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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September

Paint n’ Pen: Free Creative Writing Workshop - 1 Sept

Write a short story, a poem or some lyrics inspired by Christchurch's rich street art and get published! We are offering a series of workshops plus guided tour to work on your ideas. Open to writers, budding and established, of all ages.

Writers on Mondays: The Next Page 1

The Next Page 1

Kid's Author Talk: The Gareth Ward Hour at Time Out Bookstore

AN HOUR OF
BOOKS & MAGIC! Upstairs at Time Out Bookstore!

us at our special after school event as we host Gareth Ward - magician, storyteller, bookseller and author as he celebrates the launch of The Clockill and the Thief.

Children's Author Talk | An Hour of Books and Magic with Gareth Ward

Join us at our special after-school event as we host Gareth Ward - magician, storyteller, bookseller and author - as he celebrates the launch of The Clockill and the Thief.

Gareth will talk about his experience of being a writer, talk about his books and sprinkle in some magic tricks. This would be a great event for kids aged 10 to 15.

Book Event | The Little Ghost Who Lost Her Boo! by Elaine Bickell & Raymond McGrath

Following the official launch in Auckland of the award winning "The Little Ghost who lost her Boo" it's time to celebrate in Wellington.

Gareth Ward (The Great Wardini) on Tour!

Gareth Ward – magician, storyteller, bookseller and author – will be touring the country to celebrate the launch of his latest book, The Clockill and the Thief, a follow up to his bestselling debut The Traitor and the Thief.

A Doll's House by Emily Perkins

A Q and A with writer Emily Perkins, Director Katherine McRae and members of the cast of A Doll's House, by Emily Perkins, based on Ibsen's original, following the performance on Friday, 6 September.

Let's Go There

A one-day workshop with Rajorshi Chakraborti which explores writerly limits in prose and how to negotiate them.

Adapting to Society - Life in A Doll's House

Director Katherine McRae, writer Emily Perkins, and actors Sophie Hambleton and Simon Leary join playwright and 2019 Robert Burns Fellow, Emily Duncan, for a discussion about how women’s lives have changed since the character of Nora in A Doll's House was first conceived. Includes a scene reading and time for questions, followed by tea and coffee.

Writers on Mondays: The Next Page 2

The Next Page 2

Book Launch | Promises Promises: 80 Years of Wooing New Zealand Voters by Claire Robinson

Unity Books Wellington and Massey University Press warmly invite you to celebrate the launch of 'Promises Promises: 80 Years of Wooing New Zealand Voters' by Claire Robinson. All welcome.

Rugby 123 / Whutupōro 123 Book Launch

Scholastic New Zealand and The Children's Bookshop invite you to join Thalia Kehoe Rowden in celebrating the launch of this new book!

Tessa Duder - First Map tour

Meet Tessa Duder, and hear the story of how James Cook charted the first map of Aotearoa New Zealand 250 years ago. This talk is based on Tessa's new book, First Map, illustrated by David Elliot.

Meet John Connolly

Meet John Connolly! John will be available to meet fans and sign books upstairs at Time Out on the early evening of September 11.

Tessa Duder - First Map tour - Christchurch

Meet Tessa Duder, and hear the story of how James Cook charted the first map of Aotearoa New Zealand 250 years ago. This talk is based on Tessa's new book, First Map, illustrated by David Elliot.

CITIES OF LITERATURE SHORT PLAY FESTIVAL

Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature is partnering with Theatre Studies at the University of Otago to host a special celebration of new writing as part of the University’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

CITIES OF LITERATURE SHORT PLAY FESTIVAL

Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature is partnering with Theatre Studies at the University of Otago to host a special celebration of new writing as part of the University’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

Tessa Duder - First Map tour - Nelson

Meet Tessa Duder, and hear the story of how James Cook charted the first map of Aotearoa New Zealand 250 years ago. This talk is based on Tessa's new book, First Map, illustrated by David Elliot.

Book Launch | The Absolute Book by Elizabeth Knox

Unity Books and Victoria University Press warmly invite you to celebrate the launch of 'The Absolute Book' by Elizabeth Knox, to be launched by Anna Smaill.

David Hill presents the Janet Frame Memorial Lecture

Announced as the NZSA's 2019-2020 President of Honour, eminent and award-winning children's writer David Hill will be delivering the Janet Frame Memorial Lecture in the Pioneer Women's Hall at the Ellen Melville Centre.

This is a free event. Wine and various nibbles will be served.

Lunchtime Author Talk | John Connolly

Unity Books Wellington and Hachette NZ warmly welcome you to an author talk with John Connolly.

Editing your Creative Writing

A one day workshop on editing. Bring a piece of your own creative writing to work on. To book, go to www.cecwellington.ac.nz

Featherston Goes Gobbledegook—A Joy Cowley event

Featherston Booktown and Gecko Press are celebrating the joyous new anthology of much-loved poems and stories by Joy Cowley, The Gobbledegook Book, illustrated by Giselle Clarkson.

Paint n’ Pen: Free Creative Writing Workshop - 15 Sept

Write a short story, a poem or some lyrics inspired by Christchurch's rich street art and get published! We are offering a series of workshops plus guided tour to work on your ideas. Open to writers, budding and established, of all ages.

Donovan Bixley Book Launch

Little Unity will celebrate the end of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) with the launch of Donovan Bixley’s new pukapuka.

Donovan Bixley presents the latest adventure in his Tales of Aotearoa series, a fresh take on Māui which brings the cheeky trickster to life for a new generation of Kiwi kids.

Writers on Mondays: Short Sharp Script 1: CIRCA Theatre

Short Sharp Script 2: Circa Theatre

Author Talk: Someone's Wife by Linda Burgess

In conversation with Kiran Dass, Linda Burgess will talk about her new collection of essays.

150 year anniversary of the birth of the poet Karl Wolfskehl

On Tuesday 17th September at 6pm there will be a celebration of the 150th birthday of Karl Wolfskehl in the Goethe-Institut in Wellington.

Book Launch | 'Lost and Somewhere Else' by Jenny Bornholdt & ''Always Song in the Water' by Gregory O'Brien (AUP)

You are warmly invited to the joint VUP and AUP launch of 'Lost and Somewhere Else' by Jenny Bornholdt (VUP) & 'Always Song in the Water'
by Gregory O'Brien (AUP). All welcome.

The Uncomfortable Glass Slippers celebration

Come along to find out if your short story has won a prize, hear all about Michele's new book, win prizes for fancy dress and join in heaps of fun games like pin-the-tail-on-the-unicorn! (No unicorns harmed in this game).

Writers on Mondays: Short Sharp Script 2: CIRCA Theatre

Short Sharp Script 2: CIRCA Theatre

BWB Talks: Treading Water

Join Mike Joy, Tina Ngata and Peter Fraser in conversation with Maria Bargh (chair) on solving New Zealand's freshwater crisis.

Book Launch | Fifteen Million Years In Antarctica by Rebecca Priestley

Unity Books Wellington and Victoria University Press warmly invite you to celebrate the launch of 'Fifteen Million Years in Antarctica' by Rebecca Priestley. All welcome.

Double Book Launch | Moth Hour by Anne Kennedy & Listening In by Lynley Edmeades

Unity Books Wellington, Auckland University Press & Otago University Press warmly invite you to attend the combined launch of two new poetry collections, 'Moth Hour' by Anne Kennedy (AUP) & 'Listening In' by Lynley Edmeades (OUP). Moth Hour will be launched by Elizabeth Caffin.
With live music by Bill Lake. All welcome.

Greg O'Connell VERSE UNIVERSE

Join one of Christchurch’s wittiest wizards of words for an unforgettable evening of poetry.
https://events.humanitix.co.nz/greg-o-connell-verse-universe

WRITERS ON MONDAYS: Flight across Worlds: Elizabeth Knox and Craig Cliff

Flight across Worlds: Elizabeth Knox and Craig Cliff