Celebrating books, storytelling and ideas
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Save the Dates: Featherston Booktown Karukatea Festival 2024
Young Readers Programme 8 - 10 May 2024 • Festival Weekend 10 - 12 May 2024
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The Dickensian Bookshop & Tea Rooms
Christmas Short Story Competition 2023
The Dickensian Bookshop & Tea Rooms invite you to enter their Christmas Short Story competition. All you have to do is write a short story with a Christmas theme. There is no entry fee for this competition.
GROUP A: Under 12 years old
Your story must be a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 1000 words.
GROUP B: Age from 12 to 17 years old
Your story must have a minimum of 1000 words and a maximum of 1500 words.
GROUP C: Any person 18 years old and older
Your story must have a minimum of 1000 words and a maximum of 2000 words)
For each group, first prize $100; second prize $40 voucher; third prize $20 voucher. Entries close 4:30 PM Sunday 17 December.
Te Ara Kai Pukapuka
We launched the Booklover’s Trail Te Ara Kai Pukapuka Audio App at the Dickensian Bookshop in Featherston on Thursday 5 October.
If you have used the App already, please take a moment to rate and review it in the Appstore and help spread the word - do tell all your friends and visitors and share it on social media. We would love to hear your stories of discovering the Wairarapa’s literary sites of interest via the App.
Ngā Mahara o te Tau o te Heamana
A Yearly Review from the Chair
Over the last year, the Featherston Booktown Trustees significantly advanced the strategic trajectory of Featherston Booktown – as set-out in the organisation’s Strategic Plan – towards our ambition to be a year-round literary development organisation seeking to grow thriving communities by inspiring people to read more, write more, cherish the craft of the book, and share stories and ideas. Check out the Chair's summary report for the year from August 2022 to August 2023 on our blog.
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 for putting together this video.
Can we ask you a favour?
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.
Would you consider helping us fill the funding gap by making a donation? We know that not everyone is in a position to do so, but every gift helps us deliver the Karukatea Festival and our other events throughout the year and supports our writers and readers.
We hope you enjoy our online events and that you come away inspired and uplifted. Thank you again for supporting Featherston Booktown.
Click on the green button below and you'll be redirected to a form on a new browser tab using POLi Pay.
Type in a donation amount and please provide your name and your email address so that we can email you receipt - as all donations are tax deductible as Featherston Booktown is a registered charity.
You may be prompted to prove you are a human by selected images from a standard Captcha 'security' feature
You will be asked to choose your NZ bank and then you'll need to supply your Internet Banking login details, the account you wish to pay from and a 'Payers' code.
...Thank you. We really do appreciate your support.