Author Interview

Interview: Steph Matuku and Zak Ātea

Author Steph Matuku and illustrator Zak Ātea of The Dream Factory and Te Wheketere Moemoeā interview each other about their inspiration, careers, and dreams for the future. Zak: What is your most treasured book you used to read as a…

Interview: Gavin Bishop on Patu

With his latest book, Gavin Bishop (Tainui, Ngāti Awa) delivers a powerful tale of the New Zealand Wars and the painful history of colonisation in Aotearoa. Simie Simpson (Te Ati Awa) talks with Gavin about Patu and how it came…

Burning Bright: An Interview with SF Said

SF Said’s visionary tale Tyger finally makes its way to Aotearoa bookshops this month. Already published to lavish acclaim in the United Kingdom, the book takes the mythic work of the great William Blake as inspiration for a middle grade…

Q&A: Linda Tuhiwai Smith on the Whatumanawa Collection

Linda Tuhiwai Smith is renowned in her field – indigenous education – and now has authored a series of picture books dealing with social issues, the Whatumanawa collection, available in both te reo Māori and reo Pākehā. They are serious,…

Young Authors Interview: Arlo Kelly and Arush Gupta

Young author Denika Mead sits down with two fellow young writers, Arlo Kelly and Arush Gupta, to hear all about their books, their inspiration, and their creative processes. Arush Arush Gupta is the author of James Wood: Chronicles of a…

The Sparrow: Q&A with Tessa Duder

Editor Hannah Marshall heads back in time in Tessa Duder’s newest YA novel, The Sparrow. Hannah puts some serious questions to Tessa, getting great insights into researching and writing historical fiction. Hannah Marshall: You’re a veteran of New Zealand literature….

HONOURED EARTH: An interview with Bren MacDibble and Zana Fraillon

Rachael King has been enamoured with The Raven’s Song ever since its release last year. Here, she interviews the book’s authors, Bren MacDibble and Zana Frallion, on their creative process, the co-authoring experience, and more. The Raven’s Song burst onto…

Co-Interview: Saradha Koirala and Gareth Ward

Saradha Koirala and Gareth Ward recently wrote sequels to YA books. While it was Gareth’s second time writing a sequel, it was Saradha’s first, so we thought we’d get them to have a talk about how you know your story…

Resilience, Whānau, and the Power of Traditions

The work of some of our most prolific writers for children cannot be found in our libraries or bookshops. For Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, Kura Rutherford celebrates writer André Ngāpō, whose huge body of work has flown under…

A Reflection on Ben Ngaia’s Ngake Me Whātaitai

Welcome to Te Wiki o te Reo Māori! Here’s our first (reo Pākehā) article for this important week. Zeb Nicklin interviewed Ben Ngaia, the author of Ngake Me Whātaitai. This story is a picture book and a traditional story, all…