Come see me

30 August | 1pm | Kid-friendly Rants in the Dark event | Royal Opera House Whanganui | Ticketed

Best-selling author and blogger Emily Writes is an advocate for mothers and children, writing hilarious accounts of her own warts-and-all parenting experiences. Join Emily as she shares excerpts for her book, Rants in the Dark – From One Tired Mama to Another, at a child-friendly event at the Royal Opera House. Her book will be available for purchase (and signing!) at the event. Proceeds to the Whanganui Women’s Network. Facebook event page here.

30 August | 7.30pm | Adults-only Rants in the Dark event Whanganui | Ticketed

Best-selling author and blogger Emily Writes is editor of The Spinoff Parents website and a passionate advocate for mothers, children, depression awareness and double the refugee quota. Join Emily as she shares her hilarious insights into going viral with her Tarzan movie review and coping with social media fame – but not necessarily fortune. Her book, Rants in the Dark – From One Tired Mama to Another, will be available for purchase at the event.
Proceeds to the Whanganui Women’s Network. Buy tickets here. Facebook event page here.

Page and Blackmores Readers and Writers Programme Nelson Arts Festival

21 October | 11am | Rants in the Dark | Granary Festival Café | Ticketed

Wellington mother, writer and The Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes has struck a chord with her raw, honest and funny look at parenting. With a huge following on social media and in print, Emily regularly faces down online trolls and “well-meaning” finger-waggers, while still managing to advocate for tired mothers everywhere – mostly at 3am. Emily and Cindy Batt discuss her sudden life turn, what parents need, and the privileges and perils of writing on the internet. Read the programme here.

22 October | 10.30am | Being a woman in the age of Trump | Granary Festival Café | Ticketed

Last year, Donald Trump won the most powerful office in the world and has been busy dismantling the rights of women ever since. His appointment launched an outpouring of grief and anger, yet has also galvanised activists across the globe, with more women signing up for public office, and a worldwide protest five million strong. Journalist and editor Rebekah White, author and activist Emily Writes, and writers Laura Irish and Michelanne Forster discuss, with Nelson Museum CEO Lucinda Blackley-Jimson keeping order. Read the programme here.

Past events

11 July | Otorohanga Toy Library Fundraiser – SOLDOUT

Tickets: $20 for current Toy Library members (i.e. those who have paid their membership for the 2017/18 year) $25 non member.
Please note that the ticket price covers the cost of entry, one glass of wine, a shared desert platter. There will be a non alcoholic option for those non drinkers out there.


12 July | The Generosity Sessions | 6pm-8pm The BizDojo 115 Tory Street | Free but please RSVP


21 July | Wine Mum Night | Kindy fundraiser | SOLD OUT


If you want me to come to your thing and speak at your thing I can totally do that and be potentially more eloquent than I am here but no promises. Email me at emilywritesnz @

Here’s some things people have said about me after I came to their thing and spoke at their thing.

“Emily spoke about reaching vulnerable communities in a way that was really accessible. I feel like I can do my job better now – communicating science and health in a way that will actually matter and change things”

“I cried and I laughed so hard I farted”

“Funny and heartbreaking – I haven’t laughed and cries so much in one evening”

“Emily has a way of making you feel like she’s the only one you’re talking to. I saw her at the Opera House and it made me feel like it was the most fun therapy session I’d ever been to. I felt inspired and invigorated but most of all I felt like I mattered as a mum”


If you want to buy Rants in the Dark you can buy it at all good bookstores. Keep a local bookstore going by buying it there – try Time Out in Mt Eden, Ekor Bookshop & Cafe or Unity Books in Wellington or Scorpio Books in Christchurch. If you can’t get to a bookstore – order it online with free international shipping here. Yes, that’s really free ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD you don’t have to be in New Zealand to buy this book! Or you can buy it here, here, here, or here. Or you can get it as an E-book through Apple, Amazon Kindle or Kobo.