Storylines National Story Tour visits Canterbury 16 – 20 May 2022

Storylines takes its first 2022 Story Tour to Canterbury from 16 May to 20 May. Storylines Story Tours visit primary and secondary schools; libraries and community groups in a selected region, and this tour includes Christchurch, Rolleston, Darfield, Kirwee, Hororata, Hanmer Springs, Ashburton,Geraldine, Fairlie and Waimate, finishing inTimaru on 20 May.

Presenting the Canterbury Story Tour are writer/illustrators Fifi Colston and Donovan Bixley, writer and publisher Dahlia Malaeulu and writer Anne Kayes.

Storylines runs several Story Tours to different parts of the country each year. Each Story Tour takes New Zealand writers, illustrators or storytellers to schools, early childhood centres and community venues in metropolitan and regional centres, smaller cities and towns, engaging tamariki and rangatahi across the country with books and reading by New Zealand writers and illustrators.

Christine Young, Chair of Storylines Trust, says, “Feedback from students and teachers indicate how valuable these visits are, and we know that for many students it is the first time they have had the opportunity to directly hear from and engage with the writers/illustrators who create the books they read.”

The aim of the Storylines Story Tours is to connect young readers with New Zealand’s children’s and young adult writers, illustrators, poets and storytellers, to share the enjoyment of books and reading, to encourage young New Zealanders to engage with books and reading, and to encourage them to undertake their own artistic and written projects. The tour visits are completely free to enable access for all to high quality New Zealand children’s literature, thanks to support from Creative New Zealand and other funders.

For more information on this team of writers and illustrators, please go to:
Fifi Colston –
Donovan Bixley –
Dahlia Malaeulu –
Anne Kayes –

*The writers are available for interviews while on tour. For details please contact: Margaret Samuels, Lighthouse PR (on behalf of Storylines), email:, tel: 0274177211

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