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Revisiting Conversations: Legendary NZ writer Dorothy Butler

Revisiting Conversations: Legendary New Zealand writer for and about children.

Face Television (formerly Triangle Television) is currently re-broadcasting the cream of episodes from the 2012 season of "In Conversation with Noel Cheer". The Conversations demonstrate the value to be found in gently inquisitive discussions, in contrast to the more inquisitorial style.

This week's returning guest was born nearly 88 years ago and was given the name Muriel Dorothy Norgrove. Along the way she married Roy Butler and so we know her today as Dorothy Butler OBE.

She grew up to be one of New Zealand’s legendary writers for children and about children. She is a passionate advocate for the importance of reading in the life of the growing child. She wrote this just over 30 years ago:

“For relationships, minds have to engage. Ideas are essential, and books constitute a superlative source of ideas. Books can be bridges between children and parents, and children and the world.”

In Conversation with Noel Cheer, Face Television, Monday February 18th at 7:00pm, repeated on Tuesday February 19th at 12 noon.

Face Television, the home of public broadcasting, is found on Sky Television Channel 089 and can also be received in the Auckland region on UHF Channels 41, 42 and 52. The website carries programme schedules. Some recent episodes of In Conversation can be viewed at

In Conversation with Noel Cheer receives funding from New Zealand on Air. This has enabled us to introduce viewers to over 240 New Zealanders on Air (as well as visitors to New Zealand) during six years of unbroken weekly broadcasting.


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