Kaitaia teen chat roo
What have I been doing in the quiet month of January?
Helping organise a fantastic exhibition of children’s books.
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! Also, on Saturday 24th August at the Ponsonby Art Station see the ‘Pictures Without Words’ illustration exhibition from 10-4pm. I’ll be at the Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland Storylines Family Festival Days and would love to see you there! When I first began giving author talks nearly ten years ago – I thought my goal was to inform the audience.
Since observing some of New Zealand’s best presenters I realised you had to take it a step further.
You need to engage your audience by making them laugh, showing them something they haven’t seen before, letting them get to know you more, getting the kids up and being part of the performance and wowing them with some props/visuals.
The Gala Opening Night is on Monday 4th March from 5.30 – 7.30pm.
After giving hundreds of talks I now look forward to them.My new book ‘Running the Country’ has been hitting a right note with teachers and librarians around the country.They’ve told me there was a desperate need for an updated book about how our country is run and now they have it.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!That night (Saturday 17th August) 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. On Sunday 18th August join writers and illustrators in Auckland: 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 Taylor, and the matriarchs of children’s literature: Joy Cowley and Dame Lynley Dodd at the Aotea Centre from 10 – 3pm.