|Morning and afternoon teas were great networking opportunities||Hui volunteers take a break||The Sunday afternoon Kaumātua Panel|
The three-day hui in early October was an invaluable opportunity for creators of children's and YA material from across the country to exchange ideas, socialise, and learn from others. It continues the tradition of children’s authors’ hui which began 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.
In her talk entitled ‘The rise and rise of New Zealand children’s publishing’, Tessa Duder opened the hui with an assessment of the children’s genre’s contribution to the country’s literary life since the publication of Maurice Gee’s Under the Mountain in 1979, the classic junior novel she believes triggered a new era in children’s books, a ‘coming-of-age’.
Tessa traces the growth in numbers of children’s writers and illustrators increasingly able to create lively careers as writers and high-profile advocates for books and literacy. She also assesses the impacts of the increasing numbers of awards, the publishing downturn of five years ago, the rise of self-publishing and the options open to today’s Kiwi writers and illustrators for the young.
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|Storylines Trust Chair Libby Limbrick hosts a discussion with international agents Kendra Macus and Pippa Masson||Author/illustrator Donovan Bixley runs one of the workshops||Kings School Chapel was an ideal venue for plenary sessions.|
|The Saturday evening banquet included a "guess the wine" competition.||Guests at the Saturday evening banquet dinner.|
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