Rotorua Noir

Rotorua Noir will be two fun-filled days of crime-fiction authors and readers getting to know each other, discussion panels, one-on-one interviews and book signings. All at the Shambles Theatre in Rotorua.

There will also be creative writing workshops on Friday the 25th at a different venue run by Vanda Symon.

Manawatu Writer’s Festival 2018

This year’s programme will include venues in Feilding and Palmerston North.

Sessions of talks, speaker panels, workshops and performance go from Saturday 8th to Tuesday 11th September, with the festival opening on Friday 7th Sept.

‘By celebrating writers, and encouraging writers to emerge from our communities and connect with one another, we are invigorating communities of readers too.’

Writers Plot Upper Hutt mini winter writing & story festival

Writer’s Plot Upper Hutt mini winter festival provides activities for kids and teens, in the July school holidays.  Create with fun-filled experiences through different aspects of stories, writing and books.

Entry is free but a Koha/donation of $5 per workshop per child at the festival is very much appreciated.

Places are limited – book at Writer’s Plot Bookshop, email or phone: 04-5284549

Venue: Hapai Hall, Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt

Programme of activities

9 am-1 pm – All Day Book Hub – meet authors, books for sale (special discounted books on the day)

9:00-9:30 – Reading stories with Grannie Laine

9:30-11:00 – Create realistic, dramatic and quirky characters, and put them in a story with Helen Vivienne Fletcher. Creative writing for 8-12-year olds.

9:45-10:45 – Explore Storytelling with Linda Hansen. A fun activity for 6-10-year olds. Props and costumes provided.

10:30-11:00- Stories and dragons with Eileen Mueller

11:00-1:00 – Write a short story, illustrate it and turn it into your very own book with Ben Spies. Writing and crafts for 7-12-year olds

11:00-12.30 – Hamish – Beta testing writing app for 13 years and up.

Murder in the Library – Nelson

Ned Kelly Award winner Alan Carter will be joined by three-time Ngaios winner Paul Cleave for an event at Nelson Library on Thursday 24 May. It’s the first time that Paul Cleave has taken part in the Murder in the Library series, so we’re very excited. More details to follow soon, and more event announcements.

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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 – New Lynn

The Ngaio Marsh Awards, in association with the New Zealand Book Council and Auckland Libraries, invite Auckland booklovers to an event featuring four talented local crime writers.

Over the past century, crime writing has evolved from puzzle-like reading into modern novels delving deeply into people, places, and psychology. Still the world’s most popular form of storytelling, crime fiction can take readers into all aspects of society, providing page-turning entertainment and memorable characters while also addressing real-life social issues.

2018 Ngaio Marsh Awards contenders John Ling, Kirsten McKenzie, and Gary Paul Stephenson will be joined by 2017 Ngaios finalist Simon Wyatt to discuss how they craft authentic characters and narrative tension, and the impact of setting on tales of crime and mystery. Auckland lawyer and Ngaio Marsh Awards judge Darise Bennington will play referee and prosecute the offenders.

WHEN: Thursday, 12 April 2018
WHERE: New Lynn War Memorial Library, 3 Memorial Drive
WHEN: 6.15 for a 6.30pm panel discussion

This is a free event.