The Storylines Children’s Literature Trust is hosting the 2017 national professional hui for children's and YA authors and illustrators (Storylines National Children’s Writers and Illustrators National Hui) at King’s School, Remuera, Auckland, from 6-8 October 2017.
The three-day event is an invaluable opportunity for creatoras of children's and YA material from across the country to exchange ideas, socialise, and learn from others.
This hui continues the tradition of children’s authors’ hui which begun with a gathering held at Joy Cowley’s home in the Marlborough Sounds in 1992. Similar hui have been held in Wellington and Christchurch in rotation with Auckland.
Award-winning writer Brian Falkner has been confirmed as a keynote speaker for the Storylines National Children’s & YA Writers and Illustrators Hui, to be held in Auckland 6-8 October 2017.
Since his first book in 2003, Brian has established an international reputation as an award-winning novelist for both children and young adults, with books published in Australia, New Zealand and America, among others. Among his awards are a residency at the University of Iowa International Writing Programme 2008, the Sir Julius Vogel Award for Science Fiction, New Zealand Post and New Zealand Book Trust Book awards, the shortlists for two Esther Glen writers’ awards, and several listings in Storylines Notable Book Awards.
Most recently, he won the 2016 New Zealand Book Trust’s Young Adult Award for his latest novel Battlesaurus: Rampage at Waterloo.
Brian is also known as an inspiring speaker, teacher and visitor to many schools in Australia and New Zealand. Kiwi-born, he currently lives in Queensland.
The programme of sessions and speakers for the Storylines Hui is currently being compiled and will be announced in April, with registrations open soon after that. The Hui will be held at King’s School, Remuera, Auckland, beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday 6 October and finishing 4 p.m. Sunday 8 October.
Among the presenters for workshops and masterclasses will be established writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, publicists, and an Australian literary agent. The programme also includes ‘pitching’ sessions to publishers, and a Saturday night literary banquet.