Who’s who to gather for Sto­ry­lines

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Na­tional trea­sures Joy Cow­ley and Mar­garet Mahy are among the high-profile chil­dren’s au­thors mak­ing an ap­pear­ance as part of a fes­ti­val for chil­dren.

The Auck­land leg of the 15th an­nual Sto­ry­lines Fes­ti­val of New Zealand Chil­dren’s Writ­ers and Il­lus­tra­tors fea­tures a sem­i­nar, work­shops and a fam­ily fun day.

Tonight there will be a sem­i­nar fea­tur­ing United King­dom pic­ture-book star Ba­bette Cole – au­thor of sex ed­u­ca­tion book Mummy Laid an Egg – and award-win­ning Aus­tralian au- thor Ca­role Wilkin­son. The Her­itage Ho­tels sem­i­nar se­ries will be chaired by Gavin Bishop at the Her­itage Ho­tel from 6pm.

Writ­ing and il­lus­tra­tion work­shops for young­sters are be­ing held in Albany, Ma­nurewa, Re­muera and Glen Eden on Satur­day. Adults can also learn to tell tales in a work­shop with Amer­i­can sto­ry­teller and au­thor Cathy Spag­noli.

Tick­ets for the work­shops and sem­i­nars can be bought at www. sto­ry­lines.org.nz or from the Jab­ber­wocky Chil­dren’s Book­shop.

The free fam­ily day is at the Aotea Cen­tre on Sun­day and is ex­pected to at­tract more than 20,000 chil­dren and fam­i­lies, drawn by the chance to meet to the peo­ple who write the books they love.

In­ter­na­tional guests will join a throng of New Zealand au­thors and il­lus­tra­tors.

Guests can hear Joy Cow­ley, Mar­garet Mahy, Dorothy But­ler, David Hill and Anna Macken­zie.

Comic artists Ant Sang, bro’Town and Dylan Hor­rocks will also be there.

For in­for­ma­tion go to www.sto ry­lines.org.nz.

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