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Breaking the Rules: Kate De Goldi & Susan Paris


Sun 8 Jul 2018, 12:30pm–1:30pm

Where: Marlborough District Library, 33 Arthur St, Blenheim, Marlborough

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: sonia50

Kids deserve reading experiences “that match their curiosity and zest”, say the creators of Annual and Annual 2, in the lead up to a visit to Marlborough.

Kate De Goldi and Susan Paris will speak at a couple of gold-coin sessions at the Marlborough Book Festival, telling middle readers, aged 9 and up, all about their vibrant, best-selling annuals, which serve up a smorgasboard of stories, comics, poems, how-tos, songs, cooking, art, games, essays “and un-classifiables” from some of New Zealand’s best writers and illustrators.

It’s about breaking the rules, the editors say. “Today’s kids are savvy, multi-literate, intrepid.”

But it is a reading group that is under-served on the bookshelf, which is why they created their annuals, a new take on a classic. “We channelled our younger selves: curious, discerning, up for anything. We tried to make a book we wish we’d be given.”

The latest result is Annual 2, with works that include a song by Bic Runga, a small-town mystery by Paul Thomas, and a classic New Zealand comic.

The “nearly free” sessions are intended for middle readers, 9 to 13, but will also appeal to an older generation who loved annuals when they were growing up, says Book Fest trustee Sophie Preece.

“We imagine kids finding a grandparent to bring along, and vice versa.” And, because Annual 2’s double-page spread on the identification of ‘Common Household Biscuits and Slices of New Zealand’ was such a hit, there’ll be some beloved baking on the day.

Find out what goes into creating such a compilation of creativity and buy a book on the day (cash only please) to get it signed by the editors.