Children's and YA Writers and Illustrators' Hui
More than a hundred leading New Zealand children’s writers and illustrators met over the weekend 6-8 October for the Storylines National Writers and Illustrators Hui, hosted by Storylines at Auckland at King’s School, Remuera.
Among the presenters were authors Tessa Duder, David Hill, Joy Cowley, Kate De Goldi, Stacy Gregg and Brian Falkner, and illustrators Gavin Bishop, Donovan Bixley and David Elliot.
International literary agents Pippa Masson (Australia) and Kendra Marcus (USA), attended as guests of Creative New Zealand’s Te Manu Ka Tau New Zealand International Delegate Programme, offering a rare opportunity for writers and illustrators to pitch book proposals as prospective clients.
While the two and a half day programme included keynote speeches plus a range of panel discussions and workshops of professional interest to mid-career and new writers, with the experience and advice from kaumatua acting as inspiration to delegates, the hui was also valuable for the opportunities for writers and illustrators of all genres and levels of experience to network, socialise and learn from each other.
Storylines Trust chair Libby Limbrick hosts a discussion with international agents Kendra Marcus and Pippa Masson
Author/illustrator Donovan Bixley runs one of the workshops
||Kings School Chapel was an ideal venue for plenary sessions
One of the highlights of the Hui was the Saturday evening banquet, where MC David Hill introduced a selection of entertaining activities, including the labelling of some Pinot Gris supplied by Black Stilts.Diners also took part in a highly contested literary quiz, and were entertained by Fifi Colston, Donovan Bixley and Kyle Mewburn