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Big Book Bash coming to Carterton


BIG BOOK BASH is a festival of 25 free activities for kids, teens, and adults, with 30 authors and illustrators of the Wairarapa and Wellington coming to Carterton for the day, Saturday 2nd December, 11am - 6pm.

The 7-hour festival will lead participants through different aspects of stories and books, creating fun-filled experiences throughout the day and into the summer’s evening.

BIG BOOK BASH Wairarapa & Wellington Kids & Youth Festival will be held in four venues, all on Holloway Street in Carterton, Wairarapa: Carterton District Library, Events Centre, Plunket Rooms, and Carterton Courthouse.

Here's a taste of the programme: Go behind the scenes of Annual 2 and enjoy Melting Moments with Kate De Goldi and Susan Paris; Traveling Zine Museum with Murtle Chickpea; Paper Bag Dogs with Fifi Colston and Anne Manchester; Ngāti Kahungunu stories with Rawiri Smith; Events with two young writers, Ben Spies (age 12) and Zed (age 15); Writing workshop for teens & adults with Mandy Hager; Poems of Protest and the Environment with Tim Jones and Harvey Molloy; Sci-fi / Fantasy workshop with Eileen Mueller; Going to Antarctica with Philippa Werry; Ginomee hats and stories with Ali Foster; Rainbow storytelling with drag queens La Quisha St Redfern and Pamela Hancock; Drawing with Rhondda Greig; Readings and arts and crafts with Alan Bagnell, Paul Beavis, Gillian Candler, Mary McCallum, Michelle O’Connell and Christine Parker; and a storytelling finale with Marama Fox.

Ali Foster, an author involved in the planning, says, "BIG BOOK BASH stems from two main ideas – to bring books closer to children, with real-life authors and illustrators coming to tell stories and lead many fun and free activities; and also to bring authors and illustrators from the Wairarapa and Wellington closer together as we often work and create alone, and with the mountains between us."

All events are free but Koha is very much appreciated.

Registration is advised for the workshops. Please go to the Carterton Library website:

Visit the Big Book Bash Facebook page for updates:

BIG BOOK BASH is presented by Wairarapa Word, in association with the Wairarapa Library Service, Wellington City Libraries, Almo’s Books and Mākaro Press, and is supported through the Carterton Creative Communities Scheme.

ABOUT WAIRARAPA WORD: Wai Word has been providing fun, friendly and stimulating entertainment since 2012 — book fairs, meet-the-author sessions, singer-songwriter events, open mics, poetry readings, book launches, National Poetry Day events, Yarns and Barns events, the 2017 BIG BOOK BASH, and more. Almo’s Books (Tel 06 379 7103) acts as the headquarters, with monthly events held at various Wairarapa venues.


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