A selection of video recordings are now available online including our opening Gala Night, Carol Ann Duffy, Tim Winton, Ben Okri, David Mitchell, Helen Macdonald, Nick Davies, Helen Garner, Alan Cumming, Anthony Horowitz, Amy Bloom, our 2015 Honoured NZ Writer C.K. Stead and the wonderful session with the late Sir Peter Williams QC. If you missed out on tickets or want to re-live the magic, you can watch online now.  

We will also be releasing our 2015 podcasts very soon and you will be able to download these from the Festival website or itunes. 


Fancy reading (or re-reading!) the brilliant To Kill a Mockingbird while you wait for Harper Lee's new book Go Set a Watchman?
Click here to enter to win one of three copies care of Penguin Random House AND you'll also get a copy of Go Set a Watchman when it hits bookstores on July 14. Reserve your copy of Go Set a Watchman now. 


Captivating cabaret-style comedy about the life of Rupert Murdoch. THE AGE
Rupert Murdoch masterminds the cabaret of his life. As he  tap-dances his way to early success across the ditch, discos towards his big American breakthroughs  and charms some of the most powerful players of the twentieth-century.
Murdoch’s story is genuinely fascinating: a man for whom no obstacle seems insurmountable. TIME OUT
 A smash hit at the box office when it premiered at the Melbourne Theatre Company, Rupert is a gloriously funny exposé of media, money, power and politics.

Book today for the Kensington Swan season of Rupert on at Q Theatre 09 309 9771 or


Launched in 2014 by the New Zealand Book Council and Auckland Writers Festival, the Great Kiwi Classic initiative is an annual opportunity for readers of all ages and interests to celebrate our most treasured books and writers.
Nominated by readers around the country in a month-long search, Owls Do Cry by Janet Frame is the 2015 pick, and was examined book-club style in a special event at the Festival featuring Kate De Goldi, Anne Kennedy, Courtney Sina Meredith and Damian Barr. A series of blog posts and podcasts by Kiwi writers and readers is now available, featuring their thoughts on Owls Do Cry. First up is post by author John Summers and the Talking Books podcast.


Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship. Applications are being sought from established writers across all genres of creative writing e.g. fiction, poetry, literary non-fiction, children’s fiction and playwrighting. The amount offered will cover return travel to France and living and accommodation expenses. Closing date: 26 June. Apply now.

NZSA Peter and Dianne Beatson Fellowship 2015 / 2016 This award is open to writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama who are members of the New Zealand Society of Authors
and who are currently working on a new project. Closing date: 24 August . Apply now

2015 Emerging Poets Competition. Proudly supported by The Divine Muses Poetry Reading and Penguin Random House New Zealand, the Emerging Poets Competition is now in its fourth year. The competition enables writers who have to achieve that all important first publication to gain success and exposure. Closing date: 3 August. Apply now.


Over 1,900 Festival attendees responded to our post-Festival audience survey, amazing! We appreciate all of your comments and suggestions and this information will help us shape next year's Festival, as well as our partnerships with our venue and ticketing providers. The Festival team is already hard at work on the 2016 programme and we hope to dazzle you in May once more. Congratulations to Trudie, our randomly selected respondent who won $500 worth of Festival books.

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