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Storylines National Children’s Writers and Illustrators' Hui 2017

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
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Hui volunteers take a break
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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.

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Storylines Trust Chair Libby Limbrick hosts a discussion with international agents Kendra Macus and Pippa Masson
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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.
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Guests at the Saturday evening banquet dinner.
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Check out our line-up of presenters and panellists and learn about their credentials.



Storylines Trust Te Whare Waituhi Tamariki and Friends of Storylines Te Pou o Te Whare Waituhi Tamariki together form New Zealand’s only national organisation working year-round to promote New Zealand children’s and young adult literature through activities that include a major national Story Tour to schools, early childhood centres and communities, and awards for writers, illustrators and those who work in the area of New Zealand children’s literature



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