The Anatomy of an Award-winning Book
Saturday 1 July, 4pm.
An avid reader and book lover, Fiona was honoured to have been selected as the convenor of judges for the 2016 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, after being one of the judges for the 2015 awards.
Qualified as both a teacher and a librarian, Fiona has taught in a range of schools across Auckland and is currently a teacher-librarian at Pinehurst School in Albany.
She worked at National Library from 1996-2009 as a reference librarian, a national Social Sciences Selector, and as an Advisor for New Schools, working with Establishment Boards to design, build and establish libraries in new schools across Auckland and Waikato. She was also the Frances Compton Library Manager at St Cuthbert’s College from 2009-2013.
Fiona held the title of President of the School Library Association of New Zealand Aotearoa Te Puna Whare Matauranga a Kura, on the National Executive from 2009-2014, having been involved with SLANZA regionally since its inception.
Hear two-time judge and school librarian, Fiona Mackie and winner of the 2016 Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award author, Maria Gill talk about what makes a book award-winning. Mackie will share the characteristics of books that shine and Gill will expound on the effort to get her book noticed.