Monday, March 12, 2018




 Maria Gill, Anne Kayes,
 James Norcliffe and James Russell

tour Christchurch, Selwyn and Ashburton this week  

 12th March – 16th March 2018


 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 the central city-based Family Days.




Taking part in this leg are Maria Gill, Anne Kayes, James Norcliffe and James Russell.


These four much-loved writers will be entertaining school children at 42 schools and libraries around Canterbury, and at one of several national Storylines events for adults, to be held in Christchurch, in association with the New Zealand Book Council. A discussion panel featuring all four authors will run from 7.00 – 8.00pm, Wednesday 14 March at Halswell School Library, 1 School Rd, Halswell.

 After Canterbury, the tour moves onto schools and libraries on the West Coast 7 – 11 May with four different writers and illustrators. 

The aim of the Storylines National Festival Story Tour is to connect New Zealand’s 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 more information on the first team of authors please go to:

James Norcliffe -

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