Manawatu Writers’ Festival

Writing has the power to weave communities together

Inaugural Manawatu Writers’ Festival


Friday 8 September – Tuesday 12 September 2017

Where? Feilding is a vibrant town in central Manawatu, offering opportunities for a wide range of creative activities. The town services a wide rural area and attracts many regular visitors from nearby Palmerston North.

Feilding Library in Stafford Street is the main venue, supported by sessions at Feilding’s Paper Plus and a nearby pop-up venue called the Living Space.

Purpose:  to encourage, connect and support all writers and readers, from all walks of life, in all communities. Those attending will have the opportunity to meet like-minded people and immerse themselves in a range of inspirational experiences to extend thinking and creativity.

The five day event aims to promote a curiosity about writing at every interest and experience level and includes recording your own and family stories, sharing community stories, research, creating original poetry and fiction and other aspects related to the craft of writing.

FREE attendance: The festival is entirely free, with the exception of a $10 cover charge for the official opening. Some supporting activities presented by private artists that supplement the festival may require a nominal charge.

This five day feast of authors, poets, speakers, seminars, panel discussions and workshops costs nothing to attend: Owen Mrshall, Thom Conroy, Eamonn Marra, Val Mills, Jarrod Gilbert, Rachel McAlpine, Jono Corfe, Chris Gallavin, Tim Upperton, Janet Newman, Vincent O’Malley, and more …

Over 40 sessions: The extensive programme includes authors, poets and speakers from the region and beyond, presenting a wide range of topics and genres. Check out some of these on

This is your opportunity to be inspired, whatever your level of interest is. Don’t miss out.