Yarns in Barns is the Wairarapa’s biennial literary festival which brings some of New Zealand’s best writers, poets and storytellers together for 10 days of events in October.


Hosted in an eclectic range of venues from Masterton to Martinborough, including bookstores, libraries, courthouses and of course, a barn!


Organisers David Hedley and Steve Trotman with Matilda Rice, Art Green and Simone Anderson at Yarns in Barns, 2018.

The team with Matilda Rice, Art Green and Simon Anderson at Yarns in Barns 2018.


Since 2001, the Yarns in Barns: Wairarapa Festival of Reading has been fostering and inspiring a love of reading and the printed word in our community. Presented by local organisations from three sides of the book industry: publishers Fraser Books, booksellers Hedley’s Books and the Masterton District Library and Wairarapa Library Service.


We are connected by our mission to improve the lives of people in the Wairarapa through literacy and reading for pleasure.


Our extensive combined experience as booksellers, publishers and librarians tells us that one of the most effective ways to ignite a love of reading in people of all ages, genders and ethnicities is to connect them with our nation’s storytellers, with their community and put a printed book into their hands.


Join us for this year’s festival happening from 14th–23rd October.