Long overdue (many public libraries in New Zealand are abandoning overdue fines) here at last is the summation of the New Zealand month – February 2020. Now that I look back on that month I see there are so many writers, events, celebrations that I could have (and I am sure some of my colleagues would argue should have included). Since returning to New Zealand I have been privileged to join the team at National Library, Services to Schools. There is so much this organization is doing to promote literacy. A new initiative is the role of Te Awhi Rito New Zealand Reading Ambassador but that could be the subject of a whole new post another day. Here is the list of posts that I did write about during that month of February, 2020.
February 1 Haere Mai – welcome to New Zealand Introductions – actually all of the posts below are introductions and invitations to explore further.
February 2 Fans should always say hello – Witi Ihimaera One of my favourite authors.
February 3 Dear Miss Mansfield Katherine Mansfield, short story writer who, though long gone, is still encouraging New Zealand writers.
February 4 Going to the source Read NZ, formerly the New Zealand Book Council, a great resource on NZ writers and writing
February 5 Down the back of the chair – world read aloud day Some suggestions for New Zealand read alouds
February 6 Happy Waitangi Day The good, the bad and the … well it is New Zealand’s National Day.
February 7 Into the World of light A watershed moment in New Zealand publishing and writing – an anthology of Maori writing
February 8 NZ on the world stage – the Man Booker Award 2013 Eleanor Catton’s book The Luminaries
February 9 NZ on the world stage – the Man Booker Award 1985 Keri Hulme’s The Bone People
February 10 And the Oscar goes to Taika Waititi wins an Oscar for his screen adaption of a novel by a Belgian – New Zealand writer
February 11 New Zealand Playwrights Just a quick glance at the stage
February 13 Mr Pip – the power of a book Great Expectations inspires characters in Lloyd Jones’ book
February 14 Romantic Kiwis – happy Valentine’s Day Just a few links to some whimsical and other forms of romance
February 15 NZ Poet Hone Tuwhare Incredible poet.
February 16 NZ Poet Glenn Colquhoun Doctor and poet.
February 17 NZ Poet Sam Hunt Iconic poet who travelled New Zealand and influenced many people to explore poetry.
February 18 Margaret Mahy New Zealand Children’s writer extraordinaire It’s all in the title
February 20 Joy Cowley – New Zealand Children’s literature Champion of children reading for fun
February 21 Maurice Gee Writer for adults and children. We need writers who are willing to explore darker themes
February 22 School Journals Starting in 1907 a publication for school children, short stories, poems, plays, articles to support literacy development. New Zealand writing for New Zealand kids.
February 23 Sylvia Ashton Warner – flawed, gifted, leader in education and reading
February 24 Patricia Grace Another of my favourite writers
February 25 Gavin Bishop – NZ illustrator and writer Gavin is making an enormous contribution to New Zealand literature for children
February 27 Kate De Goldi Champion of readers, reading and a wonderful author
February 28 Awards, recognition and publicity Guide to all the NZ awards.
February 29 Haera Rā – goodnight kiwi
Amanda Bond was working as Teacher Librarian in an international school in Istanbul, Turkey when she wrote the posts in February, 2020. She is now back in Auckland, New Zealand and working at the National Library as a Facilitator National Capability, Services to Schools. Her twitter handle is @kiwionthego