May 16, 2010

AWRF10: William Taylor - Telling Tales


Juliana Austen is Childen's Advisor at Auckland City Libraries and a passionate reader. Attending Friday morning's AWRF 2010 event with William Taylor, chaired by Tessa Duder, gave her a new title for her reading list, as she tells us in this guest post:

This session was a joy – I felt I was eavesdropping on the lively conversation of two good friends who just happened to be William Taylor and Tessa Duder, renowned authors of books for children and young people.

William Taylor started writing novels for adults, “a useful apprenticeship for the much harder task” of writing for children and teens. He became a full time writer and his funny, often controversial books have been published and acclaimed all over the world. One, he assured us, was still in print in Albania!

His latest book is a memoir Telling tales, a life in writing. Tessa Duder encouraged the writing of this memoir based, he said, on the frequent telling of the story of the unveiling of the Ohakune carrot. You see, William Taylor was the mayor of Ohakune, he was also the Principal of the Ohakune School, a single parent, part owner of a restaurant and by some quirk of local body politics registered as the sole living resident of the Ohakune cemetery!

I can’t wait to read it.

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