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Wild Imaginings - National Children’s Writers and Illustrators' Hui 2019

The three-day hui is being held in Dunedin from 8-10 November.

The WILD Imaginings team has developed a stimulating programme for established and emerging children’s writers and illustrators. Dunedin is a vibrant UNESCO City of Literature and the organisers want you to experience many of the attractions on offer. The main venues are the Dunedin Library and the Dunedin Public Art Gallery while break-out sessions are in historic venues in the Octagon. A highlight of the programme will be Tessa Duder’s conversation with Kate De Goldi on Saturday morning.
With the Ignition Children’s Book Festival on at the same time Dunedin will be buzzing! So start planning your trip and spread the word. For more information contact either of the Co-convenors:Jackie McMillan or Trish Brooking.


Friday 8 November 2-4pm Tour Time: 2pm: Dunedin Literary Walking Tours with Beverley Martens - additional charge of $15 applies. Email info@literarytours.nz  to book. 3.30pm: Tour of the Dunedin Public Library Reed Collection 3.30pm: Hocken Library Tour 2.45pm & 4pm: One-hour tour of Olveston House. Additional charge applies - $23 for 2 people. Book directly with Olveston +64 (0)3 477 3320  
  5.30-7pm Reception Mezzanine, Dunedin Public Art Gallery 30 The Octagon, Dunedin
Saturday 9 November 8.30-9.45am Break-outs 1: Illustrators, Inc - Fifi Colston, Kathryn van Beek Book reviewing in New Zealand - Raymond Huber, Sarah Forster Sign This, or Else - Chris Else True Stories Told in Creative Non-fiction - Maria GIll Social Media Survival - Rachael Craw
  10-10.30 Morning Tea        
  10.30-11.30 Keynote: Kate De Goldi Conversation with Tessa Duder
  11.30-12.30 Panel Discussion (Dunedin Public Art Gallery Auditorium): Different Routes to Market A discussion about publishing, with Stacy Gregg, Sophie Siers, Anouska Jones,
Mary McCallum
Chair: Sarah Forster
  12.30-1.30pm Lunch Your own arrangements Explore the publishers' stands, visit Ignition Festival at Dunedin public Library    
  1.30-2.45pm Break-outs 2: Building Worlds: Fantasy - Rachel Stedman, Rachael Craw, Barbara Else From Novel to Film Script - Ella West From Nature to Narrative - Raymond Huber Gathering Images - an Illustrator's Journey - Robyn Belton How I Structure a Junior Fiction Novel - Stacy Gregg
  3-3.30pm Afternoon tea        
  3.30-4.30pm Panel Discussion (Dunedin Public Library, Dunningham Suite, 4th floor): Pathways to imagination Mākaro Press, Melinda Szymanik, Kyle Mewburn    
  6-7pm Ignition/Wild Imaginings shared event (University Staff Club) Tessa Duder: Joy Cowley Retrospective Drinks & talk (cash bar)  
  7-10.30pm Conference Dinner - University of Otago Staff Club Celebration of the University of Otago Children's Writer in Residence   (Cash bar)  
Sunday 10 November 9-10am Keynote:
(Dunedin Public Library, Dunningham Suite, 4th floor):
Taking New Zealand Writers & Illustrators to the World Dame Wendy Pye    
  10-10.30am Morning Tea        
Break-outs 3:
Writing for the Classroom - Dame Wendy Pye as Chair, with Fifi Colston and Maria Gill Undercover Secrets: Illustration & Design - Donovan Bixley Live Edit - Chris Else, with your writing samples Hooked on Words and Pictures: Picture books
- Elizabeth Pulford and Sophie Siers
Writing a Young Fiction Series: Swapna Haddow
  12-1pm Lunch Your own arrangements Explore the exhibitors' stands at the Octagon Club    
  1-2pm Keynote:
(Dunedin Public Library, Dunningham Suite, 4th floor)
Our Journey to Publication Kate De Goldi with Stacy Gregg and Rachael Craw    
  2-3pm Panel Discussion (Dunedin Public Library, Dunningham Suite, 4th floor): Otago Gold Slam - Whenua/Place and Creativity Pecha Kucha-style panel of local illustrators and writers, on writing and place    
  3-3.30pm Final goodbyes        

Download a printable programme here.
Register here to attend


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