The 2019 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat

Immerse yourself in writing and conversation this summer. There’s something for everyone–whether you’re new to writing, an established writer, or somewhere in-between. Happening from 22-24 February 2019 on the beautiful Kāpiti Coast north of Wellington, the Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat is a two-day gathering for writers that encompasses intensive morning workshops, lively discussions and space to write, relax and engage with topics critical to your work.

Kahini is delighted to host six established New Zealand writers–Brannavan Gnanalingam, James George, Lynn Jenner, Mandy Hager, Vana Manasiadis and Whiti Hereaka–at the 2019 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat.

Each writer will teach morning workshops: in fiction, poetry, manuscript development, dialogue and mixed genre. In the afternoons they will lead discussions on topics pertinent to craft and literature in Aotearoa.

You’ll find community, encouragement, and a safe place in which to take artistic risks.

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Manawatu Writers’ Festival 2018 (Sept 7 – 11)

We welcome our guest blogger Rita Stirling-Vincent…

As a newbie to the “I’m gonna be a writer” gang, I really didn’t know what to expect from the festival. It’s the first I’ve attended. I was prepared to sit in dark, draughty town halls, sifting through the pearls of wisdom scattered by successful writers, published writers, real writers. Now I would get guidance on how to begin this crazy career. There would be illumination of the way forward.

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Our staff Picks for Mother’s Day

Mothers Day this Sunday 13th May and what better way to say to mum that she is appreciated than to spoil her with books and some time for herself to read.
We asked some of our volunteers and frequent buyers what they recommend or what they would like to get for Mothers’ Day. We hope you can find some inspiration among the picks – either for yourself, or for a woman in your life that deserves a treat.

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Murder in the Library – Kapiti Coast

The Ngaio Marsh Awards, in association with the New Zealand Book Council, Kāpiti Coast District Libraries and the Friends of the Library, invites booklovers to an event featuring four talented local writers.

2018 Ngaio Marsh Awards entrants Penelope Haines, Suzanne Main, David McGill, and Helen Vivienne Fletcher will discuss where their writing inspiration comes from, how they create interesting characters, craft page-turning storylines, and infuse their tales with real-life issues as well as touches of crime and mystery.

WHEN: Monday 30 April 2018
WHERE: Paraparaumu Library, 9 Iver Trask Place, Paraparaumu
WHEN: 6.30pm

This is a free event. Coffee, tea and refreshments will be served.

Murder in the Library – Cambridge

Join Cambridge Library for a Murder in the Library on Thurs 26 April. Check out the fab line-up too: some fresh and exciting local voices who’ve recently joined the #yeahnoir ranks, alongside the king of Kiwi true crime books, Scott Bainbridge. — with Scott BainbridgeNikki CrutchleyNikki Crutchley – AuthorLawrence Hebb,Jo MeveringtonJMeverington Author and Allen & Unwin NZ.