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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NZ Book Council Lecture: Owen Marshall

How does the short story measure up to the novel in New Zealand literary circles?

Nation Dates 3rd Ed. by Wendy McGuinness

Nation Dates is a book founded on our belief that, to understand where we are heading, we need to know where we have been.

Michael King Writers' Centre Annual Writers Weekend

The Business of Writing—Making a Living Through Words

Book Launch: Dark Forest Deep Sea by Richard Hall

Join Mākaro Press & Unity Books for the launch of 'Dark Forest Deep Sea: Reflections of a Hunter' by Richard Hall.

Book Launch: Night Watchers by Grant Sheehan

Phantom House Books & Unity Books are please to invite you to the launch of Grant Sheehan's latest photographic book.

Lunchtime Event - Catherine Chidgey discusses her new book with Tracey Slaughter

Catherine Chidgey will be discussing her brand new found novel
'The Beat of the Pendulum', with short fiction writer Tracey Slaughter.

LitCrawl 2017

The renowned crawl will be held on Saturday 11 November and will have more events than ever before!

NZ Poetry Conference & Festival - Auckland 2017

Auckland is the host for the NZ Poetry Conference & Festival 2017. Based at the city's freshest community hub the Ellen Melville Centre's Pioneer Women's Hall, the three-day conference is packed with six features, five themed reading sessions, four korero panels, six workshops and enough whanau reading opportunities for all. Witness more than fifty leading poets from Tamaki Makaurau and across Aotearoa read their new works and discuss what poetry means to them, what spurs them to write and how they broadcast their work in the digital age.

NZ Poetry Conference & Festival - Auckland 2017

Join scores of award-winning poets from Tamaki Makaurau and from across Aotearoa from Dunedin to the Coromandel, Napier to Whangarei who are reading their work or speaking in korero sessions at the NZ Poetry Conference in Auckland 10 – 12 November., at the Ellen Melville Centre. This conference follows on from the successful 2015 Wellington Poetry Conference, and the inaugural Havelock North korerorero in 2013.

NZ Book Festival

The NZ Book Festival is an annual event for independently published New Zealand authors who come together and share their books with readers.

Shaky Places

A song cycle merged with poems of Aotearoa.

After the Cyclone

The launch of New Zealand Poetry Society’s 2017 competition anthology.

Chris Sanders public performance and talk

Browns Bay based author-songwriter Chris Sanders will be performing and talking about the inspiration behind his breakaway Children's hit "Angel Star".

Lunchtime Event - The Journal of Urgent Writing Vol.2 (2017)

Editor Simon Wilson in discussion with Wellington based contributors Jessica Berentson-Shaw, Jo Randerson, Sarah Laing & Mamari Stephens.

Banned Poetry Uncensored

Kevin Moran, author of Alchemical Psalms and banned poet from letters to the editor columns, celebrates banned poetry uncensored.

From children's poetry like Shel Silverstein's 'A Light In The Attic' to the works of Shakespeare, for as long as there have been writers, there have been texts that have been challenged, censored, burned, and banned.

Everyone is welcome to attend or participate.

Launch - Floating Islanders: Pasifika Theatre in Aotearoa

Join Unity Books & Otago University Press for the launch of 'Floating Islanders: Pasifika Theatre in Aotearoa' by Lisa Warrington & David O’Donnell.

Launch - A Colonial Naturalist by Pamela Hyde

Join Unity Books for the launch of 'A Colonial Naturalist: Henry Suter’s Life of Discovery & Hardship in New Zealand' by Pamela Hyde.

Carry on Writing Memoir

Carry on Writing Memoir is an intensive two day workshop with writer and teacher Lynn Jenner.

Creative Cities Southern Hui

Ōtepoti He Puna Auaha, UNESCO City of Literature warmly invites you to the Creative Cities Southern Hui – an invigorating assemblage of local and global creative minds.