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Marlborough Book Festival

5 July | 7pm – 9pm | Whitehaven Wine Room, ASB Theatre, Marlborough |  Buy tickets

Immerse Yourself – Festival launch featuring a selection of guest authors

Participating guest authors will dive in the deep end to share stories or readings to the theme of “immerse yourself”.  Mingle over delicious canapés and our sponsors’ hospitality before sinking into a seat and enjoying an evening of live storytelling. Be ready to be entertained, inspired and surprised in this warm up to a wonderful festival weekend.

6 July | 8pm-9 pm | ASB Theatre, 2 Hutcheson St, Blenheim, $20 | Is It Bedtime Yet? – in conversation with Jane Forrest Waghorn | Buy tickets

Parents of young children often have to put on a brave face when things are falling apart at home. Emily Writes  does us a favour  by not hiding anything – anything at all. From great love to gastro, she shares the ups and downs of modern day parenting . No matter your stage of life, Emily’s stories have wide appeal.

 7 July | 12pm-lpm | Cloudy Bay winery, Jacksons Rd, $30 | Extreme Woke Leftie – in conversation with Naomi Arnold | Buy tickets

Often hilarious, always on-point Emily Writes tackles a range of social issues. She embraces the ‘extreme woke left’ criticism of the online haters and, thank goodness, keeps going. What’s it like to put yourself out there when you have serious anxiety issues in the first place? And is having a laugh the only way to stay sane?

Winetopia Wellington

13 July | 1pm | Winetopia | Main Stage TSB Bank Arena| Buy tickets

Winetopia is a celebration of wine in Wellington (and Auckland but I’ll be at the Wellington event). From their website: ‘Share a Glass’ with some of our favourite Kiwi faces. Not only will you unearth their best-loved drops but we can guarantee there’ll be a splash of humour along the way! Share a Glass with Emily Writes – author.

 Past events

10 May Hamilton An Evening with Emily Writes 6.30-pm The Meteor,  Victoria Street, Hamilton

Join Emily Writes for a crack up night reflecting on life and parenting.
Your ticket price includes: Complimentary glass of bubbles on arrival, delicious nibbles, live music from Shay and Kylee Music, book readings, Q & A session, and a free gift. There will be a cash bar available and you also have the opportunity to support a local charity with some amazing raffle prizes.  Please note – you DO NOT need to collect or print tickets. There will simply be a list at the door on the night.  BUY TICKETS HERE.

12 May Featherston Booktown

10.30am at Featherston RSA: Parenting: Telling Tales (or) Telling Tales with Catherine Robertson, Bran Gnanalingam and Emily Writes. BUY TICKETS HERE.

3pm at Tarureka Estate: SOLD OUT Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea with Joy Cowley,  Emily Writes, Dame Fiona Kidman, Leah McFall and  Kate De Goldi (Chair)

16-17 May Rants in the Dark: The Play Bruce Mason Centre | Tickets

 After sell-out performances in Wellington, Emily Writes’ best-selling book Rants in the Dark takes the Bruce Mason Centre stage this May.

Honest, authentic and laugh out loud funny, the play is full of the things that every parent thinks at 4am, but would rarely be brave enough to say out loud. Starring Renee Lyons, Bronwyn Turei and Amelia Reid-Meredith who brilliantly portray the unfiltered truth of parenthood.

“A hilarious play for anyone, not just new mothers” –

“It was affirming and beautiful and I loved it so, so much.” – Audience member
“It was so deeply moving. It was hugely hilarious. Real stories for real people. My heart was bursting.” – Audience member
“You are telling it like it is, the realities of parenthood, pregnancy and birth… and god knows the world needs more realism around parenting.” – Audience member

Recommended for ages 16+
Adapted for the stage by Mel Dodge, Lyndee-Jane Rutherford & Bevin Linkhorn


25-29 September | Rants in the Dark The Play! | Ticketed

Emily Writes shot to stardom after a rant in the dark on her blog received 1 million hits overnight. People across the world connected to the words every parent thinks at 4am after the third wake-up of the night, but would rarely be brave enough to say out loud. Lyndee-Jane Rutherford (Hand to God, La Casa Azul) and Mel Dodge (Miss Brontë) are proud to be leading the stage adaptation of Emily’s hilarious and heart-felt best-selling book in this one week development season, part of the Women’s Theatre Festival. Audience Q&A with Emily on 27 September. More info.

26 September | 5pm – 6.40pm | Neonatal Trust Charity event | Ticketed

Three course canape meal, glass of Whitehaven wine upon arrival, Guest speakers including best selling author Emily Writes and live entertainment from the very talented Ryan Edwards. With music upon arrival, WOW costumes to view up close and the entertaining words of Emily Writes, a quality evening is assured – all while enjoying a 3 course canape meal. For full  information and to purchase tickets head to

5 October | Northcote Toy Libary Fundraiser | Backyard Bar Northcote Auckland | Ticketed 

And she is back! We are pleased to announce that Emily has agreed to come back and support this years fundraiser! With the new release of Is it Bed Time Yet? a hilarious and moving collection of writings about being a parent in Aotearoa by Emily Writes and friends, we invite you to come along to the Backyard Bar for a very special author talk!

This event will be held at 7:30 pm at the Backyard Bar in Northcote on Friday 5th October and will be held in the function room out the back. So come along and have a laugh, share some stories and meet the author herself, Emily Writes! Emily will share a reading from her new book, some stories and answer all of those burning questions! There will be a bunch of awesome silent auction items up for grabs too. Last year was a huge hit with tickets selling out fast so get in quick! Tickets on sale now, $30 per person with all proceeds going to the Northcote Toy Library. Private message us or email to purchase.

14 October | Parenting in the Digital Age | Nelson Arts Festival Granary Café Founders Park | Ticketed

From negotiating screen time to protecting kids from cyber bullies and predators, the digital terrain has created a completely new set of challenges for parents. Matt Lawrey (The Little Things) leads the journey through the quagmire with fellow travellers John Parsons (Keeping Your Children Safe Online), Steve Henry (education innovator at Otago Polytechnic), Anne Harvey (Sons to Men: A Mother’s Guide) and Emily Writes (Is it Bedtime Yet? Parenting … the Hilarious, the Hair-raising, the Heart-breaking).

20 October | An evening with Emily Writes | Waines Hotel Dunedin | Ticketed 

Slap on some lippy (or Old Spice if that’s your thing) and join Harriet and the popular author and blogger Emily Writes for a crack up night reflecting on parenting with book readings, a Q & A, delicious treats and live music from Cloudie. All tickets include a glass of bubbles on arrival, delicious nibbles and a goodie bag chocka with treats. If you go all out on the fancy schmancy VIP ticket (you deserve it) you will receive a copy of Emily’s latest book “Is it bedtime yet?”(RRP $34.99). Doors open at 6.30pm and the formalities (if you can call them that) begin at 7.30pm. There’ll be a cash bar available. You can also support a couple of local charities with some amazing raffle prize draws.
Oh and hey, it goes without saying that this is not exclusive to the ladies. Everyone is welcome! Especially hot single 40 something year old blokes because I just know this will be right up their alley. Tickets available through Miracle; 03 470 1722

27 October | Kāhuarau: Pregnancy, Birth and the Making of a Mother | Christchurch | Ticketed

An afternoon of information and inspiration for anyone interested in pregnancy, birth and the early months of life. This very special event in celebration of Home Birth Awareness Week 2018, brings together expert speakers, blogger Rebecca Keil and our special guest and author Emily Writes. Come along and join us for an afternoon of short talks, kai and community. (Ticket price is inclusive of kai). There will be plenty of spot prizes throughout the day! We look forward to seeing you there!

15 September | Author Talk: Is it Bedtime Yet | Upper Hutt Library | Free

Come and join popular authors and bloggers Emily Writes and Holly Walker for an afternoon filled with stories from their new book, Is It Bedtime Yet?
Emily and Holly will candidly share their experiences of what parenting is really like – from all the very late nights with little ones to the overwhelming amount of well-meant bits of advice that haunt parents everywhere they go. Saturday 15 September. 2 – 3.30pm. Pop-up Library

22 September| Waikanae Playcentre Fundraiser | Southward Car Museum | Ticketed

Bring some friends, prepare yourselves for an evening of fun and try your luck at winning some of our awesome raffles and spot prizes on the night. Every ticket includes a complimentary glass of wine or non-alcoholic beverage and nibbles. Bring cash on the night if you would like to purchase raffle tickets as there will be no EFTPOS facilities available. Doors Open 7.15pm Starting 8.00pm. Parking is available at Southward Car Museum. Get your tickets online at or pop into the centre Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday morning for a cash sale.

23 September | Mothers Writing retreat fundraiser | Southern Cross Bar | More info

his one is for all ye bookworms, ye nerds, ye wordsmiths, ye who hang out in libraries and bookshops, ye community spirits, and ye word-lovers who want to correct my use of “ye” as a plural form of address. The quiz is full of book-related fun, the venue is full of food and drink, and our prize packages are full of wonderful items generously donated by our brilliant sponsors. Click here to register your team: Email with any questions!

Teams of 4 – 6 people. Tickets are $10 – $20 per person (pay what you can). The winning team will take home a fabulous prize pack, and there will also be a raffle (raffle tickets available to purchase on the night). We are fundraising for the BRILLIANT+AMAZING+WRITERS+MOTHERS annual writing retreat. We offer scholarships so that the event is accessible to any mother attending regardless of their financial circumstances.

The retreat is a rare and special opportunity for mothers to attend workshops hosted by industry experts, get writing done away from the demands of everyday life, and share the company of other mothers and writers. We even provide childcare for those who need to bring their children.

22 August | 10.30am | Wellington City Library | Free

Come and hear a reading from Is it Bedtime Yet at Wellington City Library. Emily will answer all of your burning questions and she might even bring a friend or two!

31 August | Word Christchurch Bad Diaries Salon | Ticketed

If you like your literary events candid, original and unedited, don’t miss this late-night reveal of writing not meant to be seen or heard. In the first Bad Diaries Salon held outside Australia, five of the festival’s top local and international writers read from their diaries or abandoned early works, on the theme of RISK. Bad Diaries Salon is a literary series created by Melbourne writer Jenny Ackland and co-curated by her and Wellington writer Tracy Farr, your MC for the night.

1 September | Word Christchurch | Ticketed

When the Guardian described Hollie McNish’s award-winning ‘poetic memoir’ Nobody Told Me as ‘diary entries, poems jotted in the dead of night and during nap-times, breathless musings on breastfeeding, sex after giving birth, and the state of the world’, it could have just as easily been describing The Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes’ Rants in the Dark. Both write wryly, honestly and with humour and warmth about pregnancy and motherhood. In a session sure to be full of laughs and a few tears, they read and discuss their books, including the new anthology Is It Bedtime Yet?, with Catherine Robertson, and with a bonus appearance by Brannavan Gnanalingam, giving a glimpse of the view from ‘the other side’. Drop your kids in for a fun, free workshop in the gallery’s education space while you attend the Motherhood session. Ages 4+.

16 June | 10.30am | The Mother Yarns Business edition | Ticketed (early bird tickets include an amazing goodie bag)

Being a mother is hard enough, now add business woman to the mix and all hell can break loose. The Mother Yarns – Business Edition has been designed as a day and space for mothers (and even non mothers!) to come together to be inspired, feel united and listen to woman who have achieved overwhelming success in their fields and give advice they wish they were told when starting out as a mother in business.

Taking on panel discussions and think tanks, Rebecca will host business woman from a range of categories. From working mums to CEOs the business edition tackles the questions you really want to ask, and the advice you really need to know. This carefully curated set of woman will light your creative fire, fill you with inspiration and give you real, hard hitting advice to get ahead.

All ticket holders to the event will also receive an E-magazine that will feature interviews with all panelists, inspirational stories from other mothers who have gone back to work or run their own business, recipes, fashion and beauty trend pages – plus much more.

30 June | 7.30pm | The Ballet is for Everyone Ball | Ticketed (all proceeds to Ballet is for Everyone)

Did your high school ball suck? Time for a do-over. Grab your best girls, get dressed up, and dance the night away for a really great cause. All proceeds go to Ballet is for Everyone – free ballet lessons for children on low incomes and children with disabilities and high health needs. Hosted by Emily Writes.

We will have a raffle and spot prizes for Queen and Queen, King and King, and King and Queen. Grab your ticket right now they’ve sold out every time we’ve run an event.

2 May | 7pm | Women in Words | Southland Arts Festival | Ticketed

The Dan Davin Literary Foundation is proud to present an evening with three celebrated women – award-winning author and lecturer Tracey Slaughter, award-winning writer and theatre-maker Jo Randerson and beloved author and blogger, Emily Writes. Different styles, different motivations, different contributions to the literary arts. Join us for a panel discussion hosted by DDLF trustee Sarah McCarthy for a fascinating and fun evening with these three amazing New Zealand writers. Presented in association with Southland Arts Festival.

12 May | 6.30pm | True Stories Told Live | Featherston Booktown | Ticketed

Intimate. Real. Anything goes! The New Zealand Book Council’s True Stories Told Live events have been exhilarating and entertaining audiences at sell-out events for the past six years. Writers, artists, musicians, actors, politicians and more come together to entertain audiences with surprising, dramatic, funny, frightening and moving true stories. Our invited storytellers have eight minutes each to speak on a theme. No notes. No audio-visual equipment. No props. No questions. Just true stories that promise to inspire, entrance, and entertain. This is storytelling at its unabashed best!

Come and be entertained and enthralled by six of New Zealand’s top writers as they explore the theme of “transformation” in their own unique way. True Stories are intense, raw and original filled with plot, pace, adventure and humour. Catherine Robertson – best-selling novelist, reviewer and commentator, Tom Scott – satirist, cartoonist, playwright, author, Emily Writes – popular writer, reviewer and blogger, Chris Tse – poet, blogger, actor, Victor Rodger – playwright, provocateur, actor, Paul Adamson – writer, hunter, fisher, teacher. Complimentary platter food and cash bar.

7 April | ReConnect – Women’s Lifestyle and Business Conference | Heritage Hotel, Hanmer Springs

Join an inspiring team of women on the 7th April in Hanmer Springs for the ReConnect Womens Lifestyle & Business Conference. Enjoy a day full of motivating speakers, lunch, bubbles & nibbles & dinner at The Heritage Hotel. Invest in a day for yourself and your business!  Contact Jane for booking details – 021 355 850,

17 February | 11am | Rants with Emily Writes | Chinoiserie Garden | Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival | Ticketed

Wellington writer, mother, and editor Emily Writes is a “sleep deprived, ranty, mother of two”, who survives on coffee and wine, and who has a struck a chord with a wide audience with her raw, honest, and funny look at parenting. Here she talks about parenting and her book Rants in the Dark: From One Tired Mama to Another. Child friendly event. “Every mum anywhere will relate to her Rants in the Dark. Great writing, honest thought, funny, tragic, empathetic. Emily might just have become my new best friend.” – Linda Thompson, Hamilton News

17 February | 8.30pm | Bad Things with Louise Wallace | Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival | Ticketed

Join poet Louise Wallace, Emily Writes and others as they give their own take on what “bad things” are in a late night session based on Louise’s latest collection of poems. Bad things can be funny, scary, or just, well, bad. This event is based on Louise’s recent collection of poetry Bad Things. Louise is the author of three poetry collections. She was the 2015 Robert Burns Fellow and in 2016 she performed at the Mexico City Poetry Festival. She is the founder and editor of Starling, a journal for young New Zealand writers.

10 November | An evening with Emily Writes for the Northcote Toy Library | Sold out

The Northcote Toy Library annual fundraiser this year is super exciting! Sponsored by Make Insure, join us for an entertaining evening with Emily Writes! We will have a book reading, some Q&A and have some great prizes up for grabs! Tickets $30, which include a drink on arrival, and can be purchased from the Library or by emailing or phoning Megan on 0273708196.

11 November | 2pm | Auckland Perinatal High Tea & Auction | Wintergarden Pavillion | Ticketed

Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Aotearoa invite you to a High Tea and Depressed Cake Auction with Emily Writes and Maria Foy sharing their experiences with Perinatal Depression and hosted by Jude Dobson. Perinatal depression affects families, workplaces and the whole community. This event reinforces the vital messages that “it’s okay to talk about it” and early intervention leads to a faster recovery. Enjoy a delightful fundraising afternoon with friends, treat yourself to a high tea with champagne or kombucha on arrival with raffles and auctions on the day.

12 November | 11am | The Whole Intimate Mess – A Rant | LitCrawl | City Gallery | Ticketed

Holly Walker, author of The Whole Intimate Mess (BWB Texts) about her time as both Green Party MP and new mum, talks with Emily Writes, author of Rants in the Dark: From One Tired Mama to Another, about the pitfalls and prejudices that make life that much harder for mamas in the 21st century.

12 November | 2pm | Wellington Perinatal High Tea & Auction | James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor | Ticketed

Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Aotearoa invite you to a High Tea and Depressed Cake Auction with Emily Writes and Maria Foy sharing their experiences with Perinatal Depression and hosted by Jude Dobson. Perinatal depression affects families, workplaces and the whole community. This event reinforces the vital messages that “it’s okay to talk about it” and early intervention leads to a faster recovery. Enjoy a delightful fundraising afternoon with friends, treat yourself to a high tea with champagne or kombucha on arrival with raffles and auctions on the day.

29 November | 10am – 12-midday | PND Wellington end of year celebration | Johnsonville Plunket | Free but registration needed

Emily Writes will speak about her parenting experience for PND Wellington. Morning tea provided.

13 October | 7pm | The Spinoff Parents First Birthday Party Wine Mum Extravaganza | Fringe Bar | Ticketed

The Spinoff Parents is turning one! We want to celebrate this and get everyone together for another Wine Mum Night since the last one was so much fun. This time every cent raised will go to Evolve Youth Services. They do amazing work with young people including running a fantastic young parents group and supporting young people who are homeless and struggling.

Come along and have a wine – We will have a raffle – Hopefully I’ll be able to get something as awesome as a vasectomy. We will see! Every entry gets a ticket to the raffle. Sliding scale $10-$20. Tickets sold out really fast last time so get in quick! Tickets here.

15 October | 4pm | You and Your Child Expo | Westpac Trust Stadium | Ticketed

You and Your Child brings a fun-filled day for parents and children to spend together at the Westpac Stadium, Wellington. This brings well known speakers including popular blogger Emily Writes, Pio Terei and Jenny Hale from The Parenting Place, Kate Meads on Waste free parenting, the informative Brainwave Trust Aotearoa and more. An additional $5.00 fee will apply.

Parents and children will have opportunities to play and explore the many experiences on offer. These include sensory areas for babies, Children’s Theatre with Capital E, Crafts, Lego, Storytelling, the Kidsmart Massive Box city and Goodtime Music Academy. There will also be a range of companies and sponsors exhibiting their products and services from childcare to pre-schools; nutrition, clothing and activities.

21 October | 11am | Rants in the Dark | Page and Blackmores Readers and Writers Programme Nelson Arts Festival | 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 | Page and Blackmores Readers and Writers Programme Nelson Arts Festival | 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.

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.