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Bookmark Pass Holders and Take 5 Pass Holders may book their sessions by post or email. If sending by post, booking forms should be sent to Ticketek, Writers and Readers Week Bookings, PO Box 6334, Wellington, 6141. Alternatively, you can scan and email your completed booking form to Bookmark Pass Holders and Take 5 Pass Holders may now also redeem their pass for their selected events at the Michael Fowler Centre or St James Theatre Ticketek box offices or by calling 0800 TICKETEK (842538).

Download a copy of the Writers & Readers Booklet.  Download a copy of the Booking Form.

Tickets Now On Sale  Embassy and Downstage Sessions are just $18, so you can see more, for less. Book online, by mail, phone, or in person - see below for details.

Save with a Multi-Pass Get the most out of Writers and Readers Week and save money with one of our two great Multi-passes.

Student Tickets Attend Embassy or Downstage Sessions for just $10.  Tickets can only be booked in person at the Michael Fowler Centre, St James Theatre or Embassy Theatre* Ticketek outlets and are subject to availability. 

*excludes booking fee, Embassy Theatre only during opening hours for Writers & Readers Week.


Season Ticket Priority Booking (3 - 7 November 2011)
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Friends of the Festival Priority Booking (8 - 13 November 2011)
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Public Sales (14 November 2011)


Either follow the 'book tickets' links on this website, or book at You can book up to six events and eight tickets (per event) online (per transaction) with your credit card. An $8 Ticketek service fee will be charged per transaction.

You can also choose the EZYticketTM option to print your own tickets at home and pay a lower Ticketek service fee of $5 per transaction.

Are you a Season Ticket holder or Friend of the Festival? For the first time you are able to purchase your Festival tickets online. If you need assistance to guide you through the process, download our handy Step-by-Step Guide here.

By Phone

Call 0800 TICKETEK (0800 842 538) to book by phone with your credit card. An $8.50 Ticketek service fee will be charged per transaction.

In Person

Bookings can be made over the counter at any Ticketek outlet nationwide. Find your closest Ticketek agency or box office.

Ticketek service fees for counter bookings:

For performances at that same venue, $2 per ticket.

For performances at other venues, $3 per ticket.

By Post

Download the Festival Booking Form (PDF, 1MB)
*please check all details including dates and times are correct on your booking form, prior to sending to Ticketek.

Post your completed booking form to:

Ticketek NZ Ltd
NZIAF Bookings
PO Box 6334
Wellington 6141

or fax: to Ticketek 04 384 9574 (Please avoid faxing if possible, due to the potential for transmission and receipt errors.)

An $8.50 Ticketek service fee will be charged per booking form.

Important Information

  • There are no refunds or exchanges on completed bookings, except as required by law.
  • Tickets are subject to availability, and sold on a 'best available' basis at the time of booking.
  • If a show is cancelled the ticket price, but not the service fee, will be refunded only if ticket is returned to Ticketek by 31 March 2012.
  • The Festival reserves the right to alter without notice any events, prices, programmes and artists. The Festival reserves the right to exclude latecomers or to admit at a suitable point in the performance.