Find out more about Yarns in Barns

Yarns in Barns is Wairarapa’s Festival of Reading, and it’s back in 2020 with an eclectic range of book-themed events held in venues across the valley. Check out this short interview with the Festival’s creative director, David Hedley, to find out what you can enjoy across the region between 8-18th October 2020.

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Books & Arts – Featherston’s got it covered!

Listen again to last month’s show which features interviews with Kate Mead, Director of Operations for Featherston Booktown, Jen Olson, one of the organisers of the Wairarapa Art Sale, and local artist and entrepreneur, Emma McCleary. Featherston Booktown will take place in Featherston across the weekend of 12th-14th May 2017.  Combine your passion for books with … More Books & Arts – Featherston’s got it covered!

ReCooper8’s Christmas Special, feat. author Johanna Knox

Welcome, welcome to the ReCooper8 Christmas Special blog post, to accompany the Christmas Special ReCooper8 Broadcast, beaming out to a radio near you on: Thursday 19th December @ 8pm Sunday 22nd December @ 10pm Thursday 26th December @ 8pm on Arrow FM, 92.7FM, or click listen live right here. I’ve got a great gin-infused* show … More ReCooper8’s Christmas Special, feat. author Johanna Knox

Festive ‘Wairarapa Word’ Happenings over the weekend!

Wairarapa Word presents: SATURDAY 14 Dec – Wairarapa Word has hired a stall to offer a range of books by Wairarapa-based writers.  A good selection of children’s books, poetry, cookbooks, local history, and more.  Where?  Cobblestones Museum Market, Greytown, 10-1, free entry   SUNDAY 15 Dec – Wairarapa Word has put together a variety show, the 12 Nights of Christmas, with stories, poems, and … More Festive ‘Wairarapa Word’ Happenings over the weekend!

Interview with Christine Hunt Daniell

Just an Orange for Christmas: Stories from the Wairarapa is Christine Hunt Daniell’s latest book, which uses material from interviews with  ‘old- timers’ to (as the Harper Collins NZ website says) “preserve more than the bland surface details of regional history”. I had the pleasure of talking to Christine over a skype connection just after the … More Interview with Christine Hunt Daniell

16 Wairarapa writers in “16” for National Poetry Day, August 16

Here’s a press release from local poet and organiser of this year’s events for National Poetry Day, Madeleine Slavick.  I hope you will support this fantastic event, which is bringing local, homegrown poetry to the people:  16 Wairarapa writers in “16” for National Poetry Day, August 16 Sixteen Wairarapa writers from Cape Palliser to Pahiatua … More 16 Wairarapa writers in “16” for National Poetry Day, August 16

World Book Night – proof that you are never alone with a book!

My awesome friend Lucy, innovation specialist for the charities sector and director of LucyInnovation, is staying with us right now.  She’s visiting from the UK, having been invited to speak at the recent FINZ Conference in Wellington, and will shortly go on to Santiago to deliver a series of lectures at the University of Buenos … More World Book Night – proof that you are never alone with a book!