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Storylines Whangarei Family Day

Storylines Whangarei Family Day

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  • Sat 30 Aug ’14, 9:30am – 2:00pm


Whangarei Central Library, 5 Rust Avenue, Whangarei


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission



The Storylines Festival Family Days are a breeding ground for this generation's Margaret Mahy or Joy Cowley, or indeed for the next Eleanor Catton! But more than that, they are the place where our children and their families and our authors, illustrators and storytellers share the magic of our stories, right here and now.

There is something for everyone, young and old, with loads of activities, entertainment, competitions and more. A great day out for all the family.

Guest authors and illustrators:
Listen to authors read and talk about their work, watch illustrators in action:
Maria Gill author - New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame: 25 Kiwi Champions, The Last of Maui’s Dolphins
Kyle Mewburn author - Dinosaur Rescue series, Melu
Mark and Rowan Sommerset author and illustrator - Baa Baa Smart Sheep, Quirkey Turkey
Sandra Morris illustrator - Sensational Survivors, A New Zealand Nature Journal
Catherine Foreman author and illustrator - The Cat's Pyjamas, Planes, Boats, Tractors and Trains picture books series
plus local authors and illustrators.

Events happening throughout the day:
- Welcome Ceremony featuring the Whangarei District Brass Band
- Heritage Hotels Book Talk. Hear the authors discuss their work and inspirations
- Scholastic Books Out ALoud. Listen to stories in a magical grove under the stairs in the Library
- Writers Zone and Panel. Meet our guest authors
- Books Alive. Enjoy storytelling and performances bringing books to life
- Artists in Action Illustrators Gallery. Watch illustrators and create your own work. Take a glimpse into the studios of some of Northland's best illustrators at an exhibition of their favourite works.
- Pure Thinking Capital Factopia. Enter the time tunnel and go back when Whangarei was starting to be settled by Europeans. Explore and try your hand at 19th Century activities in the Colonial House, Māori Village, Forest Clearing and School Room/Playground
- Book Sales and Author Signings Get your books autographed at the Storytime stall.
- Bookworks Arts & Crafts, story writing, face painting, street entertainers and much more.
- Enter one or all of of competitions:
- Ringmaster's find Quirkey Turkey's smarty tablets - only during the Storylines Family Day
- Design a onesie for Baa Baa Smart Sheep
- Write a short story about sheep, turkeys, smarty tablets or lemonade
- Take a photograph based on Catherine Foreman's Boat, Planes, Tractors and Train series
- Come dressed as your favourite storybook chararacter and you may win a spot prize!

We hope to see you there!

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