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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July

Lunchtime Author Event: Dame Fiona Kidman

Join authors Dame Fiona Kidman and Redmer Yska in conversation, to mark the publication of Kidman's new novel 'This Mortal Boy'.

The Mapmakers' Race launch

Gecko Press and The Children’s Bookshop warmly invite you to the launch of The Mapmakers’ Race by Eirlys Hunter.

Kids' Lit Quiz: world final

Kids' Lit Quiz world final

NZ book launch: Changing Gears: Ups & Downs on the New Zealand Road by Sequoia Schmidt

Join author, adventurer and entrepreneur Sequoia Schmidt for the New Zealand launch of her award-winning book, 'Changing Gears: Ups & Downs on the New Zealand Road'.

Fishing for Maui Book Launch

Come and celebrate the publication of Fishing for Maui by Isa Pearl Ritchie.

Author Event: Changing Gears: Ups & Downs on the New Zealand Road by Sequoia Schmidt

Join author, adventurer and entrepreneur Sequoia Schmidt for a presentation from her new book, the award-winning chronicle of her 28-day solo cycle through New Zealand.

Marlborough Book Festival 2018

The Marlborough Book Festival is an annual festival held to celebrate reading and writing.

Island Time with Damon Salesa

What would it mean for New Zealand to act like a Pacific Island nation? Damon Salesa explores this question in an energising public lecture, based on the Michael King Memorial Lecture he delivered to a standing-room-only audience at the Auckland Writers Festival in May.

Mary McCallum - XYZ of Happiness

XYZ of Happiness, a once in half-century poetry collection by our publisher Mary McCallum will be launched by publishing rangatira Roger Steele, with music by Mary’s band The Brooklyns. All welcome. Free event.

Lunchtime Event | Changing Gears by Sequoia Schmidt

Unity Books Wellington warmly welcomes you to hear Sequoia Schmidt talk about her new book,
Changing Gears: Ups and Downs on the New Zealand Road

Author Event: Changing Gears: Ups & Downs on the New Zealand Road by Sequoia Schmidt

Join author, adventurer and entrepreneur Sequoia Schmidt for a presentation from her new award-winning book 'Changing Gears: Ups & Downs on the New Zealand Road'.

Author Event: Changing Gears: Ups & Downs on the New Zealand Road by Sequoia Schmidt

Join Hawkes Bay-born/US-based author, adventurer and entrepreneur Sequoia Schmidt for a presentation of her award-winning book 'Changing Gears: Ups and Downs on the New Zealand Road'.

Book Launch | Poūkahangatus & People From The Pit Stand Up

Join Unity Books Wellington & Victoria University Press for the double book launch of two stunning debut poetry collections – Poūkahangatus by Tayi Tibble and People From The Pit Stand Up by Sam Duckor-Jones.

Launch of See No Evil – New Zealand's betrayal of the people of West Papua

See No Evil is a shocking account by one of New Zealand’s most respected authors on peace and Pacific issues, issuing a powerful call for a just and permanent solution – self-determination – for the people of West Papua.

Writers on Mondays: The Graphic World of Dylan Horrocks

Writers on Mondays is presented by the International Institute of Modern Letters and The Musuem of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.
These events are open to the public and FREE of charge.

Author Event: Changing Gears: Ups & Downs on the New Zealand Road by Sequoia Schmidt

Join author, adventurer and entrepreneur Sequoia Schmidt for a presentation of her award-winning book, 'Changing Gears: Ups and Downs on the New Zealand Road'.

Book Launch: Tony Williams Goldsmith

You are warmly invited to celebrate the launch of 'Tony Williams Goldsmith'. Published by Tony Williams Gallery in association with Potton & Burton

UK Spoken Word Artist RikTheMost

A well-known figure on the UK spoken word scene, Rik has won numerous Poetry Slams, including in Melbourne where they qualified to represent Australia in their first ever national slam team at the American National Poetry Slam Finals in Denver last year. Rik has performed shows in the UK, Australia, Canada, America and Finland and is currently touring NZ.

Fair Borders? Migration: A Panel Discussion (Auckland)

Join us for a panel discussion with BWB Texts Fair Borders? editor David Hall and contributors Andrew Chen, Arama Rata and Evelyn Marsters to discuss how New Zealand’s borders impact on its citizens, on recent immigrants, and on people who aren’t permitted to set foot on this land.

UK Spoken Word Artist RikTheMost

RikTheMost has performed shows in the UK, Australia, Canada, America and Finland and is currently touring NZ.

A well-known figure on the UK spoken word scene, Rik has won numerous Poetry Slams, including in Melbourne where they qualified to represent Australia in their first ever national slam team at the American National Poetry Slam Finals in Denver last year.

Please note: This Live Poets Special has a $10 entry fee. Get there early to get a seat!

Benjamin Em will open the evening with harmonic percussive guitar. A musician, poet and novelist from the coldest corner of NZ, Benjamin is currently working on his second album.

Women’s History in the Te Papa Collection

Join historian Barbara Brookes and Te Papa curators Katie Cooper and Matariki Williams as they explore the history of New Zealand women through objects and artworks from the museum’s extensive collection.

Writers on Mondays: Kate Duignan and Rajorshi Chakraborti

Writers on Mondays is presented by the International Institute of Modern Letters and The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. These events are open to the public and free of charge.

Launch | Is it bedtime yet? by Emily Writes & friends

Come along and celebrate the launch of 'Is it bedtime yet?' by Emily Writes and friends

Tax Is Love - A Panel Discussion

Economist Shamubeel Eaqub inspired a flurry of think-pieces when he declared in a column for Stuff that ‘tax is love’. In this BWB Winter Series event Shamubeel will be joined by Lisa Marriott, Terry Baucher and chair David Hall to debate the nature of tax: is it love or is it theft? Come along, hear the discussion, and make up your own mind.

Lunchtime Event - See No Evil: NZ's Betrayal of the People of West Papua by Maire Leadbeater

See No Evil issues a challenge to New Zealanders. The book begins by relating the little-known history of West Papua, but its focus is on the impact of New Zealand’s foreign policy on the indigenous Melanesian inhabitants.
In the 1950s New Zealand supported self-determination for the former Dutch colony, but in 1962 opted to back Indonesia as it took over the territory.

Writers on Mondays: Harry Ricketts

Writers on Mondays is presented by the International Institute of Modern Letters and The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. These events are open to the public and FREE of charge.