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Visiting Author: Mark Sommerset

By December 10, 2014No Comments

GoH_Logo_BlackMark SommersetI loved attending TIBE 2013 as part of the International Fellowship Programme and I can’t wait to return to Taiwan for New Zealand’s guest of Honour year.  Our award-winning book Baa Baa Smart Sheep will be published in complex Chinese by Hsinex International and I am really looking forward to sharing this cheeky and funny little story with the people of Taiwan. Gobble! Gobble!


Mark Sommerset lives on Waiheke Island, New Zealand where he creates award-winning picture books with his wife, Rowan. His titles include the cheeky best-seller Baa Baa Smart Sheep (New Zealand Children’s Book Awards ‘Children’s Choice’), The Boy and the Cherry Tree (Best Children’s Book, PANZ Book Design Awards) and Two Little Bugs (White Raven award – Germany, Book of the Year, PANZ Book Design Awards).

Mark loves to spend time in his imagination, dreaming up storylines and creating books that entertain adults as much as children.  His writing,  and Rowan’s distinctive illustrative style, has a universal appeal that has resulted in their books being translated and published in many languages and countries around the world.

When he is not writing (or making cups of tea for Rowan!) Mark can often be found playing-up with his young son Linden or getting-down with his guitar.

To watch a short Movie about Mark and Rowan and the books they create click through to:

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Baa Baa Smart Sheep will be published Hsin-Yi Publications in January 2015.

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