An annual weekend of wonderful writers, curious audiences and beautiful Marlborough vistas

Join us to listen to writers talk about their work, their lives and the inspiration behind their writing. There are books for sale for signing by authors, refreshments on offer and a whole bunch of book lovers to befriend. Make a day or a weekend of it.

We are planning our next festival - watch this space...

The Festival Team,

Claudia, Charlotte, Molly, Sharon, Sonia, Sophie & Tania x

PS: Did you know $1 from every ticket you bought went towards supporting children's reading in Marlborough? Read more...

“Thank you very much for laying on one of the highlights of my writing career... We [the authors] were such a collegial, supportive and fun group. Writing can be an isolating business, but it was wonderful to share war stories and compare notes with some of the best in the game in New Zealand.”

John McCrystal, 2021 author

"Marlborough Book Festival you really are quite marvellous, you know! I'm stunned by the warmth and hospitality here in Marlborough. I'm getting to meet some of my writing heroes, too. Feeling very lucky... The Marlborough Book Festival - it was like a weekend in heaven! "

Charity Norman, 2021 author

"I don’t know how to say loudly enough that @MarlBookFest  exceeds all preconceptions & expectations. Amazing manaakitanga amazing audiences important conversations happening on and off stage. Kai for the wairua & the tinana. #ngamihi #smallfestivalsrock" 

Tina Makeriti, 2018 author

"The 2016 Spinoff Review of Books award for best writers festival goes to the Marlborough Book Festival. Blenheim! It’s actually a cool little place, and their festival was professional, thoughtful, welcoming, creative, and they treat writers and readers with respect. We say: it’s a lot of fun. We say: bravo Blenheim!"

Steve Braunias, 2016 author - published in The Spinoff 2016


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