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Storylines National Children’s Writers and Illustrators' Hui

Storylines National Writers and Illustrators' Hui
King's School, Remuera, Auckland, Friday 6 - Sunday 8 October 2017
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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.

Hui’s opening keynote posted online

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.
Read the full text here.

Libby Limbrick leads a discussion with international Agents Pippa Masson and Kendra Marcus
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Kings School Chapel - venue for plenary sessions
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.
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The Saturday evening banquet included a "guess the wine" competition.
Guests at the Saturday evening banquet dinner.

Check out our line-up of presenters and panellists and learn about their credentials.


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