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Visiting Author: Gavin Bishop

By December 1, 2014No Comments


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