About the festival:

Manawatu Writers’ Festival is a four day festival for writers, readers and would-be writers, featuring workshops, talks, readings, panel discussions, seminars and performances on a wide range of topics, presented by top-notch New Zealand authors.

The purpose of this Festival is to encourage connection between writers and readers; to promote, encourage and support aspiring writers; to encourage reading, literacy and an appreciation of literature in the community; and to promote the development of a community of writers who can support one another in the future.

The festival will be held in venues in Feilding and Palmerston North. Following the official opening at the Feilding Library, sessions start on Saturday, Sept 8 at 9 am, and continue through to Sunday and Monday at venues in Feilding. On the last festival day, Tuesday 11, sessions will be held at Palmerston North library. More information on locations of these one-off sessions will be in the programme brochure, out in August.


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All sessions are free to attend – and there is no overall registration fee. The official opening will have a nominal cover charge of $10, set by the Feilding library. As far as we know, our event is the only free writers’ festival in New Zealand.