Taniwha, Gods and Monsters PictureBook Seminar

Date / Time: 24 October 2019
Venue: School of Education - McClaren Room

“Traditional literature, also known as folk literature or oral literature, is the cannon of tales, stories, and poems of a people that have been passed down by word of mouth through many generations. These stories have become the cultural heritage of groups of people all around the world re-crafted and reshaped through multiple retellings to fit the needs of the audiences of a particular place or time” (Johnson, 2012, p. 118).

Traditional tales involving taniwha, gods and monsters form an important part of the canon of children’s literature both worldwide and in New Zealand. The combination of image and text makes picturebooks a popular way of telling these tales.  In the 2019 Waikato Picturebook Research Unit (WaiPRU) seminar, we have invited seven speakers including Illustrator and lecturer Zak Waipara, Award winning Gecko Publisher Julia Marshall, Author and Lecturer Dr Darryn Joseph, Teacher Educator Dr. Helen Villers, National Librarian Rosemary Tisdall and Melissa Spark, Early Childhood Educator Helen Aitken, and Librarian [name to come].

The day will feature

  • An introductory talk by Zak Waipara, AUT lecturer in Digital media and illustrator of Māui-Sun Catcher (Oratia Books, 2016).
  • Two sessions of six presentations by librarians, authors, publishers and researchers
  • Opportunities for discussion with presenters and colleagues about using picturebooks in the classroom

The seminar is open to early childhood educators, primary and secondary teachers, librarians, authors, illustrators, students and academics.

Registration $60 - tickets can be purchased online.
Morning tea and lunch provided

For more information about this event email [email protected]

Free parking is available on Silverdale Road and paid daily parking at Gate 3B on Silverdale Road.