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 from 17th Feb to 01 March each year.

Bay of Plenty

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

Central Districts

Taupo Arts Festival – biannual event held in February. Celebrating all things creative.

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, beginning with a Fringe Festival on September 12 2015.


Maori Writers Festival – Celebrating the Phling of Maori Stories.

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.

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 from 12-28th October each year.


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

The Press Christchurch Writers Festival – includes both international and national writers and is held annually in September.


Southern Lakes Festival of colour – biannual event held in Wanaka celebrating all forms of art. Next festival is 16-21 April 2013.

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.


Bali Emerging Writers Festival – Held 25-27th May annually.

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

Byron Bay Writers Festival – brings a myriad of opportunities for aspiring writers. Held 3-5 August annually.

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.

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

Jaipur Literary Festival – largest literary festival in Asia-Pasific. Held in Janurary.

Melbourne Writers Festival – Annually event celebrating all things literature. Held 23 Aug-2 Sept.

Mildura Writers Festival – bringing together Australia`s best writers with workshops, lectures and discussion forums. Held 19-22 July annually.

Ottawa`s Writers Festival – Giving the gift of literature. Held October 25-30th and April 25-30th.

Oxford Literary Festival – A collection of world class speakers and authors. Held 16-24th May annually.

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

Snowy Mountains Readers and Writers Festival – A wide range of workshops some of which are free. Held 7-9th April 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 11-12th November annually.

Sydney Writers Festival – Australia`s largest annual literary celebration. Held 20-26 May annually.

Ubud Writers and Readers Festival – bringing international writers together on the world stage and expanding readerships. Held 3-7 October annually.

Victoria Writers Festival – a literary bash of international proportions.  Held 12-3th 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.

Monster Book Fair – Fundraiser for Variety`s Future Kiwi Kids programme. Held in Auckland in August.

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 – Bigger and better children`s fair. Held in July.

Cape Town Book Fair – an unparalleled programme of literary functions. Held in June.

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 – honoring 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 begining of June.

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

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