About the Festival
The Whanganui Literary Festival is a vibrant biennial writers and readers festival with a lifestyle theme. It was formed by former chairperson Joan Rosier-Jones, and a group of Trustees. As a 'boutique' festival, attending a reading or lecture by one of our guest writers is an up-close experience, giving you the personal contact with writers that the larger festivals don't. The last Festival was in September 2013 and the next one is in September 2015.
Previous writers who have appeared at the Festival include: Witi Ihimaera, Grant Smithies, Gregory O'Brien, Jo Bennett, Judith White, Elizabeth Knox, Bill Manhire, Glenn Colquhoun, Gordon McLachlan, Brett McKenzie, Joseph Romanos and more. Click here to read more about the history of the Festival.
Congratulations on putting the whole thing together. I could not have been more warmly and generously looked after.
Joe Bennett, speaker, 2013