Events | hui

Libraries, bookstores and schools around the country are encouraged to run events as part of the Out on the Shelves campaign! Please register your event here.


2020 Past Events

Instagram Poetry Live 
Location: InsideOUT Instagram Live
Hosts: Out on the Shelves
Date: Wednesday, 26 August, 5:30pm – 6:30pm

As part of our Out on the Shelves campaign, we’re hosting an Instagram Live Poetry Event, showcasing young rainbow voices (24 and under) from across Aotearoa.

Join our livestream on 26 August from 5:30pm – 6:30pm to take part, whether that’s to share a piece of your writing or just to watch!
If you’d like to share a piece of your writing, we ask that you keep topics that could potentially be upsetting for others out of your reading. Some of these topics include, but aren’t limited to, graphic descriptions of death, abuse, assault, self-harm, violence, and descriptions of trauma. If you’re not sure about it, please feel free to send us a DM or email

LIVE: Rainbow Authors 
Location: online
Hosts: Out on the Shelves
Date: Wednesday, 19 August, 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Download the poster to promote the event here!

We are hosting an author event, where we will be having live conversations with four published authors from Aotearoa NZ from the rainbow community. Register your interest by filling out the form below!

Tune in to hear from essa may ranapiri, Lil O’Brien, Hera Lindsay Bird and Sam Orchard.

You’ll be able to comment with questions for the authors during the event. Alternatively, email us with any questions in advance.


2019 Past events

YouTube LIVE: Rainbow Authors 
Location: online
Hosts: Out on the Shelves
Date: Wednesday, 19 June; 4-5PM

Download the poster to promote the event here!

We are hosting a YouTube live event with two rainbow authors: NZ Trans comic artist Sam Orchard and rainbow author extraordinaire Sassafras Lowrey. Learn what it’s like to be a rainbow author, hear about their favourite books and ask questions.

Meet our Authors: Sassafras Lowrey is straight-edge punk who grew up to become the 2013 winner of the Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Award. Sassafras’ books (Kicked Out, Lost Boi, Roving Pack, Leather Ever After, and A Little Queermas Carol) have been honoured by organizations ranging from the National Leather Association to the American Library Association. Sassafras lives and writes in Portland, Oregon with hir partner, and their menagerie of dogs and cats. Learn more at

Sam Orchard writes comics and resources for and about rainbow communities. His ongoing webcomic ‘Rooster Tails’ is in its tenth year and is an autobiographical comic about his from his life as a queer transgender man. The comic explores themes of mental health, fat embodiment, nerd culture, trans lives, and caring for a food-obsessed cat. Sam is also the author of ‘Family Portraits’, a series of short comic stories that amplify the stories of intersectional identities within Aotearoa’s rainbow communities.

Join us and participate on InsideOUT’s YouTube channel.

Qtopia & Tūranga Present: Book Speed Dating!
Location: Tūranga Library, Christchurch | facebook event
Hosts: Qtopia and Tūranga Library
: Thursday, 20 June 6:30PM-8:00PM

Back by popular demand after Christchurch Pride, Qtopia Christchurch & Christchurch City Libraries Tūranga bring you: Book Speed Dating! They tell you ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’? Well, we take it back! Come and take a deeper look at Christchurch City Libraries’ Young Adult rainbow reads. Judge books based on their covers. Who knows, you might even make a love connection with a truly amazing book!