Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Thursday, May 04, 2017
Auckland Writers Festival 16-21 May - Festival Fun for Children
WRITERS FESTIVAL 16 - 21 May 2017
FREE FESTIVAL FUN FOR CHILDREN!
a magical time awaiting younger readers at this year’s Festival. Sunday
21 May is Family Day and the kids go FREE!
Huge thanks to Freemasons Foundation for supporting our
CHARLIE & LOLA &
CLARICE AND RUBY!
creator of one some of the world’s most beloved children’s characters, Lauren Child as she captures us
with tales of child sleuth Ruby Redfort, “one of the best things to
happen to British fiction”, together with utterly original Clarice Bean
and the redoubtable siblings Charlie and Lola. Bring the kids (who get
in free) for an hour of laughter and illumination as we find out what
next for these wonderful characters. Charlie & Lola & Clarice & Ruby.
HARRY POTTER HIJINKS!
It’s the 20th-anniversary of the Harry Potter
books, and Professor Frankie (award-winning
Australian performer and author, Nadia Sunde), directs an hour of
mayhem in celebration. Expect Spells Duels, Quidditch Demos, Harry
Potter Trivia Questions and more, with audience volunteers and lots of
prizes up for grabs in Harry Potter Hijinks!
dressed as your favourite character and prepare yourselves for fun and
INTERACTIVE FAMILY FUN!
The Herald Theatre and its Foyer becomes a wonderland
for children all day on Sunday 21 May. Immerse your under 5s in a world
of hand’s on exploration including colouring in a Harry Potter mural,
craft, games and book activities. From bugs and princesses to sheep
and...a capsicum...?! Extend your children’s love of books and
reading with us!
Get down to
the Heartland Festival Room in the centre of Aotea Square where
multi-talented Apirana Taylor entertains in A Story World with story readings
from his books, performance and a spot of music in a captivating
session for younger readers.
Kids will love stepping into the magical world of
professional storyteller Tanya Batt in Magical Tales, featuring stories
from near and far away from home. Batt is a former teacher who has
toured her work internationally.
Join Frances Hardinge in conversation with
Kate De Goldi for a journey to the darker side of story-telling.
Hardinge positions her seventh novel as “a Victorian Gothic mystery
with added paleontology, blasting powder, post-mortem photography and
The page-turner tells the tale of 14-year-old Faith, who wants to study
natural science just like her mysteriously killed father. The Lie Tree.
American YA science fiction writer Amie Kaufman is renowned for
multi-textual collaborations that take readers off-piste. In Illuminae, created
with Jay Kristoff and optioned by Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment, the
storytelling is dynamic and incorporates transcripts, interviews and
graphics. Learn about multi-layered storytelling and be
transported to other universes in Illuminae.
KATE DE GOLDI
One of New
Zealand’s most cherished children’s writers, Kate De Goldi is alarmed at this
country’s lack of books for junior readers. If this literary
commentator is worried, so should we all. Listen to her outline the
problem, and some solutions in this FREE session: Speakers’ Corner: Fiction in Crisis.
Educationalist and award-winning Auckland University of
Technology Professor of Design, Welby Ings, author of Disobedient Teaching
slams our assessment-obsessed, creativity-stifling, education system.
Should we listen to him? Come along and make your own mind up in this
FREE session Speakers corner: Exams Be Damned.
LIGHT AND SHADE
American Jennifer Niven is the bestselling
author of poignant stories that reveal the often tangled experience of
adolescence, including Holding
Up the Universe and All
the Bright Places.Emma Neale is the author of the
2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards shortlisted Billy Bird –
about a boy who kaah-kaahs like a kea – which is a serious but humorous
exploration of familial grief. Niven and Neale discuss the ways in
which fiction can refract and illuminate the rigors of family life from
childhood to parenthood, and provide both consolation and hope in FREE
session, Light and Shade.
We have a full set of Frances Hardinge books to give
Pleaseemailto enter the
draw by Wed 10 May.
CHARLIE AND LOLA
have three copies of Charlie and Lola's One Thing
to giveaway! Please emailto enter the draw by Wed 10 May.