Close
 

Rural Featherston becomes an international ‘Book Town’

  • News
  • April 15, 2015
  • Elly Strang
Rural Featherston becomes an international ‘Book Town’

The IOBT was founded in Wales in the UK to be a model of rural development and tourism.

The residents of book towns make their town a destination for all things book-related through selling, reading, writing, printing, illustrating and publishing them.

In return, the town becomes a tourism destination.

Take other book towns’ transformations, says the chairman of Creative Featherston, Lincoln Gould. Gould is also the chief executive of Booksellers New Zealand.

He says Wigtown in Scotland started out with just one bookshop in town, and now has 15 bookshops or shops related to books.

Clunes in Australia (pictured above) was a rundown rural town that had “seen better days,” Gould says, but after becoming a book town, the town now sees 15,000 to 20,000 people attend its yearly festival.

“That’s the idea of a book town,” Gould says.

 “You take a small, down-at-heel village or town which has historic connections and you turn those advantages into an opportunity for economic revival around the artefact of the book.”

Lincoln Gould

Featherston currently only has one second-hand bookshop, but Gould wants that number to grow significantly.

The town has the historic chops needed to be one of the book towns, which usually develop in areas with historic interest or scenic beauty.

It is rich in history, as it was home to a major military training camp in WWI. The camp later became a prisoner-of-war camp in WWII.

It also has the Fell Engine Museum, which has the only Fell engine in the world, leftover from the days of the Rimutaka Incline Railway.

“We have a town of historic interest within a large area of scenic beauty,” Gould says.

“Now we want to establish Featherston as a centre where people will visit to browse and buy books, engage with authors, bookbinders, restorers and other book-related craftspeople.”

To progress to the next stage of book town membership, Featherston needs to establish itself as a community that’s passionate about books.

A book town festival has been planned for October 17 and 18 to create the opportunity for other bookshops to open in Featherston, as well as artisan workshops, like bookbinding.

Invitations have been sent to second-hand and antiquarian bookshops and authors around New Zealand to display their goods and take part in the festival.

Booksellers that are on board already for the event include For the Love of Books, Hedleys, Quilters and Arty Bees.

There will also be bookbinding workshops, readings at the Featherston Library and theatre performances at the event.

Gould says it’ll be an economic development opportunity for the town if more second-hand bookshops and artisan workshops are established.

“We want to become New Zealand’s book town in the same way Clunes and Wigtown have become major booktowns in their countries,” he says.

There are 17 other book towns worldwide, including booktowns in Korea, Finland and Italy.

Check out Finland's cool little book town below:

​ ​

This is a community discussion forum. Comment is free but please respect our rules:

  1. Don’t be abusive or use sweary type words
  2. Don’t break the law: libel, slander and defamatory comments are forbidden
  3. Don’t resort to name-calling, mean-spiritedness, or slagging off
  4. Don’t pretend to be someone else.

If we find you doing these things, your comments will be edited without recourse and you may be asked to go away and reconsider your actions.
We respect the right to free speech and anonymous comments. Don’t abuse the privilege.

 

Military-style semi-automatics ban announced

  • News
  • March 21, 2019
  • The Register team
Military-style semi-automatics ban announced

As of 3pm on March 21, a wide range of semi-automatic weapons have been reclassified under section 74A(c) of the Arms Act as requiring an E endorsement on a firearms license. This means they can no longer be sold to those with A-category gun licenses, and their purchase now requires police approval.

Read more
 
 

Retailers gather for insights at NZ Retail and The Register's breakfast

  • News
  • March 21, 2019
  • The Register
Retailers gather for insights at NZ Retail and The Register's breakfast

NZ Retail and The Register’s sales and marketing breakfast saw dozens of Kiwi retailers come together to network, sharing tips and tricks and absorbing expert advice.

Read more
 
 

Who stole Christmas?

  • News
  • March 21, 2019
  • Kelly Withers
Who stole Christmas?

Results are starting to trickle in from Christmas 2018/2019, and for many retailers, they're a little disappointing. Paydar chief executive and co-founder Kelly Withers explores the data.

Read more
 

Social scoreboard

Zavy and The Register have worked together to create a scoreboard that compares how the top 25 traditional media advertising spenders in New Zealand have performed on social media over the past 30 days, updated in real time.

 
topics
Concept to closet
Business coverage of New Zealand Fashion Week.
Town centres
A positive retail environment over the past 12 ...
Amazon Arrival
Keeping up with all things Amazon as it ...
The Retail Yearbook 2017
As we battle our way through the busiest ...
Hospitality enhancing retail
Some think food and integrated hospitality offerings will ...
The future is bright
We spoke with four retailers in their twenties ...
Spotlight on signage
At first glance, the humble in-store sign might ...
Red Awards 2016
The Red Awards for retail interior design celebrate ...
Auckland Unitary Plan
Auckland is changing. The Unitary Plan will decide ...
How to open a store
Sarah Dunn considers what it would take to ...
All things to all people
Kiwi retailers share their omnichannel strategies.
Rising stars
Retail's top young achievers.
Delivering on your promises
The sale isn't over until your item is ...
Retail in heartland New Zealand
Retailers keep the regions pumping, but how strong ...
Sisterhood
Women in retail help one another. We spoke ...
The changing face of retail
Shifting demographics are creating big changes in New ...
The retail yearbook
With the help of experts in the retail ...
Retail rogues
We put the spotlight on staff training. Jai ...
Here come the giants
Topshop has arrived in Auckland’s CBD, David Jones ...
Window shopping: A spotlight on social media
Sarah Dunn and Elly Strang look at how ...
From retail to e-tail
Ecommerce has become part of the way mainstream ...
Loyalty in the digital age
How are retailers maintaining loyalty? Sarah Dunn, Elly ...
The Innovators | In partnership with Spark Business
Technology is rapidly changing the retail industry as ...
 

Chinese businesspeople raise millions for Christchurch victims

  • News
  • March 21, 2019
  • Radio New Zealand
Chinese businesspeople raise millions for Christchurch victims

A group of visiting Chinese businesspeople have raised $2.35 million for victims of the Christchurch mass shooting.

Read more
 
 
News

The Retail NZ Awards: What does it take to be a winning retailer?

Take this time to shine with the upcoming Retail NZ awards, a chance to show the retail industry what makes your business stand out. No ...

 

Hunting & Fishing New Zealand voluntarily pulls military-style assault weapons from sale

  • News
  • March 20, 2019
  • Sarah Dunn
Hunting & Fishing New Zealand voluntarily pulls military-style assault weapons from sale

In the wake of the attack on Christchurch’s Muslim community on March 15, strong calls for changes to New Zealand’s gun last have been made. Trade Me was the first retailer to act, halting the sale of all semi-automatic weapons on its platform, and it has now been joined by Hunting & Fishing New Zealand.

Read more
 
Next page
Results for
Topics
Jobs
About us.

The Register provides essential industry news and intelligence, updated daily. And the digital newsletter delivers the latest news to your inbox twice a week — for free!

©2009–2015 Tangible Media. All rights reserved.
Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Privacy policy.

Advertise
The Register

editor@theregister.co.nz

Content marketing/advertising? Email anita.hayhoe@icg.co.nz or call 022 639 3004

View Media Kit

}