Dr Miranda Johnson.

An Evening with Zadie Smith

WORD Christchurch, in association with Penguin Random House New Zealand, is proud to present an evening with Zadie Smith, one of the most critically acclaimed and important literary voices of a generation.

Book Launch | All Who Live on Islands by Rose Lu

Unity Books Wellington and Victoria University Press warmly invite you to celebrate the launch of
ALL WHO LIVE ON ISLANDS
BY ROSE LU
to be launched by Nina Mingya Powles. All welcome.

Omar Musa, Michael Pedersen, Dominic Hoey

WORD Christchurch is pleased to announce the return of three of the biggest hits of the 2018 festival. Poets Omar Musa (Australia), Michael Pedersen (Scotland) and Dominic Hoey (New Zealand) will once again come together from different parts of the globe to regale you with poetry.

Combined Book Launch by authors Ben Spies and Isa Pearl Ritchie

Local authors Ben Spies and Isa Pearl Ritchie invite you to their combined book launch at the Children's Bookshop in Kilbirnie, Welington.
Drinks and nibbles provided.
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BWB Talk: #NoFly Tour

What happens when a leading New Zealand scientist (and frequent traveller) rules out flying for a year?

BWB Talk: #NoFly Tour (Christchurch)

Over two weeks in November, BWB Author Shaun Hendy will travel around New Zealand by train, ferry and bus to deliver five public talks, in connection with his recently published BWB Text, '#NoFly: Walking The Talk on Climate Change' – an honest account of one person’s attempt ‘to adapt’ in the face of growing climate anxiety.

Closed to Public

Cultivate: A Writing Retreat with Jesse Blackadder

This three-day residential writing retreat with award-winning Australian novelist and children’s book author Jesse Blackadder will give you the skills and confidence to turn your story idea into something remarkable.

Stories Below Sea Level: the Climate in Conversation

Join authors Maria Bargh, Rebecca Priestley, Tim Jones and Jess Richards as they discuss how the climate crisis shapes their work, writing and everyday lives.

Taking the Sting out of Editing

A one-day workshop with Catherine Robertson helps manage the emotional and practical aspects of editing.

BWB Talk: Pākehā Settlements in a Māori World

Join author Ian Smith in celebration of the publication of 'Pākehā Settlements in a Māori World', and in recognition of his long career at the University of Otago.

BWB Talks: #NoFly Tour (Kaikōura)

What happens when a leading New Zealand scientist (and frequent traveller) rules out flying for a year?
Over two weeks in November, BWB Author Shaun Hendy is travelling around New Zealand by train, ferry and bus to deliver five public talks, in connection with his recently published BWB Text, #NoFly: Walking The Talk on Climate Change – an honest account of one person’s attempt ‘to adapt’ in the face of growing climate anxiety.
Join #BWBTexts author, scientist, and frequent traveller Shaun Hendy, with local chair Ted Howard, in Kaikōura to discuss how we can reduce our carbon emissions by flying less – and to share some practical tips from his recent #NoFly year!

BWB Talks: #NoFly National Tour (Blenheim)

Over two weeks in November, BWB Author Shaun Hendy will travel around New Zealand by train, ferry and bus to deliver five public talks, in connection with his recently published BWB Text, #NoFly: Walking The Talk on Climate Change – an honest account of one person’s attempt ‘to adapt’ in the face of growing climate anxiety.

BWB Talks: #NoFly Tour (Blenheim)

What happens when a leading New Zealand scientist (and frequent traveller) rules out flying for a year?
Over two weeks in November, BWB Author Shaun Hendy is travelling around New Zealand by train, ferry and bus to deliver five public talks, in connection with his recently published BWB Text, #NoFly: Walking The Talk on Climate Change – an honest account of one person’s attempt ‘to adapt’ in the face of growing climate anxiety.
Join #BWBTexts author, scientist, and frequent traveller Shaun Hendy, with local chair Budyong Hill, in Blenheim to discuss how we can reduce our carbon emissions by flying less – and to share some practical tips from his recent #NoFly year!