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Where do you get your ideas from? Fact to fiction seminar

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Waikato Children’s Literature Association

October 1, 2015

Where do you get your ideas from? Fact to fiction seminar

Authors who know a lot about horses and war will feature at a children’s literature seminar taking place in Hamilton early next month.

The seminar is called Fact to Fiction and three writers will talk about how they create short stories and novels that have their basis in fact.

They’re Stacy Gregg, Philippa Werry and Susan Brocker.

Stacy Gregg has written 13 books in the Pony Club Secrets series and four in the Pony Club Rivals. The Princess and the Foal was inspired by the real-life story of Olympic equestrienne Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan. The Island of Lost Horses is based on the world’s rarest horses, the Abaco Barbs, while The Girl Who Rode the Wind sweeps between Italy in WWII and the present day.

Philippa Werry is known for her fiction and non-fiction books that include Anzac Day, Best Mates, which is a picture book about the Gallipoli Campaign, and Enemy at the Gate - an historical novel set in Wellington and based around the polio epidemic of 1936-37.

Some of Susan Brocker’s books are non-fiction about wildlife conservation, social history and natural science, but she’s animal mad and often writes about them, particularly horses and dogs, and equally, she brings history alive in her stories that include Brave Bess and 1914: Riding into War.

The Fact to Fiction seminar is on Saturday November 7, 9.30am to 3.00pm at Southwell School. For more information email >gerri.judkins@southwell.school.nz or awrobertson@actrix.co.nz

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