Auckland Writers Festival 2023

May 2023

Choose from more than 200 public events, gathering together 230 of the world’s best writers and thinkers to celebrate the world of books and ideas!

The festival is back in full force this year, with international guests arriving on our shores! Bernadine Evaristo, Colson Whitehead, and Shehan Karunatilaka are just three of the amazing writers coming in person, while many of our finest local writers such as Catherine Chidgey, Hinemoa Elder, and Brannavan Gnanalingam, will be heading exciting sessions.

The Auckland Writers Festival offers audiences the opportunity to see and hear from the very best writers of contemporary fiction and non-fiction, scientists, economists, poets, journalists, and public intellectuals. Audiences are enriched by innovative thinking, challenged by new ideas, and inspired to discover more about our world.


Some events are free, some are ticketed. Check the website.

For more info visit:

Writers Festival


Aotea Centre
50 Mayoral Drive
Auckland CBD


09 376 8074



All venues are accessible by wheelchair. When booking tickets, please advise Ticketmaster if you have wheelchair requirements. The Aotea Centre's Kiri te Kanawa Theatre has an induction loop system for those with hearing impairments.


For information about bus, ferry and train services in Auckland City, visit the Auckland Transport website or telephone them on 09 366 6400. There will also be a bike valet service available at the Aotea Centre.


The Civic carpark has mobility parking spots and is a short distance from Aotea Square, Aotea Centre, the Civic and Auckland Town Hall, as well as other Aotea Arts Quarter venues.

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