Who’s who to gather for Storylines
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.