Event for Intermediate School age group (Years 7 - 8)

Venue: The Grand, The Embassy Theatre, Kent Terrace, Wellington

Time: Arrive by 12.30pm for a 1pm start. There will be space to store bags and eat lunch prior to the event if required.
1pm: event starts
2pm: event ends. Writers will be available to sign books which will be available for purchase at the venue thanks to Unity Books.

Rachael King’s latest novel for children (following the acclaimed Red Rocks) is The Grimmelings, spellbinding is a fantasy adventure of loyalty, courage, and being careful what you wish for…

Anita Heiss, a proud member of the Wiradyuri nation of central New South Wales, is one of Australia’s most well-known authors. Her latest book for children is Koori Princess, about Teish who is determined to be a Disney Princess-of-Colour despite the misgivings of her siblings, and friends.

In this event for Intermediate-aged school children, Rachael and Anita will give compelling presentations on aspects of their stories (15 mins each) before student interviewers join them on stage to ask their burning questions (15 mins). The final 15 mins will throw to the audience to catch impromptu questions from the student crowd.

Following the live event, Rachael and Anita will be available to sign books (which will be for sale at the venue thanks to Unity Books).

Rachael King is a writer, reviewer and former literary festival director from Aotearoa New Zealand. She loves music and started playing bass guitar in rock bands when she was 15, but these days she prefers to just listen. When Rachael was young, she tried to ride every horse she met and could often be found galloping bareback along a beach with the wind in her hair. The Grimmelings is her second book for children; the first, Red Rocks, won the Esther Glen Medal in 2013 and is in development for television. Both novels reflect her love for, and obsession with, Scottish folklore – the weirder the better. Rachael has also published two novels for adults.

Dr Anita Heiss is an award-winning author of non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women’s fiction and children’s novels. She is a proud member of the Wiradyuri Nation of central New South Wales, an Ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Anita’s children’s literature includes Who Am I?, The Diary of Mary Talence (Sydney 1937), Our Race for Reconciliation, and Kicking Goals with Goodesy and Magic. Her novel Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms set in Cowra during World War II, was the 2020 University of Canberra Book of the Year. And Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray about the Great Flood of Gundagai, won the 2022 NSW Premier’s Indigenous Writer’s Prize, was shortlisted for the 2021 HNSA ARA Historical Novel (Adult Category), and longlisted for the 2022 Stella Prize. Anita enjoys eating chocolate, running and being a ‘Koori Princess’.


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