What are the dates of the 2020 Auckland Writers Festival?
The 2020 Auckland Writers Festival will run from Monday 12 May to Sunday 17 May.
The Programme will be released on 11 March.
The 2020 Schools Programme will take place from Tuesday 12 May to Thursday 14 May.
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 17 May. These events will be held in the Town Hall (Concert Chamber and Supper Room) and are free.
Can I volunteer at the Festival?
Yes! Each year the Auckland Writers Festival recruits a team of approximately 140 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. (the programme is closed mid-February each year).
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?
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:
Siobhan Waterhouse, Mr Fahrenheit Publicity
+64 22 126 4149
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 [email protected] 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.