On Wednesday 20th November over 40 Auckland librarians met at the beautiful Frances Compton library at St Cuthberts School for Girls to spend time catching up with each other, enjoy lovely food and wine, and to hear Crissi Blair (librarian at Rangeview Intermediate and the winner of the Storylines Betty Gilderdale award for 2019) interview Toby Morris, author and illustrator for the Spinoff website. The discussion was wide ranging and included some background information about his bilingual graphic novel The Treaty of Waitangi and his writing process – he uses a tablet for his illustrations which is the same as working on paper but much easier. Toby’s website is Xtotl where you can view his body of work. He also talked about the new Spinoff book he has written in conjunction with Toby Manhire which was published at the beginning of November. Toby described his powerful cartoon, On a plate, that illustrates the cycle of poverty which exists in New Zealand, a thought provoking message.
As a special thankyou for everyone's hard work and thanks to the generosity of our sponsers (below) we were able to provide books and other giveaways to our attendees.
The evening was a great success and a great way to celebrate the end of another busy year.
Look our for lots more exciting PD coming in 2020!
Special thanks to:
Birkenhead Paper Plus
Albany Senior High School