"Daniel's Matariki Feast" by Rebecca Beyer and Linley Wellington.
2017 Term One
A Summery Saturday Morning by Margaret Mahy
A Booming in the Night by Ben Brown
The Kuia and the Spider by Patricia Grace
About the author:
Where do you live?
I live on ancestral land in Hongoeka Bay, Plimmerton. When I say ‘ancestral land’, I mean land that has come down to us through generations, from ancestors. Our community has its own meeting house, Te Heke-mai-raro, which is part of our marae complex.
What sorts of books do you like to read?
I read mainly fiction – novels and short stories.
Who is your favourite author?
I don’t have a favourite author but enjoy books that show people and how they interact with each other, and how they make a way through life.
Where do you get your ideas?
I get ideas from what goes on about me – from what I hear, see, smell, taste, and from all aspects of life. Some ideas come from reading or talking.
What is the best thing about being an author?
One of the best things is meeting with people interested in books.
Some Questions from Primary School Students
Do you have any pets?
I do not have a pet. My mother has a cat called ‘Dollar’. It is mainly black with a big gold spot on its head.
Do you have a favourite colour?
Red and green.
Do you have a favourite food?
Do you have a favourite movie?
A film I enjoyed lately was called The Rabbit Proof Fence.
Do you play any sports or games?
What is the most fun thing about being any author?
Meeting with young people enthused about writing.
How do you make books?
I don’t make books. I write them and the publishers do the rest.
Where do you go for your holidays?
I often go to Tolaga Bay.
What was the naughtiest thing you ever did at school?
Some friends and I sneaked off to the lunchroom and played table tennis while everyone else was at Benediction.
Some Questions from Secondary School Students
How did you get started?
I began entering writing competitions in local newspapers, then joined a Penwomen’s Club in Auckland and began entering their monthly writing contests.
Who inspired you when you were getting started?
I think I was more influenced by what I read rather than by a particular person.
What advice would you give an aspiring young writer?
Write, write, write and keep writing. Read, read, read and keep reading.
Take opportunities to have your work read or published.
Is it difficult to make a living as a writer in New Zealand?
Is it difficult to make a living as a writer. However there are many positives that make up for low earnings. I have met people I would not otherwise have met, travelled to places I would not otherwise have been to.
What were you like as a teenager?
I loved challenges and like learning. Generally liked to conform, but when it came to sports and physical activity I was a real risk taker.
This term we will be reading these books: