Books, Literature and Reading


* Authors
* Book Reviews & News
* Festivals and Events
* Literary Prizes and Awards
* Poetry


* Browse New Zealand Books
Christchurch City Libraries' landing page for New Zealand books.
* Wheelers eBooks
Access a free eBook service of fiction and non fiction titles. The collection focuses on New Zealand titles. Access this with your library card number and password / PIN. Currently available outside libraries only.
* A booklover's guide to New Zealand
Region by region information about writers, literary locations and quotes. Includes literary map of New Zealand
* Book clubs and reading groups
Our page on book clubs and reading groups at Christchurch City Libraries.
* Book Discussion Scheme
Book Discussion Scheme (BDS) is a non-profit and the only nationwide book group specialist in NZ. It promotes reading and discussion by lending a huge range of non-fiction & fiction books (with discussion notes) to self-directed groups.
* Book Groups
Information from the New Zealand Book Council
* Book Publishers Association of New Zealand (BPANZ)
BPANZ is the trade association of book publishers and distributors in New Zealand and represents the interests of the industry to government and other agencies. Serves as a professional organisation, providing a range of services including training.
* Booksellers New Zealand
* Catalyst Christchurch
Catalyst is a literary journal that publishes poetry, prose, fiction, experimental works, song lyrics, script/screenplay excerpts, as well as visual art and spoken word. It is produced by Neoismist Press in Lyttelton. It runs a Poetry Open Mic every month.
* Christchurch School for Young Writers Christchurch
Creative writing courses for children aged 8-18. Our aim is to teach young people to have responsive and investigative minds as well as power and pride in the use of written language skills
* Early New Zealand Books Project
Aims to provide the keyword-searchable text of significant books published about New Zealand in the nineteenth century.
* English @ Studyit: for NCEA students
Studyit is an online learning environment for NCEA english students.
* Freelance writers marketplace
New Zealand run site for freelance writers and market place for work. List your name and profile or post a freelance job.
* International Institute of Modern Letters Te Pūtahi Tuhi Auaha o Te Ao
The International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) hosts Victoria's Creative Writing programme, offering both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
* Literature in New Zealand 1930-1960
Explore the context of the flowering of New Zealand literature. From
* The New Zealand Book Council Te Kaunihera Pukapuka O Aotearoa
Information about NZ authors as well as the NZ Book Trade Directory, information about the Book Council and its events, awards, grants and festivals.
* New Zealand Electronic Text Collection
Search and browse an open digital library of New Zealand and Pacific Island documentary heritage material as well as new born-digital work and research from Victoria University. The collection contains over 1400 texts in ePub and PDF formats and will continue to grow.
* New Zealand Guild of Food Writers
The professional body for food journalists and others involved in writing about, presenting, promoting, illustrating, and teaching about the specialist area of food and beverages.
* New Zealand Guild of Storytellers
The objectives of the Guild include preserving and practising, promoting and enjoying the ancient art of storytelling. The Guild provides current information on storytelling events and visiting storytellers and news about happenings with New Zealand storytellers.
* New Zealand Listener Book Club
The Listener runs an online book club in conjunction with Booksellers New Zealand. Includes newsletters and competitions.
* New Zealand Poetry Society
The New Zealand Poetry Society is an incorporated non-profit organisation which aims to advance education by promoting, developing and supporting poetry and poets in New Zealand.
* New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA)
NZSA is an association of writers working together to improve conditions for New Zealand writers. NZSA provides many services direct to members.
* New Zealand Woman's Weekly Book Club
Includes competitions, reviews and author interviews.
* New Zealand Writers Guild
Offering members skill development, employment contracts and rate negotiation, credit arbitration and industry know how, this union serves writers of film, television, radio, theatre, video and multimedia. The union is affiliated with the Council of Trade Unions and a member of the International Affiliation of Writers Guild (IAWG).
* Playmarket
Playmarket is New Zealand's only playwrights' agency and script advisory service. Their focus is the development and representation of New Zealand playwrights and their plays. Has information on writing and producing plays, a newsletter, competition and awards as well as a listing of New Zealand's playwrights.
* Romance Writers of New Zealand
A non-profit organisation that aims to support both published and unpublished romance writers, it is committed to providing authors with up-to-date information about its activities, as well as informative articles, interviews, competitions and book reviews.
* Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand
* SpecFicNZ
SpecFicNZ is the association for creators, writers and editors of fantasy, science fiction and horror in or from New Zealand.
* Technical Communicators Association of New Zealand Inc.
The Technical Communicators Association of New Zealand aims to provide a forum for technical communicators to meet and share ideas.
* Write Find
Marketplaces for Writing & Communications Professionals