Com­pul­sive writer to share sto­ries with chil­dren

Kapi-Mana News - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

Chil­dren’s au­thor Jo­hanna Knox will be spin­ning tales to Porirua school kids this month.

Knox is among 20 New Zealand New Zealand Post Chil­dren’s Book Awards fi­nal­ist writ­ers and il­lus­tra­tors tour­ing the coun­try, cel­e­brat­ing home­grown books to­gether with the kids who read them.

Knox wrote com­pul­sively at school, of­ten stay­ing awake un­til all hours work­ing on sto­ries that ended up be­ing 20 pages long when the teacher had only asked for one.

Her long love af­fair with car­niv­o­rous plants of all kinds led her to writ­ing The Fly­trap Snaps, a fast-paced mys­tery-ad­ven­ture story. It is the first in a planned se­ries of eight books.

Next Tues­day she will be vis­it­ing Ad­ven­ture, Wind­ley and Ti­tahi Bay schools.

Mean­while, a pro­gramme of awards-re­lated fes­ti­val events will be held. These in­clude Af­ter School Fun at Porirua Li­brary on Thurs­day, May 10. There will be read­ings from se­lected fi­nal­ist picture books, songs, and a col­lage book­mark craft to re­mind kids to keep on read­ing New Zealand-made. It runs from 4pm to 5pm.

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