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Marlborough Book Festival


Welcome to the sixth annual Marlborough Book Festival - a chance to immerse yourself in the world of New Zealand literature.

We have 16 acclaimed authors, ten superb interviewers and seven fantastic locations in store for you this year.

The 2019 event has moved to the ASB Theatre Marlborough, which will buzz with festival vibes all weekend. A bookshop will be set up in the foyer so you can linger and discuss your festival favourites, and have your books signed by the authors.

We also have sessions at beautiful vineyard, winery and watery venues, with The Bell Tower at Dog Point, Spy Valley Wines cellar door, the Treehouse at Cloudy Bay, Hunter’s Wines restaurant, and the MV Odyssea in Queen Charlotte Sound. This year we are introducing The Plant in Blenheim as well.

Check out the 26 sessions and see how much you can pack into your weekend.


Event Date Time Venue
MBF19 - Vincent O'Malley - Our Dual Heritage Friday, 5th July 8.45am - 12pm MV Odyssea Cruise
Marlborough Book Festival - Festival Launch Friday, 5th July 2019 7pm - 9pm Whitehaven Wine Room, ASB Theatre Marlborough
MBF19 - Vincent O'Malley - The New Zealand Wars Saturday 6th June 2019 10am - 11am Whitehaven Wine Room, ASB Theatre Marlborough
MBF19 - Anne Kennedy - The Ice Shelf Saturday 6th June 2019 10am - 11am Spy Valley Wines, Waihopai Valley
MBF19 - Eleanor Ozich - Homemade at The Bell Tower Saturday 6th June 2019 11am - 12pm The Bell Tower, Brookby Road
MBF19 - Whiti Hereaka - Legacy Saturday 6th June 2019 12pm - 1pm Whitehaven Wine Room, ASB Theatre Marlborough
MBF19 - Laurence Fearnley - The Novels of Laurence Fearnley Saturday 6th June 2019 12pm - 1pm Spy Valley Wines, Waihopai Valley
MBF19 - Naomi Arnold - Headlands. New Stories of Anxiety Saturday 6th June 2019 2pm - 3pm Whitehaven Wine Room, ASB Theatre Marlborough
MBF19 - Pip Adam - The New Animals Saturday 6th June 2019 2pm - 3pm Spy Valley Wines, Waihopai Valley
MBF19 - Grahame Sydney - The Living Room Session Saturday 6th June 2019 3pm - 5pm The Bell Tower, Brookby Road
MBF19 - Owen Marshall - The Long and the Short of it Saturday 6th June 2019 4pm - 5pm Whitehaven Wine Room, ASB Theatre Marlborough
MBF19 - Kate Duignan - A Friendly Cross Examination Saturday 6th June 2019 4pm - 5pm Spy Valley Wines, Waihopai Valley
MBF19 - Chessie Henry - We Can Make A Life Saturday 6th June 2019 6pm - 7pm Spy Valley Wines, Waihopai Valley
MBF19 - Kate De Goldi - An Hour With Kate De Goldi Saturday 6th June 2019 6pm - 7pm Whitehaven Wine Room, ASB Theatre Marlborough
MBF19 - Emily Writes - Is It Bedtime Yet? Saturday 6th June 2019 8pm - 9pm Whitehaven Wine Room, ASB Theatre Marlborough
MBF19 - Shayne Carter - Writing Rock n Roll Saturday 6th June 2019 8pm 9pm The Plant
MBF19 - Sydney & Marshall - View From The South Sunday 7th June 2019 10am - 11am Whitehaven Wine Room, ASB Theatre Marlborough
MBF19 - Pip Adam - Writing on the Cutting Edge Sunday 7th June 2019 10am - 11am Cloudy Bay Winery
MBF19 - Anne Kennedy - A Life Well Written Sunday 7th June 2019 10am - 11am Hunter's Wines, Rapaura Rd
MBF19 - Shayne Carter - Dead People I Have Known Sunday 7th June 2019 12pm - 1pm Whitehaven Wine Room, ASB Theatre Marlborough
MBF19 - Emily Writes - Extreme Woke Leftie Sunday 7th June 2019 12pm - 1pm Cloudy Bay Winery
MBF19 - Laurence Fearnley - To The Mountains Sunday 7th June 2019 12pm - 1pm Hunter's Wines
MBF19 - Kate Duignan - The New Ships Sunday 7th June 2019 2pm - 3pm Whitehaven Wine Room, ASB Theatre Marlborough
MBF19 - Eleanor Ozich - The Art Of Simple Sunday 7th June 2019 2pm - 3pm Cloudy Bay Winery
MBF19 - Grahame Sydney - Painter, Photographer, Writer, Reader Sunday 7th June 2019 2pm - 3pm Hunter's Wines, Rapaura Rd
MBF19 - Vial & Austin - Elizabeth Lissaman NZ's Pioneer Studio Potter Sunday 7th June 2019 4pm - 5pm Whitehaven Wine Room, ASB Theatre Marlborough

Show Information

Venue: Multiple Venues
Date: Multiple Dates
Time: Multiple Times