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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Hamilton Exhibition reveals inspiration behind local stories
Place Library is providing local children and book lovers with a rare
opportunity to get inside the heads of some of the Waikato’s best known children’s
authors and illustrators.
On show from
1to 30 April 2014, the Between the Lines Exhibition will reveal the
inspiration and creative process behind a range of contemporary children’s
Deborah Hinde says, “Children’s books are an exciting fusion of image and
language, and we are thrilled to be bringing so many top Waikato writers and
illustrators together in one space to share insights into what they do. For
most people the book is the finished product, and we are not often afforded an opportunity
to get behind the published pages and explore the processes and hard work that
As its name
suggests, the exhibition’s focus is on the inspiration, research and process
that lies behind a book by each of the featured writers and illustrators. The
exhibition was inspired by the What Lies Beneath Exhibition, currently running
at the National Library in Parnell, Auckland.
herself works as a children’s book illustrator and designer from her studio in
Wharepapa South, says, “We wanted to show that there is as much book-related talent
and creativity here in the Waikato as in some of the larger urban areas. The exhibition
is also a celebration of all the wonderful books for children that are being generated
own recent best-selling picture book 10 Kooky
Kiwis (Scholastic NZ, 2013) will be featured in the exhibition, as will
works by Dawn McMillan (Thames) and award-winning authors Alison Robertson
(Hamilton), Sarah Johnson (Raglan) and Andre Ngapo (Raglan).
favourite author Des Hunt (Whitianga) will be unpacking the creative bones
behind his latest novel for young adults – Crown
Park (Oceanbooks, 2013). Well-known for his high-paced adventure stories
with a distinctive New Zealand flavour, Des remains a favourite with children,
librarians, teachers and parents alike.
author Sharon Holt will reveal the latest book, Matariki,in her Te Reo
Singalong series, as well as her journey as a self-publishing author. The Te
Reo Singalong series won the print category in the Maori Language Awards 2013.
exhibitors include Ann Neville (Hamilton), Claire Ashmore (Hamilton), Doug Wilson
(Taupo), Judi Billcliff (Hamilton), Kat Merewether (Te Awamutu), sisters and
author–illustrator duo Jen Somervell and Margery Fern (Raglan), Michael Oehley
(Hamilton), Paul Martin (Hamilton), Scott Pearson (Hamilton), Talia Evered
(Hamilton), Tamsyn Rose and Fiona Williams (Hamilton), and Yvonne Milroy (Hamilton)
of recent Jimothy fame. Together they
represent writers and illustrators from across the children’s literature genres
and age groups.
exhibition is open to the public, with school groups in particular warmly encouraged
says, “The exhibition will also interest art and design students, and all those
aspiring writers and illustrators who would love to give it a go. I know that
having something like this when I was first starting out would have been
Lines is open during library hours in the Level 2 Stack, Garden Place Library,
Hamilton from 1 to 30 April 2014.
opening is at 5:30pm on Tuesday 1 April 2014 in the exhibition space. Everyone
About the organisers
Lines is organised by illustrator Deborah Hinde and Hamilton City Libraries,
with support from the Waikato Children’s Literature Association.
Deborah Hinde is the illustrator of books for children, and works from her
studio at Wharepapa South. In a previous life she worked with an exhibition
Contact: Deborah Hinde
Between the Lines
PO Box 455 Te Awamutu
Phone 07 872 2804
(goes live mid-March).