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Featherston Booktown Karukatea Festival 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 over 7,000 visitors to the Wairarapa for another outstanding literary weekend over 8-12 June.

Featherston Booktown is Aotearoa New Zealand’s most intense and welcoming celebration of the artefact of the book – writing them, designing them, publishing them, illustrating them, printing them, and selling them. Booklovers come from all over the country to experience the wonder and expanding power of books and writers. The whole town of Featherston becomes the venue for the Festival and the entire community welcomes our presenters and writers and makes them feel at home.

The seventh Featherston Booktown Karukatea 2022 Festival kicks off on Friday 10 June with the now famous Fish’n’Chip supper - with guest speaker the acclaimed writer, Witi Ihimaera. The rest of the weekend will be filled with stellar writers and literary entertainment, starting with Late Nite Lit’s singing sensation Moana Leota and her band putting poetry to music. Brains will buzz all weekend with talks by literary heavyweights, including Dame Fiona Kidman, Patricia Grace, Owen Marshall, Victor Rodger, Roger Hall, Joy Cowley and Selina Tusitala Marsh. There will be red-hot poetry readings, a celebration of Asian-Kiwi writers, political autobiographies, horror stories in a historic hotel, award-winning children’s book illustrators, and discussions on honest and bold memoirs like Megan Dunn’s What I Learned At Art School, and Noelle McCarthy’sGrand.

A highlight will be a tribute to the legendary writers – Witi Ihimaera, Selina Tusitala Marsh, Owen Marshall, Joy Cowley, Renée and Ben Brown – who have delivered the Read NZ Te Pou Muramura (formerly the New Zealand Book Council) Lecture/Pānui on Saturday evening 11 June.  There will also be a strong focus on the Lord of the Rings trilogy twenty years on from the first New Zealand screenings of the Peter Jackson directed films, including a Lord of the Rings quiz.

Events

Hints for a New Writer with Joy Cowley

Hints for a New Writer with Joy Cowley

Greytown Town Centre (Library), Greytown, Wairarapa

Wed 8 Jun 11:00am
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Featherston Booktown Opening Night: Fish'n'Chip Supper

Featherston Booktown Opening Night: Fish'n'Chip Supper

Featherston Anzac Hall, Featherston, Wairarapa

Fri 10 Jun 6:15pm
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Late Nite Lit: Moana Leota and her band - Poets Before Me

Late Nite Lit: Moana Leota and her band - Poets Before Me

Kiwi Hall, Featherston, Wairarapa

Fri 10 Jun 10:00pm
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Friday Campfire Tales

Friday Campfire Tales

The Royal Hotel, Featherston, Wairarapa

Fri 10 Jun 10:00pm
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Who's on the Couch? Witi Ihimaera

Who's on the Couch? Witi Ihimaera

Kiwi Hall, Featherston, Wairarapa

Sat 11 Jun 9:00am
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The Lighthouse Princess with Illustrator Rose Northey
Celebrating the Joy of Fandom with the One Room Fan Museum

Celebrating the Joy of Fandom with the One Room Fan Museum

Featherston Anzac Hall, Featherston, Wairarapa

Sat 11 Jun 10:00am – more dates
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Off the Page

Off the Page

The Dickensian Bookshop, Featherston, Wairarapa

Sat 11 Jun 10:10am
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Off the Page (2)

Off the Page (2)

Messines Bookshop, Featherston, Wairarapa

Sat 11 Jun 2:10pm
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Book Binding Workshop

Book Binding Workshop

St Teresa's Catholic Primary School, Featherston, Wairarapa

Sat 11 Jun 10:30am
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From Page to Screen

From Page to Screen

Kiwi Hall, Featherston, Wairarapa

Sat 11 Jun 11:00am
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Author Spotlight: Megan Dunn and Noelle McCarthy on Memoir

Author Spotlight: Megan Dunn and Noelle McCarthy on Memoir

Waimarie Eatery & Bar, Featherston, Wairarapa

Sat 11 Jun 11:00am
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Stories Off the Beaten Track

Stories Off the Beaten Track

The Royal Hotel, Featherston, Wairarapa

Sat 11 Jun 11:00am
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Antiquarian Book Roadshow

Antiquarian Book Roadshow

St Teresa's Church Hall, Featherston, Wairarapa

Sat 11 Jun 11:00am
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Wood is Good

Wood is Good

St Teresa's Catholic Primary School, Featherston, Wairarapa

Sat 11 Jun 11:00am
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A Clear Dawn

A Clear Dawn

Waimarie Eatery & Bar, Featherston, Wairarapa

Sat 11 Jun 1:00pm
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Carol Markwell on the Extraordinary Life of Blanche Baughan

Carol Markwell on the Extraordinary Life of Blanche Baughan

Royal Hotel, Featherston, Wairarapa

Sat 11 Jun 1:00pm
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Ulysses, the Story of a Book

Ulysses, the Story of a Book

St Teresa's Church Hall, Featherston, Wairarapa

Sat 11 Jun 1:00pm
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Alan Dingley: Story Builders Workshop for 8-12 year olds
Poems Against Sustainability

Poems Against Sustainability

Dorset Square, Featherston, Wairarapa

Sat 11 Jun 1:00pm – more dates
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