Going West Festival 2017

Read our reviews
To hell with Titirangi: an accidental revolution at the Going West literary festival, Steve Braunias: https://thespinoff.co.nz/books/11-09-2017/to-hell-with-titirangi-an-accidental-revolution-at-the-going-west-literary-festival/

Going West was a hit with me, Paula Green: https://nzpoetryshelf.com/2017/09/10/going-west-was-a-hit-with-me/

Books and Writers

If a year is a book, this one is full of plot twists, unexpected narratives, surprising characters and ever-shifting viewpoints. Change. Transition. Metamorphosis. These in between states, these transitional moments and points of crossing over, shape Going West 2017: Between here and there.


From poetry slam and spoken word competitions to readings set to music and the annual Curnow reader Going West presents a wealth of events for poetry lovers.

Theatre and Film

As a nation we are experiencing an explosion of theatre and film that tells the stories of our diverse cultures, both historical and contemporary. This Going West season partners with Te Pou Theatre, the Graduate Studio and with Massive Company to showcase great New Zealand drama.

Free Events

From the fun filled Whānau day at Te Pou Theatre to the launch of Outside the Square and the Indie Book Fair Going West 2017 has loads of free activities for you.