Kaitrin McMullan (right), from Kat Anna Fiddle, entertains
James Henshaw (2), his mother Phillippa Duffy, and his
sister Mary Henshaw (4) at the Dunedin Railway Station.
Photo by Linda Robertson.
For children who love books, Port Chalmers will be the
end of the line on Saturday.
The Taieri Gorge Railway is running a train from Dunedin
Railway Station to Port Chalmers where the young passengers
will be greeted by a stellar line-up of children's authors at
Port Chalmers Library.
The Children's Room Story-Time Train journey is part of the
Dunedin Writers' and Readers' Festival (May 8-11).
Festival trustee and University Book Shop general manager
Phillippa Duffy said the train would depart Dunedin Railway
Station at 8.45am on Saturday, and the ride along the west
harbour would be filled with entertainment from musicians Kat
After the train arrived at Port Chalmers, national and
international award-winning children's writers and
illustrators Kyle Mewburn, Robyn Belton, Diana Noonan and
David Elliot would run story reading sessions and short
writing and illustration workshops at the library for
children aged 5-10.
The train would return to Dunedin at 11.30am, she said.
The event aims to encourage participation in the festival
from younger readers and writers.
For adults, the four-day Dunedin Writers' and Readers'
Festival boasts an impressive line-up of authors, including
Man Booker Prize-winner Eleanor Catton, Alexander McCall
Smith, Janice Galloway, Nigel Leask, Kate De Goldi, Elizabeth
Knox, New Zealand poet laureate Vincent O'Sullivan, 2009-11
poet laureate Cilla McQueen and 2014 Robert Burns Fellow