Celebrating Storyline Festivals around the country

Today is the beginning of the first Storyline Festival this year – in Dunedin. Children’s authors Kyle Mewburn, Adele Broadbent, Mandy Hager, Rachel Stedman, Simon Pollard, and illustrator Robyn Belton, and storyteller Tanya Batt along with International guests: Isobelle Carmody and Rachel Spratt will strut their stuff at Dunedin Central Library from 11 – 4pm.

On Sunday (11th August), I’ll be joining them along with Rachel King, Jenny Cooper, Ben Brown, Jane Buxton, and Simon Pollard at the South Christchurch Library from 10 – 3pm.

On Saturday 17th August, I’ll fly to Wellington to join writers and illustrators: Philippa Werry, Ken Benn, David Elliot, Philip Webb, Ant Sang, Fifi Colston, Ruth Paul, Moira Wairama, and Mona Williams at the Michael Fowler Centre from 10 – 3pm.

That night in Auckland authors, illustrators, librarians, teachers and anyone who loves children’s books will celebrate Storylines 20th anniversary at the National Library from 6pm to 8pm. Buy your tickets here.

The next day, I’ll join Auckland writers and illustrators: David Hill, Sally Sutton, Mark Sommerset, Chris Gurney, Nina Rycroft, Sandra Morris, Elena de Roo, Melinda Szymanik, Leonie Agnew, Fraser Williamson, Susan Brocker, Leonie Thorpe, Apirana aylor, and the matriarchs of children’s literature: Joy Cowley and Dame Lynley Dodd at the Aotea Centre from 10 – 3pm.

There are also Storyline Family Festival Days in Kaitaia at the Kaitaia Library and Te Ahu Centre from 11 – 4pm; and at the South Auckland Vodafone Events Centre from 11-3pm on Saturday 17th August for the first time!

What can you expect at a Storylines Family Festival Day? You’ll meet authors and illustrators (of course) – you’ll hear them speak, see them draw, do activities with them, get your battered or newly bought book signed and chat to them. You can also make crafts, get your face painted, watch shows, enter competitions and win prizes, and pick-up freebies. It is incredible fun – come with your kids, parents, or by yourself! It is all FREE!!!! I hope to see you there!

4 Responses so far

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    Ella said,

    Hi Maria,

    I’m one of the volunteers at the Christchurch Storylines festival tomorrow, so hope to see you there!

    (To spot me, I’m a tall girl with brown hair and I’ll either being wearing a red or yellow ribbon in my hair 😉 )

  2. 3

    Rebecca said,

    Yes I just went and it was awesome. I entered the create your own menu competition there and came 1rst!!!

  3. 4

    Rebecca said,

    It really is awesome.


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