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Yarns in Barns: The Life of Leonardo – Donovan Bixley

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  • Adult: Free ($0.00)
  • Student: Free ($0.00)
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  • Sat 15 Oct 2022, 3:00pm–4:00pm


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Hedley's Books

Donovan Bixley reveals the genius of artists, Leonardo da Vinci, Shakespeare and Mozart, as you’ve never seen them before! Great fun for adults and teens.

Strip back the layers of varnish and discover the man behind the masterpieces and learn more about the personality that drove one of the greatest minds in history. As he did with Mozart and Shakespeare, Donovan’s latest book, A Portrait of Leonardo, sets out to discover who Leonardo da Vinci really was. Using Leonardo’s own massive supply of notebooks as well as myriad other writings from the time, Donovan paints a picture like no other biography. This illustrated talk and the accompanying books will illuminate these three geniuses as you’ve never seen them before.

This event is free for all ages but with limited places. Please register to attend via Eventfinda or by contacting Hedley's Books on or 06 378 2875.

About Donovan Bixley

Donovan Bixley is one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed picture book creators. His award-winning titles span high–brow to low–brow and every brow in between, from his illustrated biographies of Shakespeare, Mozart and Leonardo da Vinci, to the hilarious hijinks of pussycats in planes in his Flying Furballs chapter book series. He is most known for his best-selling preschool books The Wheels on the Bus, Old MacDonald’s Farm and The Great Kiwi ABC Book, as well as his colourful and humorous retellings of the legends of Māui. Follow him @donovan_bixley

This event is part of Yarns in Barns: Wairarapa Festival of Reading which takes place between 14–23rd October, 2022. This organic, community-led festival hosts an eclectic range of events for all ages in venues from Masterton to Martinborough. View the full festival programme at

Presented by Hedley's Books, Fraser Books, Masterton District Library and the Wairarapa Library Service.

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