Rural Romance. A Booktown Highlight.

Who said romance is dead? Certainly not Mary Scott, who was one of the first women to write romantic comedies firmly grounded in New Zealand rural life. Scott's phenomenally successful novels about life on a farm in the backblocks of New Zealand will be talked about during May’s fourth annual Featherston Booktown, a three-day literary festival celebrating everything about books and reading being held in the south Wairarapa township from May 11th – 13th. Literary critic and historian Lydia Wevers, ONZM (pictured left), will give a captivating talk about Scott’s famous novels Breakfast at Six and Dinner Doesn't Matter, and discuss the things Kiwis love about country life. Weavers is an authori

Springboard Into The Outdoors

A special workshop that encourages people to explore their mind as well as the outdoors will be a highlight during this month’s Featherston Booktown, a three-day celebration of all things to do with books and reading. Wairarapa based author Paul Adamson (pictured left), whose successful book The Beginner’s Book to Hunting and Fishing in New Zealand has been widely read by outdoor enthusiasts all around the country, will host the workshop on Sunday, 13th May at the Royal Hotel in Featherston. He will talk about how people can get started to explore the great outdoors, where they can go to find information and discuss the rules, regulations and laws around hunting and fishing. He will explain

John Campbell to Uncover Hensley's Fascinating Insight into Politics & Prime Ministers

Leading broadcaster John Campbell (pictured) will interview one of New Zealand’s most distinguished public servants, Gerald Hensley, during next month’s Featherston Booktown, a three-day literary festival celebrating everything to do with books and reading. In conversation with Campbell, Hensley will describe fascinating encounters with world leaders and explore memories of the personalities of former New Zealand Prime Ministers. At the event, to be held at the Featherston RSA on Saturday, 12th May, the interview will trace Hensley’s career which began in 1958 when he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and served in Samoa before holding positions at the United Nations, in Washington DC a

Treat Mum to 'Tea' at Booktown this Mother's Day

Do something different this Mother’s Day (Sunday 13 May) with mum that she’ll remember forever. Treat mum to a ‘Devonshire Tea’ at Featherston Booktown and enjoy a performance of Playshop Fairy Tales, before taking time to leisurely browse the eclectic selection of books, both new and old, at Featherston’s Kiwi Hall located within the ANZAC Hall complex 62 Bell Street. Country Tea & Cakes, a regular feature at Booktown, will be back again this year proudly supported by The Country Cooking School and a host of volunteers co-ordinated by Mrs Mary Biggs. “We’ve assembled the talent of several serious home cooks from around the Wairarapa to present delicious home-made cakes, scones and biscu

Featherston Booktown 2018 - Dates Announced

The fourth annual Featherston Booktown will be held 11 - 13 May, 2018 and promises ‘the most exciting programme yet’ according to Featherston Booktown Trust Chairman, Peter Biggs. The annual three day literary celebration featuring 25 events, is expected to draw 3,000 people to the Wairarapa, and will kick-off with the popular Featherston Booktown Fish ‘n’ Chip Supper, now a tradition and which attracts over 200 people, on 11 May at ‘Rose & Smith’ at the Tauherenikau Racecourse. The South Wairarapa is home to several successful authors, poets and literary scholars and Featherston is known for its array of second hand book shops. At the last count, there are now six book shops in the vibrant

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