Featherston Booktown

Featherston Booktown Festival 2021

The sixth Featherston Booktown festival is a wonderful weekend of books, ideas, conversations, workshops, stories, provocation and inspiration enjoyed by all ages from Thursday 6 May to Sunday 9 May 2021. 

This year's programme features a literary line-up of 55 events, including 99 presenters including such a diverse range of events that there'll be something for everyone. See the full programme here. 

Get your Tickets
You can get your tickets from Eventfinda here or pop into the Martinborough or Masterton i-SITES. Be quick as events do sell-out!

Festival Highlights
Many favourite events are back this year such as the opening night Fish'n'Chip Supper, the popular Mother's Day Afternoon Tea and the early morning Who's on the Couch sessions. Other highlights include Show Ponies, Hear Me Roar and the Poetry Collision - which will confirm that poetry can be hilarious and very cool. 

There'll be workshops for those keen to improve their journal keeping, learn to self-publish or print posters, make a zine, or find their "joy" in poetry. And among all the book reading, there will be book buying with more than 20 booksellers setting up stalls in Featherston's ANZAC Hall, as well as markets, running of the mini fell engine, a children's treasure trail, and pop-up poetry events about town.

Local school children will be treated to several free events before the official festival opening, including the chance to "speed date" an author, be inspired by an illustrator and writer, or take part in a slam poetry session with some of NZ's best slam poets. 

Then it's two full-on days of book-related events ranging from the hugely hilarious to the deeply serious with writers of all types, illustrators, printers, zine-makers, bookbinders, papermakers, podcasters and even crafters sharing how they do what they do, and why. See the full programme here.

What is a Booktown?
Featherston is one of only 22 accredited Booktowns in the world, and the only one in New Zealand. Criteria for international Booktown status include having a certain number of book shops in the local community, (Featherston has seven and counting) and hold a regular book festival. 

Here are the book stores in town:

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