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Featherston’s Booktown – more than just books

CAL ROBERTS
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Calling all readers, writers, browsers and cover judges: Featherston is set to host the fourth annual Booktown festival in a month’s time.
About 30 events make up this year’s festival as well as a massive book sale on May 11-13, which will showcase Featherston and celebrate all things related to the written word and more.
Friday evening at the Tauherenikau Racecourse, chef Dale Keith is whipping up a “Fish ’n Chip Supper” where Kate De Goldi, two-time winner of the New Zealand Post Children’s book of the year award, will speak.
A bus will run from Featherston to the racecourse.
Award-winning poet Te Kahu Rolleston will be running a workshop on Saturday.
“Behold My Cool Style” aims to change the way young people think about poetry and the written word.
On Saturday evening, festival-goers can witness the emotional rollercoaster that is “True Stories (Told Live)”.
Described as “storytelling at its best”, there will be six speakers at The Royal Hotel’s dining room, each presenting a true story for up to eight minutes.
The storytellers — Catherine Robertson [best-selling novelist, reviewer and commentator], Tom Scott [satirist, cartoonist, playwright, author], Emily Writes [writer, reviewer
and blogger], Chris Tse [poet, blogger and actor], Victor Rodger [playwright, provocateur and actor] and Paul Adamson [writer, hunter, fisher and teacher] — will have no aids, just their recollection and descriptive prowess to captivate the audience.
Speakers include writers, cartoonists, poets and playwrights.
Booktown patron and legendary children’s author Joy Cowley will read to festival-goers at the Royal Hotel on Sunday afternoon and will stay back for a chat and to sign some books.
For up to date information and pricing for festival events, visit booktown.org.nz

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