Jill Bagnall was born in Wellington in 1940. She has had a varied career as a primary school teacher, potter, and secretary. She is married to Alan Bagnall and they have two daughters. Alan and Jill have collaborated on several stories for Learning Media’s Ready to Read collection.
Crayfishing with Grandmother was one of the earliest picture books which had both Māori and English text. Artist Barbara Strathdee, who illustrated the book, commented: ‘[Jill] asked me to come to Tokomaru Bay for a holiday to see the country in which the story takes place… I think that it is important to have bilingual books and images which reflect our real cultures.’
Crayfishing with Grandmother illustrated by Barbara Strathdee (Collins 1973).
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