Storylines festival inspires youngsters

    Writers (from left) Sue Copsey and Pauline Smith and Storylines festival representative Rosemary Tisdall with Waverley Park School pupils on Monday.

    FIVE writers, more than 30 schools and many, many stories.

    The Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust started its week-long tour of Southland on Monday, as part of its national story festival.

    Five leading authors and illustrators were visiting schools and education centres with the aim of bringing children’s writers together with their readers to encourage literacy.

    Pupils from Waverley Park School in Invercargill had a visit from writers Pauline Smith, of Invercargill, and Sue Copsey, of Auckland, who were welcomed with a powhiri on Monday.

    Waverley Park deputy principal Helen Kennedy was delighted the school was taking part in such an important project.

    ‘‘We are privileged and excited about being given this opportunity,’’ she said.

    Ms Smith said it was great to be able to connect with children as well with other writers to share their experiences.

    ‘‘If we inspire a writer, one child writer, it is all worth it,’’ she said.