Upper Hutt City Library in conjunction with Hutt City Libraries, Wellington City Libraries, and Expressions Whirinaki are facilitating a two-week literary festival from 8-23 July, 2017. Our aim is to take children and youth on a journey through different aspects of storytelling, by creating experiences for them to immerse themselves in the literary world while giving them the opportunity to express their creativity.
This has proven to be a huge undertaking, as there are 22 library sites involved as well as collaboration events held at Expressions Whirinaki, Orongomai Marae and Staglands Wildlife Reserve. A normal school holiday programme at Upper Hutt City Library would see about 5 events delivered during this time but for the festival we will be delivering 23 with a total of approximately 113 events happening during the duration!
We will be running a variety of events drawing from a pool of local artists as well as national figures. Some of our key events include: Royal New Zealand Ballet expressive story times; Writing workshops by the 2017 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal award winner Des Hunt; Fifi Colston wearable arts demonstrations, and Te Reo Wainene o Tua who will deliver a te Reo Māori storytelling kaupapa, which revitalises purakau, revives oral traditions, and normalises te Reo.
We have also been very lucky to work with Wellington business Escape Mate. For the festival they will be presenting a live-action, detective experience to test team work and problem solving skills! We have also partnered with Wheelers books, whose support has proven invaluable to the success of the festival.
Written by Stephnie Burton
Senior Librarian – Children and Youth