Over a cup of coffee at a central Dunedin café a group of children’s and young adult book lovers got their imaginations together. As a result next week’s Ink Spots & Twisty Plots Family Day was born.
Aimed at celebrating the wonder of children’s books (in all its forms) Dunedin Public Libraries is presenting a free celebration day for writers, readers, sketchers and dreamers.
With a workshop for young writers, activities, stories and songs for the littlest bookworms, author talks and a panel discussions for anyone interested in learning more about the craft of writing and illustrating books for children, an author ‘meet and greet’, all capped off with coffee and cake at the University Book Shop this new initiative is hoped to become an annual event.
“The Dunedin book-loving community has a real soft spot for children’s books and young adult writing. With the New Zealand Children’s and Young Adult Book Awards just around the corner it’s a great opportunity for Dunedin, as New Zealand’s UNESCO City of Literature, to celebrate the world of books and children with a Family Day” says Kay Mercer, of Dunedin Public Libraries.
Being held at the Dunningham Suite from 11am–4pm on Saturday 12 August special guests include a stellar line up of this year’s New Zealand Children’s and Young Adult Book Award children’s short-listed writers Donovan Bixley, Lisala Halapua, Melinda Szymanik and Mere Whaanga, along with Dunedin-based and award-winning writers Ella West and Sue Wootton.
“We’re thrilled to be part of this” says Phillippa Duffy, of University Book Shop. “The importance of writing for children is well known, but even more important is the fun that springs from books and writing. That’s what the Ink Spots & Twisty Plots Family Day is all about – getting booklovers and story-tellers together, connecting with some amazing writers and artists, and having a whole heap of fun.”