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Storylines Family Day

Information about Storylines Family Day held at Whangarei Central Library and the Old Library Arts Centre on Saturday 30 August 2014.
Updated: 19/12/2019 1:47 p.m.

Storylines Family Day banner. Illustration by Trevor Pye, 2014.

Storylines Festival of New Zealand Children's Writers and Illustrators

The Storylines Festival Family Days are a breeding ground for this generation's Margaret Mahy or Joy Cowley, or indeed for the next Eleanor Catton! But more than that, they are the place where our children and their families and our writers, illustrators and storytellers share the magic of our stories, right here and now.

There is something for everyone, young and old, with loads of activities, entertainment, competitions and more. A great day out for all the family.

Guest writers and illustrators

Listen to writers read and talk about their work, watch illustrators in action:

Maria Gill writer - New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame: 25 Kiwi Champions, The Last of Maui’s Dolphins

Kyle Mewburn writer - Dinosaur Rescue series, Melu

Mark and Rowan Sommerset writer and illustrator - Baa Baa Smart Sheep, Quirkey Turkey

Sandra Morris illustrator - Sensational Survivors, A New Zealand Nature Journal

Local writers and illustrators

Catherine Foreman writer and illustrator - The Cat's Pyjamas, Planes, Boats, Tractors and Trains picture books series

Maureen Sudlow writer - Fearless Fred and the Dragon

Nicke Muir writer - Baba Didi and the Godwits Fly

Annemarie Florian writer - Books for Babies, Time to Sleep, Getting To Know You series, Kiwi the Real Story

Heather Hunt illustrator and photographer - Kiwi the Real Story, Getting To Know You series

Rosie Boom writer - The Barn Chronicles series

Evan Heasman illustrator


  • Welcome Ceremony featuring the Whangarei District Brass Band
  • Heritage Hotels Book Talk Hear the writers discuss their work and inspirations 
  • Scholastic Books Out Loud Listen to stories in a magical grove under the stairs in the Library
  • Writers Zone and Panel Meet our guest writers
  • Books Alive Enjoy storytelling and performances bringing books to life
  • Artists in Action watch illustrators and create your own work. Take a glimpse into the studios of some of Northland's best illustrators at an exhibition of their favourite works
  • Pure Thinking Capital Factopia Enter the time tunnel and go back when Whangarei was starting to be settled by Europeans. Explore and try your hand at 19th Century activities in the Colonial House, Māori Village, Forest Clearing and School Room/Playground
  • Book Sales and Author Signings Get your books autographed at the Storytime stall
  • Crafts, story writing, face painting, street entertainers and much more.

Baa Baa Smart Sheep illustrated by Rowan Sommerset. Competitions

  • Design a Onesie for Baa Baa Smart Sheep.
    Closes 12 noon, Saturday 30 August 2014
  • Writing Competition Write a short story about sheep, turkeys, smarty tablets or lemonade (based on Baa Baa Smart Sheep and I Love Lemonade by Mark and Rowan Sommerset).
    Closes Wednesday 27 August 2014
  • Photography Competition Take a photograph based on Catherine Foreman's Boats, Planes, Tractors and Trains series.
    Closes Wednesday 27 August 2014.

Family Day only competitions

  • Ringmaster's Find Quirkey Turkey's Smarty Tablets 
  • Storybook Characters Come dressed as your favourite storybook character and you may win a spot prize!

Storylines Festival Illustrators' Selfie Exhibition poster. Illustrators' Selfies Exhibition

The Old Library Community Arts Centre
29 August to 11 September 2014

Featuring Catherine Foreman,
Evan Heasman, Heather Hunt, Sandra Morris and Rowan Sommerset.







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