Mystery in the Library – Te Awamutu – Cancelled

The Ngaio Marsh Awards, in association with the Waipa District Council, invites booklovers to an event featuring four talented storytellers from the Waikato & Bay of Plenty.

As crime writing has evolved from puzzle-like mysteries to novels delving deeply into people and places, it has continued to intrigue readers around the world. But what makes the genre so captivating?

2020 Ngaio Marsh Awards entrant and debut author Christina O’Reilly is joined by Cambridge crime writer and 2018 Ngaios finalist Nikki Crutchley, Rotorua author Zoe Rankin, and #1 bestselling author Julie Thomas to discuss what draws them to tales of mystery and mayhem, how they create memorable characters, and the impact of our local settings and universal themes on their books.

WHEN: Wednesday, 8 April 2020
WHERE: Te Awamutu Library, cnr Mahoe Street and Selwyn Lane, Te Awamutu
WHEN: 6pm for light refreshments, 6.30pm panel discussion

Entry: by koha/gold coin donation
RSVP: Te Awamutu Library, (07) 872 0055

Mystery in the Library – Nelson – Cancelled

The Ngaio Marsh Awards, in association with Nelson Libraries, invites Top of the South booklovers to a thrilling event featuring three outstanding New Zealand writers with a talent for crime and mystery.

Dame Fiona Kidman, winner of the 2019 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Novel and Acorn Prize for Fiction, is joined by multiple New York Times bestseller Nalini Singh and Nelson author Robert Jenkins (a finalist for the 2020 NZ Booklovers Awards) to discuss how they craft great stories and incorporate real-life themes. Stella Chrysostomou will interrogate the offenders and keep the peace.

WHEN: Thursday, 28 May 2020
WHERE: Elma Turner Library, 27 Halifax Street, Nelson
WHEN: 6pm for a 6.15pm panel discussion

KOKOMAI Creative Festival – Wairarapa

Kokomai is an inspiring, edgy and diverse Creative Festival for the Wairarapa region. We provide a world-class programme, with international, national and local artists and performers, providing exceptional live experiences. You can immerse yourself in music, theatre, dance, visual arts, film and literature – there is something for everyone!

Publishing’s New Frontiers

An evening for aspiring and established writers

Are you a current or aspiring author, curious about innovative and independent publishing? Then join us for two back-to-back sessions.

Cultivate: A Writing Retreat

This creative writing retreat with award-winning Australian novelist and children’s book author Jesse Blackadder, from 22-25 November 2019 at Appleby House, near Nelson, will give you the skills and confidence to turn your story idea into something remarkable.

The Celtic Noir crime writing festival

This festival will feature some of the top crime writers from Scotland, Ireland and New Zealand for a weekend of workshops and author talks at the Dunedin City Library.

Join Val McDermid, Adrian McKinty, Liz Nugent, Liam McIlvanney, Dame Fiona Kidman and Vanda Symon as they discuss their latest works and all things Celtic Noir.
Presented by the Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies (CISS), Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival, Dunedin Public Libraries, and Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature. Proudly sponsored by the University Book Shop.

NZ Young Writers Festival – Dunedin

Join scribes of all stripes in Dunedin annually for the New Zealand Young Writers Festival. Playwrights and poets; comedians and historians; critics and consciences. Held in the heart of Dunedin – UNESCO City of Literature, produced by the Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust and with support from Creative New Zealand and Phantom Billstickers, each festival includes workshops, performances, panel discussions and bookish social festivities.

Hawkes Bay Readers and Writers Festival

The programme for this year’s Readers and Writers Festival is soon to be launched, but in the meantime we have a few tasters of what you might expect.

We will take you back into the past, through letters and stories; we will make you think about how we get our news and whether we are getting all the facts; there will be humour and stories about cats; a look inside the New Zealand music industry plus award winning memoirists. Outstanding women from the past and present will inspire us and the best among our poets will send our minds abuzz with their imagery and wordplay.

Going West Writers Festival

New Zealand’s leading authors, poets, playwrights and musicians offer audiences ten days of fresh ideas, future-thinking, language and laughter at the 24th Going West Writers Festival 6-15 September.