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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Meet Stacy Gregg!

Meet award-winning author Stacy Gregg, creator of the Pony Club Secrets and Pony Club Rivals series, at selected Whitcoulls Auckland stores these school holidays.

Writers on Mondays : The Next Page 2

Creative writing students read their work in progress (2)

Writers on Mondays: The Next Page 2

Part Two of the popular Next Page sessions features readings from Andrei Seleznev, Charlotte Forrester, Sinead Overbye, Tim Grgec, Johanna Knox, Anna Rankin, Laura Southgate, Madison Hamill, Tracey Schuyt and Rose Lu, introduced by Emily Perkins.

Find Your Way Forward creative writing retreat 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.

Book Launch of Our Superbaby!

Our Superbaby! A picture book by Maris O’Rourke and illustrated by Helen Bell will be launched by Dr Libby Limbrick- researcher, children’s literature expert and chair of Storylines.

Adrienne Jansen 'A Change of Key' Launch

The Score is back!

Remember The Score's odd and lovable characters? Adrienne Jansen picks up their story in her new novel.

Featuring violinist Vanya Mateeva, a glimpse of behind-the-scenes research, and a competition for the kids about mice!

Writers on Mondays: Kate Camp

The IIML is delighted to announce the addition of this special event to the 2018 Writers on Mondays series: spread the word, it’s going to be good! Please note the change from our usual venue in Te Papa.

Launch - Emma Gilkison 'Heart of Jesus Valentino'

Unity Books Wellington & Awa Press warmly invite you to the launch of 'The Heart of Jesús Valentino: A Mother’s Story' by Emma Gilkison.

Lunchtime Event - A Change of Key by Adrienne Jansen

Escalator Press & Unity Books warmly invite you to a lunchtime author event with Adrienne Jansen, in conversation with Brannavan Gnanalingam, to celebrate the launch of Adrienne’s new book 'A Change of Key'.
Join Adrienne and Brannavan as they discuss their recent publications and the representation of the migrant and refugee experience in New Zealand literature.

Author Talk/Book Signing: The World Beyond the Stairs: Mary's Journey by J.T. Grainger

United States author J.T. Grainger will sign and discuss his new fantasy fiction series, "The World Beyond the Stairs: Mary's Journey". Event is free and being held at Time Out Bookstore. All ages welcome. Refreshments provided.

Hawke's Bay Arts Festival 2018

The Hawke's Bay Arts Festival features events from across a wide range of artistic disciplines.

Lunchtime event: Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement

The recipients of the 2018 Prime Ministers Awards for Literary Achievement will read and discuss their work with Radio New Zealand journalist and Nine to Noon host Kathryn Ryan.

Cook's Cook Launch

Gecko Press and Scorpio Books warmly invite you to celebrate the release of Cook's Cook, the Cook who Cooked for Captain Cook by Gavin Bishop at Tūranga in Christchurch.

Launch - 'Karori Confidential' by Leah McFall

Join Unity Books & Luncheon Sausage Books to celebrate the release of

The Word, The Reckoning and The Rose

Golden Bay Live Poets presents The Word, The Reckoning and The Rose, three Nelson and Golden Bay poets 
with diverse styles, genuine voices and a love for the written and spoken word. They are Mark Raffills, Henry Ludbrook and Rose Michel von Dreger.

Hawke's Bay Readers & Writers Festival

A series of events with writers presenting, reading and discussing their work with Hawkes Bay readers, designed to inform, entertain and inspire.

FESTA 2018: Food and the City Symposium

Join Freerange Press, contributors to their book Kai and culture: Food stories from Aotearoa, and invited guests for a symposium where they explore some of the issues involved in the growing, making and eating of our food, and its potential for positive impact in our cities.

FESTA 2018: DNR - Death, Nibbles and Refreshments - book launch

As part of FESTA 2018 and following the Death Cafe, join Freerange Press at the Space Academy as they launch the inaugural edition of the new Radical Futures series, Death and Dying in New Zealand.

Lunchtime Event - Monsters of Virtue

Unity Books & Escalator Press warmly invite you to a lunchtime author event with L.J. Ritchie discussing his new book 'Monsters of Virtue' with Madeleine Collinge.

Words Will Work: South Auckland Writers Festival

Even if you’ve only written a To-Do list before, this very first South Auckland Writers Festival may be just what you need to hit the ground writing.

The aim of our festival is to provide an event for writers that has a uniquely South Auckland flavour.

Launch of Joy Cowley's 'Veil Over the Light: Selected Spiritual Writings'

You are warmly invited to the launch of 'Veil Over The Light: Selected Spiritual Writings' by Joy Cowley.

False Divides: Lana Lopesi in conversation with Emma Ng

In this BWB Winter Series event, Lana Lopesi, author of the newly released BWB Text False Divides, is in conversation with writer and curator Emma Ng discussing the question: is the Pacific Ocean - Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa - a divider or a connector?