Today we were luckily enough to have a visit from the author Bernard Beckett. He spent time with several classes in college as well as passing on some valuable advice to the Writing Club.
During breaks the library has been giving out 3D puzzles. They are very hard to solve and no one, so far, has been able to get beyond the easiest puzzle called the star. Even our jigsaw puzzles are a challenge.
Students working on a jigsaw puzzle
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.