Featherston Booktown Karukatea 2022


The Featherston Booktown festival is a wonderful event filled with books, ideas, conversations, workshops, stories, provocation and inspiration enjoyed by all ages from 10 - 12 June 2022. 

With a line-up of more than one hundred presenters and fifty events, Featherston, New Zealand's only Booktown, is getting ready to welcome visitors to the Wairarapa for another outstanding literary weekend. 

Take a look at the Festival Programme here. This year's line-up is incredible so make sure you secure your tickets now.

Some festival highlights include:

The Fish'n'Chip Supper
Friday 10 June from 6.15pm at the Anzac Hall, with the with inspiring after-dinner speaker, the legendary writer Witi Ihimaera.
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Late Nite Lit
Friday 10 June from 10pm with Moana Leota and Her Band: Poets Before Me.
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Hear Me Roar!
Saturday 11 June from 6.30pm at the Property Brokers Sports Hub. Funny, provoking and uplifting poetry from Ash Davida Jane, Rachel O'Neill, Maggie Rainey-Smith, Kirsten Le Harivel, Selina Tusitala Marsh and Rebecca Hawkes.
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50 Years of Read New Zealand Te Pou Muramura
Saturday 11 June from 8pm at the Property Brokers Sports Hub. A stellar line-up of some of Aotearoa New Zealand's most distinguished writers - Renée, Joy Cowley, Selina Tusitala Marsh, Witi Ihimaera, Owen Marshall, and Ben Brown, moderated Chair of Featherston Booktown, Peter Biggs.
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Mrs Blackwell's High Tea
Sunday 12 June at the Property Brokers Sports Hub. Sit, nibbling dainty sweet and savoury morsels, mimosas, and listening to garden guru Lynda Hallinan, poet Jenny Bornholdt, and traditional Rongoā Māori health practitioner Arihia Latham on our Love for the Garden with Rob Kelly, former producer at RNZ and curator of the Book Quiz, moderating.
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This is just a snippet of the incredible programme. Don't miss out on your tickets. 
View the programme and purchase tickets.

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.

For book hunters and lovers of books, Booktown will be welcoming visiting booksellers to the Booksellers Hall in the Anzac Hall over the weekend.
Plus there are top book stores throughout Featherston: