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Heather Haylock


Heather Haylock was born and grew up in Rotorua. As a child, she could often be found reading a book while sitting on her horse, or perched way up high in a tree. She went to the University of Waikato and gained a Master of Social Sciences, majoring in Geography and specialising in natural hazards and disasters. She worked, for a while, as a resource management planner in Rotorua and Auckland.

She currently lives in Auckland with her family. She was overjoyed to have her manuscript, Granny McFlitter the Champion Knitter, chosen for the 2017 Storylines Gavin Bishop Award text, and over the moon to see the wonderful illustrations done by the winner, Lael Chisholm.

Heather loves the challenge of knitting words into stories. Now, thanks to her research for Granny McFlitter and the penguins, Heather is also able to knit yarn into jumpers.

If you want to find her, try looking up. She may be reading or writing a book, or knitting a jumper, way up high in a tree.

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Selected bibliography:
  • Mr Bright, Turn Off the Lights! Illustrated by Fabiano Fiorin (Sunshine Books NZ, 2021)
  • Playing with Surveys Illustrated by Michael Wilkin (Sunshine Books NZ, 2021)
  • Ready, Steady, Cook (Sunshine Books NZ, 2021)
  • Granny McFlitter: A Country Yarn (Penguin Random House NZ, 2019)
  • The Town Fire Brigade illustrated by Fabiano Fiorin (Sunshine Books NZ, 2019)
  • Katie’s Cabbage Chaos Illustrated by Richard Hoit (Sunshine Books NZ, 2019)
  • Farmer Rob’s Robot Illustrated by Richard Hoit (Sunshine Books NZ, 2019)
  • Tom, the School Cat, illustrated by Peter Stevenson (Sunshine Books NZ, 2018)
  • Nutty Knitting (Sunshine Books NZ, 2018)
  • How Much Rain? (Sunshine Books NZ, 2018)
  • Granny McFlitter the Champion Knitter, illustrated by Lael Chisholm (Penguin Random House NZ, 2018)
  • Chemistry on our side, Great Mates: 30 NZ Stories for Children, edited by Barbara Else, illustrated by Philip Webb (Random House 2011)
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2020  forGranny McFlitter: A Country Yarn
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2019 Granny McFlitter the Champion Knitter
  • Finalist in the Picture Book Category, New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, 2018 for Granny McFlitter the Champion Knitter, illustrated by Lael Chisholm (Penguin Random House NZ, 2018). 
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