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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Poetry Slam at Your Place - Online Event

New Zealand's only regular online poetry slam! Always online and always pay-what-you-can-afford, because accessibility is important, irrespective of lockdown status.

Going West Festival - Documented Reality

In concurrent sessions across two venues, our second Going West Live event will deliver powerful readings from established and emerging writers, punchy conversations about critical contemporary issues and provocative performance poetry. This event covers non-fiction, documentary, journalism, creative non-fiction, fact-based poetry and narratives of resistance.

Storylines Masterton Tour incl Caterton and South Wairarapa

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.

Closed to Public

Timaru Writers in Schools visits by David Riley

Auckland-based author David Riley is visiting schools around Timaru this week.

NZSA Roadshow - Tamaki Makaurau

The New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa (PEN NZ Inc) Regional Roadshow brings professional development to the regions

Get You the Moon Book Launch

Cherry Publishing is releasing Get You the Moon, a young adult romance between rivals. To celebrate, Time Out Bookstore in their upstairs space will be hosting an event. It'll start at 5:30pm and finish at 8:30pm.

There'll be finger food, copies to buy and you can bring your own copy to be signed. There'll be giveaways and readings from the book.

Release date for the book is yet to be announced!

Poetry Slam at Your Place feat. Rebeca Cooney - Online Event

Come join us at New Zealand's only regular online poetry event with a seemingly wholesome but utterly ridiculous community - this Sunday for our much loved open mic, with poets performing from all over the world, and feature session!

Whanganui Literary Festival

A Festival of organized events for readers and writers

Ignition Kids Book Festival

Fire up your imagination at the only festival in South Island New Zealand dedicated exclusively to children’s books!
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30th September - 5th October 2021
Venues throughout Dunedin, South Otago and Waitaki