Featherston Booktown

 July Booktown

Featherston Booktown is back! Don't miss their  “Words in Winter” a series of drawcard literary events through to August in Featherston. Check out all the details.

On Friday 10 July, newly honoured CNZM, Elizabeth Knox will be in Featherston.  Elizabeth will be in conversation with broadcaster, writer and chicken fancier, Noelle McCarthy on her internationally bestselling book:  The Absolute Book.

Friday, 10 July at 6:00pm The Adam’s Ballroom at Longwood Country Estate, 78 Longwood East Road, South Featherston

Peta Mathias – Gala Afternoon Tea.

Join the ever-popular Peta Mathias – cook, raconteur, traveller, writer, singer, and TV star at a Gala Afternoon Tea and exclusive fundraising event for Featherston Booktown, limited to 50 people. Peta will be doing a cooking demonstration, tasting, and reading from her new book, Eat Your Heart Out: Love Stories from Around the World.  

 Peta Mathias 

Saturday 11 July from 2:00pm – 4:00pm. The Supper Room in the Anzac Hall, 62 Bell Street, Featherston

National Poetry Day – Open Mic extravaganza Friday 21 August at 6:00pm  The Royal Hotel, 22 Revans Street, Featherston

Celebrate the place of words and poetry with an open mic poetry event.  A line-up of renowned, award-winning, and up and coming New Zealand poets, think Helen Rickerby, Jordan Hamel and Tayi Tibble will perform and we’re calling local poets from Featherston and the Wairarapa to stand up at the mic too. 

Featherston Booktown bookshops will be holding events and poetry writing competitions during National Poetry day and over the weekend.

Tickets available from the Masterton or Martinborough  i-SITEs or on Eventfinda  


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. 

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. 

Here are a few book stores in town: