BOOK AWARDS FINALISTS PANEL

4 AUGUST 6:30-8:00PM

LONG ROOM, WINTEC HOUSE ANGLESEA ST    SEE MAP

Come along and hear our panellists Stacy Gregg, Des O'Leary, Keri Opai  and Ant Sang in conversation with chair Nicola Daly. This event is supported by Books For Kids with books for sale and signing and is in association with the New Zealand book Awards for Children & Young Adults. 

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Stacy Gregg is HarperCollins NZ’s third best-selling children’s author of all time – outranked only by David Walliams and Dr Seuss. To date, Stacy has sold over a million and half copies, has been nominated four times for New Zealand book awards for junior fiction, has won the Children’s Choice award for fiction three years running, and has also been awarded seven Storylines Notable books awards including two in 2019, one for her novel The Fire Stallion and the other for Mini-Whinny: Happy Birthday to Me! her first book in a new series of younger fiction for 5-7 year olds. Mini Whinny is also shortlisted for the NZ Children’s Book Awards this August.

Author 

STACY GREGG

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Des O’Leary started life in Greymouth and has taught at high schools in Fiji,

Whakatāne and Kerikeri, and at Aorere College in South Auckland, where he
took softball and rugby league teams and helped with the Samoan culture
group. He is now a relief teacher at Papamoa College, Tauranga.
He lives in the Bay of Plenty with his wife, Hazel. Slice of Heaven is his first novel.

Author

DES O'LEARY

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Keri tutors classes in te reo Māori and tikanga within The WISE Group and is part of the senior management team responsible for creating policy that enhances engagement with iwi and insures adherence to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.  Te Hīnga Ake A Māui I Te Ika Whenua is his first children and young person’s book and this year it won the Storylines Notable Book Award in te reo. A second book is underway.

Author

KERI OPAI

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Ant Sang is an award winning cartoonist, illustrator, storyboarder and author. He wrote and illustrated the celebrated graphic novels The Dharma Punks and  Shaolin Burning  and was also the  designer on the animated TV show bro'Town. His most recent graphic novel is Helen and the Go-Go Ninjas which is a collaboration with Michael Bennett. It is a finalist in the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.

Graphic novelist

ANT SANG

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Nicola Daly is a senior lecturer in children's literature in the Division of Education at the University of Waikato.  She has had research fellowships with several children's literature collections around the world, and in October 2019 will take up a Fulbright Fellowship at the Worlds of Words collection at the University of Arizona.

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NICOLA DALY

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