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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 why a balance between ethical considerations, safety and “just plain having fun” needs to be considered in New Zealand.

Adamson will also provide a straight-forward, easy to understand journey through each chapter in his book and briefly examine the steps in writing such a book. He has over 30 years’ experience working as an educator, a principal and a counsellor, and is currently in charge of an alternative education school in the Wairarapa,

This workshop is one of 25 events being held as part of the fourth annual Featherston Booktown, which opens on Friday May 11th with the popular Fish ‘n’ Chip Supper at ‘Rose & Smith’ at the Tauherenikau Racecourse.

The Fish n Chip Supper includes an after-dinner speech by acclaimed writer and reviewer, Kate De Goldi who writes fiction for all ages. De Goldi has been a recipient of The Michael King Fellowship and has won the New Zealand Post Children’s Book of the Year twice. Her most recent novel, From the Cutting Room of Barney Kettle, won the Esther Glen Medal at the 2016 NZ Children’s Book Awards. Featherston Booktown Patron, Ms Joy Cowley ONZ, world-famous children’s author and an active supporter of Featherston Booktown since its inception will also be in attendance.

Featherston Booktown Trust Chairman, Peter Biggs said the event has come a long way in its four years.

“We have secured solid financial backing from local authorities, national and local trusts and our community, both individuals and local businesses. As always, we deeply appreciate the whole-hearted support of the people of Featherston, especially our wonderful volunteers,” he said

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Paul Adamson – Springboard Into The Outdoors

When: Sunday 11.00am – 12.00pm

Where: The Dining Room at The Royal Hotel, 22 Revans Street

Entry: Koha

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