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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. […]

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A Writer’s Life

Hi all I write children’s non-fiction books on a lifestyle block in North Auckland. For the next month, I’m going to share what I get up to, as a full-time writer. I have two teenage children so as soon as they disappear on the bus I’m tapping away at the keyboard either on a freelance […]

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Fast Five with Fleur Beale

1. Why did you want to be a writer? It happened by accident really. Mum was always writing and telling her own stories and when I’d left home she sent me notes from a writing course she went to. I started writing very short stories for Grampa’s Place which was a radio programme for pre-schoolers. […]

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Fast Five with Sharon Holt

1. Why did you want to be a writer? I wanted to be a writer because I absolutely loved reading books and being in libraries. I wanted to help other children find the joy that I found between the pages of so many wonderful children’s books. 2. What’s the best thing about being a writer? […]

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What is a writer?

Hi everyone, Tonight I’ve been back to school. That’s because we’re having a Book Week at Twizel Area School and I’m organising it!  Tonight we had bedtime stories in the library. Kids came in their pyjamas and bought their teddies. We had 4 stories. I read ‘Who is Brian Bear?’ by Helen Taylor (one of […]

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History Challenge and NZ authors

Hello again How are you going with the history reading challenge this week? Sometimes history can sound dry and boring but it doesn’t have to be. It’s a matter of choosing the right book for you. That’s why I love the books in the My Story series – they’re a mixture of history and adventure. […]

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Interview with Raymond Huber

Our interview with New Zealand author, Raymond Huber, has just been added to the Interviews with NZ Children’s Authors pages on the library website.  Raymond’s book, a cool story about bees called Sting, was a finalist in the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards this year.  Check out Raymond Huber’s answers to these questions and more: What […]

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