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!
Peter Wells discusses 'Dear Oliver' with Unity Books manager Tilly Lloyd
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.
A fun, crafty activity children will love. Free event. Booking recommended.
Register at: firstname.lastname@example.org
An exceptional opportunity for an in-depth workshop with one of NZ's most successful children's authors.
All details at www.creativematakana.nz
Inside.Out Open Mic (est. 2012) is a popular monthly event where writers can read their work - poetry, flash, fiction, short story, creative non-fiction, performance poetry etc- at the open mic for up to 5 or 6 mins. There are excellent music guests each time, and word challenges with randomly-awarded chocolate bars and books. Simply add your name to the open mic sheet when you arrive. Everyone is welcome, to read or as audience.
Join Unity Books & Victoria University Press for the launch of Kate Duignan's new novel 'The New Ships'.
Join internationally acclaimed Samoan writer Sia Figiel for a reading from her long awaited new novel Freelove, followed by questions and book signing.
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.
Poet Therese Lloyd presenting her new book, The Facts, and art critic Anthony Byrt in conversation with gallery director Scott Lawrie
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.
Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival invites you to the launch of
Go Girl: A Storybook of Epic NZ Women by Barbara Else
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.
A glittering ceremony to honour the finalists and announce the winners of the 2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.
The next Nelson Live Poets session will take place on Tuesday May 15th at The On Inn, 335 Trafalgar Square East, at 7 30pm. Bring a poem to share or just enjoy the show. Singer songwriters are also welcome. To take part, simply sign up on the night. Koha entry.
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.
The Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel was made possible by generous sponsorship from Ann Hatherly and Andre Gifkins, partner and son of the late Michael Gifkins, and Text Publishing. It pays tribute to the support and encouragement Michael Gifkins gave to New Zealand writers throughout his career. The award gives the winning author a $10,000 advance and a publishing contract. The competition is open to previously published authors and new writers who are New Zealand citizens or permanent residents, and is administered by the New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc).
Out of almost 200 entries, three outstanding manuscripts have been chosen for the 2018 shortlist:
When Curlews Call by H. E. Crampton (Cairns and Nelson)
Caught Between by Jeannie McLean (Auckland)
Slaughter Weight by Ruby Porter (Auckland
This event, held as part of the Auckland Writers Festival, announces the winner.
OneTree House launched in 2017 as a new children's publisher in New Zealand, and has a programme of 43 titles for 2018.
In March they won the BOP Bologna Prize for Best Children's Publisher - Oceania. This event celebrates that success and toasts the first 9 books released and all 2018 inaugural authors.
A fun nationwide reading event for people of all ages
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.
Golden Bay Live Poets is celebrating Bob Dylan's birthday at the Mussel Inn with the help of Nelson musician Monty Bevins.
Celebrate the NZ launch of Freelove (2018 revised edition) with award winning author, Sia Figiel.
Literature and music come together in this unique concert.
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.
The New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa is holding its AGM in Auckland this year, Saturday May 26 10am. The Auckland Branch is hosting this year and has prepared a series of workshops on various aspects of the writing craft for the afternoon.
Martin Edmond will read from The Expatriates at Wellington City Gallery, 6pm Monday 28 May. Following the reading, Martin Edmond and editor Jane Parkin will discuss the multiple worlds of ‘home’ and ‘away’ explored in The Expatriates.
A poetry reading to celebrate the release of Winter Eyes by Harry Ricketts.