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Auckland Writers Festival

11 May 2021 - 16 May 2021


Tuesday 11 May 2021, 9.00am - Sunday 16 May 2021, 10.30pm

Six jam-packed days of good times and great ideas with the world’s best writers and thinkers - visit the website for programme details


Multiple venues across Auckland central, including, among others, the Aotea Centre, Herald Theatre, Karangahape Rd, University of Otago, the Auckland Town Hall, and Masu Restaurant


Free and paid events



09 376 8074


The Auckland Writers Festival | Waituhi o Tāmaki is the largest literary event in Aotearoa and the largest presenter of New Zealand literature in the world.

The beloved annual festival, which in 2021 takes place 11 to 16 May, hosts over 200 writers, including over 20 international writers and a major international theatre production, for six days of discussion, conversation, reading, debate, performance, schools, family and free events ranging across fiction, non-fiction, poetry, music, theatre, culture, art and more.


Blood By The Bombays

Listen to five storytellers for a thrilling evening of criminally good conversation.

Intergenerational Dialogue

Brings 25 young people from local high schools and 25 older adults together to discuss a range of topical issues.

Joanna Walden – Author of The Inside Hustle

An author's talk with Joanna Walden, the writer of The Inside Hustle.

New museum exhibition shares diverse stories of Tāmaki Makaurau

The second stage of Auckland War Memorial Museums visitor transformation was unveiled on Wednesday 24 March when Tāmaki Herenga Waka: Stories of Auckland opened to the public.

Lieutenant Cooper's Summer Holidays with David Verran

Join historian David Verran to find out what Lieutenant Cooper did in his summer holidays in 1850.

Auckland Conversations – A Vision for Auckland

A discussion on what future generations hope for from their vibrant city centre.

Gold award for Tūpuna Maunga Authority visitor centre

'Te Ipu Kōrero o Maungawhau' sits inside the heritage Kiosk building on Maungawhau / Mt Eden Maunga.