We are delighted to announce that our Writer-in-Residence for 2012 will be Selina Tusitala Marsh, Senior Lecturer in Maori and Pacific Literature at the University of Auckland. She established Pasifika Poetry – an online hub that celebrates the poetry of tagata o te moana nui, the peoples of the Pacific. Her first collection of poems, Fast Talking PI (watch a YouTube clip), was published by Auckland University Press in 2009, winning the 2010 NZSA Jessie Mackay Best First Book Award for Poetry.
Other writers visiting during the week are: graphic artist, Chris Grosz, whose book Kimble Bent: Malcontent has been nominated in the Best Picture Book category for NZ Post Children’s Book Awards 2012; Young Adult fiction writer, Bernard Beckett, who has published numerous novels, and won many awards for his fiction; and fiction writer, Mandy Hager, whose published writing includes novels for young adults and adults, non-fiction resources for youth, scripts and short stories.
The week will focus on reading and writing activities across all year levels, and bring the now-usual mix of competitions and fun activities. We are looking forward to a busy and exciting week. KingZone will keep you posted on what is happening.