Upcoming Events​

The best booksellers in Wairarapa have come together to give you the ultimate book-lovers day out!

Join us for NZ Bookshop Day, 2022.

One of the (many) great things about Wairarapa is we have 13 fantastic bookshops all within 30 minutes - or less - drive of one and other, so it's entirely possible for you to hop around all 13 bookshops in a single day!

Wairarapa Bookshop Hop

Saturday, October 8th 2022

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Rooms​: Portraits of Remarkable New Zealand Interirors - with photographer Jane Ussher and her publisher Nicola Legat

Saturday, 5 November 2022 

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Doors open at 4:00 PM,

Longwood, 78 Longwood East Rd, South Featherston
$25 plus booking fees

Featherston Booktown is delighted to invite you to enjoy a glass of wine in the exclusive ambiance of Longwood and listen to renowned photographer Jane Ussher and her publisher discuss the fascinating interiors that burst from the pages of Jane’s sumptuous new book, Rooms: Portraits of Remarkable New Zealand Interiors.


Jane Ussher MNZM is one of New Zealand’s most significant documentary and portrait photographers. Nicola Legat ONZM is a New Zealand publisher and journalist and is currently the Publisher at Massey University Press.

“Over the years Jane has shot interiors ranging from Shackleton’s Antarctic huts to highly specified mansions. In Rooms: Portraits of Remarkable New Zealand Interiors Jane focuses her camera on a range of rooms that she considers to be beautiful, intriguing, distinctive, and unique. Shot in a range of locations across New Zealand, the result is a mix of World of Interiors and the special panache that can only be found in Aotearoa.”

The gates at 78 Longwood East Road will open at 4:00 PM for parking. In Longwood’s Adam Room, stop at the cash bar to purchase a delicious Big Sky Wine, a Mela apple juice, or sparkling water. Complimentary snacks at the grazing table will feature Featherston’s award-winning Remutaka Pass Cheeses, and the stage is set by the fabulous proprietors of Wicked Secret Emporium - an interior design store to die for, housed in the former Tin Hut building in Tauherenikau. Sue Ryan of Mr Feather's Den will be sellingRooms and Jane will sign books after the event.

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Featherston Booktown and Property Brokers Featherston present Nici Wickes and Nicky Pellegrino, and the delicious Artisan Food Fair

Saturday, 19 November 2022 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM 

Anzac Hall, 62 Bell St, Featherston, $20 plus booking fees

Property Brokers Artisan Food Fair is FREE and runs from 12:00 Noon - 3:00 PM

It’s Toast Martinborough weekend, and Featherston Booktown and Property Brokers Featherston are proud to present an hour-long conversation between wildly successful food writer Nici Wickes, and best-selling author Nicky Pellegrino. 

Also, the glorious Property Brokers Artisan Food Fair is back! It’s the most mouth-watering, enticing afternoon out, full of local specialist food producers and exciting talent. Enjoy browsing the Property Brokers Artisan Food Fair at your leisure from 12:00 Noon to 3:00 PM, and get your tickets on Eventfinda to see Nici Wickes and Nicky Pellegrino’s exciting event at 3:00 PM.

Nici Wickes writes and publishes cookbooks and is a broadcaster, food stylist, recipe developer (Women’s Weekly) and food editor (Viva, NZ Herald). She’ll be showcasing her latest cookbook A Quiet Kitchen. In it, she shares her favourite lockdown recipes, reflects on living solo and loving it, and how she managed menopause while working. She’s all about cooking that tastes incredible, and is low-fuss and confidence-building. “I just love showing others how easy it is to cook something absolutely amazing.” She did just that during lockdown, posting videos on social media of herself making dinner, encouraging people to create nice meals for themselves.


Nicky Pellegrino is a best-selling novelist who has written eleven books based in Italy. “They are filled with food, friendship, love and the kinds of people who will feel like they’re your friends.” Born in Liverpool, she spent childhood summers with her extended family in southern Italy. Her stories are full of memories of those summers in Italy: the passions, the feuds, and mainly the food. With her new book Don’t Sweat It, Nicky takes her readers on a new adventure – through menopause. “I worked in female-dominated offices for years.  My colleagues talked about their pregnancies and their PMS… but never did I ever hear anybody mention that they were menopausal,” she says. 

Nici and Nicky’s books will be availble for sale and signing after their talk.


The Property Brokers Artisan food producers:  It’s a dream day for foodies! Before you hear Nici and Nicky chat about cooking and life, browse through some of the most outstanding artisan food stalls around. The Wairarapa artisan food suppliers will be selling their products in the Kiwi Hall and Supper room. With just a month before Christmas, The Property Brokers Artisan Food Fair is your solution for hard to buy for friends and family as well as your like-minded foodie friends.  

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Featherston Booktown BOT AGM 2022: 
The Chair's Overview

August 11 2022


A summary report over the last 12 months for Featherston Booktown from the Board of Trustees' Chair, Peter Biggs.

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About Featherston Booktown 

Booktowns are an international phenomenon, celebrating books, from their stories through to their paper, glue and ink.


Featherston is now a fully-fledged, internationally recognised Booktown.

Special thanks to Pete Monk (petemonk.com) for putting together the video.

Featherston's Bookstores

For full details about our town's seven all year round bookmongers, visit our Bookstores page.

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Featherston Booktown is a charity and in a normal year ticket sales make up a substantial part of our income. Recently, however, Covid restrictions mean our box office revenue has been severely reduced, while many of our costs are fixed.

We have also decided not to charge for events that are shown online as we want to make sure that any of our events are open to the widest possible audience.

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