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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March

Poet vs Pageant

What will happen when an awkward outsider dives head first into the perilous seas of a beauty pageant? Miss Congeniality meets Roald Dahl in this amazing adventure full of blood, sweat and tans. Come and get swept away.
Winner – Best Writing, Melbourne Fringe
Winner - L'Apres Fringe Award, Montreal Fringe
Nominee - Best English Production, Montreal Fringe

Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2018 shortlist announced

Forty books have been selected for the 2018 longlist in the categories of fiction, illustrated non-fiction, general non-fiction, and poetry. Who will make the shortlist?

Smart Alex: Creative writing competition for secondary school students

The Friends of the Turnbull Library (FoTL) have launched an exciting creative writing competition open to all secondary school students in New Zealand and the South Pacific.
The aim is to celebrate the centenary of Alexander Turnbull and his remarkable legacy.
Entry is free and there is more than $2,000 in prize money.
Visit the FoTL website at http://www.turnbullfriends.org.nz/schools-competition for more details and the competition entry form.

Writers & Readers 2018

Get up close and intimate with local and international stars for four days of fast-tracked, smart conversation from some of the world's best thinkers and talkers.

Launch of Walking to Jutland Street, poems by Michael Steven

Otago University Press and the Dunedin Fringe Festival 2018 invite you to celebrate the launch of Walking to Jutland Street, a debut poetry collection by Michael Steven.
Please RSVP by Thursday 8 March to publicity@otago.ac.nz

Storylines National Festival Story Tour presents How To Encourage Children to Be More Engaged Readers

As part of the Storylines Story Tour that is coming to Canterbury, Zac McCullum is hosting a special night event aimed at parents, teachers and librarians. Fantastic authors Maria Gill, James Russell, Anne Kayes and James Norcliffe will be on a panel discussing how we can encourage children to be more engaged readers.

The event is Wednesday 14 March, from 7-8pm , Halswell School Library at Halswell School in Christchurch.

WOMAD World of Words

The World of Words is a site-wide programme at WOMAD created to provoke thought and encourage people to learn, listen, and participate.

Launch - So Many Islands

Join Unity Books Wellington & Little Island Press for the launch of 'So Many Islands: Stories from the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indian & Pacific Oceans' edited by Nicholas Laughlin & Nailah Folami Imoja

So Many Islands Book Launch

Join Unity Books Wellington & Little Island Press Ltd for the launch of 'So Many Islands: Stories from the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indian & Pacific Oceans' edited by Nicholas Laughlin & Nailah Folami Imoja.

Meet New Zealand Book Awards winner Karlo Mila, poet Mere Taito and Commonwealth Writers Prize winner Sia Figiel.

Launch - Pursuing Peace in Godzone: Christianity & the Peace Tradition in NZ

Join Unity Books Wellington & Victoria University Press for the launch of 'Pursuing Peace in Godzone: Christianity and the Peace Tradition in New Zealand ' edited by Geoffrey Troughton & Philip Fountain.

Lunchtime Launch - The Vanishing Act by Jen Shieff

Unity Books warmly invites you to the lunchtime launch of The Vanishing Act by Jen Shieff

Launch - A Way With Words by Chris Maclean

Whitcombe Press & Unity Books warmly invite you to the launch of 'A Way with Words: A Memoir of Writing & Publishing in New Zealand' by Chris Maclean.