Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival

Sunday 31st March 2019

As part of the Secondary Schools' programme for DWARF, we will be taking a large group of McGlashan students to hear celebrated authors Markus Zusak and John Boyne. Make sure you don't miss these other fantastic children’s authors and illustrators at the Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival from 9-12 May. Here’s a wee taste:


Stuart Lipshaw, author of Oh Boy: A Storybook of Epic NZ Men, has a message for boys: “Follow your passions. Do what makes you happy. Work hard. Be kind. Give it everything you’ve got. Don’t give up. And remember that anything is possible.”

His book gathers together inspiring stories about 50 great NZ men across a range of careers.

Lipshaw will join one of the book’s illustrators, Toby Morris, and one of its epic NZ men, Sam Johnson (founder of the Student Volunteer Army that helped clean up after Christchurch’s earthquakes and 2012 Young New Zealander of the Year), to talk with Jack Tame about boydom, chasing your dreams, and finding the right path to fit your character.

Best suited to ages 7+.
WHEN: Saturday 11 May, 2.30–3.30pm
WHERE: Dunedin Public Art Gallery


As a picture book author and artist, Gavin Bishop has published 70 books that have been translated into 12 languages and won many awards.

His latest works illustrate aspects of New Zealand history and are thoroughly sumptuous publications: Aotearoa (which won both the non-fiction prize and the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award at last year’s Children and Young Adult Book Awards) and Cook’s Cook (an idiosyncratic view of Captain Cook’s voyage, told through the eyes of his one-handed cook).

Fellow author/illustrator David Elliot will chair the session.

WHEN: Sunday 12 May, 10.00–11.00am
WHERE: Dunedin Public Art Gallery
PRICE: $23/$19/$15
Supported by Extra! 


As Australian Children’s Laureate, Morris Gleitzman is on a crusade to champion children’s literature: “Young people need stories more than ever. Stories to delight, stories to beguile, stories to inspire, stories to move deeply.”

He says stories help our young people to develop empathy, insight and resilience: “I like to think of them as a bit like vitamins.”

He’s been producing those vitamins for over 30 years now and has written over 40 books (for ages 8–12).

Don’t miss this chance to hear one of the world’s most articulate, prolific, and heart-huge children’s authors in conversation with Barbara Larson.

WHEN: Sunday 12 May, 3.00–4.00pm
WHERE: Dunedin Public Art Gallery
PRICE: $23/$19/$15
Supported by the Australian High Commission
In association with Remarkables Primary School, Queenstown

For more information go to: