This event will only go ahead in Alert Level 1. 

Maria Gill will share some of the stories in the book. Hear about Nigel No-Mates, the lovesick gannet; Henry, the tuatara that became a first-time dad at 111 years old; Einstein, the hugging camel; Tumbles, the fostering takahē and many other funny, endearing stories.

Maria will also give children some writing tips about writing animal stories.

Remarkable Animal Stories will be available for purchase at the event thanks to our awesome local bookseller, Scorpio Books.

Bookings are not required. 

Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland-based children’s book writer and educator will be in residence at The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora from 2 August to 24 October as part of the Arts Four Creative Residency project, with funding support from Creative New Zealand and the Stout Trust (proudly managed by Perpetual Guardian).

She has written over 60 nonfiction books including the award-winning ‘Anzac Heroes’ (2016). ‘Ice Breaker! An Epic Antarctic Adventure (2020), Kate Sheppard: Leading the way for Women (2018), and New Zealand Hall of Fame (2011).

In 2021, she graduated with a Masters in Creative Writing (Honours). 

She is currently writing a children’s novel on Ōtautahi/Christchurch born scientist Sir Ernest Rutherford, whose laboratory was based at The Arts Centre (then Canterbury College).

More information.