The 2018 NZ Book Festival Gala Night – details still to be confirmed

Below are the details from the 2017 event.

Gala Night 

Get ready for a great night out everyone. The speakers are informative and have lots of advice for writers at all levels.

The usual advantages of getting together the night before a big festival includes catching up with friends, meeting new people, enjoying your favourite tipple (alcoholic or otherwise), talking your head off about yourself, learning more about your writing peers, and enjoying the nibbles.

To help you feel ‘in the mood’ there will be food and a cash bar.

Deborah Challinor

#1 Bestselling Historical Fiction Author

Deborah is a writer and a historian. She lives with her husband and a nervous cat called Gus in the Waikato in New Zealand. Previously, she spent four years in New South Wales, researching and writing her Convict Girls series, set in Sydney in the 1830s.

She was born in the Waikato town of Huntly, and attended Waikato University where she completed a Ph.D in New Zealand military history in 1998. She originally went to university to study English, but didn’t actually like it, failed miserably with several Ds and changed her major to History. Clearly the decision was a good one, as all her historical novels have appeared in the top five of the New Zealand fiction bestseller list, six reaching number one. Except, that is, for her most recent books, which aren’t eligible as she is now published by HarperCollins Australia.

Deborah has also written non-fiction – Grey Ghosts, based on the research she did for her Ph.D. on New Zealand soldiers and the Vietnam War, and Who’ll Stop the Rain?, about the effects of Agent Orange on the children of New Zealand’s Vietnam veterans. Her books are sold in the UK, Germany, Russia, Czechoslovakia and Australia, and in large print and in audio format.

Stu Duval

Stu writes. Paints. Imagines. He creates worlds in words and pictures.

Born in Christchurch, he has been a graphic artist, radio broadcaster, cartoonist, motivational speaker, art teacher, preacher, mural painter and creative director.

In 2000 he embarked on a journey as a full-time author and storyteller, travelling the length and breadth of the country sharing his stories and art.

He is now considered one of New Zealand’s master storytellers. His books (16 at last count) are much loved by children and praised for their crackling prose, rip-roaring adventure and spellbinding narrative.

He is currently working on his much anticipated Last Kiwi project, consisting of stunning painted works and a brand new novel.

Kirsten McKenzie

Kirsten is the NZ Book Festival’s highest Amazon ranking exhibitor.