Bookish Events around NZ

Murder in the Library events

Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel

Napier on 7 June. 2017 Ngaio Marsh Awards entrant Rita Ann Ryan is joined by bestselling author Tina Clough (THE CHINESE PROVERB) to discuss why they write mystery and thriller stories, and how they create compelling characters, craft page-turning plotlines, and are inspired by living in Hawke’s Bay.
WHERE: Napier Library, 22 Station Street, Napier WHEN: 5.30pm

Tauranga on 8 June 2017 Ngaio Marsh Awards entrant Neil Coleman is joined by Ian Clarke and Suzanne Singleton to discuss what drove them all to become novelists, and how they create interesting characters, craft page-turning storylines, and are inspired by living in regional New Zealand. ARTbop Literary Editor Marcus Hobson will adjudicate proceedings and prosecute the offenders.  WHERE: Tauranga City Library, 91 Willow Street, Tauranga WHEN: 5.30pm

Hokitika on 14 July 2016 Ngaio Marsh Awards winner Ray Berard (INSIDE THE BLACK HORSE) is joined by 2016 longlistee Trish McCormack (COLD HARD MURDER) and acclaimed crime writer Simon Snow (DEVIL’S APPLE) to discuss how they create compelling characters, craft page-turning plotlines, and why they’ve chosen to set their exciting tales among wilderness areas and small towns.
WHERE: Westland District Library, 20 Sewell Street, Hokitika
WHEN: 5.30pm

These are free events. More to come … all details and event information found on the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel facebook page.

Authors in Crime Exhibition

11 March – 11 June – Dunedin City Library

An amazing exhibition, put together by Dunedin Libraries in conjunction with Victoria University crime researcher Margie Michael, that will open this month. Amazing! More than 50 New Zealand crime writers, ranging from the 1880s until now, are featured, including many Ngaio Marsh Award winners, finalists, and longlistees, as well as lots of other crime writers from throughout NZ literary history. Many of whom have been forgotten nowadays.


The 38th New Zealand National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention

Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th June 2017
Held at: Suncourt Hotel in Taupō

A fan-run event for everyone who loves science fiction and fantasy. See here for more information.

National Flash Fiction Day- 22 June 2017


National Flash Fiction Day celebrates each year with prize-giving ceremonies and presentations by the judges as well as readings key flash all across Aotearoa.  Our three main events will take place take place each year simultaneously in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin and Wellington, on June 22. Details about the 2017 events will be posted on our  Events page.

Come celebrate National Flash Fiction Day.  Because life is short. And so is some of the best fiction.

NZ Young Writers

Annual Anthology of New Zealand Young Writers

Submissions are now open for the 3rd annual NZ Young Writers Anthology.  Shot stories, poetry, plays. Due 8th July 2017

Submission guidelines and more information on the website.

Manawatu Writers’ Festival

September 8th to the 12th 2017

Manawatu Writers’ Festival 2017 is an opportunity to bring together Manawatu writers, readers and people who are passionate or curious about the craft of writing. The event will feature established authors, informative speakers with up-to-date information about writing and publishing, with workshops, activities, and elements of fun, humour and inspiration.

Further details and programme can be found on the website.

NZ Poetry Conference and Festival – 2017

Auckland 10-12 November 2017

The third New Zealand Poetry Conference and Festival is is to be held in Auckland on the weekend of 10-12 November 2017. The Auckland Poetry Conference and Festival Committee, supported by the New Zealand Poetry Society, eagerly looks forward to celebrating the city’s unique cultural identity through poetry, storytelling, spoken word, workshops, panel discussions and the widest possible sharing of new literary ideas.

Futher details on the New Zealand Poetry Society Facebook page.

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