Sunday, November 29, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Raphael wins $200 for himself and a set of Jack Lasenby books for his school, Scots College.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Lots for Literature
Bid now and support Storylines. Storylines Trust’s fundraising auction is online from 15-29 October. Held entirely online through www.storylines.auction4charity.co.nz, it features donated artworks, books and a range of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and experiences including an original watercolour sketch of Hairy Maclary, a cartoon by Ant Sang, one of Bro’ Town’s creators, a manuscript assessment by Fleur Beale and the typewriter used by Maurice Gee from the 1950s to 1970s. Other items include a complete signed set of all Margaret Mahy’s books in print in New Zealand in 2009, a walk-on part in TV2’s Go Girls, and a visit to Weta Workshop. The auction opens on 15 October at 9am and closes at 9pm on 29 October. Bidding takes place through a secure online system developed by author and Storylines’ supporter Brian Falkner. Offline bids can be made in special circumstances by contacting Storylines. For see details of the full list of auction items visit the Storylines Auction website.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
WRITE A STORY
and win $200 and a set of books for your school!
Yrs 7 & 8 students from the Wellington region are invited to submit a story for the Jack Lasenby Award. This is a biennial award offered by the Wellington Children’s Book Association.
For an entry form please email
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Wellington City Libraries is calling for a selection of well-known local
The Idea and Concept.
The objective is to connect young readers/listeners with this body of exceptional talent. Wellington City Libraries intends to create a truly authentic storytelling experience for children, their parents, grandparents, and the wider community by inviting authors to tell their own stories on CD.
Recording a CD will involve either the author writing a short story especially for the CD or reading a short story that they have already written and agree to record. The CD may also include a short interview and questions about the author, the story they read, about their growing up, or why they love writing. Authors and their stories will become more alive, real and authentic and ignite a love of reading and writing in children.
The ‘Stories Aloud’ CD will:
· connect young people and their families with the rich local tradition of story telling
· target the 5-12 year old market
· develop auditory skills and imagination in children
· promote literacy to children by connecting the written and spoken word
· give children a sense of identity and connection with local authors
· connect authors to children, their primary audience
· demonstrate how libraries value local authors, stories and story telling
· continue the oral tradition of stories being passed down to the next generation.
The selected authors will work with Wellington City Libraries to either write or use an existing children’s story, then record the story in their own voice at a studio. The sessions will be videoed and the footage may or may not be used at a later date. We aim to start recording by the end of September 2009.
- 5-6 minutes reading time in total
story with an element of, or reference to New Zealand Wellington
- appeal to the target market
Local children’s authors are asked to submit a sample of their work for the proposal above. In return, a small remuneration will be offered to the successful applicants. The copyright of the story and the audio rights will remain the author’s. Wellington City Libraries will use the story with the author’s permission on CD. The CD will be sold within Wellington City Libraries and potentially bookshops. No royalties can be offered for this CD. Wellington City Libraries may also at a later date place podcasts of the CD on their website.
Local children’s illustrators are asked to submit a sample of their work for the proposal above and quote for their work. In return, a small remuneration will be offered to the successful applicant. The copyright of the illustration will remain the illustrator’s. Wellington City Libraries will use the illustration with the illustrator’s permission on the CD, website, and any promotional material that Wellington City Libraries may choose too. The CD will be sold within Wellington City Libraries and potentially bookshops. No royalties can be offered for this CD.
Interested authors will:
- Be a children’s and/or young adult writer
- Be living within the greater
- Use a
and/or New Zealand theme Wellington
Interested artists will:
- Be a children’s illustrator or professional artist
- Be living within the Greater Wellington Region
- Use a
and/or New Zealand theme Wellington
Submissions of interest
All expressions of interest may be submitted to Wellington City Libraries,
- A one-page written summary about your story’s theme, or a small sample of existing work.
- A current CV or author’s biography
- Up to four images of your work
Wellington City Libraries will select 8-10 local authors. Successful authors will be notified by email or phone.
For more information please contact
Ella Martin (04) 803 8222 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Rose Barker (04) 803 8285 or email: email@example.com.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
For a full programme of events for all the centres click here
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Here are the full details:
Fantastic Voyages: Writing Speculative Fiction—
An Evening with Tim Jones & Helen Lowe, chaired by Lynn Freeman
7.30-9pm, Thursday 17 September
Upper Chamber, Wellington Arts Centre/Toi Poneke
61 Abel Smith Street
Supported by Unity Books
Tim Jones (Transported; Anarya's Secret) and Helen Lowe (Thornspell) are both successful speculative fiction authors with national profiles. At this event, Tim and Helen will share their love of writing science fiction and fantasy, the challenges and rewards of being a New Zealand speculative fiction writer, how they've gone about getting published, and how they see the future of these genres. Lynn Freeman, host of Radio New Zealand's "Arts on Sunday" programme, will keep the discussion flowing and the questions coming. Both Helen and Tim will be available to sign books after the event.
For more information, contact 027 359 0293 or timjones at actrix.co.nz
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Well from the fabulous pool of Wellington fiction writers nominated for the Esther Glen Award (Jack Lasenby, Kate De Goldi, Denis Wright and Fleur Beale), our congratulations go most especially to Fleur for winning the category. Brian Falkner was also shortlisted and though we can't claim him, he will be at our conference running a workshop on marketing yourself and your book. Fleur will be running two full intensive workshops on 'Mining the Gold', Kate will be giving a keynote speech and Jack, our beloved patron will have a few words to say too. We feel very privileged to have such talent in Wellington.
Congratulations to all on being shortlisted and/or winning in the 2009 Lianza Children's Book Awards.
From the Lianza website:
The Esther Glen Award was established in 1944 and is presented to the author whose work is considered a distinguished contribution to fiction for children. The prize was presented to Wellington writer Fleur Beale for her young adult novel Juno of Taris (Random House). The judges said Beale "excels in descriptions of life as a feisty teenage girl. Juno is a remarkable character, the reader delights in her triumphs and commiserates in her disappointments."
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Lynley Dodd is reading and signing the new Hairy Maclary book, Hairy Maclary, Shoo on Tuesday next 21 July at at Story Time Books,
and for anyone in
Script to Screen presents the July Writer’s Room…
Children’s Television with Martin Baynton: opportunities to write for an international market
Stephen Campbell (creator of Amazing Exraordinary Friends) talks to children’s television producer, development executive and writer Martin Baynton (Jane and the Dragon, The WotWots) about the opportunities for writers in the international children’s television market, issues of adaptation versus original creation, and crafting long form children’s stories for the screen.
In 2003 Martin Bayton joined with Richard Taylor at Weta Workshop to make a television series out of his children’s books Jane and the Dragon. The show has become an international television hit, winning awards around the globe and continuing to screen in
To find out information about all our events and initiatives and events visit www.script-to-screen.co.nz or please don’t hesitate to contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 09 360 5400.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Best Picture Book
Roadworks by Sally Sutton and Brian Lovelock.
The Honour Award going to Piggity Wiggity Jiggity Jig by Diana Neild and Illustrated by our own talented Mr Phillip Webb.
Best Junior Fiction
Old Drumble, written by our much loved patron and all around Good Bloke ...Jack Lasenby.
Best Non Fiction Award
Back and Beyond- New Zealand Painting for the Young and Curious by Gregory O'Brien
Best Young Adult
The 10 pm Question by former convenor of the WCBA....The lovely Kate de Goldi
Children's Choice Award
The Were-Nana by Melinda Szymanik and Sarah Nelisiwe Anderson
Best First Book
Violence 101 by Denis Wright....(we can claim him, he lives in Wellington)
and the Book of the Year....
The 10pm Question by Kate De Goldi (Well Done Kate)
Congratulations to all the Winners... and the finalists from Wellington, Fleur and Pippa,(who have had a big week as they are on the Spinning Gold Conference Team.
Guest posted by Maureen from the update texts of Fifi during the ceremony....
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Well, it was like selling tickets to the Rolling Stones- they went within minutes. Well to be precise, 4 hours, which means that the conference is now fully subscribed with a waiting list. The team sat in my studio last night, with celebratory bubbly and watched the spreadsheet fill up. Even we were surprised by the response- and we had a fair idea of how many people were keen. Thankyou to all who registered- it meant finding an internet connection at 7.30pm and telling the people around you to go away until you had finished (not always easy).
Due to all the hard work and planning and our stellar line up of speakers and workshops, we think this will be a conference to remember and the start of many (did I say that? will the committee throw things at me now?).
Fifi Colston- (proud) Convenor WCBA 2009.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Many thanks to all of you have who expressed your interest for the Spinning Gold Conference. You should now have recieved an email with details on how to access the full programme and how to register.
Due to high demand for this conference, those who have emailed us over the past six months will have the first opportunity to register on Monday 18th May. No further expressions of interest will be added to our data base from today.
The Spinning Gold Team
Monday, May 11, 2009
A book fair will be held in the
Iona hopes to raise at least $2000 to help Blue Dragon in its work to support kids in crisis in
Here's how you can help:
1/ Please donate any unwanted books, DVDs or CDs to this really worthwhile cause. Just save the books, DVDs or CDs in the meantime until a week before the book fair - when hopefully, you can deliver them to
2/ Please spread the information in this blurb to your email networks.
3/ Offers of help in setting up the book fair and/or helping to sell the books (8am to about 1.30pm on Saturday 27 June) gratefully received. It's lots of fun on the day and if you help, you get first pick to buy the books.
4/ Come to the book fair and buy some books. There will be some great bargains.
T: 04 970 5591 M: 021 799 059
Friday, May 8, 2009
This creative writing workshop, convened by Eirlys Hunter, encourages you to reach that reader. You’ll explore different forms of writing for the pre-adolescent child: picture books, plays, short stories and the novel, and begin to develop your own clear voice.
Applications for the Second Trimester close 3 June.
For information, application forms and course dates, contact:
International Institute of Modern Letters
Victoria University of Wellington, P.O. Box 600, Wellington, New Zealand.
Phone 04-463 6854
Thursday, April 9, 2009
International children’s writing sensation Martin Baynton launches the Spinning Gold Conference of New Zealand Children’s Writers and Illustrators in Wellington in September.
The writer/illustrator of Jane and the Dragon, is one of four star speakers at the conference, which includes creative guru Laurence Green, writers’ agent Fiona Inglis from Curtis Brown Australia, and New Zealand children’s/young adults writer and commentator Kate De Goldi.
Spinning Gold, organised by the Wellington Children’s Book Association, is the first such national children’s writing conference in 16 years. The programme includes more than ten workshops and a Pitch Slam – giving writers and illustrators the opportunity to pitch their work, for an intensive five minutes, to publishers and agents. There are also panel discussions, an Illustrators’ gallery, networking opportunities and mystery trips. Spinning Gold is a not to be missed event for the New Zealand Children’s Literature community, happening over three days on 18-20 September at Capital House, Melrose, Wellington.
Martin Baynton is opening keynote speaker on Friday night. Martin has been writing and illustrating for more than 25 years, and collaborated with Weta workshop to bring Jane and the Dragon to the screen in a hit TV Series. He is currently working with Weta on new pre-school progamme WotWots.
Saturday morning speaker Lawrence Green is a widely regarded business mentor and coach. He specialises in working with people in the creative industries helping them to market and develop their business successfully.
Fiona Inglis from the Curtis Brown agency in Australia will be talking about publishing now! Fiona has been with Curtis Brown for over 15 years becoming Managing Director in 2002. Curtis Brown represents both writers and illustrators. Hear first hand about the opportunities available for New Zealand children’s writers and illustrators.
Speed date the publishers: Saturday afternoon is turned over to the publishers and is filled with panel discussions and - in a first for New Zealand’s children’s writers - a Pitch Slam. You have a five minute speed date to sell your new idea or synopsis to an agent or editor.
Kate de Goldi on Sunday will collect us all together and launch us into the future with more workshops and panel discussions. Kate brings her in-depth knowledge of children’s publishing to the conference. She is well known for her award winning books and her national appearances as a children’s book reviewer on radio and television.
The Workshops reflect the four main strands of the conference: new technology, business, professional development and marketing. A wide range of expertise from the New Zealand children’s literature community is leading the workshops, which offer great hands-on learning opportunities for every attendee. Dialogue, print making, web sites, and illustration trends are just a small taste of what is on offer in these intensive sessions.
All major publishers will be represented, along with booksellers and marketing specialists.
Nuts & Bolts
The conference opens at 2pm on Friday 18th September. The cost of $300 covers all lunches, breaks and dinners for the two and a half days. Optional master classes - one for writers, one for illustrators - are aimed at experienced published practitioners, and limited to 15 participants per class at $50 a head.
For those requiring onsite accommodation, Capital House has a bed and breakfast option: single $90 +gst, or share twin $55 + gst per night. You will be able to book accommodation on the registration form.
Monday, March 30, 2009
New Award for Picture Book Illustrators Aims to Encourage and Publish Emerging Talent
Aspiring illustrators now have the chance to kick-start their career and see their own work published with mentoring from a top picture book artist, following the establishment of the inaugural Storylines Gavin Bishop Award for Picture Book Illustration.
In addition to a $1,500 monetary prize, the winner of the award will receive mentoring and support from celebrated children’s author and illustrator, Gavin Bishop, and may also receive an offer of publication by Random House New Zealand.
”The award could give a new – but not necessarily young – unpublished illustrator a great start in a career as a picture book artist,” says Gavin Bishop.
”There are many talented artists out there who may not have thought of delving into the medium of the picture book, but we hope that this award will give them the impetus to do so and enable us to uncover some great new talent,“ he says.
“A picture book is not just a short story with pictures. In a good picture book the story and imagery work together, each complementing the other – they should be inseparable.
“In a good picture book the illustrations do not stand alone – they are part of the storytelling process so this provides an added challenge that artists need to consider.”
“We are delighted to be part of this initiative,” adds Dr Libby Limbrick, chairperson of Storylines. “For young readers, the pictures are an integral part of their comprehensive exploration of the story. The quality of illustrations is therefore critical in literature written for them.
“The opportunity to work with someone as talented and experienced as Gavin will not only support the illustrator but contribute to the development of an ethos of quality illustration as at least as important as the words in many books.”
Each entrant will be required to submit a storyboard, a page of rough drawings and two pieces of finished art to fit with text provided by Random House.
‘Besides freshness of ideas, good drawing and confident use of materials and techniques, the judges will be looking for strong characterisation, strong pictorial story-telling, and artwork that is appropriate to the designated age group,’ says Random House New Zealand Deputy Publishing Director, Jenny Hellen.
The winner of the award will go on to work with Gavin Bishop on a picture book which then would be considered for publication by Random House upon its completion. Entries must be received by
For further information on the Storylines Gavin Bishop Award for Picture Book Illustration, including details on how to enter, visit www.storylines.org.nz