'Low-key glamorous' fish and chips and literature, late-night poetry in intimate settings, and workshops to bring out your own inner poet. It's all on offer at this year's Featherston Booktown, alongside a healthy dose of jazz, book shopping, delicious food and wine, and talks about science, parenting, historical writing, journalism and much more.
Also on offer: an extensive children's programme, including writing, art and YA workshops, listening to Joy Cowley read her books, theatre, craft and a magic show.
Featherston Booktown Festival operations manager Mary Biggs says the event is for anyone who loves to read, write, create, imagine and be surrounded by books.
“We’re thrilled to have such a great range of authors coming to Featherston for the festival, and whether you’re into historical literature, illustrated novels, page-turning thrillers or tales about life in New Zealand, there really is something for everyone.
“The festival is now in its fifth year and some events are back by popular demand, while others are new to the programme,” says Mary.
“Innovations include a Mother’s Day afternoon tea on the Sunday with five extraordinary women writers, Late Nite Lit – with writers reading their work in intimate surroundings, special children’s reading sessions with Joy Cowley, Who’s on the Couch? breakfast events and the always popular True Stories Told Live.
“We are also thrilled to have a record number of booksellers at Featherston Booktown this year, offering a wide range of books for sale.”
The full programme for Featherston's 5th Booktown Festival Weekend was launched at an event on 4 April 2019 at the Featherston RSA.
Tickets will be available via Eventfinda, and children’s events and activities will be free/koha.
Copies of the programme can be picked up from various locations around Featherston and beyond including bookstores, libraries, cafés and Wairarapa information centres.
You can also view an online copy of the full programme.
Wairarapa has lots to offer as a destination, quite apart from this fabulous festival. Destination Wairarapa can help with booking accomodation and answering any questions about the region.
Featherston itself has lots of great things to see and do, including an extremely good cheese shop Cést Cheese, the Fell Locomotive Museum, Remutaka Rail Trail and top-notch shopping and vineyards in nearby Greytown and Martinborough.
Below: Last year's Fish'n'Chip Supper event. Photo: Pete Monk.