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Featherston Booktown Karukatea Festival 2021

Throughout the Weekend

Bookseller Stalls

SATURDAY 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM & SUNDAY 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, ANZAC HALL

Booksellers of second-hand, self-published and antiquarian books from around New Zealand fill up the Anzac Hall over the Festival to offer you exquisite moments of fossicking for your future reading pleasure.

Pop UP Poetry

Poets pop-up in the Anzac Hall throughout the day on Saturday, reading a poem or two of their own, and a poem they've plucked from the tables of our booksellers.

 

Catch them while you can. 

10:15 AM    Michael Fitzsimons

11:15 AM    Paula Green

11:45 AM    Richard Langston
12:15 PM    Simon Sweetman

1:15 PM      Jackson Nieuwland
2:15 PM     Helen Rickerby
2:45 PM     Vana Manasiadis

3:15 PM     Sam Duckor Jones
4:15 PM     Ben Brown

Country Tea & Cakes

SATURDAY & SUNDAY 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, SUPPER ROOM, ANZAC HALL COMPLEX 
 

Our tea rom in the Anzac Hall is a vital element of the magic that is the Featherston Booktown Festival. All the food is lovingly handmade and served by a group of local volunteers who've supported the Festival in this wonderful way since the very beginning. Their club sandwiches, cheese scones, cupcakes and slices are legendary.

Wellington Zine Fest
@ Featherston Booktown

SATURDAY 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM & SUNDAY 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

FEATHERSTON SCHOOL HALL 

Wellington Zinefest are excited to make their first trip over the hill for the Featherston Booktown Karukatea Festival where they will be available for chats, zine selling, making and swapping.

Sign the Handmade Featherston Booktown Karukatea Festival 2021 Visitors' Book

SATURDAY & SUNDAY 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, SUPPER ROOM, ANZAC HALL COMPLEX 

The 2021 Featherston Booktown Festival Visitors’ Book – made from locally sourced harakeke fibres by Rob Kennedy and 2019’s papermaking workshop participants and bound by Anna Whitehead – will be on display in the Supper Room of the Anzac Hall building for you to view and sign.

Featherston Saturday Market

SATURDAY 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM, 33 FITZHERBERT STREET 
 

Featherston Market runs every Saturday, rain or shine, from 7:30am to nearly 2pm, providing fresh produce, fine food producers, innovative creators and much more. Take in the great atmosphere, amazing food and community spirit. You’ll find the market at 33 Fitzherbert Street, through the gates at the back of the Lang's carpark, beside The Baker.

Featherston Menzshed Squircle Market

SATURDAY 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, FEATHERSTON TOWN SQUARE
 

By special request, the Menzshed of Featherston is holding a market in the Featherston Town Square on Saturday, 8 May. Come by and check out the arts and crafts displayed by our fantastic stallholders. All money raised is channelled back into the community. Everyone welcome!

Mini-Fell Rides

SATURDAY & SUNDAY 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, CLIFFORD SQUARE (WEATHER PERMITTING) 

Interest in miniature trains is huge and world-wide. Discover the joy of riding the rail on a mini-reproduction of an historic Fell engine – great fun for adults and children alike. Then pop over the road to the Fell Engine Museum and see the last remaining Fell engine in the

world. Expand your understanding of this fascinating piece of our history by talking to like-minded enthusiasts. The museum is located on the corner of State Highway 2 and Lyon Street in the centre ofFeatherston.

Children's Treasure Trail

The literary treasure trail through the main street is now a tradition. Over the Festival weekend, we encourage you to study the shop windows, looking for clues about books. Quiz forms are available from the Featherston Library and the town's seven Bookshops. Find clues, fill in the form and return it completed to the Library. Prizes, naturally, are parcels of books, and we’ll contact the winners and arrange delivery after the weekend.

 Joy Cowley Local Schools' Writing Challenge Display

Stories, written and illustrated by our local children on a topic set by acclaimed children’s writer, Joy Cowley, will be displayed around Featherston, including inside shops and throughout the AnzacHall building. Can you spot your child’s work?

© 2021 Featherston Booktown Trust, New Zealand Charity Registration Number CC52369

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