The What Lies Beneath exhibition has been travelling all around New Zealand and has reached Wellington at last! Authors Melinda Szymanik, Philippa Werry, Glyn Harper, Anna Mackenzie and Maria Gill, as well as illustrators Fifi Colston and Marco Ivanic, are giving a panel talk at Wellington Central Library on Tuesday 18 October from 6pm-8pm. There will be book giveaways, light supper, posters and bookmarks to take home, as well as a very interesting panel discussion about children's war books. See poster below for more details. We would love to see lots of you there! Please pass on news of this event to anyone you think might be interested.
Barbara Else gives her Margaret Mahy speech for a Wellington audience. (photo is of Barbara with her illustrator of the Fontania series - Sam Broad) Award-winning Wellington writer and literary agent Barbara Else was named the 2016 winner of New Zealand’s top award for children’s writers and illustrators in March. The Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal is awarded annually for lifetime achievement and an outstanding contribution to New Zealand children’s literature. As part of the award Barbara was invited to present a public lecture in Auckland in April. The Children's Bookshop are delighted to host Barbara on Monday the 19th of September at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Finger food and drinks provided. This is an open invitation - no charge but please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for catering numbers.
Great to see so many fascinating sessions on offer at this year's
NZ Writers Week (8-13 March); in fact, there's a whole section titled For the young and youthful (and that's
all of us, right??) Pick up a programme if you haven't seen it yet, or look
Here are some sessions that should be of special interest to
anyone who follows children's and young adult writing:
Thursday 10 March
9.45am Anna Smaill talking to Kate de Goldi
11am Jamie Curry and Mallory Ortberg talking about Life
12.30pm (Don’t miss this one!) Anna McKenzie talking about
the story behind Evie's War
Also on 10 March, the launch of Hooked on NZ Books, a new online
review website for young adults.
Saturday 12 March
2pm (another don’t miss session) The Kids Are All Right: Mandy
Hager chairing a session on YA books and the issues today's kids face, with Sally
Gardner, Cornelia Funke and Ted Dawe.
7pm (but at the Dowse in Lower Hutt) Robert Dessaix on Enid
Blyton and "the lasting influences of a childhood reading".
Sunday 13 March
9.30am Live storytelling session with Paul Beavis (I've seen
Paul in action and kids always love his sessions)
11am Sally Gardner in conversation with Anna McKenzie
12.30pm Mariko Tamaki, graphic novelist, in conversation
with Kate de Goldi
2pm Cornelia Funke in conversation with Jo Randerson
3.30pm How Weta Digital translated James Dashner's YA series
The maze runner to film
5pm Joy Cowley : A Joyful Life (a celebration of Joy's 80th year)
Plenty of other great sessions as well; it's going to be
hard to choose.
Blue Dragon Children’s Trust New Zealand is
holding its annual movie fundraiser on Monday
12 October, starting at 6.30pm at the Penthouse Cinema in
Brooklyn, Wellington. The movie is “Umrika”, an Indian comedy-drama written and
directed by Prashant Nair.
A small village in
India is invigorated when one of their own travels to America (aka Umrika) and
details his adventures through letters home, sparking community debate and
inspiring hope. But when the letters mysteriously stop coming, the letter
writer’s younger brother Rama (Suraj Sharma) sets out on a journey to find him
with the help of his best friend Lalu (Tony Revolori).
Set in the mid-1980s,
"Umrika" won the World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award
when it premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
Tickets cost $25 and as in previous years, there will be a brief
introduction and auction with some great items up for grabs. The movie itself
will begin at 6.50pm and we ask you to be seated by 6.30pm.
You can either pay directly into the bank account of Iona McNaughton, Blue Dragon NZ trustee (to be transferred as a lump sum into Blue Dragon's account) or you can pay in cash on the night. Please let Iona know what you would like to do. If you want
to pay her online, let her know and she'll send you the bank account details (email@example.com).
Also, if you could spread the word and let your family, friends
and workmate know, that would be really great.
Here's the link to the trailer, and thanks so much for your support of Blue Dragon. It's a great cause and you can read more about the New Zealand Trust here.
Would you like to make a difference to
Do you enjoy having fun?
We have 6 weeks until Family Day and need your help!
Storylines Free Family Days help kids meet
New Zealand authors and illustrators and have fun with their books. Crafts,
live performances, face-painting, competitions, and activities help kiwi books
come to life for kiwi kids. Join us as a volunteer - we need you.
Unlock the child within!
Encounter weird and wild creatures!
Run amok with aliens and astronauts!
Fling a medieval insult and help kids create medieval
Meet 'Monkey Boy' and help kids cook creatively!
Fish up something from beneath the surface in the underwater corner.
Dare to dress up! Shape-shifters welcome! Cool costumes rewarded!
Wellingtonians attended Family Day in 2014! This year we are at
Shed 6, on Wellington waterfront, next to the TSB Arena. Don't miss the
opportunity to be a part of this special rewarding
you’re interested in helping as a volunteer on the day, please contact, Nikki
Geeson, the volunteer coordinator for the Wellington Free Family Day.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org and
let her know how you are able to help, or for more information phone
her on 022 0104373.