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Words on Wheels is a collaboration between the New Zealand Book Council and the Southern Lakes Festival of Colour. Five writers and illustrators will tour the region, visiting will visit local schools and running writing workshops  for students, as well as a ‘Speed Date an Author’ event, a fun way for pupils to meet a number of writers face to face.

Words on Wheels writers/illustrators: Liz Breslin (poet, short story writer, columnist), Dave Armstrong (playwright), Melinda Szymanik (young adult fiction), Bob Kerr (illustrator) and Kate Hunter (historian). The participating writers will also take part in Aspiring Conversations ‘True Stories Told Live’ – see below.

NOTE: Words on Wheels is only open to members of the New Zealand Book Council scheme. Contact

Lynette Hartgill on for further information and to register for Words on Wheels.

Monday 20 April:  Glenorchy School and Queenstown school visits
Tuesday 21 April : Wanaka and Arrowtown school visits
Wednesday 22 April morning: Speed Date an Author event at Mount Aspiring College, Wanaka
Wednesday 22 April evening: Nightlight Writing Workshop at Wanaka Library
Thursday 23 April morning: Hawea Flat School school visit