Nau mai, haere mai ki te tūramatia ngā kupu o te ngākau 2021
Welcome to Festival of Words 2021.

From Thursday 29 July to Sunday 1 August we’re celebrating literature and bringing you performances and conversations with some of Aotearoa’s biggest names in the literary arts.

Our line-up includes comedian Tom Sainsbury, best-selling authors Witi Ihimaera and Dame Fiona Kidman, money expert Mary Holm and NZ Herald journalist Steve Braunias. In total, we have 27 events across the New Plymouth District.

Our events bring together the very best New Zealand writers of contemporary fiction and non-fiction, poets, artists, economists, journalists and thinkers.

Words shape our world. They entertain, provoke, inspire, educate and unite - as do the writers who shape them into finished works. So we invite you to join us, and them, and let the power of words inspire you this winter.


Festival Brochure

Our festival brochure is packed full of all the Festival of Words events and the fantastic shows that are part of the Right Royal Cabaret as well.

In the mood for more festival fun? Check out the Right Royale Cabaret line-up, tickets on sale now.