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Wellington Children’s Book Association
Newsletter No. 1 - 2016
March 2nd

Hi Everybody,
It’s been a long time between newsletters so time to fill you in on children’s book happenings in Wellington.

The Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal 2016
Today Barbara Else was named as the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal winner of 2016. We are all hugely pleased for her. At this moment Barbara has just arrived in Dunedin to take up the Children’s Writer In Residence fellowship at Otago University. She recently commented on Facebook that students aren’t what they used to be, (that’s because Otago Uni banned couch burnings...)

Writers Week
Kathryn Carmody, the facilitator of the excellent Writers Week at The International Festival of the Arts wants us to remind you that there are some wonderful children’s writers in the line up. 8-13th March
International guests include;
Cornelia Funke – Inkheart Series (13th)
Sally Gardner – Maggot Moon (13th)
Mariko Tamaki- Caldicott medalist for This One Summer  (graphic novel) (13th)

Along with Joy Cowley (13th) Anna McKenzie (10th)Paul Beavis (12th) and Mandy Hager (12th) from New Zealand.
There are one on one chats with these authors as well as panels so grab your tickets now!

The W.C.B.A. is having a meet up between the author talks of Sally Gardner and Cornelia Funke at, MOJO, the cafe in the St James on Courtney place. Sunday 13th March From 12:30-1-30pm. But if you are interested in Mariko’s talk I’m sure there will be W.C.B.A. members hanging out at the St James during the day. Just look for the enthusiastic crowd of people taking over a large table!

WCBA Writers Groups operating.
Anita Nalder has begun a new writers group that sprang out of Tinderbox conference. There is a daytime meet-up and an evening meet-up at The Wellesley Club in McGinnity St on Wednesdays.  The next Wednesday Wellesley Writers Weetup is 9th March at 1pm and 23rd March at 7pm

There is a writers group that meets at Clarks cafe in the Wellington Library twice a month on the 2nd Tuesday and 4th Friday at 11am. This should be starting back up soon after we get our dose of inspiration from Writers Week.

Up Coming Book Launches
Pippa Werry has a book launch for her Armistice Book on 22 March at The Children’s Bookshop. 6pm

IBBY Congress
Early Bird registrations for IBBY close on the 31st March.  The International Board of Books for Young People. This is being held in Auckland for the first time. Check out the website.

I hope to see you at one or other of these events soon.

Maureen Crisp

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