Jane Thorne – Facepainter Extraordinaire

Arrrr Me Hearties! Tis I, Pirate Jane travelling o’er many an ocean to take anchor in this beauty land of KidsZone. Ok, I cannot tell a lie I’m actually just pretending to be a pirate!! ‘What ho!’ you may ask, ‘then who are you?’… Well actually my real name is Fairy Jane and I do love travelling but usually flutter through vast forests and over many lands. My favorite thing to do is paint faces and dress up as a pirate and I look forward to meeting you all at the book festival this year!

Be warned!!! The NZ Book Festival’s KidsZone will have so many activities that your head may spin off. There’ll be storytelling and facepainting and the opportunity to create your own piece of treasure. Make sure you bring your artistic, imaginative, and original self to the KidsZone so you can design your own masterpiece to take home.

Books, books and more books. Children’s authors everywhere. Did you know they love reading, writing and of course answering questions about books? Go on… ask!

Tamsin Flynn – The Children’s Poet

Tamsin Flynn began writing for children in 2002.In 2004 she was published in the anthology Down to the sea again edited by Tessa Duder and published by Harper Collins.

The story tells of one of her many crazy sailing adventures told from the point of view of a pirate and she should know as Tamsin has been sailing around the Hauraki Gulf since she was six. She has travelled to most corners of the world and in 2008 moved to Qatar to live for four years to experience life through the eyes of another culture.

Here she met UK poet and illustrator Chris White who not only inspired her in the performance of children’s poetry but also agreed to illustrate for her. She began performing her work in schools in Qatar. She continues to perform her own work here in New Zealand and by interacting and work shopping with the children aims to share the joy of the poetry.

Tamsin has work in A Treasury of NZ children’s poems edited by Paula Green and published by Random House and has completed over sixty performances in schools in Auckland.

She loves entertaining children with her funny narrative poems and is passionate that poetry be an interactive and engaging process for all.

Storytelling and Poetry Timetable

10.00am – Festival Opening
10.05 – 10.25 story-time
10.30 – 11.00 Tamsin
11.05 – 11.25 Judy Mulder
11.35 – 11.55 Claire Bunt
12.05 – 12.25 Robyn P Murray
12.30 –   1.00 Tamsin
1.05   –   1.25 story-time
1.35   –   1.55 story-time
2.05   –   2.25 Jane Thorne
2.30   –   3.00 Tamsin
3.05   –   3.25 story-time
3.35   –   3.55 story-time
4.00pm – Festival Closing

Bean Bag Pile Up = Storytime

Watch out for Killer Croc

Yummy Food and Coffee

Pancakes are Delicious

Onsite ensuring your tastebuds don’t feel left out. So what’s on the menu?


Sweet Stack

Pancakes with cream or icecream and a saucy topping:

  • caramel, chocolate, maple syrup, strawberry or blueberry

Savoury Stack

    • Pancakes with bacon, banana, maple syrup and cream
    • Pancakes with bacon, avocado, tomato and aioli
    • Pancakes with salmon, avocado, tomato and sweet chilli sauce

Pancakes are Delicious are sponsoring the exhibitor tables at the 2017 NZ Book Festival. 

Barista Coffee 

Short Black, Long Black, Americano, Macchiato, Latte, Flat White, Cappuccino, Mocha, Piccolo & Affogato.



Mama Yoya’s Mexican Food

Review: Garantizado el sabor de la cocina mexicana por la mismísima Mama Yoya!!

(Guaranteed the taste of Mexican cuisine by Mother Yoya herself!!)