Visiting Author: Gavin Bishop



Gavin Bishop-2_smallI have visited Taipei twice. Once when I was a student in 1969. And again in 2011 to take part in the TIBE. I made a lot of good friends on my second visit and I am really looking forward to meeting them once more.






GAVIN BISHOP (1946-) has published some 60 children’s books that have been translated into nine languages. He has also written the libretti for children’s ballets for the Royal New Zealand Ballet and written and designed for TV and the stage.

Gavin Bishop has been a guest author and speaker, through UNESCO, in Japan, China, Indonesia and the USA.

His awards are many –

NZ Children’s Picture Book of the Year 1982, 1994 and 2000,

NZ Children’s Book of the Year 2000, 2003 and 2008

Russell Clark Medal for Illustration 1982, 2006, 2008 and 2010

In 2000 he was awarded the MARGARET MAHY MEDAL for Services to Children’s Literature  (New Zealand’s Highest Honour for Children’s Literature)

In 2003 he held the URSULA BETHELL WRITERS’ RESIDENCY at the University of Canterbury, NZ.

In 2004 he was awarded the SILVIA ASHTON WARNER FELLOWSHIP for Literacy, Faculty of Education, Auckland University.

In 2009 the STORYLINES GAVIN BISHOP AWARD for new Illustrators was established in 2009 by Random House NZ Ltd in recognition of his work.

From June 2013 to June 2014 he was the PRESIDENT of HONOUR for the NZ SOCIETY OF AUTHORS.

He is currently a board member of the NZ BOOK COUNCIL and the TE TAI TAMARIKI Preservation Trust for NZ Children’s Literature.

In 2013 he was awarded the ONZM by the NZ Government for his services to literature.


Gavin illustrated Snake and Lizard and Snake and Lizard and Friends (Written by Joy Cowley) which are published in Taiwan by Children’s Publications Ltd (CPL).

Contact: Robert Lin, Chairman

The other titles he has illustrated:

Mister Whistler (Margaret Mahy) will be published by Bookman 16th January 2015

Just One More (Joy Cowley) will be published by Bookman 23rd January 2015

Contact: Jerome Su, Chairman

Visiting Author: Judith White



Judith White in gardenA few years ago, I was invited to the West meets East session at the Christchurch Writers Festival. I spoke in tandem with an interpreter  who had translated my speech  into Mandarin. It is my great pleasure that the wheels have turned to take me to Taiwan, where once again, West meets East.


JUDITH WHITE is the author of two novels – The Elusive Language of Ducks (Random House NZ 2013; Oneworld Publications UK 2014, and, soon, the China Times Publishing Company 2015); and Across the Dreaming Night (Random House NZ 2000 – and a collection of short stories, Visiting Ghosts (Hodder and Stoughton 1991, and Tangerine Publications 2013). Across the Dreaming Night and Visiting Ghosts were both short-listed for the NZ Book Awards. She received Creative New Zealand grants for the writing of all of these books.

The Elusive Language of Ducks as well as many of her short stories have been broadcast on  radio by Radio New Zealand. She is widely published in anthologies.

She was the winner of the 1988 BNZ Katherine Mansfield Centenary Award; twice winner of the Auckland Star short story competition in 1987 & 1990;  placed 3rd in the Sunday Star Times short story competition in 2009; and was awarded the Frank Sargeson Fellowship in 1995.

She has been teaching creative writing courses for over two decades, and has worked as a one-on-one mentor for the AUT Creative Writing Masters (MCW) programme, and for the NZSA mentorship scheme.

Title info:

The Elusive Language of Ducks will be published by China Times mid to late January 2015.

Contact: Carol Chou


Visiting Author: Whiti Hereaka (Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Te Arawa)



Photo credit Greg Bal

Photo credit Greg Bal

This will be my first visit to Taipei and I’m looking forward to sharing my work with the people there and experiencing the culture of the city. While I can read about Taipei and its people; there is nothing like being there to get a greater understanding of the place.



Hereaka is a playwright and novelist. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing (Scriptwriting) from the International Institute of Modern Letters.

She has had several plays produced in Wellington: Fallow (Tawata Productions 2005), Collective Agreement (Young and Hungry 2005), I Ain’t Nothing But/A Glimmer in the Dark She Said (Open Book Productions for STAB 2006), Te Kaupoi (Bush Collective 2010 also performed at the Hawkins Theatre in Papakura) and For Johnny (Young and Hungry, 2011).

Hereaka won the Bruce Mason Award in 2012. The Bruce Mason Award recognises the early success of a playwright’s work nationally. She has won Best New Play by a Maori Playwright, Adam Play Awards in 2010 for Te Kaupoi and again in 2011 for Rona and Rabbit on the Moon. Her play inspired by the poetry of Rowley Habib – Raw Men – was shortlisted for the Adam New Play award 2012. A reading tour of Raw Men took place in Auckland and Wellington at the end of June 2012.

In 2007, Hereaka was the writer in residence at Randell Cottage in Wellington where she worked on her debut novel; The Graphologist’s Apprentice. The Graphologist’s Apprentice was shortlisted for First Book in the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Asia/Pacific region) 2011. Hereaka has also held the Summer residency at the Michael King Writers Centre in 2012 where she worked on her play: Rewena.

Hereaka was one of the writers selected for Te Papa Tupu 2012, a writers’ incubator programme supported by the Maori Literature Trust, Huia Publishers, CNZ and Te Puni Kokiri. She worked on her second novel Bugs.

In 2013, Hereaka was a writer in Residence at the International Writers Program in Iowa City.

Press Release 19 November 2015: TIBE Visiting Author Programme Boosted





Open hearts, Open minds, Open books
發現紐西蘭 樂讀新世界
Ngākau aotea, Ngākau māhorahora, Pukapuka wherawhera.

The Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) is pleased to announce four more writers for the Visiting Author Programme to the Taipei International Book Exhibition in February 2015.  Whiti Hereaka, Charisma Rangipunga, Robert Sullivan and Selina Tusitala Marsh will join the 11 authors announced in September, and the three Graphic Novelists whose creative exchange with Taiwanese artists began in October.

There will be a series of professional and public events at the New Zealand Guest of Honour pavilion, where our authors will participate in sessions alongside their Taiwanese counterparts. Nine of the authors and illustrators have 13 books or series in translation being published to coincide with TIBE 2015.

The Visiting Author Programme is funded by Creative New Zealand and is in partnership with the Taipei Book Fair Foundation (TBFF). The programme will be an integral part of the range of Guest of Honour activities in preparation.

PANZ is currently working with Te Puni Kōkiri and the Council of Indigenous Peoples in Taiwan to select three Māori writers to join the complement. Te Puni Kōkiri and its Taiwanese counterpart, the Council of Indigenous Peoples, are keen to sponsor Māori writers to the TIBE 2015 as part of their commitment to chapter 19 of the ANZTEC agreement to facilitate economic and cultural cooperation between indigenous Taiwanese and Māori.

TIBE opens on Wednesday 11th February 2015 and closes on Monday 16th February. TIBE 2014 attracted almost half a million visitors and 648 publisher exhibitors from around the world. TBFF will offer free entry for students for the 2015 event.

The Guest of Honour Programme at TIBE 2015 is supported by Creative New Zealand, Education New Zealand, the Publishers Association of New Zealand, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage. The Visiting Author Programme is overseen by a Reference Group that includes representatives of funding agencies, the New Zealand Society of Authors, and other specialist advisors.

For more information contact:
Ka Meechan   






Ph: +64 9 280 3212


B3, 72 Apollo Drive, Rosedale, Auckland 0632, New Zealand

P.O Box 102 006, North Shore 0745, Auckland, New Zealand

Visiting Author: Paul Cleave


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I’m really excited about visiting Taiwan, and especially looking forward to saying hi to those who have enjoyed the books. One thing that I must do when I’m there is to throw my Frisbee, to add it to the list of countries I’ve thrown it. So, for me, what I’m really hoping is to find somebody who is local who’s willing to go to a park or somewhere really iconic to play Frisbee with. 



Paul Cleave is an internationally bestselling author who is currently dividing his time between his home city of Christchurch, New Zealand, where all of his novels are set, and Europe, where none of his novels are set.

His work has been translated into fifteen languages. He has won the Ngaio Marsh award for best New Zealand crime novel, he won the Saint-Maur book festival’s crime novel of the year in France, has been shortlisted for the Edgar Award and the Barry Award in the US, has been shortlisted for the Ned Kelly award in Australia, and has hit the #1 spot on Amazon in three different countries.

When he’s not writing, he’s trying to add to his list of 26 countries where he’s thrown his Frisbee. Five Minutes Alone is his latest novel, and brings back Theodore Tate, the main character from Cemetery Lake, Collecting Cooper, and The Laugher House. Paul’s currently editing his ninth novel, due for release in 2015.

Title info:

Spring International have published The Cleaner and Blood Men. The will further publish The Laughter House in November 2014 and Collecting Cooper in December 2014.

Contact: Simon Chuang

Graphic Novelist: Rachel Fenton



Rachel Fenton portrait_smallHaving spent time with three of Taipei’s amazing graphic artists, Ahn Zhe, 61Chi and Sean Chuang, I’m very much looking forward to seeing the place that’s inspired them – what magic will it work on my pen? I can’t wait to find out!





Rachel J. Fenton was born in Yorkshire in 1976 and lives in Auckland. Current finalist in The Dundee International Book Prize, she won Plymouth University’s 2013 Short Fiction Competition. Shortlistings include the Royal Society of New Zealand Manhire Prize, Fish International Poetry Prize, Binnacle Ultra-Short Competition, Fish One Page Prize, 2012 Short Fiction Competition, Kathleen Grattan Award, Pushcart Prize, Bristol Prize, and the Sean O’ Faolain International Short Story Prize. Her short fiction and poetry have been published in the journals The Stinging Fly Magazine, Brief, JAAM, and online at Pank, Metazen, Cordite Poetry Review, Blackmail Press, Otoliths, and many others.

A participant of the Plymouth International Book Festival 2013, she is Features Editor for Flash Frontier, and is a member of the New Zealand Society of Authors.

Also known as Rae Joyce, she is an AUT award winning graphic poet, is featured in New Zealand Comics and Graphic Novels (Hicksville Press) and was mentored by Dylan Horrocks. She has had comics and graphic poetry published in the University of Stockholm’s journal Two Thirds North, Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal, Thrush Poetry Journal, was Artist in Residence at Counterexample Poetics, and is currently co-editing Three Words, an anthology of New Zealand Women’s Cartoons and Comics. She blogs at:

Rachel Fenton: Alchemy Hour

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Image from Rachel Fenton’s award-winning short graphic fiction Alchemy Hour.

Rachel Fenton is one of six graphic novelists participating in the first residential exchange between Taiwan and New Zealand courtesy of a joint initiative between the Publishers Association of New Zealand, the Taipei Book Fair Foundation and the New Zealand Book Council.

Follow Rachel’s blog here.

Visiting Author: Eleanor Catton


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Man Booker Prize winner …






ELEANOR CATTON was born in 1985 in Canada and raised in New Zealand. Her debut novel The Rehearsal won the Adam Prize and was Best First Book of Fiction at the 2009 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. Internationally, it was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize, and longlisted for the Orange Prize, and won the 2009 Betty Trask Award. It has been published in 17 territories and 12 languages.

Eleanor Catton holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she also held an adjunct professorship, and an MA in creative writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington. She won the 2013 Man Booker Prize and the 2013 Canadian Governor General’s Award for fiction for her novel The Luminaries. She lives in Auckland, New Zealand.


Booker prize winning The Luminaries will be published in Taiwan by Linking Publishing in two volumes in January 2015.

The Rehearsal will be published in Taiwan by Linking Publishing in February 2015.

Image copyright Robert Catto 

Graphic Novelist: Ant Sang


GoH_Logo_BlackAnt Sang_profile_smallI’m really looking forward to experiencing the vibrant food, art and culture when we visit Taiwan next year. I’m also keen to explore the Taiwan comic scene and meet our Taiwanese counterparts again to progress our joint comic book project.





Ant Sang, who lives and works in Auckland, is an award-winning cartoonist.

Author and illustrator of the celebrated The Dharma Punks comic book series, he has a cult following among graphic novel fans and comic art aficionados.

Shaolin Burning (HarperCollins 2011) is his latest graphic novel and spent ten weeks in the top ten of the NZ Booksellers Bookchart.

He was one of the original creatives on the successful bro’Town animated TV series, and won two Film & Television awards for his design work on the show.