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Book talk: Taranaki author David Hill talking about his work to students at The Catlins
Photo: CAROLYN DEVERSON 627676037
of young adults
By CAROLYN DEVERSON
Holidays often bring inspiration for
writers, but Taranaki author David
Hill chose to share his knowledge
with Catlins Area School pupils
while in Owaka.
Hill, best-known for his young adult
fiction, spoke to three classes at the
school on Monday, reading from his
book, Bodies and Soul, and a short
story about a boy writing a
His career began with adult fiction
and picture books, but changed
when his daughter's friend died of
muscular dystrophy and he started
writing about real events or news
items he had seen.
That first book for teens, See Ya
Simon is still in print 21 years later
and it has been followed by many
Mr Hill said his favourite audience
was years 7 to 10, an age which was
unsophisticated in some ways, with
youngsters who were experiencing
things for the first time but who had
knowledge and good vocabularies.
Because of the quick changing
communications technology, which
was hard to keep up with, he tends to
write books set in the past, though
his grandchildren and other
teenagers read all his books and
critiqued them before they went to
''They are paid to do this, and put a
tick for a good sentence, a cross for a
poor one, and a question mark if
they don't understand something.''
His own payment is just 10 per cent
of what the book sells for, but books
that continue selling over the years
bring in funds for a long time.
''It's my job. I write for a living.''
SHORT AND SHARP
Otago university Professor of Geology, Ewan
Fordyce, spoke about penguin fossils and their
history at a Forest and Bird meeting at Telford
on Monday. Mr Fordyce talked of birds as living
dinosaurs. There is reason to think that an early
New Zealand was the originating area for
penguins. Mr Fordyce was involved in putting
together the bones of a new fossil species in
2012, known as Kairuku, the diver who returns
with food , which dates back 28 million years.
Walking Access funding
Funding for walking access can be applied for to
the Walking Access Commission s Enhanced
Access Fund by March 16, the Rural Women s
February Bulletin advises. There is up to
$138,000 available in the present funding
round, with a maximum of $25,000 per project.
Favoured projects are those to obtain certain
and enduring access, such as surveying for
easements and negotiating access, but there is
also money for signs, stiles, gates and fences.
Programme proves attractive
Monster win: Balclutha's
Daniel Nelson, 5, with his
prize for completing the
Clutha District Libraries
Programme. More than 400
year 1 to 8 children took
part. Children's Librarian
Vicki Woodrow said that
thanks to sponsorship from
The Trusts Charitable
Foundation, all Clutha
District libraries were able to
offer the free, incentive-
based reading programme.
Each child set their own
reading target, with
inducements along the way
and a book prize for those
who reached their goals.
Photo: LAURA ROOZENDAAL
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