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Steve Dickinson

Steve Dickinson was born in London in 1958, and arrived in New Zealand in 1974. He studied at North Shore Teachers’ College and became an art teacher at a local Auckland intermediate. As Steve notes in Matapihi (1988), ‘Illustrating is a challenging art form in that it carries a high degree of restraints from both the writers and publishers who have their own visions about the book. I believe a good illustrator is one who can interpret the needs of both other parties but at the same time does not compromise the artistic quality of the work’. Steve has also written several novels.

Selected bibliography:
  • The Dream Monger text by Grant Hinden Miller (Hodder & Stoughton 1985).
  • City Night (Waiatarua Publishing 1987).
  • Legend of Kiwi text by Ron Bacon (Waiatarua Publishing 1987).
  • Tangaroa and the Tekoteko retold by Ron Bacon (Waiatarua Publishing 1988).
  • Fisherman's Tale text by Ron Bacon (Waiatarua Publishing 1988).
  • Waikaremoana retold by Ron Bacon (Waiatarua Publishing 1988).
  • Hatupatu and the Bird Woman retold by Ron Bacon (Waiatarua Publishing 1988).
  • Hay for the Donkey text by Ron Bacon (Waiatarua Publishing 1989).
  • TVNZ Absolutely Amazing Activity Book (Hodder & Stoughton in association with TVNZ Enterprises 1992).
  • Jenna's Wave (Scholastic 2000).
  • Last Cast (Scholastic 2001).
  • Esther Glen Award 1988 Finalist for City Night.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2001 Junior Fiction List for Jenna’s Wave.


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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