Writers in Wineries Charitable Trust
PO Box 519

Contact us: hbreadersandwriters@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/hbreaderswriters

Trust Members

Sheryl Reed
Carla Crosbie
Megan Landon
Pitsch Leiser
Marty Schofield
Josephine Carpenter

History of the Festival

The Hawke's Bay Readers and Writers Festival is the new regional evolution of The Hastings Festival of Writers.

The festival has grown from a series of events at Te Mata Estate in the barrel rooms of the winery in Havelock North into the biennial festival it is now, with a brilliant reputation for fine wine, fine food, and fine writers.

The festival is run by a charitable trust called Writers in Wineries, a team of enthusiastic volunteers with a passion for literature.

The connection with wine is not accidental. We live in Hawke's Bay wine country and see the connection between fine words, fine wine and fine food as being important to our region.We prefer the companionship of a table of friends and aim to incorporate this into the festival events.

We provide a mixture of 'koha' and ticketed events to provide access for as many readers as possible.

2011 Hastings Festival of Writers

Writers - Cilla McQueen, Annie Proulx, Owen Marshall, Jenny Bornholdt, and Jenny Pattrick.
A Pleasure of Taste, held at Clearview Estate, featured wine writer John Saker and food writer Hester Guy

2009 Hastings Festival of Writers

Writers - K.H. Stead, Roger McDonald, Martin Edmond, Peter Wells, Michelle Leggott and Sarah Quigley.
The event A Pleasure of Taste, held at Clearview Estate, was introduced in 2009 featuring wine writer John Saker and recipes from Catherine Bell of Dish Magazine