Bookish Events around NZ

 Booktown Featherston

12 – 14 May 2017 – ANZAC Hall, 62 Bell Street, Featherston

A weekend long event with writers workshops, readings by the authors and stalls from specialist, local and unique bookshops. A treat to readers and writers alike.

Writer’s Plot Readers Read Bookshop had a stall last year and we enjoyed the event, even though the weather wasn’t the best the energy and great atmosphere made up for it.

Check out 2017 programme here.

Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival

9 – 14 May 2017

A full week long programme of writers and readers events – programme found here.

All details found on their website.

 Auckland Writers Festival

16 – 21 May 2017

Details of the programme can be found on the website here.

The Festival brings together more than 150 international and local writers and thousands of readers every year.
Follow on Twitter @AklWritersFest or instagram @aklwritersfest or Facebook.

Murder in the Library events

Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel

Takapuna on 19 April will now include four fantastic entrants. Come along to meet North Shore authors Jennifer Barraclough, Gordon Ell, Robert Glancy, and Brynn Kelly

Lower Hutt on 2 May. 2017 Ngaio Marsh Awards entrants Cat Connor, TA MacLagan, and LJ Ritchie will discuss how they create memorable characters, craft page-turning plotlines, and infuse their exciting storytelling with real-life issues. Steph Soper of the New Zealand Book Council will umpire.
WHERE: War Memorial Library, 2 Queens Drive, Lower Hutt
WHEN: 6.15 for a 6.30pm panel discussion

Waitakere on 25 May at Waiakere Central Library, Henderson, Auckland. Jonothan Cullinane, Katherine Dewar, and Simon Wyatt will discuss what drew them to crime writing. 6.15 for a 6.30pm panel discussion.

Christchurch on 30 May. 2016 finalist Tanya Moir and 2016 Best Crime Novel finalist and Best First Novel winner Ray Berard will be joining 2017 entrants Katherine Hayton and Mark McGinn.

Nelson on 1 June with local authors David Briggs and Alan Carter, as well as visiting author Fiona Sussman.

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.

 National Flash Fiction Day- 22 June 2017


National Flash Fiction Day is New Zealand’s celebration of the shortest form of fiction writing, on the shortest day of the year.  Check the website for details.


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 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.

If you would like to know more and get involved with organisation please contact