Enid Blyton

Bill Manhire and Blyton’s Faraway Tree

Multi-accoladed poet and founder of the creative writing programme at Victoria University of Wellington, Bill Manhire relives the magic of Enid Blyton’s Faraway Tree, in this essay adapted from a talk given at the 2017 Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival….

The Books that Formed my Childhood

At The Sapling we believe that books grow humans. What kinds of books grew Ockham-shortlisted writer Brannavan Gnanalingam? An intriguing mix, as we find out today. I don’t remember when I learned English, but it wasn’t my first language. That…

The Books of Jenny Bornholdt’s Childhood

Poet, author and anthologist Jenny Bornholdt tells us about the books she read – and heard – as a child. My earliest memory of being read to: Kate Harcourt’s voice on the radio programme Listen with Mother as I sit…