Past Event21 May 2017

Auckland Writers Festival Family Day

No longer available

Heartland Festival Room, Herald Theatre

Talks & ideas

Auckland Writers Festival Family Day includes sessions in the Heartland Festival Room in Aotea Square and the Herald Theatre, and fun activities in the foyer of the Herald Theatre including a colour-in Harry Potter mural.

Please note all events are free but ticketed so book early to secure a spot.


Who’s coming to play at Family Day

The Princess’ Blankets: Carol Ann Duffy and John Sampson

The princess is feeling freezing and the hunt is on for someone who can make her warm. A modern illustrated take on the classic fairytale by Carol Ann Duffywith music by John Sampson. Recommended for ages 6+. Supported by British Council NZ.


A Story World: Apirana Taylor

The multi-talented writer, actor, and musician Apirana Taylor entertains with story readings from his books, performances, and a spot of music in this captivating session for the younger reader.


The Day The Costumes Stuck: Toby Morris

Iggy can’t get his party costume off, his parents haven’t noticed and weird happenings lie ahead. Toby Morris unfolds a fun family story with illustrations. Morris will also be hosting Capsicum Capsi Go, a session for under 5s. Capsicum goes on holiday! Come on an adventure with the coolest Capsi around,  featuring a chance to draw your own Capsi.


Genius Bugs: Simon Pollard

Small and creepy with super powers, bugs are weird in a good way. Expert Simon Pollard tells buggy tales, illustrated with many startling close-ups.

Magical Tales: Tanya Batt

Step into the magical world of storyteller Tanya Batt for stories from near and far away from home. Batt will also be putting on Enchanted Tales for the very young featuring giants to smaller heroes, tricksters to fairies.


Charlie & Lola & Other Stories: Lauren Child

Join grown-up Lauren Child for stories about patient big brother Charlie and his butterfly-clip-wearing little sister Lola.


Marbles And Keys: Sacha Cotter

Winston the Sheep arrives at the Herald Theatre and baahs his way through The Marble Maker, by Sacha Cotter and Josh Morgan, read in English and te reo Māori by Brian Morris.

Family Day Event Schedule



  • Carol Ann Duffy & John Sampson, Herald Theatre, 2pm



  • A Story World: Apirana Taylor, Heartland Festival Room, 10am
  • The Day The Costumes Stuck: Toby Morris, Heartland Festival Room, 11am
  • Genius Bugs: Simon Pollard, Heartland Festival Room, 12pm
  • Magical Tales: Tanya Batt , Heartland Festival Room, 1pm



  • Charlie & Lola & Other Stories: Lauren Child, Herald Theatre, 10am
  • Enchanted Tales: Tanya Batt, Herald Theatre, 11am
  • Marbles And Keys: Sacha Cotter, Herald Theatre, 12pm
  • Capsicum Capsi Go: Toby Morris, Herald Theatre, 1pm
  • Marbles And Keys: Sacha Cotter, Heartland Festival Room, 2pm

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