TELLING OUR STORIES

31 AUGUST 10:00-1:00PM

SOUTHWELL SCHOOL LIBRARY

200 PEACHGROVE RD

The Waikato Children’s Literature Association seminar features Debbie McCauley and Steph Matuku. More details on the seminar (including how to register and become a WCLA member) are on the seminar flyer. Please contact Helen if you wish to register.

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Steph, from New Plymouth, wants our young people to be able to read more stories set in Aotearoa. Currently studying tikanga Māori with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, she took part in Te Papa Tupu, a writing programme developed by the Māori Literature Trust and organised by Huia Publishers. Out of that came two children’s novels, both published in 2018. Flight of the Fantail is a science fiction YA survival story and Whetū Toa and the Magician is a fantasy chapter book for younger readers. The latter is a finalist in this year’s Esther Glen Junior Fiction Book Award.

Author

STEPH MAKETU

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Debbie works full-time as a heritage librarian at Tauranga City Library and writes bilingual books for children about significant things, like the 1864 Battle of Gate Pā, the Rena Disaster, Treaty of Waitangi, diabetes and women’s suffrage. Mōtītī Blue and The Oil Spill: A Story from the Rena Disaster won best non-fiction book in the 2015 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults and Ko Mauao te Maunga: Legend of Mauao is a finalist in this year’s Elsie Locke Non-Fiction Award.

Author

DEBBIE MCCAULEY

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