Programme 2018

Following the success of last year’s inaugural Manawatu Writers’ Festival, our proactive Project Team is hard at work organizing this year’s festival.
This year, the Manawatu Writers’ Festival will be held in Feilding and Palmerston North – September (7 -11, 2018).

The official opening is Friday, Sept 7. The programme of sessions starts on Saturday 8th, and finish Tuesday 11th, at venues in Feilding and Palmerston North.




The full programme will be available in August but here is a taste of what will be on offer:

  • A Steam Punk Novelist talks about the emergence of Steam Punk writing.
  • A Panel of speakers presenting a session on ‘Writing Family History’.
  • Crime writers talk about crime writing in New Zealand.
  • Readings from authors.
  • A workshop designed for people who get distracted or bogged down by research.
  • The ethics of using other people’s stories – suitable for any non-fiction writer: writers interviewing people or collecting anecdotes, including family history writers, biographers, memoirists.
  • Alive and Kickin’ – performance and readings from poets who’ve lived long enough to have a few things to say about a life rich in experience.
  • Young poets and story tellers.
  • Short-short story workshop.

Many more will be added as the programme shapes up. We may be in for a few surprises.
Debates, performance, comedy, seminars and workshops.

And don’t forget the famous Poetry Night at Murray’s Irish Public House with Ceol Manawatu, a lineup of poets on Monday September 10th.