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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April

Poetry in Motion Wellington feat. Ben Fagan - 'Some Traveller' Book Launch

Fresh off his first tour of the UK, performance poet Ben Fagan is launching his new book 'Some Traveller' at Poetry in Motion's April event.

Appetites readers' and writers' evening at Brooklyn Primary School, Wgtn

Brooklyn Primary School's Readers and Writers event Appetites; an entertaining evening featuring local authors talking about their passions and their writing. The Appetites theme is not restricted to food; it could be the author’s hunger for life, poetry, disruptive characters or whatever they choose to speak about.

Launch | Towards Democratic Renewal by Geoffrey Palmer & Andrew Butler and In Search of Consensus by Elizabeth McLeay

Victoria University Press warmly invites you to the launch of two important new books 'Towards Democratic Renewal' by Geoffrey Palmer and Andrew Butler and 'In Search of Consensus' by Elizabeth McLeay.

Murder in the Library

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

2018 Ngaio Marsh Awards entrants Annaleese Jochems, Jennifer Lane, and Kirsten McDougall will discuss how they create memorable characters, craft page-turning plotlines, and infuse their exciting storytelling with real-life issues. Ockham Awards shortlisted author Brannavan Gnanalingam will prosecute the offenders.

Stretch Yourself Writers' Retreat

Have you always loved writing but want to take it to the next level? This creative writing retreat for beginners will help you tune in - with mind, body and heart - to the source of your creative inspiration and practise some fundamental craft skills. You will get the space and support to create a new piece of work in the form of your choice - fiction, narrative non-fiction or poetry - or polish an existing small project (up to 1,000 words) .

Murder in the Library

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

2018 Ngaio Marsh Awards entrants Annaleese Jochems, Jennifer Lane, and Kirsten McDougall will discuss how they create memorable characters, craft page-turning plotlines, and infuse their exciting storytelling with real-life issues. Ockham Awards shortlisted author Brannavan Gnanalingam will prosecute the offenders.

Dance & Write: A workshop with Ingrid Kolle

In this workshop we will let movement free our bodies and words dance on the page. You will learn practical and magical ways to inspire your writing and hone your dance.

Launch - Nicky Pellegrino 'A Year at Hotel Gondola'

Join Unity Books Wellington & Hachette NZ for the launch of Nicky Pellegrino's new book 'A Year at Hotel Gondola'.

Launch - Song for Rosaleen by Pip Desmond

Unity Books Wellington & Massey University Press warmly invite you to the launch of 'Song for Rosaleen' by Pip Desmond.

Make Her Praises Heard Afar: New Zealand women overseas in World War One

Join author Jane Tolerton for a talk on her latest book Make Her Praises Heard Afar about the women (doctors, nurses and volunteers) who cared for soldiers in 1915 in Egypt and Malta, and those who worked with the New Zealand War Contingent Association in Britain.

Our Creative Future – How bright does it look?

Tom Hill (Copyright Licensing NZ) gives the rundown on "Our Creative Future – How bright does it look?", following NZ Society of Authors Wellington Branch AGM for 2018.

Launch | Plundering Beauty: A History of Art Crime During War by Arthur Tompkins | In-store Tuesday 17th April, 6-7:30pm

Plundering Beauty: A History of Art Crime During War charts the crucial milestones of art crimes spanning two thousand years.

Launch | Realising the Potential of Driverless Vehicles by Michael Cameron

Join Unity Books Wellington for the launch of
REALISING THE POTENTIAL OF DRIVERLESS VEHICLES:
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR LAW REFORMS
by Michael Cameron

Launch - Song for Rosaleen by Pip Desmond

Hastings War Memorial Library and Massey University Press invite you to the launch of Song for Rosaleen: Losing and finding a mother in dementia

Southland Arts Festival 2018

Based in Invercargill, the Southland Arts Festival is a month-long celebration of the very best in arts and culture.

Launch | No One Home by Keith Westwater

Join Unity Books & Makaro Press for the launch of
NO ONE HOME: A BOYHOOD MEMOIR IN LETTERS AND POEMS
by Keith Westwater

Golden Bay Live Poets presents a tribute to Gordon Challis

Golden Bay Live Poets honours Gordon Challis who passed away this year on March 3rd.

Sam Hunt acknowledges him as a major influence; Bill Manhire included his poem ‘Walking An Imaginary Dog’ in The Best of Best New Zealand Poems; and Robert Bly commends his Spanish translation work.

His poetry has been featured in the NZ Listener, Landfall, the Times Literary Supplement and the Manchester Guardian, among others, as well as being included in many anthologies.

Join us to launch Gordon's last Spanish translation collection of poetry.