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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May

An Evening with Jennifer Andrewes: Hamilton

Don't miss an engaging evening as author Jennifer Andrewes chats about the experience of trading her family's comfortable Wellington existence for life in a small French village.

Launch | From Strategy To Action by Alicia McKay

Join Unity Books Wellington to celebrate the launch of
'FROM STRATEGY TO ACTION: A Guide To Getting Shit Done In The Public Sector' by Alicia McKay

LES PETITS KIWIS: ACCLAIMED FRENCH AUTHORS TO TOUR AOTEAROA: Christchurch

Grannies & Villains! Eric and Clotilde turn pen and paper into fabulous characters before your eyes.

Launch | The Braided River: Migration and the Personal Essay by Diane Comer

Join Unity Books and Otago University Press for the launch of
THE BRAIDED RIVER: MIGRATION AND THE PERSONAL ESSAY
by Diane Comer launched by Golriz Ghahraman MP

LES PETITS KIWIS: ACCLAIMED FRENCH AUTHORS TO TOUR AOTEAROA

Workshops! Join Eric or Clotilde and learn how to make your own storybook character. (Free but registration required)

Eric Veille and Clotilde Perrin join Gavin Bishop for a conversation about life, writing, art and France (Free)

Eric and Clotilde join Gavin Bishop for a conversation about life, writing, art and France.

LES PETITS KIWIS: ACCLAIMED FRENCH AUTHORS TO TOUR AOTEAROA: Auckland Library

Grannies & Villains: Clotilde Perrin and Eric Veille have fun … one reads while the other draws live! Come along with your questions (Free Event)

LES PETITS KIWIS: ACCLAIMED FRENCH AUTHORS TO TOUR AOTEAROA: Ponsonby

Grannies & Villains! Eric and Clotilde turn pen and paper into fabulous characters before your eyes (Free Event)

Neal Shusterman Book Signing: Auckland

Auckland's Dorothy Butler Children’s Bookshop is hosting Neal Shusterman, a New York Times bestseller many times over.

LES PETITS KIWIS: ACCLAIMED FRENCH AUTHORS TO TOUR AOTEAROA: Alliance Française Auckland

Come and meet Clotilde Perrin and Eric Veillé at the Alliance Française Auckland, as they will hold a talk and answer all your questions with French author Karin Serres, 2019 Randell Cottage writer in residence.
Alliance Française Auckland, Free

LES PETITS KIWIS: ACCLAIMED FRENCH AUTHORS TO TOUR AOTEAROA: Hamilton

Join Eric Veille for an investigation in the art of the Granny… he will read his marvellous Encyclopedia of Grannies and will draw live so you can see how he illustrates their mysterious ways….(Free)

Neal Shusterman Book Signing: Wellington

The Children’s Bookshop is hosting Neal Shusterman, a New York Times bestseller many times over.

Author talk | Kate Raworth – Doughnut Economics

Unity Books & New Zealand Alternative warmly invite you to hear
KATE RAWORTH author of the bestselling ‘Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist’ in discussion with Chlöe Swarbrick MP and Thomas Nash from Massey University and New Zealand Alternative.

Autobiography in Creative Writing - 8 week course

An 8 week evening course for adults, Tuesdays 5.30-7.30. To book, go to www.cecwellington.ac.nz

LES PETITS KIWIS: ACCLAIMED FRENCH AUTHORS TO TOUR AOTEAROA: Ramp Gallery, Hamilton

Eric Veille discussion his art practice and life as an author
Ramp Gallery (Free)

LES PETITS KIWIS: ACCLAIMED FRENCH AUTHORS TO TOUR AOTEAROA: Hamilton

Eric Veille discussion his art practice and life as an author
Ramp Gallery (Free)

LES PETITS KIWIS: ACCLAIMED FRENCH AUTHORS TO TOUR AOTEAROA: Palmerston North

Clotilde Perrin discusses her life as an award-winning author/illustrator in France. The event is coordinated by the Alliance Française Palmerston North.
Palmerston North Central Library (Free)

Inside.Out Open Mic for Writers

Inside.out is open mic for writers, with great musician guests each time. All writing - poetry, fiction, flash, micro, life writing, performance poetry etc - is welcome. College students and writers new to open mic are warmly welcomed. Inside.Out has been happening since 2012 once a month every month at Cafe One2one, always on the second Wednesday, and it gets busy!

Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival

A celebration of books and authors and very importantly, the readers of books. 4 days of events which include workshops, panel discussions, a train trip for the littlies and literary discussion and discourse of all kinds. The premier celebration of all things literary in Dunedin.

Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival

As Aotearoa’s only UNESCO City of Literature, Dunedin has quite the soft spot for the written word and its diverse practitioners. The fourth Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival is fast galloping towards us (9-12 May) and promises four days of terrific talk across 36 events, with a cast of over 60 participants.

LES PETITS KIWIS: ACCLAIMED FRENCH AUTHORS TO TOUR AOTEAROA: Dunedin

Villains & Grannies! Eric and Clotilde appear at Dunedin Writers Festival.

LES PETITS KIWIS: ACCLAIMED FRENCH AUTHORS TO TOUR AOTEAROA: Alliance Française Dunedin

Come along to enjoy a French crêpe, have a chat and some fun with our two authors.
Alliance Française Dunedin, ($3 for members/$5 for non-members)

Launch | '100 Natural History Treasures of Te Papa' edited Susan Waugh

Unity Books and Te Papa Press invite you to celebrate the launch of
'100 Natural History Treasures of Te Papa' edited by Susan Waugh.

Featherston Booktown Festival

A weekend long celebration of the artefact of the book, writers, and challenging ideas for all the family, set in Featherston - a picturesque country town 50 minutes from Wellington. We have over 60 presenters and over 70 events throughout the weekend.

The Time of Your Life

Tanya Batt, professional storyteller and author will tell stories and launch her new book, The Time of Your Life, illustrated by Bruce Potter.

Making a Villain: Clotilde Perrin with Sarah Wilkins

Making a Villain: Clotilde Perrin with Sarah Wilkins
Wellington-based illustrator Sarah Wilkins sits down for an in-depth chat with Clotilde Perrin, French author/illustrator of the extraordinary children’s book Inside the Villains. Join these two talented artists for a fascinating insight into the world of a writer and illustrator. Their talk will span the imaginative and the technical—not to be missed for all illustrators, designers and curious adults.
Unity Books, Free

Author talk | Clotilde Perrin with Sarah Wilkins

Unity Books, Gecko Press, Embassy of France, Alliance Francaise and Institut Francais warmly invite you to hear CLOTILDE PERRIN
Award-winning French author/illustrator of Inside The Villains
in conversation with Wellington illustrator Sarah Wilkins.

LES PETITS KIWIS: ACCLAIMED FRENCH AUTHORS TO TOUR AOTEAROA: Wellington

Grannies & Villains Activity hour at Capital E. Bring your little villains to Capital E for storytime and live drawing, followed by a fun activity to take home
Capital E (Free)

A GRANNIES + VILLAINS + DELICIOUS + FUN-FILLED GECKO PRESS EXTRAVAGANZA MORNING TEA!

A GRANNIES + VILLAINS + DELICIOUS + FUN-FILLED GECKO PRESS EXTRAVAGANZA MORNING TEA! Bring your Granny and come dressed as your favourite Villain to this special celebration. Eric and Clotilde will be joined by other Gecko Press authors (Giselle Clarkson, Kieran Rynhardt, Jonathan King, Paul Beavis and more!) for their final stop in the tour. Delicious food will be served, prizes for best dressed!
The Children’s Bookshop Kilbirnie (Free)

Event Invitation: Announcement of winner for The Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel 2019 and launch of 2018 winner Ruby Porter's Attraction

Event Invitation:
Announcement of winner for The Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel 2019 and launch of 2018 winner Ruby Porter's Attraction
4pm to 5.30pm, Sat 18 May
Balcony Bar, Level 5, Aotea Centre, Auckland
Part of the Auckland Writers Festival
All are welcome to this free public event.

Lunchtime Event | The New Zealand Wars / Ngā Pakanga O Aotearoa by Vincent O’Malley

Join Bridget Williams Books and Unity Books to hear Vincent O'Malley talk about his new book, 'The New Zealand Wars | Ngā Pakanga O Aotearoa'.

Launch | The Grief Almanac: A Sequel by Vana Manasiadis

Unity Books and Seraph Press invite you to celebrate the launch of
The Grief Almanac: A Sequel by Vana Manasiadis

Dave Pigeon (Royal Coo!) Launch Party

Celebrate the launch of Dave Pigeon (Royal Coo!) with children's author Swapna Haddow.

BWB Talks: Celebrating Marilyn Waring's new book

Marilyn Waring will be in conversation with Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw, co-director of think-and-do tank The Workshop and senior research associate at the Public Policy Institute at the University of Auckland. In 2018, she published BWB Text A Matter of Fact: Talking Truth in a Post-Truth World.

NZ Book Council's Annual General Meeting and True Stories Told Live

NZ Book Council's Annual General Meeting and True Stories Told Live evening at Meow bar.
​Featuring an excellent line-up of storytellers! Please join us.​​

The NZ Book Council’s AGM will be taking place from 6pm. All welcome.
Free entry, with cash bar available.

Launch: Bonjour Lucy Bee by Anne Ingram

Friends of Kapiti Library and Kapiti Children's Writers invite you to the launch of Anne Ingram's ninth book for 8-12 year olds: Bonjour Lucy Bee

Blue Dragon Book Fair

The annual, popular Blue Dragon Book Fair will be held in the Ngaio Town Hall in Wellington from 9am to 4pm on Saturday 25 May 2019. All of the money raised goes directly to Blue Dragon Children's Education Centre in Vietnam to support its work providing education and training to young disadvantaged people and rescuing those who have been trafficked.

BWB Talks: Kinley Salmon in conversation with Bernard Hickey

Kinley Salmon interrogates common predictions about a jobless future and explores what might happen to workers as automation becomes more widespread. He sketches out two bold alternative futures for New Zealand – and suggests what it might take, and what we might risk, to pursue each of them. This BWB Talk is chaired by Bernard Hickey.

Event Invitation: Talk with Anne Ingram at Alliance Francais

Alliance Francais de Wellington is hosting a talk and book signing for Anne Ingram's new children's book: Bonjour Lucy Bee.
May 30, 6.00pm
Book signing and talk
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Drinks and nibbles will be served