Have project, will travel. Creative New Zealand has some funding for authors to go to overseas festivals and similar events. From the officialese:
Priority will be given to those applications that align with Creative New Zealand’s strategic initiatives, such as the Te Manu Ka Tau international visitors’ programme, and the Focus on Asia initiative, including New Zealand’s presence as Guest of Honour at the Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) in 2015.
In addition, we anticipate building strong relationships with close neighbours Australia and key international English language festivals in the UK, Canada and the United States. The current target festivals are:
Perth Writers Festival (Feb/Mar 2015)Adelaide Festival/ Adelaide Writers' Week (Feb/Mar 2015)Sydney Writers’ Festival (May 2015)Byron Bay Writers Festival (August 2015)Melbourne Writers Festival (August 2015)Brisbane Writers Festival (September 2015)
Hay on Wye Festival (May 2015)Edinburgh International Book Festival (August 2015)The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival (October 2015)
International Festival of Authors, Harborfront Toronto (October 2015)WordFest, Calgary, Banff (October 2015)Vancouver Writers Festival (October 2015)
Man Hong Kong Literary Festival (March 2015)Singapore Writers Festival (November 2015)Ubud Writers Festival, Bali (October, 2015) Other literary festivals in the North East Asia region particularly South Korea, Taiwan, China, and Japan
Berlin International Literature Festival (September 2015)
CNZ will consider applications to attend other events in other places but “priority will be given to the festivals listed above”. Full details on how to apply at the Book Council website here. Deadline is 29 August.