Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Storylines Festival of New Zealand Children’s Writers and Illustrators
08 - 15 June 2008

Storylines Festival brings celebration to Auckland

Meet the authors and illustrators of some of the best-loved children’s books as part of this year’s Storylines Festival, and enter a world of imagination and colour. With exciting events in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Northland, Kiwi kids around the country have the opportunity to share the joy reading can bring.

Children can enjoy writing and illustration workshops on Saturday 14 June, with gifted and inspiring authors and illustrators including NZ Post Book Awards 2007 winner Kyle Mewburn, 2008 Honour Book writer Anna Mackenzie, and illustrators Lindy Fisher and Ross Kinnaird.
Adults can learn to tell tales in a workshop with US storyteller/author Cathy Spagnoli.

The Heritage Hotels Seminar Series featuring UK picture-book star Babette Cole– author of the famous sex education book Mummy Laid an Egg and treasures like Princess Smartypants and Dr Dog, and award-winning Australian author Carole Wilkinson will be held on 11 June at the Heritage Hotel, from 6pm and will be chaired by Gavin Bishop. The seminars are always in high demand, with tickets selling out in past years so get in quick and book your tickets. Tickets for the workshops and seminars can be purchased at www.storylines.org.nz or from the Jabberwocky Children’s Bookshop.

The free family day at the Aotea Centre on 15 June attracts more than 20,000 children and their families, drawn by the chance to meet to the people who write the books they love.

Our international guests will all be there along with a throng of New Zealand authors and illustrators. Hear national treasures Joy Cowley and Margaret Mahy along with Dorothy Butler, David Hill and Anna Mackenzie. There are special features with comic artists Ant Sang (Bro’town) and Dylan Horrocks and a photography exhibition. Bring along a photo to enter in the Catch a Kid Reading photo competition with prizes for adults and children, and don’t forget the writing and illustration competitions where children have a chance to show their skills, with competitions on the day and the advance Classic Hits competition with winning stories read aloud at family day. See the website www storylines.org.nz for further information.

For more information contact Crissi Blair, Storylines Festival Manager on 09 836 1261 or 021 163 2496 or by email: festival@storylines.org.nz or visit our website http://www.storylines.org.nz/

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