Booksellers NZ Events calendar

Please find below the Booksellers NZ events calendar. This calendar features all of the booky events we have been told about, and some that we have found out about by ourselves! If you would like an event featured on this calendar, please email Sarah at, including event title, short blurb, and full information. We will also promote your events on social media as they arise.

Inaugural NZ young writer’s festival to be held in June

A new festival to support young New Zealand writers well be held in Dunedin from 4- 7 June.

The New Zealand Young Writers Festival will feature 15 free events involving writers and editors from across New Zealand with backgrounds in television, journalism, magazines, theatre, radio and blogs. Events include workshops, performances and panel discussions, and will be produced by the Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust with support from UNESCO and media company Phantom Billstickers.

Leading New Zealand authors visit Central North Island

Atholl Anderson and Aroha Harris will be visiting Napier, Gisborne, Rotorua and Hamilton in April to talk about new perspectives on Māori history, drawing on their work for Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History.

National Poetry Day returns for its 18th year – Registrations now open

The highly popular and eclectic National Poetry Day will be staged for its 18th year on 28 August 2015. A varied programme of events around the country will celebrate poetry in its many forms and engage with writers and readers at all levels. 
“National Poetry Day is a golden opportunity to celebrate New Zealand poetry not just within extended poetry communities but also within mainstream contexts … Across the nation, a range of eclectic and stimulating events demonstrate new ways to promote the joy of poetry,” says poet Paula Green.

Dunedin Writers And Readers Festival May 5-10

Dunedin has a swag of top international and national authors converging on the city in May for the Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival (May 5-10). 

WORD Christchurch announces Autumn Season in association with Auckland Writers' Festival

David Walliams To Headline Word Christchurch’s Autumn Season In May

Literary Giant Haruki Murakami Headlines 2015 Auckland Writers Festival

One of the world’s most lauded and elusive literary greats, Haruki Murakami, will appear at this year’s Auckland Writers Festival which takes place from 13-17 May at the Aotea Centre.
Exclusive to Auckland, Murakami will feature in one session only at the festival, on Saturday 16 May at 7.30pm.
Festival director Anne O’Brien says Murakami’s acceptance is a huge honour. 

Public lecture traces evolution of Chinese fiction

The Chinese considered novels to be inferior to other forms of writing until European colonial power infiltrated China 150 years ago, according to a Victoria University of Wellington expert. 
Professor of Chinese Yiyan Wang from the School of Languages and Cultures, who will deliver her inaugural lecture ‘Fiction in modern China: modernity through storytelling’ on Tuesday 17 March, will trace the evolution of Chinese fiction since the late nineteenth century against the background of the historical, social and cultural changes taking place in China during that time.