'Libraries, Literacy & You' 2017

ReaLM Seminar Day - Update #3

Your 2017 speakers


We are delighted to confirm Julia Marshall Publisher and CEO of Gecko Press as our sixth presenter.

Julia will be talking to us about the importance of diversity in a library - from the perspective of offering different kinds of books, ideas and cultures, rather than the normal diversity criteria.


Here is our full line up of the day:


Julia Marshall - a New Zealand Book Council board member and the Publisher and CEO at Gecko Press an independent, international publisher of curiously good children’s books, based in Wellington. Julia grew up on a farm in Marton, New Zealand. After ten years in New Zealand as a journalist, she worked in Sweden for 12 years at a publisher of multi-language company magazines and web communication. Julia came back to Wellington in 2004 to set up Gecko Press and now divides her time between a high country farm in Marlborough, and Wellington.


David Riley - an award winning Kiwi children’s author and high school Drama and English teacher. David writes books and reading resources for teachers, parents and young people. He’s written two plays and 17 books including Off Loading with Sonny Bill Williams which was longlisted in the 2015 LIANZA Children’s Book Awards. In 2016, two of David’s books, Jammin’ with Steven Adams and Samoan Heroes, won Storylines Notable Books Awards.


Sarah Forster - Editor of The Sapling, and Media & Communications Manager at Booksellers NZ, Sarah has worked in the book industry for the past 11 years. She ran the Writers in Schools and other education programmes for the NZ Book Council for seven years, and knows exactly how awesome our Kiwi writers and illustrators are. Sarah is from the West Coast, and lives in Wellington.​


Maria Gill - Author Maria Gill has written 63 books for children and teachers. Her book Anzac Heroes with Marco Ivancic won the 2016 New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adult Non-fiction prize as well as the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award. Maria and Marco also collaborated with New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame, which shortlisted for the 2015 LIANZA and Children’s Choice Awards. Maria has another two books coming out with Marco in 2017 and 2018 called Abel Tasman: Mapping the Southern Lands and Anzac Animals


Bob Kerr - painter, and award winning children's book illustrator. Bob's most recent picture book is Changing Times a graphic novel published by Potton and Burton that looks at New Zealand's history through the pages of a local newspaper. Bob was born in Wellington, grew up in Tokoroa and escaped from there to the Elam School of Fine Arts.


ReaLM Talks - This session with Palmerston North City librarians will be about celebrating Diversity in Libraries and how best we go about supporting all cultures and groups in our community.


Find out more about our speakers and their presentations here!


Join us for a learning filled day of six sessions with engaging and expert speakers to support you and your library.


Register NOW to take advantage of our Early Bird Special of $100 which closes on Friday 19th May.


Find out more here: http://manawaturealm.weebly.com/register.html

ReaLM - Libraries, Literacy & You Seminar Day

Friday, June 16th, 8:30am

Albany Drive

Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui

Join us for a learning filled day of six sessions with engaging and expert speakers to support you and your library.

ReaLM - Reading and Literacy in Manawatu

ReaLM (Reading and Literacy in Manawatu) is a not-for-profit committee set up by like-minded Manawatu teachers and librarians, working together since 2009.


We aim:

  • To offer Professional Development and networking opportunities for library staff working with children and young adults.
  • To promote reading and literacy in the Manawatu.