The Featherston Booktown festival is a wonderful weekend of books, ideas, conversations, workshops, stories, provocation and inspiration enjoyed by all ages each year in May - this year it's from Thursday 6 May to Sunday 9 May 2021.
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.
There are always plenty of events for all ages and interests at the annual Booktown festival, celebrating everything to do with books. You can take part in workshops and interactive sessions, go to the popular book fair including stalls with rare and second hand books plus you'll be able to hear authors speak. They also host wonderful events throught the year - check out this upcoming event:
Joy Cowley's Children's Picture Book Workshop
Saturday 6 March 2021 9.30am– 4.30pm, Kiwi Hall 62 Bell Street Featherston
Joy Cowley has published more than 60 full picture books, plus over 1100 small picture books for early reading, winning awards in America and New Zealand. She has conducted writing workshops in South Africa, the USA, Brunei, Singapore, Australia, Hongkong, New Zealand, and Iceland. However, this will be Joy's last writing workshop and in it, she wants to pass on all she has learned about writing picture books for children. Cost $115 includes a full set of handouts.Morning and afternoon tea will be provided but please bring something for a shared lunch.
Here are a few book stores in town:
- For the Love of Books
- Featherston Ferret
- Messines Bookshop: Military History
- C'est Cheese for great secondhand cook books
- Loco Coffee and Books www.facebook.com/lococoffeeandbooks/
- The Dickensian Bookshop: www.thedickensianbookshop.com/
- Feather's Den at Sweet
- Chicken and Frog Bookstore