Events Calendar

Our calendar is full of events organised by bookish groups throughout Aotearoa. Whether it’s a festival, book launch, poetry reading or live storytelling event, never miss a book event in your community again!

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March

WTF! Panel: A Question of Design

Three brilliant designers, theatre makers and educators, Rose Kirkup, Emma Ransley and Meg Rollandi dissect the state of play with Jo Randerson. Where are we now? What could the future look like?

WTF! Panel: The Magdalena Effect

Madeline McNamara and Lisa Maule are founding members of Magdalena Aotearoa, a New Zealand outpost of the Magdalena Project, an international network of women in contemporary theatre. Madeline and Lisa present a series of images, both moving and still, to tell a story of their and other New Zealand women theatre practitioners long association with the Magdalena Project.

Drag Queen Story Time

Bring your family and come along and listen to some stories from 2 of Wellington's favourite Drag Queens, Stephii Onassis and Laquisha St Redfern.

Genesis Falls: Part of the 2017 Circa Play Readings

Four troubled people trapped in an isolated high country hovel navigate mysteries, dark memories and bad weather together. Finalist for the 2012-2013 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

So, you want to be a writer?

Children and families are invited to join an inspiring panel of authors and illustrators to launch the book I am a writer by Z R Southcombe.

WTF! Panel: The Life Of Nora: 1879 vs 2017

1879, Norway – 2017, Aotearoa. In both times and places Nora Helmer is a woman, a wife, and the mother of young children. What’s different? What isn’t? In this session, actors Sophie Hambleton and Kali Kopae will read a scene from Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and from Emily Perkins’ adaptation, which will be staged at Circa in August this year. Director Katherine McRae will join Kali, Sophie and Emily for a discussion with the audience about how women’s lives have changed since the character of Nora was first conceived.

All About Women Satellite Event

Sydney Opera House, WORD Christchurch and Christchurch Art Gallery present ALL ABOUT WOMEN, live-streamed to Christchurch!

Fourth World: Part of the 2017 Circa Play Readings

An odd trio dining at a holiday house are surprised by the arrival of three upper-class guests. A hostage situation and row ensues. As the cast re-attempt the same scenario with different endings, their political differences are argued and they all try to find a suitable ending for the play. ‘Who’s been staying in my holiday bach while I’m not there?’

Rants in the Dark by Emily Writers

Popular blogger Emily Writes gives words of encouragement to sleep-deprived parents everywhere.

Ockham New Zealand Book Awards shortlist announced

Forty books have been selected for the 2017 longlist, in the categories of fiction, illustrated non-fiction, general non-fiction and poetry. Who will make the shortlist?

Blood Ties by Jeffrey Paparoa Holman

Jessa Crispin: Why I Am Not A Feminist

Jessa Crispin is not a feminist. And in this New Zealand exclusive, she explains why.

Star Sailors by James McNaughton

You are warmly invited to the launch of Star Sailors by James McNaughton

Workshop: The Creative Tarot

Escaped Alone

A brilliant, joyous return from the enigmatic Caryl Churchill.

Summer Shakespeare Launch

Pasifika Tiny tots

PASIFIKA MULTIMEDIA PERFORMANCE

Book Launch - The Earth Cries Out

​Bonnie Etherington, born in Nelson, brought up in West Papua and now living in Chicago, is an exciting new writer.

An Evening with Graeme Macrae Burnet

Hear the award-winning Scottish crime writer discuss his Man Booker-shortlisted novel, 'His Bloody Project'.

Writes for Women - Esther by Angie Farrow

A short series of play readings from leading New Zealand women playwrights. Guided by well-known women theatre directors and performed by a cast of professional actors, the chosen plays are Fix by Jess Sayer, Esther by Angie Farrow and Rēwena by Whiti Hereaka.

Writes for Women - Fix by Jess Sayer

A short series of play readings from leading New Zealand women playwrights. Guided by well-known women theatre directors and performed by a cast of professional actors, the chosen plays are Fix by Jess Sayer, Esther by Angie Farrow and Rēwena by Whiti Hereaka.

Fully Clothed and So Forgetful by Hannah Mettner

Victoria University Press warmly invites you to the launch of Fully Clothed and So Forgetful by Hannah Mettner

Hopes Dashed? The Economics of Gender Inequality

Book launch: Hopes Dashed? The Economics of Gender Inequality

Book launch: Rants in the Dark by Emily Writes

​The Christchurch launch of Rants in the Dark

Writes for Women - Rēwena by Whiti Hereaka

A short series of play readings from leading New Zealand women playwrights. Guided by well-known women theatre directors and performed by a cast of professional actors, the chosen plays are Fix by Jess Sayer, Esther by Angie Farrow and Rēwena by Whiti Hereaka.

WOMAD World of Words: Poetry Slam

The world of words is a site-wide programme created to provoke thought and encourage people to learn, listen, and participate.

WOMAD World of Words: Charlotte Grimshaw

The world of words is a site-wide programme created to provoke thought and encourage people to learn, listen, and participate.

Book launch: As Much Gold as an Ass Could Carry by Vivienne Plumb

Join Unity Books & split/fountain for the launch of As Much Gold as an Ass Could Carry By Vivienne Plumb with illustrations by Glenn Otto

WOMAD World of Words: Paula Morris

The world of words is a site-wide programme created to provoke thought and encourage people to learn, listen, and participate.

Speak: Part of the 2017 Circa Play Readings

Mark Lawson has been given an ultimatum. Get the interview to end all interviews or it’s see ya later career and the lifestyle that goes with it. If he wasn’t already partially bald, he’d be tearing his hair out. Mark realises there’s only one logical thing left to do: kidnap Caryl Churchill.

WOMAD World of Words: Elizabeth Knox

The world of words is a site-wide programme created to provoke thought and encourage people to learn, listen, and participate.

Book Launch: Homological Composition

Book launch: Homological Composition by Nonen Titi

Bird + Young

See two of the most talked-about writers in the country: Hera Lindsay Bird and Ashleigh Young in Christchurch.

Bridget Williams Books Celebration of two new Books from Jonathan Boston

Launching at Parliament, hosted by the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies (Victoria University of Wellington) with Bridget Williams Books.

The Wife Who Spoke Japanese In Her Sleep: Part of the 2017 Play Readings

Honey Tarbox, an ordinary Kiwi housewife with ordinary quarter-acre dreams, inexplicably begins speaking Japanese in her sleep. Translated, her sleep-speaking is revealed to be prophetic, and immediately the wheels are set in motion for Honey’s fantastic transformation from suburban housewife into media megastar. The Wife Who Spoke Japanese In Her Sleep is an exploration of metamorphosis with a comedic twist.

12 Angry Women – a writing workshop

Playwright Sara Clifford is visiting New Zealand in March 2017, with a British Council grant, while she is here she will offer a writing workshop on Sunday 26 March for Twelve Angry NZ Women Writers.

The Hope Fault - A Wellington bookwarming

Join us for a Wellington bookwarming to celebrate publication of THE HOPE FAULT, a novel of families and faultlines, by Tracy Farr.

Book launch: Disobedient Teaching by Welby Ings

​​​Otago University Press Otago University Press warmly invites you to celebrate the publication of Disobedient Teaching by Welby Ings.

Book launch: Brushstrokes of Memory

This is a novel of love, lost memories & rediscovering dreams.

Book launch: The Plot to Kill Peter Fraser

The public is invited to a catered book launch at Unity Books, 57 Willis Street, Wellington

April

Writing for Children: The Way Forward

The seminar is aimed at writers or writer/illustrators who are writing for 0 to 16-year-olds.

Book launch: Night Burns with a White Fire: The Essential Lauris Edmond

Steele Roberts Aotearoa Publishers warmly invite you to celebrate the Auckland launch of Night Burns with a White Fire: The Essential Lauris Edmond, edited by Frances Edmund & Sue Fitchett

Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal Presentation and National Awards Day

The Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal and Lecture Award was first presented in 1991 to Margaret Mahy in recognition of her contribution to the world of literature for children and young adults.

Wai Word: Lloyd Jones In Conversation With Paul Melser

Wai Word hosts writers on the first Sunday of the month, 3-5pm.

Nick Bollinger and Adam Dudding in Conversation - Wellington

Join two top Kiwi authors in Wellington as they plug their acclaimed memoirs Goneville and My Father's Island on a whirlwind bookshop tour.

Nick Bollinger and Adam Dudding in Conversation - Masterton

Join two top Kiwi authors in Masterton as they plug their acclaimed memoirs Goneville and My Father's Island on a whirlwind bookshop tour.

Nick Bollinger and Adam Dudding in Conversation - Havelock North

Join two top Kiwi authors in Havelock North as they plug their acclaimed memoirs Goneville and My Father's Island on a whirlwind bookshop tour.

Festival of Colour

The Southern Lakes Festival of Colour is an exciting biennial celebration of the arts.

Nick Bollinger and Adam Dudding in Conversation - Napier

Join two top Kiwi authors in Napier as they plug their acclaimed memoirs Goneville and My Father's Island on a whirlwind bookshop tour.

Book launch: The Chiming Blue: New and Selected Poems

You are warmly invited to the launch of The Chiming Blue: New and Selected Poems by Marilyn Duckworth​​

Nick Bollinger and Adam Dudding in Conversation - Rotorua

Join two top Kiwi authors in Rotorua as they plug their acclaimed memoirs Goneville and My Father's Island on a whirlwind bookshop tour.

Nick Bollinger and Adam Dudding in Conversation - Tauranga

Join two top Kiwi authors in Tauranga as they plug their acclaimed memoirs Goneville and My Father's Island on a whirlwind bookshop tour.

Creative Writing Workshop - Writing Extreme Weather - FREE

Join Katherine Dewar, author of the acclaimed debut novel 'Ruby and the Blue Sky', in a writing workshop to explore climate change through the lens of extreme weather events. FREE event as part of the °TEMP festival of climate science and art.

Jane Austen Symposium: The Good, The Bad and The Undressed

Guest speakers include New Zealand award winning author Sarah Laing and fashion historian The Dreamstress, Leimomi Oakes.

Book Launch: Max Harris's 'The New Zealand Project'

Max Harris in conversation with Māmari Stephens, followed by nibbles and drink to celebrate.

Book launch: three new books by three celebrated VUP writers

Victoria University Press warmly invite you to a reading from three new books by three celebrated VUP writers

La Basse-Ville 1917: New Zealand Voices from Flanders Fields with Dominique Cooreman

​Retired Belgian judge Dominique Cooreman unearthed an almost forgotten battle in a 12-year quest to bring understanding and closure to the families of the more than 1000 Kiwi men killed in a small hamlet called La Basse-Ville in 1917.

A visit with Emily Writes

Emily Writes, wildly popular & wildly funny blogger, Spinoff Parents editor, and first-time author, visits Wellington Central Library for a hotly-anticipated event!

The Politics of Loss: Andrew Dean in conversation with Tom Rennie (Wellington)

Andrew Dean talks with BWB Texts publisher Tom Rennie about what nostalgia is doing to our contemporary politics at Vic Books, Kelburn.

The Politics of Loss: Andrew Dean in conversation with Tom Rennie

Andrew Dean talks with BWB Texts publisher Tom Rennie about what nostalgia is doing to our contemporary politics at Scorpio Books, Christchurch.

Tinui - The Last Post

BMS Books Ltd invites you to the launch of Tinui - The Last Post by Michelle O’Connell at the Masterton Public Library

Wellington launch of 'Night Burns with a White Fire - The Essential Lauris Edmond

Rule of Law – Winton Higgins in Conversation with Sir Anand Satyanand

Author Winton Higgins will be in conversation at Unity Books about his new novel, Rule of Law, with Sir Anand Satyanand

Book Launch: Black Faggot and other plays by Victor Rodger

Celebrate the launch of Black Faggot and other plays by Victor Rodger at Te Hau Kainga, 274 Taranaki St, Wellington

Book Launch: Tawhirimatea: A Song for Matarki

Book launch for Tawhirimatea: A Song for Matarki by June Pitman-Hayes and Kat Merewether hosted by Dorothy Butler Children's Bookshop and Scholastic New Zealand.

In Conversation: Frankie McMillan & Kevin Ireland

As part of Anzac commemorations, Frankie McMillan and Kevin Ireland are in conversation to read and discuss poetry relating to war.

Author talk: murder he wrote

Former Detective Simon Wyatt talks about his debut crime novel, The Student Body, at Birkenhead Library

May

Murder in the Library - Lower Hutt

The Ngaio Marsh Awards, in association with the New Zealand Book Council and Hutt City Libraries, invites booklovers to an event featuring three talented local crime writers.

Sequoia Schmidt: Journey of Heart

Join author, entrepreneur and adventurer Sequoia Schmidt for a special Q&A and a reading from her autobiography Journey of Heart: A sojourn to K2.

ComicFest 2017

Love comics? Come along to ComicFest 2017, Saturday May the 6th at the Wellington Central library.

Murder He Wrote

Former NZ Police Detective Simon Wyatt talks about his debut crime novel The Student Body at Waitakere Central Library.

Poets on Place

How is poetry informed by a sense of place? (Dunedin Writers & Reads Festival event)

Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival

The Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival has literary riches lined up for you this May.

The Hope Fault: mapping families and faultlines through fiction

Tracy Farr and Simon Nathan discuss the ideas, inspiration, maps and geology behind Tracy's new novel, The Hope Fault.

Chain Reaction: book launch

A group book launch to celebrate a goodly crop of new publications. (A Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival event.)

Book launch | Manifesto Aotearoa: 101 Political Poems

Join Otago University Press to celebrate the launch of Manifesto Aotearoa at the Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival

Word Balm

Panel discussion on the topic of what literature can do for medicine. (A Dunedin Writers & Reads Festival event.)

Pirate Sessions #1: Songwriters

Curated by Pirate & Queen, a musical event celebrating Dunedin's most intriguingly successful songwriters.

Glenn Colquhoun: Creative Writing Workshop

Creative writing workshop with one of our finest poets. (A Dunedin Writers & Reads Festival event)

Featherston Booktown festival

Booktowns are an international phenomenon, celebrating books, from their stories through to their paper, glue and ink.

Selina Tusitala Marsh - Tala Tusi: The Teller is the Tale

The Samoan word ‘Tusitala’ means ‘storyteller’ – but what about its inverse, ‘tala tusi’, where the ‘teller is the tale?’

Ian Rankin: Writing Rebus

30 years since he brought the detective to life, Ian Rankin is back with another Rebus mystery, Rather Be the Devil, a tale of twisted power, deep-rooted corruption and bitter rivalries.

Ivan Coyote

In Wellington for one-night only, Ivan gives a live performance followed by a discussion of their life and work.

Stella Duffy: In Dame Ngaio’s Footsteps

Stella Duffy has the great distinction of being asked to complete Dame Ngaio Marsh's unfinished novel Money in the Morgue.

A. N. Wilson: Bringing History to Life

A. N. Wilson is one of the most respected historians and biographers of our time

Book Launch: Heloise by Mandy Hager

You are warmly invited to celebrate the publication of Mandy Hager's new historical novel for adults Heloise at Unity Books Wellington.

James Gleick: Time Travel

When Stephen Hawking once famously held a cocktail party for time travellers and nobody showed up, he said it proved time travel was not possible. But is it?

An Evening With Ivan Coyote

The hit of the 2016 WORD Christchurch Festival is back!

Auckland Writers Festival

Every year AWF stages over 140 public events, gathering together 160 of the world’s best writers and thinkers with over 24,000 festival goers and up to 6,000 young people to celebrate the world of books and ideas.

The Emma Press - Leanne Radojkovich Book Launch

As part of the Auckland Writers' Festival, the Emma Press warmly invites readers to the launch of First Fox, a short story collection by Auckland writer Leanne Radojkovich. All welcome.

Anne Enright: Beyond the Green Road

WORD CHCH are delighted to close their Autumn Season with one of the most electrifying novelists writing in English today.

Book launch: Five Strings by Apirana Taylor

Anahera Press warmly invites you to join us in celebrating the launch of Apirana Taylor’s new novel, Five Strings. All welcome.

Michael King Memorial Lecture: A new politics for New Zealand

In this year’s Michael King Memorial Lecture, Max Harris calls for a strategic intervention – inspired by the tenets of care, community and creativity in an Aotearoa New Zealand context, and driven by the imagination and impatience of the young to create a better country.

Blue Dragon book fair

A book fair will be held in the Ngaio Town Hall from 9am to 4pm on Saturday 20 May as a fundraiser for the Blue Dragon Children's Foundation in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Chris Kraus: Multiple Perspectives

Author and artist Chris Kraus returns to Wellington for a one-off, intimate conversation about her life and work.

Book Night

Book Night is a fun nationwide reading event for people of all ages, run by Book Discussion Scheme.

SPORT 45 - reading & launch

The editors warmly invite you a celebration of and readings from SPORT 45 at Vic Books Kelburn.

Book Night - Nelson event

Join us on Tuesday 23 May at 6pm at the Elma Turner Library in Nelson for another 'read-in' as part of this year's Book Discussion Scheme's Book Night.

Murder in the Library - Ōtāhuhu

The Ngaio Marsh Awards, in association with the New Zealand Book Council and Auckland Libraries, invite South Auckland booklovers to a free event featuring a diverse panel of four talented local crime writers.

Bruce Finds A Home Kickstarter Launch

Dunedin’s most famous cat is about to become even more so with his very own illustrated children's book - and you're invited to his Kickstarter launch!

Murder in the Library - Waitakere

The Ngaio Marsh Awards, in association with the New Zealand Book Council and Auckland Libraries, invite Auckland booklovers to an event featuring three talented local crime writers.

Murder in the Library - Lower Hutt #2

The Ngaio Marsh Awards, in association with the New Zealand Book Council and Hutt City Libraries, invites booklovers to an event featuring four talented local writers.

Murder in the Library - Kapiti Coast

The Ngaio Marsh Awards, in association with the New Zealand Book Council and Hutt City Libraries, invites booklovers to an event featuring four talented local writers.

Pieces of You - Book Launch

Auckland book launch and celebration of 'Pieces of You', the debut novel by Eileen Merriman.

Murder in the Library - Christchurch

​The Ngaio Marsh Awards​, in association with the New Zealand Book Council and Christchurch City Libraries, invite booklovers to an event featuring four talented Canterbury authors.

Book Launch: 'Marlborough Man' by Alan Carter

Come meet award winning writer Alan Carter at Volume Books in Nelson.

June

Murder in the Library - Queenstown

The Ngaio Marsh Awards, in association with the New Zealand Book Council and Queenstown Lakes District Libraries, invites booklovers to an event featuring two talented local writers.

Murder in the Library - Nelson

The ​Ngaio Marsh Awards​, in association with the New Zealand Book Council and Nelson Libraries, invites Top of the South booklovers to a thrilling event featuring three talented New Zealand crime writers.

LexiCon 2017 - The 38th NZ National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention

A full weekend of panels, presentations, workshops, cosplay, gaming, and hanging out in the bar.

Founders Annual Book Fair

The Founders Annual Book Fair is a fundraiser for the park which runs for nine days each year starting on Queen's Birthday Weekend.

Breaking Ground

Two public and free Rehearsed Readings and one Artist Panel om Wellington, showcasing the work of creative natives from Australia, Hawai’i, New Zealand and the Pacific – all are welcome to attend and enjoy these free public events.

Murder in the Library - Tauranga

The Ngaio Marsh Awards, in association with the New Zealand Book Council and Tauranga City Libraries, invites booklovers to an event featuring three talented crime writers.

Author Talk: Steve Braunias

Te Atatu Library is hosting local journalist and author Steve Braunias, to talk about his latest book “The Man Who Ate Lincoln Road”.

The Worlds of Nalini Singh

Join Nelson Libraries to hear international writing sensation Nalini Singh.

Lōemis Winter Solstice Festival

For 7 days this winter, Lōemis observes the longest nights of the year with a hearty mix of feasts, theatre, astronomy, music, monstrous creatures at large, and a fiery waterfront procession.

'Libraries, Literacy & You' seminar day

Join us for a learning filled day of six sessions with engaging and expert speakers to support you, and your library or classroom.