Celebrating our stories

The Going West Books & Writers Festival happens every September in Auckland. Based in Titirangi, it encompasses events in other parts of the West as well.

The centrepiece of the Festival is our annual Literary Weekend, which runs from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon. The daytime programme features New Zealand writers in conversation, panel discussions, readings and more.

Friday evening's gala opening includes the Curnow Reader, a noted New Zealand poet performing their work; and the Douglas Orator, a respected writer speaking to the theme of the year's festival.

The Festival also includes a Theatre Season, a Poetry Slam, film screenings, and other satellite events.