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What are the dates of the 2019 Auckland Writers Festival?

The 2019 Auckland Writers Festival will run from Tuesday 14 May to Sunday 19 May.
The Programme will be released in March.

The full 2018 programme is available here.

The Schools Programme will take place from Tuesday 14 May to Thursday 16 May.

Click here for more information about the Schools Programme.

Where can I view the 2018 Festival Programme?

You can view the 2018 programme online or as an

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 20 May. These events will be held in the Town Hall Concert Chamber and the Town Hall Balcony Bar area and are free.

Can I volunteer at the Festival?

Yes! Each year the Auckland Writers Festival recruits a team of approximately 120 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. 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 programme?

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

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.

Where can I enquire about lost property?

All lost property from the Festival will be 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

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

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