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Ignition Gala Event - keynote from Selina Tusitala Marsh, ONZM

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Gala Event. Keynote from Selina Tusitala Marsh, ONZM; supported by Gavin Bishop ONZM, Kitty Brown, Ruby Jones, and Victor Rodger ONZM.

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New Zealand's world of children's and young adult literature, storytelling and illustration has talent in abundance.

Join us to celebrate and hear from some of this talent in an evening with three New Zealand superstars as part of the Ignition Kids Book Festival.

GAVIN BISHOP ONZM: Invercargill-born Gavin Bishop is an award winning children’s picture book writer and illustrator who lives and works in Christchurch, New Zealand. As author and illustrator of nearly 60 books his work ranges from original stories to retellings of Maori myths, European fairy stories, and nursery rhymes most recently the celebrated and award-winning Aotearoa, and its sequel Wildlife of Aotearoa.

RUBY JONES: Ruby is a Wellington-based illustrator who works primarily in digital form. She is best known for her drawing of two women embracing in a hug with the words ‘this is your home and you should have been safe here’ which was spread widely following the 2019 Christchurch terror attacks. Since then she has illustrated a cover for Time magazine and released her first book All Of This Is For You through Penguin Random House.

KITTY BROWN: Kitty Brown, along with her cousin Kirsten Parkinson, co-developed the Reo Pepi books out of a desire to produce really simple, user friendly bilingual board books in te reo Maori for Maori and Pakeha whanau alike. Their passion for Reo Pepi grew from their own whanau. They are cousins through their taua (Ivy and Mere Karaitiana) and grew up close in a tino ataahua extended whanau. After education, travelling, living overseas, careers and having children, they both returned to their rohe, living in the same little village, Portobello on the Otago Peninsula.

VICTOR RODGER ONZM: Victor was born in Christchurch in 1969. He has been a journalist in Christchurch, London and Auckland. He was awarded the Fullbright Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer-in-Residence, University of Hawaii 2006; Ursula Bethell Writer-in-Residence, Canterbury University 2009; Creative New Zealand Pacific Artist-in-Residence, Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies 2012. He is an award-winning playwright, most notably his play Black Faggot which premiered at the Auckland Fringe Festival and went on to tour nationally and internationally, winning the Best Production and the Auckland Arts Festival award, and Melbourne Fringe Festival 2013 Award for Innovation.

SELINA TUSITALA MARSH ONZM: Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh (ONZM) is an Auckland-based Pacific poet and scholar of Samoan, Tuvaluan, English, Scottish and French descent. She is a poet and academic, and was the New Zealand Poet Laureate for 2017–2019. More recently she's written and illustrated the book Mophead - a moving graphic memoir of growing up Pasifika in New Zealand.

Gavin, Ruby, Kitty and Victor will talk about writing/illustrating and their sense of identity in their work and the concept of Turangawaewae - a place to stand giving strength and comfort.

The Ignition Festival will present this year's Ignition Excellence Award. Now in its third year this award acknowledges an author or illustrator whose body of work has made a significant contribution to New Zealand, and children's literature in particular. Previous recipients have been Robyn Belton (2018) and Barbara Else (2019).

The keynote address for the evening is from Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh on the essence of storytelling and the essential nature of books in our lives. Selina - known for her thoughtful and energetic scholarship - is known as our 'Fast-talking PI Poet-Laureate'. She will challenge you, invigorate you, and demand of all us that we keep celebrating our place in the pacific and take pride in the various differences that make up the New Zealand isthmus and the vibrant cultures that call Aotearoa and our Pacific neighbourhood home.

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