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.

Featherston Booktown: Programme of Events 2015

Friday 16 – Sunday 18 October 2015
Friday 16
7.30pm, Fish & Chips Supper, Tarureka Estate
Saturday 17
all day, Literary Treasure Trails, around town
9.30am, Colin Morris, Senior Citizens’ Hall (Retro Back Room)
10am – 4pm For the Love of Letterpress, St Teresa’s School
10am – 12 noon, How to Make a Book, St Teresa’s School
10.30am, Rare & Antique Book Roadshow, ANZAC Hall (Supper Room)
11am, Double or Nothing!, Featherston Library

LitCrawl returns to Wellington's CBD on Saturday 14 November

LitCrawl is returning to Wellington’s CBD with another weekend of stimulating and unique events. The LitCrawl itself takes place from 6pm - 9.15pm on Saturday 14 November. Fifteen venues and fifteen different sessions make up the colourful programme that includes journalists, poets, playwrights, scientists, musicians, actors and novelists.
Sessions include: 

Tessa Duder talks about a woman of true grit: Sarah Mathew

Sarah Louisa Mathew is known as the wife of surveyor Felton Mathew, who drew up the town plan for Auckland in the early 1840s. In fact, she made her own contribution to the new colony of New Zealand.
She accompanied her husband on many expeditions in New South Wales and New Zealand, acted as his secretary and organiser, while cheerfully enduring primitive conditions on ship or in a tent. She wrote about life in the fledgling capital of Auckland with insight and literary flair.

Tauranga Writers' Festival launches in style

We had a lovely launch for our Literary Programme at Books A Plenty on Tuesday night, and there is now a separate printed programme available - look for the exclamation mark on a bright pink cover.

As a special treat we had historical novelist (and Tauranga resident) Debra Daley on hand who read from her book Turning the Stones, set in 18th century Ireland and England. Standing behind Debra I could see how absorbed people were in her words. See our full writers programme here.

Ladies' Litera-Tea: Tickets on sale now, get in quick

Sunday 1 November 2015 from 1pm to 5.30pm
At The Raye Freedman Arts Centre, Epsom Girls' Grammar School, Silver Road, Epsom

Bards on Fire for New Zealand’s Biggest Slam Prize

The heats are on to see who will be in the running for Going West Books and Writers Festival’s 20th year Poetry Slam Honours. 
Poets can register now to take part in their local selection event. The top three placings from each heat go directly through to the grand final.  It’s a poetry slam worth going all-out for: First prize is $1,000, second prize is $500 and the third prize winner gets $300 – the biggest prize pool for poetry slam in the country. 

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.

A capital literary season with Writers on Mondays

Another stimulating line-up of new fiction, poetry, scriptwriting and nonfiction returns to Wellington as part of the popular annual Writers on Mondays series. 
Beginning in mid-July and presented by Victoria University of Wellington's International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) in conjunction with Te Papa, the series’ special international guest for 2014 is United Kingdom based novelist, publisher, translator, poet and anthologist, Michael Schmidt.