Past Events

Amundsen’s Way (KidsFest)

Tuesday 16th July, 2019 11:00 am

In this free KidsFest event, come and meet author Joanna Grochowicz as she recounts the gripping tale of the great Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen's courage, determination and ruthlessness in the race to the South Pole.

Swapna Haddow: Telling Tales (Kidsfest)

Friday 12th July, 2019 11:00 am

Free event for KidsFest! Come and meet award-winning UK author Swapna Haddow and hear her talk about her brand new book Dave Pigeon (Royal Coo!).

Book Launch: Bonsai

Sunday 2nd September, 2018 6:30 pm

Close the festival with the launch of flash fiction anthology Bonsai

Gavin Bishop: Aotearoa

Sunday 2nd September, 2018 12:30 pm

Gavin Bishop, talks about defining moments of history in illustration

The Stolen Stars of Matariki

Sunday 2nd September, 2018 11:45 am

Miriama Kamo reads from her book


Sunday 2nd September, 2018 11:30 am

Young adult writers Juno Dawson, Whiti Hereaka, Yaba Badoe read from their work in this free event, introduced by Paula Morris.

Embracing Te Reo

Sunday 2nd September, 2018 10:00 am

Hēmi Kelly, Miriama Kamo, Paulette Tamati-Elliffe

The Sex and Death Salon

Saturday 1st September, 2018 10:00 pm

Victor Rodger interrogates a selection of festival guests about taboo subjects.

The 2018 Ngaio Marsh Awards

Saturday 1st September, 2018 7:00 pm

Hosted by Vanda Symon, with awards presented by A.J. Finn and Denise Mina.

Murder in the Chamber: Ngaio Marsh Finalists

Saturday 1st September, 2018 5:30 pm

A selection of Nagio Marsh Crime Award finalists read from their work, hosted by Vanda Symon.


Saturday 1st September, 2018 2:30 pm

This workshop is for everyone, from beginners to advanced. 

Tāngata Ngāi Tahu

Saturday 1st September, 2018 1:00 pm

Members of the Tāngata Ngāi Tahu research team explore tribal history through the lens of biography.

Comfortable in Your Skin

Friday 31st August, 2018 6:00 pm

An extraordinary panel of local and international queer people of colour: Georgina Beyer, Manu Vaeatangitau and Pati Solomona Tyrell (FAFSWAG) and Sonya Renee Taylor, chaired by Victor Rodger.

You Write Funny!

Friday 31st August, 2018 5:30 pm

Free readings from Chris Tse, Megan Dunn, Annaleese Jochems, Erik Kennedy, and Ray Shipley.

The Witches of Gambaga

Friday 31st August, 2018 2:30 pm

The Witches of Gambaga is the extraordinary story of a community of women condemned to live as witches in Northern Ghana.

Fast Burning Women

Friday 31st August, 2018 1:00 pm

Tusiata Avia talks to Selina Tusitala Marsh about her life, her poetry and how women, under pressure, may burn bright but not out.

Documentary: The Hunt for Moby-Dick

Friday 31st August, 2018 12:30 pm

Acclaimed writer Philip Hoare confronts our fascination with one of the most mysterious animals in the ocean, the whale.

Kā Huru Manu: My names are the treasured cloak which adorns the land

Friday 31st August, 2018 10:00 am

Takerei Norton (Ngāi Tahu) and others from the Ngāi Tahu cultural mapping team talk about the Ngāi Tahu atlas.

New Regent Street Pop-Up Festival

Thursday 30th August, 2018 6:00 pm

A fun-filled, fast-paced literary tour around the characterful spaces of New Regent Street and surrounds

Inspiring Writers Secondary Schools Day

Thursday 30th August, 2018 9:45 am

Once again, we’re offering the most incredible speakers to Christchurch secondary schools, absolutely free of charge.

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