Name: Susan Battye Branch: Auckland
City: Auckland 1022
Country: New Zealand
Member Profile: Susan is a playwright of several plays for young people, teaching resource books and the co-author of a children’s novel. She lives in Auckland with her partner. Between 1974 and 2004 Susan worked as a teacher of Drama and English, notably at Greymouth High School and Epsom Girls Grammar School. Thereafter she became the Programme Manager of the Bachelor Maori Performing Arts at Te Wananga O Aotearoa and established her performing arts and educational resource company, Drama Magic Ltd. She is the author of nine published plays, notably The Shadow of the Valley, published by Oxford University Press in 1980, which was co-written with Thelma Eakin and an historical novel for young people, The Mine’s Afire! co-written with Thelma Eakin was published by Scholastic. This novel was a finalist in the 2010 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards. Her latest novel in the New Zealand My Story series is Cup Magic. She has also written and produced three e.books, notably South Pacific Pictures: The Inside Story in partnership with South Pacific Pictures. Other published writing includes Drama Cuts and the Drama Cuts Teacher’s Resource published by Phoenix Education (Australia) and five Drama and three Maori educational resource books published by User Friendly Resources, most notably Working With Treaty Principles at School: Ngā Tikanga oTe Tiriti hei Mahi i te Kura (with Edith Chaney) The Treaty in Action - Ngā Mahi Tiriti and Pōwhiri in Action: He Kete O Te Reo Pōwhiri (with Kiri Waitai) . Her most recent works include eleven Sigma English NCEA Level 1 Workbooks for Sigma Publications. In 2015 Susan edited Nesting on the Nushagak, a self published memoir by Emma Stevens. In 2017 Susan's award winning short story, Mocked, was published in Horizons 3 by New Zealand Society of Authors: Top of the South Branch.
- Short stories
- Readings (children/schools)
- Textbook writing
- Workshops (children/schools)
The Story of the Brunner Mine Disaster of 1896
The story of New Zealand's 1995 America's Cup challenge
Working With Treaty Principles at School: Ngā Tikanga oTe Tiriti hei Mahi i te Kura
Written in partnership by Māori educator Edith Chaney and Pākeha educator Susan Battye, this write-on, print based and epublished book supports schools to look at how they can enact the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi at a governance and leadership level, and at a whole school and classroom level.
The Sigma Workbook 'AS 1.1 Studied Written Texts' is a write-on student workbook covering the English skills students need to gain Achieved, Merit, or Excellence in this NCEA Level 1 Achievement Standard.
Horizons 3 : Poems and Short Stories
Susan Battye's short story, Mocked is included in the Winning Stories section from the Page & Blackmore National Short Story Competition (2016) - 3rd place getter