Words on Wheels writers’ tour

Word on Wheels (WoW) takes some of our finest writers and illustrators on a week-long road trip, providing rural communities the opportunity to meet with and be inspired by New Zealand authors and illustrators.

Writers throw themselves into a hectic schedule of daily workshops, readings, and talks – in schools, libraries, bookshops, galleries – wherever we can find a willing host!
The tour also always includes Speed Date An Author and True Stories Told Live events.

WoW is just one of the ways the New Zealand Book Council works to encourage and support a love of books and reading, because we know the social benefits this can bring. In the past I have read about these events in the main centres and looked on with envy, as the opportunities to meet authors just don’t exist in the provincial areas. Meeting ‘real-life authors’ has a powerful effect on young people encouraging them to follow their passions for reading and writing, and inspiring them to read widely thereby increasing academic ability and empathy. All students I spoke to at the end of the event were buzzing with what they had learnt and thoroughly enjoyed the day.

- Marlborough Girls’ College librarian, Colleen Shipley

Words on Wheels 2017

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Words on Wheels 2016: Marlborough

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Participating writers and illustrators

  • Children’s illustrator Gavin Bishop
  • Children’s writer and illustrator Donovan Bixley
  • Playwright, novelist and journalist Greg McGee
  • Fiction writer Charlotte Grimshaw
  • Romance writer Barbara De Leo

Delivered in partnership with the Marlborough Book Festival.

Words on Wheels 2015: Wanaka

Participating writers and illustrators

  • Children’s and young adult author Melinda Szymanik
  • Poet Liz Breslin
  • Playwright Dave Armstrong
  • Children’s writer and illustrator Bob Kerr
  • Historian Kate Hunter

Delivered in partnership with the Festival of Colour.