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.

"Maurice Gee: Life and Work" by Rachel Barrowman, to be published 9 July.

This much anticipated biography, Maurice Gee: Life and Work by Rachel Barrowman, is released on 9 July.
The biography interweaves the story of Gee's life with that of his long literary career. Barrowman says Gee was very open, generous and honest with her.

Writers on Mondays 2015, at Te Papa Marae, unless noted

13 July: In the company of a master: Vincent O'Sullivan

We kick off our 2015 programme in grand style with one of New Zealand's finest. Poet Laureate Vincent O'Sullivan's impressive writing career includes poetry, biography, novels, plays and short stories. His recent publication Being Here is the first to survey the entire span of O'Sullivan’s poetry, from 1973's Bearings to new poems first published in this volume. Join us as O'Sullivan and longtime publisher and friend Fergus Barrowman take a journey back through an illustrious writing career, discussing favourite themes and preoccupations, recent work, and the public role of poetry.
20 July Beach, Bach and Beyond!: Three Poets
Come and hear the latest in poetry, in a reading and discussion chaired by poet Cliff Fell. David Beach's fourth collection, Jerusalem Sonnets, Love, Wellington Zoo, tackles, amongst other things, the inescapable presence of James K. Baxter for any sonnet writer. Morgan Bach's debut, Some of Us Eat the Seeds, welcomes a refreshing new voice that is in turns witty and sharp-edged. The international publication of Otherwise, John Dennison's first collection, heralds a new, vivid and sensual voice in the New Zealand (and UK) poetry scene.

Writers turn the page this Matariki

A literary celebration of Matariki will take place at Museum of Wellington City and Sea’s Third Thursday event on 18 June from 6.00pm to 8.30pm.
Kiwi authors Patricia Grace, Chris Tse, Kate Camp and John Summers will read from their published works and discuss their stories, poetry and thoughts on Matariki with award-winning writer and Museums Wellington Curator Māori, Tina Makereti.

Matariki Afternoon tea with Patricia Grace


The Michael King Writers’ Centre is delighted to invite you to a Matariki afternoon tea with author Patricia Grace to celebrate the publication of her latest novel Chappy.
Patricia Grace is a huge figure in New Zealand literature and has won accolades around the world for her work as a novelist, short story writer and children’s writer. Chappy is her first published novel in ten years. 

Reader's Salon with Anna Smaill and Bridget van der Zijpp - double pass to give away

* We have a double pass to give away to this event, which will be held next Wednesday evening at vicbooks Kelburn, Wellington. To be in to win, email Sarah at with 'salon' in the subject line, and tell her what you most enjoy about hearing an author speak. Competition closes 9am, Wednesday, 3 June*

In June, book-lovers have the chance to talk with two writers, Anna Smaill (right) and Bridget van der Zijpp, in a new salon event for readers that takes place in a bookshop after-hours.


WRITERS ON MONDAYS: A special launch invitation

Join us to celebrate the programme release for our upcoming winter reading series!
Writers on Mondays runs from 13 July - 28 September and is a weekly cultural bright spot through the colder months.
Hosted by Te Papa at their stunning 4th Floor Marae, this popular lunchtime event is a chance to hear new writing and creative insights from some of our most distinguished writers, as well as brand new voices and special international guests.
We have a cracking line-up for the 2015 programme and can't wait to share it with you - along with a special short taster to whet your appetite.

Bring National Poetry Day to Your Bookshop this Year!

National Poetry Day celebrates its 18th birthday on the 28th of August and it's time to register events for this year's official calendar. 
Find out more about creating a National Poetry Day event by reading the 2015 National Poetry Day Guidelines here.

Vona Groarke Visits Wellingotn

The IIML is delighted to host acclaimed Irish poet Vona Groarke who will be reading her poems and talking about her
work, with Cliff Fell, at the City Gallery in Wellington.
The event is part of her visit to Victoria University's IIML where she will be conducting a master class for creative writing students on the MA and PhD programme.

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.