Authors in Wyndham

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The Storylines Tour was in Wyndham on Friday for the final stop on its Southland tour.

Wyndham School was its closing venue.

The Storylines Charitable Trust is a group that promotes children’s authors.

Storylines representative Rosemary Tisdall said each year Storylines took New Zealand authors around schools to talk about how to write stories and encourage children to read and write.

“This year we have gone to six different regions throughout New Zealand. Southland is the last one,” Ms Tisdall said.

The authors on the tour were Des Hunt, Fifi Colston, Barbara Else and Scott Tulloch Each had a different way of engaging the children.

“Des Hunt uses metaphor to teach the kids how to write a story.”

Hunt used to be a science teacher so he used science experiments to teach the children, she said.

This year, Storylines aimed to take the tour to more rural schools.

The schools were chosen through an application process. The co-ordinator then marked them on a map and if there were any gaps she would phone schools and ask if they wanted a visit.

“It’s a way for children to hear from published authors.”

It was important for children to hear messages about reading and writing from different people other than their teachers, Ms Tisdall said.

“I think hearing another voice in the classroom is really important for children.

“Often they are saying the same thing as the teacher is saying, but being a published author gives them a bit more mana.”

Hearing from published authors also encouraged the children to read.

“I have seen many reluctant readers go away with a different view on reading.”