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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Lunchtime Event - Dear Oliver by Peter Wells

Peter Wells discusses 'Dear Oliver' with Unity Books manager Tilly Lloyd

Writing Garlands of Stories

In this workshop with acclaimed Samoan writer Sia Figiel, the physical and metaphysical merge as the ancient Samoan concept of su’ifefiloi, or sewing of garlands is used to bridge oral storytelling to the act of creative writing.

Create Your Book Workshop for children!

A fun, crafty activity children will love. Free event. Booking recommended.
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5-day Workshop with Gavin Bishop

An exceptional opportunity for an in-depth workshop with one of NZ's most successful children's authors.
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Plant the Seed creative writing retreat with Dr Jesse Blackadder

A creative writing retreat from 11-14 May 2018 with award-winning Australian novelist Jesse Blackadder focused on transforming the essence of a fact (whether it be something in your own life, or a moment in history) into a compelling narrative.

Creative Conversations

Poet Therese Lloyd presenting her new book, The Facts, and art critic Anthony Byrt in conversation with gallery director Scott Lawrie

4th Annual Featherston Booktown 11-13 May

A Book Town is a small rural town or village, close to major cities, in which second-hand and antiquarian bookshops are concentrated. Most Book Towns have developed in villages of historic interest or of scenic beauty. Their residents set up events around books - selling them, writing, reading, illustrating, printing, making and publishing them.

Book Launch for Go Girl: A Storybook of Epic NZ Women by Barbara Else

Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival invites you to the launch of
Go Girl: A Storybook of Epic NZ Women by Barbara Else

Auckland Writers Festival 2018

Every year AWF stage over 180 public events, gathering together 200 of the world’s best writers and thinkers with over 28,000 Festival goers and up to 6,000 young people to celebrate the world of books and ideas.

2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards ceremony

A glittering ceremony to honour the finalists and announce the winners of the 2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

Burn Notice: A workshop with Terese Svoboda

Good political poems are nearly as hard to write as a love poem, but passion fuels them both. Join Terese Svoboda in this one-day workshop as part of her visit to Aotearoa.

Book Night 2018

A fun nationwide reading event for people of all ages

Deadline for National Poetry Day event registration/seeding funding applications

Final day to submit for funding or to register to hold your own Phantom Billstickers Poetry Day event. Last year’s packed programme featured nearly 120 dynamic events, workshops and competitions, featuring acclaimed poets, new voices, young writers, and poetry enthusiasts.

Blue Dragon Book Fair

The annual Blue Dragon Book Fair is a very popular fundraising event for the Blue Dragon Children's Centre in Vietnam to support its work in providing education and training for kids in crisis in Vietnam.