Monday, August 30, 2010

A girl called Harry

Congratulations to WCBA member (and treasurer!) Pippa Werry on the launch of her latest book, A girl called Harry.
If you're on Facebook, you can see a few photos from the launch at the Wellington Children's Bookshop page there.
This is a good chance to remind all WCBA members that if you have a book published or some other success you'd like to share with members, do drop us a line so we can announce it here on the blog. (And send us your own blogs or websites too, so we can link to them.) Email the WCBA at

Monday, August 23, 2010

Calling storytellers, poets and other performers or promoters

Wellington's annual Spring Festival is a two-week festival (18 September - 3 October), which kicks off at the end of Conservation Week. It has plenty for everyone with almost 40 events and activities.

This year organisers have decided to put more of a creative spin on celebrations.

There is a poetry corner, drama corner, a soap box and music corner that will rotate round Midland Park, and Grey Street. The performances in these places should last for 5 -10 mins and will take place at lunch time between 12 noon and 2pm.

All events are free for the public and these perfomances are not paid. It's an opportunity to perform - or promote a book,  event or organisation to the general public. You are also more than welcome to hand out flyers at the venues.

If you are interested, please email 

Monday, August 16, 2010

For WCBA Members - visit to the Susan Price Collection

WCBA members are invited to book for a joint visit to the remarkable Susan Price Collection of children's books. This will be a fascinating and convivial event.
The collection is housed in Kelburn, and the visit is planned for Sunday 29 August at 3pm. It's free, but numbers are limited, so book soon to secure your place. Email and we will add your name to the list and send out further details closer to the time.

You can find out more about the amazing Susan Price collection here.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Jack Lasenby Award open for entries - plus workshop with Fleur Beale

 2010 Jack Lasenby Award
Write a short story for children

This biennial competition, run by the Wellington Children's Book Association, is now open for entries.

There is one prize of $500, and entries must be received by 5pm on Friday October 8.

For more information and entry forms, email the Wellington Children's Book Association -

Writing for Children
One-day workshop with Fleur Beale

Date: Saturday 4 September
Time: 10am-4pm
Cost: $75 (includes morning & afternoon tea)
Numbers limited.

Course participants may, if they wish, send one short story (of under 1200 words) before 20 August, for Fleur to briefly assess. This course could be a great way to kickstart your entry into this year's Jack Lasenby Award!

For more information about this course, email the Wellington Children's Book Association -

Monday, August 9, 2010

This Sunday: Storylines Free Family Day in Wellington!

 Children’s book authors, illustrators, performance groups and storytellers bring books alive for children and their caregivers at the Storylines Festival Free Family Day. 

There are craft activities, readings and performances planned for all age groups, with new activities starting every thirty minutes. 

Date: Sunday 15 August
Time: 10am – 3pm.
Venues: indoors at the Wellington Town Hall and Capital E.
Free fun for all the family.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The FABO Story

What started off as a bit of fun (a bunch of well known NZ children's authors being silly together ...) is turning into something of a phenomenon.

The FABO story is a collaborative novel, with each chapter written by a different author. Every week, a new chapter goes online. Guess which author wrote it - or contribute your own chapter for the following week. There are prizes up for grabs!

This is fun for adults and children alike.

The authors are up to chapter 2 this week - but you can jump in anytime. Everything you need to know is clearly laid out at the FABO site.

Note that amongst the authors there is a strong contingent of WCBA stalwarts!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Calling children's authors ...

Children's Authors in Libraries Week

The NZSA (New Zealand Society of Authors) Wellington branch has got together with Wellington City Libraries to hold a Children's Authors in Libraries Week during the week of October 4 - 8.
If you would like to be a part of this, please contact Kevin Boon at to receive more information and a short questionnaire.
This initiative is open to all children's authors, not only members of NZSA.