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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August

New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults - Hamilton

On Wednesday 1 August, Hamilton will host a selection of the finalists of the 2018 New Zealand Awards for Children & Young Adults, ahead of the awards ceremony in Wellington on 8 August. ALL SCHOOL EVENTS ARE FREE TO ATTEND, BUT BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL.

True Stories Told Live: Transformation

Join six Wellington poets for an evening of transformative storytelling.
The NZ Book Council's AGM will begin beforehand at 6pm. All welcome.

Writers on Mondays : Poetry Quartet

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.

Celebrate Children’s Books in Wellington

Unity Books Wellington welcomes you to hear publishers and writers (Gecko Press, Escalator Press, Wardini Books, Gareth Ward...) of titles shortlisted for the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults discuss what they like about each other’s books.

NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults ceremony in Wellington

The winners of the 2018 New Zealand Children & Young Adults Book Awards will be announced at this ceremony.

Romance Writers of New Zealand 2018 Conference

'When Love Comes to Town' - the annual conference of romance writers of New Zealand.

A Matter of Fact – A Panel Discussion (Auckland)

Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw, author of A Matter of Fact: Talking Truth in a Post-Truth World (BWB Texts 2018), will be joined by Professors Shaun Hendy and Jennifer Curtin to explore how we can convincingly explain the difference between good information and misinformation, and talk effectively about contentious issues such as immunisation, the gender pay gap and climate change.

Wāhine Māori: Women Who Moved Us

Wāhine Māori: Women Who Moved Us will bring together Māori historians, curators, archivists and mokopuna for an afternoon of kōrero and waiata, including a live performance by musician Ria Hall, to celebrate the diverse history of mana wahine.

Writers on Mondays : Anna Jackson

Pasture and Flock: Anna Jackson

A Matter of Fact – A Panel Discussion (Wellington)

Jess Berentson-Shaw, author of A Matter of Fact: Talking Truth in a Post-Truth World (BWB Texts 2018), will be joined by Shaun Hendy and Emily Beausoleil to talk about how we can convincingly explain the difference between good information and misinformation, and talk effectively about contentious issues such as immunisation, the gender pay gap and climate change.

Tatau: A History of Sāmoan Tattooing

Join Unity Books Wellington & Te Papa Press for the launch of Tatau: A History of Sāmoan Tattooing by Sean Mallon & Sébastien Galliot.

Lunchtime Event - To the Mountains

Unity Books and Otago University Press invite you to a lunchtime book event with Laurence Fearnley and Paul Hersey, editors of To the Mountains, as they discuss their book with fellow author Shaun Barnett (Tramping: A New Zealand History & Tramping In New Zealand).

Dear Essayist, I like your style

Are you interested in what's going on in the world of essays? Do you want to try to write an essay or develop it further? If this sounds like you, join Lynn Jenner in this two-day course happening in Waikanae on the Kāpiti Coast.

Women’s History in the Otago Museum Collection

Join historian Barbara Brookes and Otago Museum curators as they explore the history of New Zealand women in the museum’s collection.

Writers on Mondays: Best New Zealand Poems

Best New Zealand Poems 2017 for National Poetry Day

Levi's War

At 6pm, join Julie Thomas for a discussion about her new novel, the final
chapter in the Horowitz trilogy which began with The Keeper of Secrets and Rachel’s Legacy

Lunchtime Event - Chessie Henry 'We Can Make a Life'

Join Unity Books & Victoria University Press as Chessie Henry discusses her new memoir, 'We Can Build a Life: A Memoir of Family, Earthquakes & Courage' with Emily Perkins.

Island Time with Damon Salesa

What would it mean for New Zealand to act like a Pacific
Island nation?

Donovan Bixley on Tour

Donovan is hitting the road to promote 'How Māui Fished Up the North Island'. This is your chance to see Donovan in action – he’ll be drawing live, talking about his new book and signing copies.

Writers on Mondays : The Imaginary Lives of James Pōneke

Tina Makereti in conversation with Lawrence Patchett

The Broken Estate: Journalism in New Zealand

In the age of Trump, fake news and celebrity headlines, it is easy to despair about the future of journalism. Mel Bunce, author of upcoming BWB Text The Broken Estate: Journalism in New Zealand, will discuss the state of journalism in New Zealand and the solutions needed to ensure its future.

WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival

The largest literary event in the South Island is back for 2018.

Karl Wolfskehl Poetry & Exile: Letters From NZ 1938–1948 - Dr Nelson Wattie

In the final of the L’Dor Va Dor speaker series join Unity Books and Dr Nelson Wattie as he discusses his most recent book 'Karl Wolfskehl. Poetry and Exile - Letters from New Zealand 1938 - 1948' at the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand.