Friday, October 29, 2010

Club Night Classics

Club Night last Tuesday was another lovely, cosy evening, with a relaxed group of us sharing one or more classic books from our own childhoods.

Here are the picks of this group on this particular night - each linking to a different  relevant site where you can buy the book, read a bit of commentary, or see covers from various editions:

Youngest readers

Phoebe and the Hot Water Bottles
The King, the Mice and the Cheese
The Elephant and the Bad Baby
Little Grey Rabbit's Christmas
The Fierce Little Woman and the Wicked Pirate
The Great White Man Eating Shark
Amelia Bedelia
Washday at the Pa
A Child's Christmas in Wales
Waltzing Matilda

Older children and teens
The Tim Books
The Swish of the Curtain
Pippi Goes Abroad
A Little Princess
Five on Treasure Island
Stig of the Dump
The Silver Thimble Storybook
The Faraway Tree
White Boots 
I Capture the Castle
The Blue Castle

We have another fun and informative club night coming up soon.

Stand by for more details!

Friday, October 15, 2010

WCBA Club Night 2: It's A Classic!


Children's literature enthusiasts and their friends are warmly invited to our next Club night - all details above.

Our last Club Night was a big success. You can read about it here.

Any queries, feel free to email us at

Friday, October 8, 2010

Writing from the Heart - Joy Cowley shares her wisdom

Writing_from_the_Heart_1.jpgThis month sees the launch of an amazing book – one people have been waiting for years for.
Here, in warmly written prose, Joy Cowley distils four decades of writing for young people. Topics covered in the chapters – each illustrated by Fraser Williamson – are;  developing a plot, dialogue, writers’ discipline, humour, early reading, novels, picture books, plays, poetry, presentation, and editing.

From Joy:  "This is not a book of instruction but rather a sharing of long experience as a writer, editor and a facilitator of writing workshops." 

Joy has published more than 600 early readers along with numerous novels and short stories. In 2005 she was made a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to children’s literature , is one of Storylines'  patrons, and is also a Storylines Trustee.
All proceeds from the work will go to assist Storylines in its work to promote children's books and literature, reading, and books and children. 
An event in Wellington celebrates the launch of Writing from the Heart and Navigation, Joy's memoir:

Wednesday 13 October, 6-7pm
CafĂ© L’affare
27 College Street
Bookseller: Vic Books
Tickets: $20 or $15 (for Storylines , Society of Authors, and New Zealand Book Council members), includes light refreshments. 
Tickets available from the Information Desk at Wellington Central Library, and door sales on the night.


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Deadline this Friday - Jack Lasenby short story competition

This is a reminder that entries for the Jack Lasenby competition close this Friday at 5pm.

The competition is for a short story for children, and is open to all writers who live in the area covered by the Wellington phone book.

Download further info and an entry form here.

Alternatively email for this.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Fierce September

Congratulations to WCBA stalwart Fleur Beale who recently launched Fierce September -  the much anticipated sequel to Juno of Taris.

The word from those who have devoured it already is that it fully lives up to expectations.

You can read the first chapter at the Random House website. (Scroll to the bottom of the page.)