An annual weekend of wonderful writers and curious audiences in beautiful Marlborough.

The Marlborough Book Festival 2024 will be held from Thursday, 25 July, to Sunday, 28 July.


Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa.

Tickets for the Marlborough Book Festival 2024 are now available. Full details of the 2024 authors can be found here. 

The full programme schedule can be downloaded here.    



Did you know you can listen to podcasts of sessions from past festivals in the comfort of your own home?


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PS: Did you know $1 from every ticket you buy at the festival goes 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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