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Featherston Booktown Karukatea Festival 2022
Festival Event

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War Stories


Sunday 12 June 2022, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Kiwi Hall. $15


Finish your 2022 Featherston Booktown Karukatea Festival experience by listening to two unforgettable and hitherto untold tales from World War II – one of a daring escape by Kiwi sailors from Singapore in February 1942 as the city was about to be captured by the Japanese; and life on the edge as a young gunner with the New Zealand Division in Italy from 1943–1945.


David B Hill (Ngāpuhi/Te Tahawai), author of Close to the Wind: A Story of Escape and Survival out of the Ashes of Singapore 1942, and Neil Frances, who has published his father’s World War II diary as a book: On the Move Again: A New Zealand’s Gunner’s Italian Campaign in WW II, will share these tales of bravery, daring and endurance with former Minister of Defence, Ron Mark.