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, and they also host wonderful events throughout the year:
Saturday 21 Nov 4 – 5pm Kiwi Hall, Featherston
Cult pioneer of 1980's Dunedin Sound, Shayne Carter will be in conversation with Richard Langston (one of New Zealand's most experienced TV and radio journalists) about his award winning autobiography "Dead People I've Known". Get your tickets here.
Saturday 21 Nov 7–8pm Featherston Bowling Club, Fox St, Featherston
An intimate evening of poetry readings and conversations about poetry with three fine male poets - Sam Duckor-Jones, Simon Sweetman and Richard Langston who will read from their latest poetry books, two of which will be heard for the first time. Get your tickets here.
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:
- 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