The Marlborough Book Festival is an annual weekend of wonderful writers, curious audiences and beautiful Marlborough locations.


With heavy hearts we have decided to cancel the 2020 Marlborough Book Festival. Given the uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic, and how long it might affect us in New Zealand, we decided as a committee that the best thing to do is to sit tight for a year.

We thank you for your understanding.
Not to downplay the seriousness of what is happening, but we like to think that we can all do our bit to prevent this condition spreading by staying at home and reading a book. Something we think all our festival supporters will be quite comfortable doing! 

Thanks must go to the authors and interviewers who were all lined up to come, and to our sponsors and supporters who were all geared up to support another great festival. We will be back!

The Festival Team,

Sophie, Sonia, Sharon, Kat, Lorraine, Charlotte & Claudia

“What a glorious weekend of inspiration and warmth. I felt so privileged and excited to be there - had an amazing time listening to speakers and meeting local people, and came away fueled with new thought, goodwill, and literary energy.”
Anne Kennedy, 2019 author

"I had a wonderful time and the hospitality and the warmth we were greeted with was out of this world. A great weekend, so thank you, thank you, thank you : )"
Shayne Carter, 2019 author

"I just feel so lucky to have been part of such an amazing festival. Blenheim I just really love you x"  
Emily Writes, 2019 author



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