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.

Acclaimed novelist visits Wellington

Australian novelist Michelle de Kretser will be reading her fiction and talking about her work with Emily Perkins in one of the highlights of the winter reading series, Writers on Mondays. 

The event, which takes place at Te Papa on Monday 7 September, is part of Michelle de Kretser’s visit to Victoria University‘s International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) where she will conduct a master class for creative writing students on the MA and PhD programmes.

Toi te Reo | Language Through Art at City Gallery Wellington

Celebrating Te Wiki o te Reo Maori with storytelling and live performance

In Conversation: Kevin Ireland and Peter Bland on Sunday 26 July

Two giant figures of New Zealand writing reflect and reminisce on more than five decades of creative endeavour.
Poet, novelist, fiction writer, librettist and, most recently, painter, Kevin Ireland is a loved Devonport local, keen fisherman and cricket club regular. One of the original “sons of Sargeson”, he is now among the country’s most renowned and awarded poets. 
Peter Bland is as a poet and actor, whose career has included 30 films, theatre, broadcasting, journalism and arts writing. He was a founding force in Downstage Theatre, where he helped to bring New Zealand stories to the stage.

Sunday 26 July, 2015, 4 pm

New Zealand charity sponsors creative workshops for young writers these school holidays

The New Zealand Book Council is proud to support KidsFest 2015 by sponsoring four creative workshops for children aged 8–13, which will be delivered by WORD Christchurch this July.
The Book Council’s mission is to champion the lifelong engagement of New Zealanders in reading, and to lead the promotion and nurturing of NZ writers, writing and books.

"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.