Seeing yourself reflected in literature can help you find your place in the world.
These writers create books for children and young people, although there is plenty in their books for adults too! These books enable our communities to see themselves, see who they could be and encourage acceptance in the wider community.
Caitlin Spice is the co-author of Raven Wild, a transgender fairy tale in the ‘Promised Land’ series. Kyle Mewburn is one of New Zealand’s finest, and most eclectic, picture book writers with over 20 titles to her name. Her titles have been translated into over a dozen languages and won numerous awards including Children’s Book of the Year. We are delighted to host two international guests – Kelly Gardiner and Michael Earp who are joining us from across the ditch. Kelly is an award-winning author of The Firewatcher Chronicles, and will share her experiences of writing for young adults. Michael Earp is a children’s literature specialist and editor the editor of Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories.
Chaired by librarian and recent NZ Children’s Book Award judge – Simie Simpson
Presented as part of Samesame but different, February 12 – 15, 2020