Tuesday, August 12, 2008

NZ Book Month

Te Papa Book Launch sequence initiated!

The countdown is starting! Te Papa Tongarewa will launch New Zealand Book Month on Sunday August 31st from 10am and we want Wellington kids to show us their stuff!

There’s plenty of content for adults: contemporary Wellington musicians from conceptual group Fly My Pretties, witty conversation from David Eggleton, Jock Phillips, Duncan Sarkies and Joe Bennet, quirky live performances of Kiwi books in the Fruit Salad Sampler and Gregory O’Brien gives this year’s Janet Frame Memorial Lecture.

But this year the kids program is chocka! From making a giant snake, to craft and illustration with Good Morning’s Fifi Colston, The Void at Te Papa becomes a haven for young readers! What’s more we want ukulele’s there- as many as possible – so get your music class practicing and come along with your ukuleles! Expert Mike Dickinson will teach fab ukulele tunes for the Great Wellington Ukulele off! With special guest ukulelers!

Lynley Dodd will also be waiting to be impressed. It’s a fantasy dress up competition so come along as a character from her three fantasy titles: The Nickle Nackle Tree, The Other Ark and The Dungeon is Coming. Last years Hairy McClary competition was fantastic – but we know that Wellington can beat it so we’re hoping for some fantastical creations.
And there’s more!

Kate De Goldi and Jacqui Colley present their popular Lolly Leopold series with readings and badge making, while Capital E National Theatre for Children entertains with their dazzling puppetry and contemporary staging of Kiwi Moon. Finally, the Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust will be on hand all day with great Kiwi reading guides for Kiwi kids.
It’s going to be a dazzling day, full of brilliant books, fantasy characters and the chance to meet your favourite writers. We’ll also have fliers for our great Lunch Pack competition – where you can win great prizes! Don’t miss out! Get your class to come along and we’ll see you there.

For full event information on the Te Papa launch event please see below:

KIDS – a feast of foody and groovy titles to munch on- Location - The Void
10.30 – 11am: Capital E National Theatre for Children – Kiwi Moon Puppet Performance
11.30-12 am: Joy Cowley’s award winning Snake and Lizard book comes to life!
12.30-1pm: Dress up competition with Lynley Dodd.
1.30-2pm: Fifi Colston (TVNZ): Craft and illustration for kids
2.30-3pm: Kate De Goldi and Jacqui Colley – with their award winning Lolly Leopold series books: Readings and Badge making for kids.
3.30-4pm: Mike Dickinson will teach kids great ukulele tunes for a great Wellington Ukulele off! With special guest ukulelers!

ADULTS – a menu of taste sensations - Location – Te Marae
10.20-11.00: Opening and Six pack awards
11.30-12.30: Feast my pretties – musicians from Fly my Pretties and The Black Seeds present great kiwi poetry to live music. ( David Eggleton MC)
1pm – 2pm: Books and BBQs – Jock Phillips talks with: David Eggleton , Duncan Sarkies, and Joe Bennett.
2.30-3.30: Fruit salad sampler – Books come to life with live performance of a quirky range of kiwi titles. (MC Dave Armstrong)
4pm-5pm: Janet Frame Memorial Lecture – Gregory O’Brien.

For more information on the national programme of events as part of NZBM, visit http://www.nzbookmonth.co.nz/ or for the Kids Lunch Pack competition http://www.kids.nzbookmonth.co.nz/

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