Meet acclaimed New Zealand children's fiction author
Des Hunt, author of adventure fiction for young readers, will be doing an exciting presentation with science demonstrations to tell the background stories of some of his books. Along the way he will show us how to write really enthralling stories.
Signed copies of his latest book, Trail of a Kiwi Killer, which is set around Kerikeri, will be available for purchase.
About Des Hunt
Des Hunt is an award-winning fiction writer. He was a science and technology teacher for more than 40 years and has published textbooks to support the New Zealand curriculum. Over the last twenty years, he has experimented with other ways of interesting youngsters in science, creating computer games and writing non-fiction and fiction with scientific themes.
After living in Auckland for much of his life he moved with his wife, Lynne, to Matarangi on the Coromandel Peninsula. He retired from the classroom in 2007 to concentrate on writing fiction for children. He continues his aims of fostering young people's’ natural interest in the science of their surroundings by visiting schools and libraries where he runs workshops and presentations.
His first novel, A Friend in Paradise, combined action adventure with ecological themes and was a finalist in the 2003 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards. Hunt was also a finalist in the Junior Fiction section of the 2007, 2010 and 2014 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards (now known as the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults). Des was a 2016 HELL's Children's Choice Award finalist for his book Cool Nukes. Hunt's Sunken Forest is a finalist for the Esther Glen Award in the 2017 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.