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What are the dates of the 2017 Auckland Writers Festival?

The 2017 Auckland Writers Festival will run from Tuesday 16 May to Sunday 21 May.

The Schools Programme will take place from Tuesday 16 May to Thursday 18 May. Click here for more information about the Schools Programme.

Where can I view the 2016 Festival Program?

You can view the 2016 programme online or as an eBook. Print programmes will be available in bookshops, cafés and libraries.

Will any Festival events be recorded?

There will be film and sound recordings of each of the sessions for archival and publicity purposes. These will be made available on the Festival website. It is possible that audience members’ images will be included from time to time in the filming. Should you wish not to be filmed, please advise an usher. No flash photography or recording by attendees is permitted.

Click here to view a collection of videos and podcasts from past festivals.

Do I need to buy tickets to attend the Festival?

The Auckland Writers Festival consists of a combination of ticketed and free events. Please consult individual event listings or descriptions to check whether you need to buy tickets for each event.

All tickets will be sold via Ticketmaster. Ticketed events do sell out, so it is recommended that you purchase your tickets well in advance.

If you are planning on purchasing tickets to multiple events, you can create a Shopping List here. However, if you are wishing to purchase multiple tickets for General Events, it may be worth investigating our Concession Passes (available in Five- or Ten-ticket versions), which save you up to $5 per General Event ticket. See "What is a Concession Pass?" below for more info.

Are there any free events at the Festival?

Yes! We offer over 30% of our programme to the public as free, un-ticketed events. Admission to Free Events is on a first come, first served basis. Bookings are not taken for these events.

You are encouraged to arrive early as Free Events are extremely popular and seats are limited. Queues can start to form as early as 45 minutes prior to the event starting!

Are there any events for children?

Yes, we have a day of special events for children on Sunday 15 May. These events will be held in the Herald Theatre and the Herald Theatre Foyer in the Aotea Centre and are free.

Please note that the free Family Day events held inside the Herald Theatre require you to book tickets in advance.

Can I volunteer at the Festival?

Yes! Each year the Auckland Writers Festival recruits a team of approximately 60-80 volunteers, without whom the event would not be possible. Find out more about Volunteering.

Can I present my work at the Festival or recommend an author for the event?

Invitations are issued at the discretion of the Artistic Director, who designs the programme well ahead of each Festival.

Each year the Festival receives many unsolicited submissions from authors wishing to speak at the event or people putting forward an idea for the program. We welcome these suggestions, but due to the large volume we are not able to respond to every submission or return materials sent for consideration.

Do you run professional development events for writers?

The Festival runs workshops for writers of all levels. More information about what is on offer in 2016 will be available when our programme is launched on Wednesday 16 March. We offer a discount to writers who are full New Zealand Society of Authors members.

For writers seeking ongoing assistance and advice contact the New Zealand Society of Authors or the Publishers Association of New Zealand.

Can you put me in touch with an author on the program?

We are not able to pass on contact details for or messages to authors attending the Auckland Writers Festival – please contact the writers’ publisher or agent. If you have a media enquiry, please contact:

Penny Hartill, Hartill PR – publicist
Phone: +64 (09) 445 7525
Mobile: +64 (021) 721 424

Email: penny@hartillpr.co.nz

Where does the Festival take place?

  1. Aotea Centre, Auckland Live
    50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland CBD

    The Civic Carpark is located under the Aotea Centre with entry from Greys Ave. Please be aware that this carpark is often at full capacity over the Festival weekend. A number of pre-pay parking spaces are available and can be purchased when booking tickets. For more details, visit Auckland Live. Alternative park buildings are situated on Greys Ave, Albert Street and Victoria Street.

    The Festival takes place across a number of locations within the Aotea Centre: the ASB Theatre, Lower NZI Room, Upper NZI Room, Goodman Fielder Room, Limelight Room and Herald Theatre. More information about these locations can be found on individual event listings.

  2. Auckland Art Gallery Auditorium
    Lower Ground Level, Corner Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, Auckland CBD
    Closest parking is at the Kitchener Street carpark.

  3. Auckland Town Hall
    Queen Street, Auckland CBD
    Parking available at Aotea Centre and other nearby locations.

  4. Sails Street
    103-113 Westhaven Drive, Auckland CBD
    Free parking available on-site.

  5. Cassia Restaurant
    5 Fort Lane, Auckland CBD
    Parking available nearby.

  6. The University of Auckland
    PLT1 (Rm G20), Physics Building 303
    30 Princes Street, Auckland CBD

How do I get to the Festival?

For information on bus, ferry and train services in Auckland City, visit the Auckland Transport website or telephone them on (09) 366 6400. Parking is also available near all of the Festival locations (see above).

How do I book if I am a Patron or a Friend?

Please use the dedicated booking line (09) 970 9745 (open 9-5 Monday-Friday) or email groups@ticketmaster.co.nz and quote your Patron name or Friend membership number when booking. For any queries, please contact Tessa Yeoman on (09) 376 8074, ext 3.

Where is the Patrons' Lounge?

Exclusive to our Patrons, this lounge is situated in the Blues Bar at the Aotea Centre, overlooking the square. It is the perfect place to relax or meet other members between Festival sessions, and to enjoy complimentary wine, coffee, light refreshments and newspapers.

Where can I collect my Patrons' Pack?

Patrons’ packs including tickets, lanyards and wristbands can be collected from the Festival Information Desk if they are not received prior to the Festival.

How can I become a Patron or a Friend of the Festival?

Visit our Support Us page to find out more about becoming a Festival Friend or Patron.

For further inquiries, please contact Tessa Yeoman on (09) 376 8074, ext 3, or email tyeoman@writersfestival.co.nz.

If you have questions unanswered by this FAQ page, please Contact Us.