Whanganui Literary Festival Trust said farewell to their chairwoman and welcomed a new incumbent at their meeting in late May.

The new chairwoman is Gillian Tasker, who has been a member of the trust since 2013.

Ms Tasker replaces Joan Rosier-Jones, a Wanganui-based author and the mastermind behind the local literary festivals, which have been running since 2006.

Ms Rosier-Jones said it was time to move on to pursue her writing, teaching and publishing ventures.

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But she will not be severing her ties with the festival.

She will become its patron, a role that will see her providing the trustees with knowledge, advice and suggestions.

"I have had a wonderful time being involved with the festival but this new role as patron means I won't be losing touch.

"I am passing the festival on to the next generation and feel it is in very capable hands," Ms Rosier-Jones said.

She paid tribute to vice-chairwoman and secretary-treasurer Val Cowan, who has also resigned. "Val has been my right-hand person almost since the beginning and I could not have done it without her," she said.

The next Whanganui Literary Festival will be held in 2015. Visit the website www.writersfest.co.nz or facebook.com/whanganuiliteraryfestival if you would like more information.