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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Undiscovered Gems, writing competition (closes 1st Dec)

Undiscovered Gems, writing competition (closes 1st Dec)
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It closes on the 1st Dec
Writing Competition - Undiscovered Gems - Exisle Academy - Get Your Book Published


Verb Wellington

Hold the date!

The 8th annual Verb Festival. Watch this space for details!

LIANZA 2021 Conference

Join LIANZA and the library and information sector for a three-day conference, virtually and in-person!

You'll be inspired by international and national keynote speakers, engaged in collaborative workshops, and motivated by the many seminars presented by library and information sector colleagues from across New Zealand!

2021 Read NZ Pānui

Read NZ Te Pou Muramura will hold its annual Pānui (Lecture) on November 10, 2021.

The life-changing power of reading and literature is explored in this year’s compelling Read NZ Te Pou Muramura Pānui (formerly the Book Council Lecture) on November 10, 2021 at the National Library Auditorium (Aitken St entrance) at 6 pm, alert levels allowing.

The organisation is thrilled to announce that Ōtaki playwright Renée (Ngāti Kahungunu) will deliver its 2021 address: "If you don’t get your head out of a book, my girl, you’ll end up on Queer Street."

Going West Festival - Shifting Ground

The fourth and final night of Going West Live looks at how realities change in ways that aren't always apparent. In multiple sessions across both venues, this event welcomes a wide array of writers who can traverse worlds to reveal deeper understanding of who – and where – we are. With an emphasis on te ao Māori, our invited historians, poets, creative non-fictionalists, novelists and photographers will unpack their work through oratory, kōrero and performance.

Storylines Northland Tour incl Kaipara, Whangarei and Far North

The Storylines National Story Tour sends four leading authors and illustrators to visit schools, early childhood education centres, community groups and libraries on each of its tours each year.

Everything Books Tauranga Book signing

An opportunity to talk to NZ published authors, some of them international best sellers and award winners, buy their books and have them signed. Workshops will be held during the day on the process of writing and publishing a book for anyone interested. There will be a special space for children to have books read to them, enjoy book related entertainment and win books. Raffles held for bundles of signed books and a gold coin donation will be appreciated for Blind Low Vision Library. FREE ENTRY.