SATURDAY 17, NOVEMBER

MT EDEN WAR MEMORIAL HALL

Kids Zone activities

Fairy Jane - Facepainter Once upon a time there was a fairy who loved to paint. Her name was Fairy Jane. She was the most colourful and sparkly fairy you ever saw. Her wings shone like rainbows, even on wet and windy days. Everybody loved her because she was always...

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KIRSTEN MCKENZIE – BLAME THE PARENTS

Blame the Parents – My response to being successful I’ve just returned from exhibiting at the 3rd Annual New Zealand Book Festival, which was held in Auckland on the 5th November. It is a showcase for independently published authors (formerly known as self published...

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AN INTERVIEW WITH KIRSTEN MCKENZIE

For fans of Shortland Street or antiques, Kirsten might well look familiar. You’ll often see her as a nurse in a scene on the popular series, taking someone’s blood pressure, laying out surgical instruments or generally looking efficient and professional. In her other...

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AN INTERVIEW WITH HELEN TAU-AU FILISI

Indie-published under her own label, Pacific Hibiscus Ltd, Helen has several collections of works including picture books, performance plays and a collection of poetry Helen decided back in high school that she wanted to be a writer. Her chance came in 1990 when,...

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THE FIRST 12 WEEKS AS AN INDIE AUTHOR

Katherine Dewar with Niki Harre for the Auckland launch of Ruby and the Blue Sky at Titirangi Library Katherine Dewar with fellow KickArts radio panelists Katie Rudd from The NZ Dance Company and actors Paul and Mark of Theatrewhack. Carole Beu of The Womens’ Bookshop...

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SHIREE SCHUMACHER – WORDS ARE FOR SHARING

Each of us has stories to tell and I wonder how many amazing stories haven’t made it into books because the authors never wrote down the words swirling in their heads. I have friends bubbling with hilarious novel ideas, a couple with fascinating or scandalous family...

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INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR ELLIE BAKER

When did you decide to become a writer? I realised how much I enjoyed playing with words. Before children I enjoyed writing journals, letters and reports for my job. When I had three pre-schoolers writing short stories and poems was a creative outlet and escape. Once...

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VICKY ADIN – THE LILT OF IRISH LAUGHTER

Ireland – the land of song, of sadness and joy: the land where people have survived the worst and can still laugh at themselves. There is something about the Irish spirit that is infectious. We have just left Cobh (pronounced Cove) in the south of Ireland. It was the...

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KEITHA SMITH – WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

Someone recently asked me, “What inspires you to want to write?” It’s an interesting question, given that I’ve written twelve full length books including six unpublished novels, four published novels, one published non-fiction book and one further novel in the...

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THE JOURNEY OF GARY PAUL STEPHENSON, WEST AUCKLAND LOCAL

Where do I begin with my journey? It all started around 2005 with numb feet which made walking upstairs quite challenging.  My Doctor sent me to a Chiropractor which did little to help. Then during one of our weekly wind down visits to Parakai pools I found I could...

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