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

Book Launch | A Communist In The Family: Searching For Rewi Alley by Elspeth Sandys

Unity Books Wellington & Otago University Press warmly invite you to celebrate the launch of 'A Communist In The Family: Searching For Rewi Alley' by Elspeth Sandys

Wordswillwork South Auckland Writers Festival

A writers festival that has broad appeal but cosy enough that you can get soup and scones while listening to readings on a winters afternoon.

Workshops, panel discussions and readings from new and established authors, as well as the announcement of the winner of the Franklin Writers Group National Flash Fiction Competition.
Venue - Nathan Homestead Date - 27th of July 2019

Writers on Mondays: Poetry Quintet

Five poets in dicussion with Chris Price.

Book Launch | Brain Connections: How To Sleep Better, Worry Less and Feel Happier by Dr Giresh Kanji

Unity Books Wellington & Pain Publications warmly invite you to celebrate the launch of 'BRAIN CONNECTIONS: How To Sleep Better, Worry Less and Feel Happier' by Dr Giresh Kanji. All welcome.

Book Launch | The Occasional Demon by Primo Levi translated by Marco Sonzogni & Harry Thomas

Unity Books Wellington, Ambasciata d’Italia, Marco Sonzogni & The Cuba Press warmly invite you to celebrate the launch of 'The Occasional Demon' by Primo Levi, a limited edition of Primo Levi’s poetry in both Italian and English to mark the centenary of his birth, translated by Marco Sonzogni & Harry Thomas.

August

Hamilton Book Month

Hamilton Book Month is on every August with almost all events free of charge and open to all.

Paint n' Pen: Free Creative Writing Workshop - 4 August

Write a short story, a poem, or some lyrics inspired by Christchurch's rich street art and get published! We are offering a series of workshops plus guided tours to work on your ideas. Open to writers, budding and established, of all ages.

Lunchtime Author Talk | Toby Faber

Join Unity Books Wellington, Faber & Faber and Allen & Unwin NZ for an in-store author talk with Toby Faber, author of ‘Faber & Faber: The Untold Story’ and a new crime thriller, ‘Close to the Edge’.

Writers on Mondays: Dinah Hawken and Lynn Jenner

DIG DEEPER: Dinah Hawken and Lynn Jenner in conversation with Bill Manhire

30th Birthday Literary Concert

The Women's Bookshop 30th Birthday Literary Concert

Lunchtime Event | Celebrate Children’s Books in Wellington

Unity Books and Gecko Press welcome you to a New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults event.

Double Book Launch | How To Live by Helen Rickerby & AUP New Poets 5: Carolyn DeCarlo, Sophie van Waardenberg, Rebecca Hawkes

Unity Books Wellington and Auckland University Press warmly invite you to attend the combined launch of HOW TO LIVE by Helen Rickerby & AUP New Poets 5: Carolyn DeCarlo, Sophie van Waardenberg, Rebecca Hawkes

Writers on Mondays: Maria Tumarkin

AXIOMATIC: Maria Tumarkin in conversation with Chris Price

Lunchtime Author Talk | Nailing Down The Saint: Craig Cliff

Unity Books Wellington and Penguin Random House warmly invite you to celebrate the publication of 'Nailing Down The Saint' by Craig Cliff. Author talk chaired by Brannavan Gnanalingam.

Writers on Mondays: Best New Zealand Poems

BEST NEW ZEALAND POEMS 2018

Four Readings and a Festival

2019 Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day

"Four Readings and a Festival" – SP (Spark Place)

Thursday 22 August 6pm - 7.30pm

Four Christchurch poets talk fame, fortune, first books and what possessed them to do it. Reading from their newborn collections are Erik Kennedy (shortlisted in the 2019 Ockham Book Awards for his collection There's No Place Like the Internet In Springtime), Marisa Cappetta (How to Tour the World on a Flying Fox), Victoria Broome (How We Talk to Each Other) and Gail Ingram (Contents Under Pressure). MC of the panel is Joanna Preston (Kathleen Grattan Award for The Summer King).

National Poetry Day | Wild Honey: Reading New Zealand Women’s Poetry

On National Poetry Day 2019 join Unity Books and Massey University Press to celebrate 'Wild Honey: Reading New Zealand Women’s Poetry' by Paula Green.
Paula will introduce readings from carina gallegos, Stefanie Lash,
Therese Lloyd, Maria McMillan and Manon Revuelta.

How to Speak Your Truth Without Being a Slave to It and the Power of What If

A one-day workshop with Victor Rodger which explores the story that you want to tell in order to find the story you should tell.

Writers on Mondays: Rebecca Priestley and Helen Heath

ELECTRIC / ANTARCTIC: Rebecca Priestley and Helen Heath in conversation

NZ Book Council Lecture: Stories from the Wild presented by Lani Wendt Young

We are thrilled to announce Pacific Laureate Lani Wendt Young as this year’s speaker for the Book Council Lecture in Wellington on August 28. Tickets on sale August 5.

October

New Zealand Young Writers Festival

A festival for young writers and everyone who loves literature.

Te Hā National Māori Writer’s Hui

Te Hā National Māori Writer’s Hui. More info to follow...

Closed to Public

Find Your Way Forward II with Elizabeth Knox

Whether you are writing short fiction, a novel, or a work of creative non-fiction there is always a way in which your story will want best to be told.
Acclaimed New Zealand author Elizabeth Knox (The Vintner's Luck), will support you to find a clear direction for your story - and, along the way, you'll learn to become a shrewder, more flexible, confident and daring storyteller.

Paint n’ Pen: Free Creative Writing Workshop - 13 Oct

Write a short story, a poem or some lyrics inspired by Christchurch's rich street art and get published! We are offering a series of workshops plus guided tour to work on your ideas. Open to writers, budding and established, of all ages.

Listening to the Waves: part 1

A two-day workshop with Lynn Jenner which looks at tuning in to the sound and rhythm of your sentences and paragraphs.

This listing is for the first workshop. See the separate listing for the second part, which will be held on November 2.

Paint n’ Pen: Free Creative Writing Workshop - 20 Oct

Write a short story, a poem or some lyrics inspired by Christchurch's rich street art and get published! We are offering a series of workshops plus guided tour to work on your ideas. Open to writers, budding and established, of all ages.