Friday, August 18, 2017

Storylines National Festival StoryTour

Stacy Gregg, Darryn Joseph, Gavin Bishop, Sally Sutton
and Tessa Duder
tour Manawatu and Whanganui next week  
 21st August – 25th August


After 23 years of hosting Festival Family Days throughout New Zealand, the Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust of New Zealand is this year bringing its Storylines National Festival Story Tour directly to schools and libraries throughout New Zealand.

The Storylines National Festival Story Tour will visit community venues and facilities in metropolitan and regional centres, smaller cities and towns, extending Storylines’ regional reach to communities that have not previously had access to their central city-based Family Days.

And from August 21-25, this inaugural, dynamic tour of presentations and storytelling, which has already entertained 12,000+ children in Northland, South Auckland, Waikato and the Bay of Plenty, is coming to Manawatu and Whanganui.

Taking part in this leg are well known children’s authors Tessa Duder, Stacy Gregg, Darryn Joseph, Gavin Bishop and Sally Sutton. These five storytellers will be entertaining school children at 30+ schools, and at Palmerston North and Feilding libraries as part of the six national Storylines events for adults in association with the New Zealand Book Council. After Manawatu and Whanganui, the tour moves onto schools and libraries in the Nelson/Blenheim and Queenstown/Invercargill regions

Dr. Libby Limbrick, Chair of the Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust of New Zealand says “The Storylines National Festival Story Tour which started in May this year in Northland is proving very effective.  It’s been a joy to see how taking activities that promote young people’s active engagement with children’s literature directly into schools and community centres has been so well received, and we are looking forward to bringing this experience to many more children across New Zealand this year.”

The aim of the Storylines Festival Story Tour is to connect children's writers, illustrators, poets and storytellers with their readers and audiences, to enjoy books and reading, and to encourage literacy. The tour and programme is completely free to enable access to all to high quality New Zealand children's literature.

For details of author visit times/venues in your area, please contact

Monday 21 August

  • Palmerston North schools during the day.
  • Event at Palmerston North Central Library for adults, 5.30pm - 7.00pm. Gavin Bishop, Stacy Gregg, Sally Sutton and Darryn Joseph will discuss The Joys and Dramas of Writing for Children.

Tuesday 22 August

  • Bunnythorpe, Pahiatua, and Eketahuna schools.

Wednesday 23 August

  • Feilding schools
  • Event at Feilding Library for adults, 5.30 - 7.00pm. Gavin Bishop, Tessa Duder , Sally Sutton and Darryn Joseph will discuss The Joys and Dramas of Writing for Children.

Thursday 24 August

  • Whanganui schools.

Friday 25 August

  • Whanganui and Palmerston North schools.

For more information on the authors click here or please contact 
Darryn Joseph -  
Stacy Gregg – click
Gavin Bishop - click
Sally Sutton - click

Tessa Duder - click

Storylines is delighted that the Storylines National Festival Story Tour will expand its work into new regions, celebrate and promote writers and illustrators of New Zealand children’s literature, and continue Storylines’ aims of:

•    nurturing a love of reading and writing by young people of all ages in a range of genres: fiction, non-fiction, graphic, oral and digital;

•    supporting the work and professional development of New Zealand’s writers and illustrators of books for children and young people;

•    developing an appreciation of the power of children's literature in supporting the development of cultural identity and literacy in children and young adults throughout New Zealand.


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