Coming up!

Little Shadow parenting workshop | 20 March, 2021 Buy tickets here

Little Shadow presents a one-day parenting and wellbeing workshop, kindly subsidised by our wonderful friends at the CAANZ Wellington Women Accountants Special Interest Group, Emily Writes and the Olivia Faulkner Birthday Fundraiser, in memory of Kristin.

We provide a light catered morning tea for the adults generously sponsored by Mojo Coffee and New World Newlands!

Kids and babies – BYO kai, please! We have childcare available on-site from 11:00am-1:30pm and children are welcome to join us in the session from 9:30am – 11:00am.

Wellington Pride Queer Parenting event |27 March, 2021 |12-noon Michael Fowler Centre |FREE!

How do we support our queer children? How do we create community as queer parents?

What are we doing to ensure as parents we are raising our children according to their need? How do we celebrate queerness with our children?

Join us for a panel discussion on how we can be the parents we may have needed and the parents our children need.

In conversation with Emily Writes | April 12 | Petridish | Ticketed

Emily Writes is a mother of two and the best-selling author of Rants in the Dark: From one Tired Mama to Another and Is It Bedtime Yet. The theatre version of Rants in the Dark is also part of the Dunedin Arts Festival. She’s an advocate, activist and volunteer and has a popular newsletter Emily Writes Weekly. Emily will be in conversation with fellow parent Aaron Hawkins, Mayor of Dunedin.

In Other Words | Wanaka Festival of Colour | April 14, 2021| 12 Noon| Pacific Crystal Palace | Ticketed

Two women writers – Selina Tusitala Marsh and Emily Writes – talk about the barriers and the opportunities for other voices in a writing tradition which has been so mightily patriarchal and European.

Rants in the Dark: The Play | Wanaka Festival of Colour | April 15, 2021 | 7pm | Lake Wanaka Centre | Ticketed

Wellington blogger Emily Writes’ best-selling book takes to the stage. Her heartfelt and hilarious writing explores her parenting experience, offering comfort and connection to other exhausted parents all over the world. Honest, authentic and laugh-out-loud funny, the play is full of the things that every parent thinks at 4 o’clock in the morning, but would rarely be brave enough to say out loud.

Rants in the Dark: The Play | Dunedin Arts Festival | April 17, 2021 | 7pm | Regent Theatre Ticketed

Emily Writes’ best-selling book Rants in the Dark has been adapted into a hilarious and heartfelt play that delights with its insight into parenting in the 21st century.

Want me to speak at your event?

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”

We saw Emily Writes at the recording of the Guilty Feminist podcast last year at TSB Arena. As a huge fan of her articles I was really excited to see her live on stage, and she did not disappoint! She’s engaging and hilarious, and you just naturally feel like you could be good mates with her. I’d pay to see Emily again without hesitation! – Amy
Vibrant and engaging, Emily Writes is an experienced speaker who can take an audience from laughter to poignant tears. She has a knack for creating an electric atmosphere in the room through her authenticity and wicked sense of humour. Whether as a keynote speaker or MC, Emily has the skill to turn an event from ho-hum to one hundred emoji. – Annabel
I’ve been fortunate enough to attend a number of events Emily has spoken at. Every time, I walk away inspired and motivated. She is friendly and approachable and cultivates a relaxed, welcoming and safe space for all. She speaks with passion and purpose, drawing on her experiences to enlighten and entertain audiences. – Rebekah
Emily Writes is a passionate and articulate speaker who takes her audience with her, lifting you up while inviting you to see things in ways you’ve never seen them before. At the same time, she’s warm, relatable and has that rare skill of being articulate and funny with at least one small child hanging off her leg! – Heather
I’ve been lucky enough to see Emily Writes speak at several events. Emily is a fantastic speaker and presenter. The perfect mixture of funny, relatable, knowledgeable and engaging. – Emma
I saw Emily Writes at the TSB Arena. In person she’s brilliant, her reading was authentic and personable, relatable and incredibly funny! Can’t wait to see her live again.- Jessica
Emily Writes is very engaging and responsive with the audience, which is also reflective in her writing style. She also spends a lot of time afterward speaking with everyone which is really kind – a lot of authors tend to do a signing and then escape. – Jess
“I saw Emily Writes live in Wellington, what an absolute blast! She was entertaining, witty and hilarious, one of my all time favourite gigs.“ – Chelsea
“I saw Emily Writes sit down for a Q&A after a performance of her play, Rants in the Dark. While a theatre usually clears out at the end of a performance, Emily’s humour and warmth kept the audience captivated. The same honesty and authenticity in her play spilled out into her speaking, making for a hilarious and energetic Q&A!“ – Yenushka
“Emily Writes’ style was really authentic and it was a great mix of relatability and humour.“ – Nell
Emily was hilarious, quick-witted and engaging. She seemed to easily bounce ideas around with the other presenters and the audience and ended up being the most memorable part of the show. Such an entertaining night!!! – Bridget
I’ve seen Emily Writes host a couple of events and it’s always a blast! She brings a lot of humour and fun and provides an encouraging and open space for all. – Ruby


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.