Events

Capital to crawl with talent when literary festival returns in November

Wellington’s best-loved little literary festival – LitCrawl – returns for just one night next month, showcasing the words and wisdom of Aotearoa’s finest poets, parents, critics, essayists, illustrators and artists at some of the capital’s quirkiest venues. 
 

FESTA 2016 releases programme of vibrant urban creativity for Labour Weekend

A village of resourcefulness (designed and fabricated from waste materials), where skilled craftspeople undertake high quality crafts that are zero waste in nature in a series of temporary shelters; a hands-on activity for kids where they create ‘mutant monsters’ from the parts of old toys; a pop-up restaurant in a bespoke pavilion where diners encounter the full food system; a spectacular temporary city, where waste materials are transformed into beautiful installations, which in turn transform vacant sites in and around the Christchurch Art Gallery in a bold, reimagined Christchurch.
 

NZ Book Festival on in Auckland, Saturday 5 November

Be a part of New Zealand’s biggest ever book signing and chat with over 70 passionate Kiwi authors from all over New Zealand. You’ll be able to browse through, and purchase, books you might not find on mainstream book shop shelves, discovering gems from a diverse range of genres – and authors!
 
It’s an exciting time for the literary world, with the resurgence of independent publishing bringing new voices to the fore, allowing for diversity in the publishing landscape.  The NZ Book Festival brings writers and readers together to share this common love of the written word.
 

Recent whale sightings in New Zealand art and literature

A lecture to be held next week at Victoria University of Wellington will explore Gregory O’Brien’s “sightings” of whales in contemporary New Zealand art and literature. 
 
The lecture, titled Always song in the water, will analyse the ways in which whales are used as metaphors and potent symbols, and continue to surface, often quite surprisingly, in all manner of personal and cultural narratives.
 

Barbara Else gives her Margaret Mahy speech for a Wellington audience

An invitation from The Children's Bookshop, Wellington
 
Award-winning writer and literary agent Barbara Else was named the 2016 winner of New Zealand’s top award for children’s writers and illustrators in March. The Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal is awarded annually for lifetime achievement and an outstanding contribution to New Zealand children’s literature.
 
As part of the award Barbara was invited to present a public lecture in Auckland in April. 
 

Ladies' Litera-tea 2016, 30 October 2016

The Women's Bookshop in Ponsonby is again holding their famous Ladies' Litera-tea this year, this time the day after National Bookshop Day.
 
We are thrilled with the exciting line-up of authors this year – confirmed so far, in no particular order, are:
Catherine Chidgey with her long-awaited, stunning new novel The Wish Child 
 
Helene Wong with her fascinating experiences of Being Chinese: A New Zealander’s Story
 
Poet Paula Green taking you on enchanting travels in New York Pocket Book 
 

Bestselling Author Justin Cronin to visit New Zealand

Bestselling American author Justin Cronin (right, photo credit Julie Soefer) is set to visit New Zealand as part of a nationwide tour to promote The City of Mirrors, the conclusion to the epic trilogy that began with The Passage
 

The Women's Bookshop hosts Matt Vickers, author of Lecritia's Choice

Lecretia's Choice – A story of love, death and the law. We are honoured to host Matt Vickers, husband of Lecretia Seales, during his brief visit to Auckland. This brave & moving book is the story of his wife, a lawyer diagnosed with a brain tumour who chose to campaign for the rights & dignity of the terminally ill. All welcome.
 
Matt Vickers, author of Lecretia's Choice

Poets compete for New Zealand’s Biggest Poetry Slam Prize

Hot on the heels of Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day (26 August), the heats are on find the poets who will take the honours in Going West Books and Writers Festival’s 21st year Poetry Slam. 
 
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. 
 

XCHC Friday Presents: From the Ground Up

Just in time for the sixth anniversary of the September 2010 earthquake, three post-quake stories will be told in this night of song, literature and visual art.
 
Artist Liam Dangerfield opens his second exhibition entitled Cityscapes, showcasing Christchurch's ever-changing faces. 
 
Singer-songwriter Lisa Tui will perform songs inspired by Liam's first exhibition, Paintings of the City, and will conduct Bright On Vibes choir in arrangements specifically chosen for the evening.