Book festival for literature lovers in Tauranga

Prolific Tauranga photographer Bob Tulloch will be showcasing some monumental historical moments that shaped our city. Photo: Bruce Barnard.

The first annual Tauranga Moana Book Festival launches this November, with a line-up of New Zealand authors that will make any book lover happy.

A collaboration between Tauranga City Libraries, Tauranga Writers and Bookrapt, the Tauranga Moana Book Festival is a long wished-for celebration of the diversity of authors throughout the Bay of Plenty region and an opportunity for a community of readers to celebrate that most wonderful of objects: the book.

Headline guests include award-winning Malcolm Clarke, author of children’s picture book 'Tu meke Tūī!', Pip McKay, author of the prize-winning debut novel 'The Telling Time' and Marilyn Garson, author of 'Still Lives: A Memoir of Gaza'.

“We are so excited by the reaction to the festival programme so far,” says Tauranga City Libraries programme specialist Lauren Jones. “The programme includes free film screenings, a pub quiz and author talks galore—it’s going to be a really fun month for book lovers."

The diversity of events on offer runs the gamut and offers something for everyone, from local artist and illustrator Ross Murray leading a workshop for aspiring comic book artists to prolific Tauranga photographer Bob Tulloch showcasing some monumental historical moments that shaped our city, as captured by him throughout his 45-year career.

The programme of events is capped with a genre-fiction panel discussion featuring a pre-event mixer with drinks and nibbles and the simultaneous launch of three genre novels.

See the full programme and book your tickets at

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Posted on 27-10-2020 12:31 | By morepork

Do we need to book for this... :-) Seriously, really good to see the literary arts getting some attention. There is some great writing talent here in Tauranga and it largely passes unnoticed. It is very hard for NZ writers to get published here and most have to promote their books overseas or online. This festival will help to raise public awareness. Fortunately, kids seem to be very happy with books...