Writing Festivals and Book Fairs


National Poetry Day – Nationwide celebrations headlining some of New Zealand’s top poets. Runs in conjunction with the NZ Post Book Awards.

Storylines Festival – celebrating children’s literature in New Zealand, authors, illustrators and storytellers share the magic of their stories with children and families. Held each year in August.


Rawene Book Festival – Biannual event celebrating readers and writers. Held April/May.

Hokianaga Book Festival – Includes a range of special guest authors and illustrators. Held in September.


Auckland Writers Festival – A festival of literature and ideas, bringing together acclaimed writers through innovative programming. Held in May of each year.

Going West – celebrating NZ books, writing and ideas. Held from August to September each year


Hamilton Gardens Summer Festival – A dynamic celebration of arts, culture and entertainment. Held annually from late Feb to Early March.

Bay of Plenty

Tauranga Arts Festival – biannual event with a readers and writers schedule.

Central Districts

Taranaki Arts Festival – Biannual event held in July/August celebrating all things creative – including a readers and writers week.

Whanganui Literary Festival – A week-long celebration of writing. Hels annually in late September.

Hawke’s Bay Readers and Writers Festival runs annually in conjunction with the Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival, usually in mid to late October.


The Kapiti Writers’ Retreat – workshops, readings and gatherings; connects writers and writing groups together across borders of all kinds; and presents the writing from these new conversations in public fora. Held in January.

Featherston Booktown –  A festival celebrating the artefact of the book, writers and ideas.  Held every second weekend in May.  Featherston Booktown is one of 22 Booktowns in the world.

NZ International Arts Festival Writers and Readers Week – includes both NZ and international authors and hosts a range of readings, discussions and debates. Held biannually in March.

Top of the South

Nelson Arts Festival Readers` and Writers` week – Top national writers gather for a selection of informative programmes. Held annually in October.


WORD Christchurch – Biennial event run by a team of skilled and committed professionals. Held in September.


Southern Lakes Festival of colour – biannual event held in Wanaka celebrating all forms of art.

Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival – This event has an exciting line-up of high profile international and New Zealand authors, alongside multi-genre events and experiences for young people. Held in May.

NZ Mountain Film & Book Festival – The 9-day event is celebration of adventurous sports and lifestyles presented for adventurers, film and book enthusiasts and armchair adventurers.


Bookworm Festival – unique celebration of literature and ideas in China. Held in March.

Byron Writers Festival – brings a myriad of opportunities for aspiring writers. Held annually in August.

Edinburgh International Book Festival – A truly international event. Held in August.

Etonnants-Voyageurs – French festival. Held in May.

Guernsey Literary Festival – colourful, creative festival that has something for everyone. Held in September.

Jaipur Literary Festival – largest literary festival in Asia-Pacific. Held in January.

Melbourne Writers Festival – Annually event celebrating all things literature. Held annually late August to early September.

Mildura Writers Festival – bringing together Australia`s best writers with workshops, lectures and discussion forums. Held in July annually.

Ottawa`s Writers Festival – Giving the gift of literature. Held in October and April annually.

Oxford Literary Festival – A collection of world class speakers and authors. Held late March to early April annually.

PEN World Voices Festival – Held in New York City in May.

Snowy Mountains Readers and Writers Festival – A wide range of workshops some of which are free. Held in March annually.

Somaliland`s Hargeysa Book Fair – Ensuring the Somaliland`s Story telling traditions are kept alive.

Sutherland Shire Writers Festival – Author talks, book launches, book signings and more. Held in August annually.

Sydney Writers Festival – Australia`s largest annual literary celebration. Held late April to early May annually.

Toronto International Festival of Authors – bringing together the world`s best writers of contemporary literature for 11 days.  Held in October.

Ubud Writers and Readers Festival – bringing international writers together on the world stage and expanding readerships. Held in October annually.

Victoria Writers Festival – a literary bash of international proportions.  Held in October annually.

Whitsunday Writers Festival – A diverse and informative festival. Held 12-14 July anually.

Book Fairs


Founders Book Fair – Huge range of second hand books. Held in Nelson inJune.

Mangawhai Book Fair – thousands of books from all categories. Held in April.

Plimmerton Book Fair – proceeds go to the Life Education Trust and the Rotary Club. Held in Wellington in April.


Antwerp Book Fair – featuring over 60,000 titles. Held in November.

Bologna Children`s Book Fair – important international event dedicated to children`s publishing. Held in March.

Buenos Aires Book Fair –  A 20-day-long Literary Festival. Held late April to early May.

Frankfurt Book Fair – meeting place of industry experts. Held in October.

Goteborg Book Fair – four days of thrilling meetings between writers, publishers and Nobel prize winners. Held in September.

Kentucky Book Fair – honouring the profession of writing and helping writers meet their reading public. Held In November.

Leipzig Book Fair – creating more publicity for books. Held in March.

Lisbon Book Fair – active and dynamic festival with over 500,000 visitors. Held in May.

London Book Fair – encompassing a broad spectrum of the publishing industry. Held in April.

North American Publishing Book Expo – the largest publishing event in North America. Held at the end of May to beginning of June.

Sharjah Book Fair – 10 day annual fair with a passion for books. Held in November.

South African Book Fair – an unparalleled programme of literary functions. Held in September.

Turin Book Fair – highly regarded in the European events sector. Held in May.