Gareth Ward (The Great Wardini), Nikki Slade Robinson, David Hill and Dawn McMillan tour Tauranga and Bay of Plenty towns 7th August – 11th August
After 23 years of hosting Festival Family Days throughout New Zealand, the Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust of New Zealand is this year bringing its Storylines National Festival Story Tour directly to schools and libraries throughout New Zealand.
The Storylines National Festival Story Tour will visit community venues and facilities in metropolitan and regional centres, smaller cities and towns, extending Storylines’ regional reach to communities that have not previously had access to their central city-based Family Days. And from August 7-11, this inaugural, dynamic tour of presentations and storytelling, which has already entertained 8000+ children in Northland, South Auckland and the Waikato, is coming to Tauranga and towns around the Bay of Plenty.
Taking part in this leg are magician, hypnotist, storyteller and bookseller Gareth Ward (aka The Great Wardini), Opotiki illustrator Nikki Slade-Robinson, Coromandel author Dawn McMillan and New Plymouth author David Hill.
These four much-loved storytellers will be entertaining school children at 25+ schools and 3 libraries around the Bay of Plenty, and at one of the six national Storylines events for adults, to be held in Opotiki, in association with the New Zealand Book Council. A discussion panel featuring all four authors will run from 7.00 – 8.00pm, Thursday 10 August at the Opotiki Library.
After Tauranga/BOP, the tour moves onto schools and libraries in the Manawatu, Nelson/ Blenheim and Queenstown/ Invercargill.
Dr. Libby Limbrick, Chair of the Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust of New Zealand says “The Storylines National Festival Story Tour which started in May this year in Northland is proving very effective. It’s been a joy to see how taking activities that promote young people’s active engagement with children’s literature directly into schools and community centres has been so well received, and we are looking forward to bringing this experience to many more children across New Zealand this year.”
The aim of the Storylines Festival Story Tour is to connect children's writers, illustrators, poets and storytellers with their readers and audiences, to enjoy books and reading, and to encourage literacy. The tour and programme is completely free to enable access to all to high quality New Zealand children's literature.
Monday 7 August
KatiKati Primary, Matahui School, Whakamarama School, Omokoroa School, Brookfield Primary School and Matua Primary School.
Tuesday 8 August
Mt Maunganui Primary, Omanu Primary School, Tahatai Coast School – Papamoa, Te Puke Library, Paengaroa School.
Wednesday 9 August
Tauriko School, Greenpark School, Greerton Village School, Tauranga Girls’ College, Gate Pa School, Tauranga Primary School, Maungatapu School, Welcome Bay School, Selwyn Ridge Primary, Oropi School.
Thursday 10 August
Two presentations for school children at Opotiki Library in the morning, an afternoon event at Waiotahe Valley School and an Evening event at Opotiki Library for adults and young adults.
Friday 11 August
Two presentations for school children at Kawerau Library, an event at Whakatane Library in the afternoon, followed by events at Allandale School and Te Kura o Te Paroa.
For more information on the authors/illustrators please go to:
Gareth Ward - http://garethwardauthor.com/
Dawn McMillan - http://www.bookcouncil.org.nz/writer/mcmillan-dawn/
David Hill - http://www.bookcouncil.org.nz/writer/hill-david/
Storylines is delighted that the Storylines National Festival Story Tour will expand its work into new regions, celebrate and promote writers and illustrators of New Zealand children’s literature, and continue Storylines’ aims of:
• nurturing a love of reading and writing by young people of all ages in a range of genres: fiction, non-fiction, graphic, oral and digital;
• supporting the work and professional development of New Zealand’s writers and illustrators of books for children and young people;
• developing an appreciation of the power of children's literature in supporting the development of cultural identity and literacy in children and young adults throughout New Zealand.