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What are the dates of the 2018 Auckland Writers Festival?

The 2018 Auckland Writers Festival will run from Tuesday 15 May to Sunday 20 May.

The 2018 Programme will be released in March.

The Schools Programme will take place from Tuesday 15 May to Thursday 17 May.

Click here for more information about the Schools Programme.

Where can I enquire about lost property?

All lost property from the 2017 Festival has been passed on to Auckland Live. If you lost something at the venue, please email lostproperty@aucklandlive.co.nz and tell them:

  • What did you lose?
  • Where did you lose it?
  • When did you lose it?
  • What event were you attending?
  • Anything else that might help us find your property

Where can I view the 2017 Festival Program?

You can view the 2017 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. 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 40% 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

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

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