Featherston Booktown 2020 Festival Weekend
Friday 8th - Sunday 10th May 2020
November 1, 7:00-8:00pm
An Evening with Sarah Moss
Author of Ghost Wall (in conversation with Mary McCallum)

Friday 1st November in the Function room at the Royal Hotel. Tickets $18 from eventfinda.co.nz

Featherston Booktown is delighted to host UK author, Sarah Moss, in conversation with publisher and South Wairarapa resident, Mary McCallum, about her latest book: Ghost Wall. 

Sarah writes hard-to-put- down fiction for young adults and adults alike and she is the author of Cold Earth, Night Waking, Bodies of Light, Signs for Lost Children and The Tidal Zone. She has been shortlisted for The WellcomeBook Prize three times as well as the RSL Ondaatje Prize for her non-fiction account of living in Iceland. Three of her books have been Mumsnet Book club choices. She is a professor of Creative Writing at Warwick University.

Friday 8th November in the Function room at the Royal Hotel. Tickets $18 from eventfinda.co.nz

Featherston Booktown, in conjunction with Verb Wellington and Scottish Books International, is excited to present three male poets of world standard. Poets Omar Musa, Michael Pedersen and Dominic Hoey will come together from different parts of the globe to entertain us with their original and distinctive creativity. 

Omar Musa is an Australian author, rapper and poet who has released four hip-hop records, three poetry books and his novel Here Come the Dogs was longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award last year. 

Michael Pedersen is a prize-winning poet, writer and animator awarded ‘2018 Writer of the Year’ at the Scottish Cultural Awards. We are very grateful to the Scottish Books Industry for enabling Michael’s visit to New Zealand.

Dominic Hoey is an author, playwright and poet based in Tamaki Makaurau. In a former life, Dominic was an MC battle and slam-poetry champion. He’s performed his spoken word poetry in Australia, Europe, England, Japan and America.

A message from the Chair after Featherston Booktown Festival 2019

Kia ora koutou,


What a wonderful weekend of books, ideas, conversations, workshops, stories, provocation and inspiration at the 2019 Featherston Booktown Festival. We had 6,000 visitors, our 16 Booksellers did a roaring trade, every event was either sold out or close to. Thank you to all our wonderful writers and presenters, to our amazing volunteers, to the Booksellers, to our supporters and patrons, to the Featherston Booktown Board of Trustees - and to the Featherston community.


The photo above, taken by one of our volunteers, Ron Ainsbury, captures beautifully the spirit of Featherston Booktown. Thanks, Ron!


Ngā mihi


Peter Biggs CNZM

Chair: Featherston Booktown Trust

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