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Helen and the Go-Go Ninjas selected for White Ravens 2019 Catalogue

I’m thrilled to hear that Helen and the Go-Go Ninjas has been selected for the prestigious White Ravens Catalogue 2019.

This year, the “White Ravens” contain a selection of 200 notable children’s and young adult books from 58 countries published in 37 languages.

The catalogue will be launched at the Frankfurt Book Fair later this month!

Ant Sang_Illustration finalist 2©VanessaRushtonPhotographyPhoto ©Vanessa Rushton Photography

In other news, Helen and the Go-Go Ninjas was a finalist at the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2019. Shortlisted in the Illustration category, we didn’t get the win, but it was an honour to be shortlisted among such an amazing lineup of finalists.

Illustration Award finalists with Jane Arthur and Jill Day©VanessaRushtonPhotography

Photo ©Vanessa Rushton Photography

Give Nothing to Racism

I’m really proud to be involved in the Human Rights Commission’s anti-racism campaign. We all know racism is harmful, and I’ve personally had plenty of overt experiences with racism. But there are also more subtle, everyday experiences which help keep racism alive. Snide remarks, racist jokes; they are all part of it. So together, let’s give nothing to racism…

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Notes to Eternity – Q&A screenings

The documentary film Notes to Eternity is screening in Auckland at Rialto Cinemas and The Vic, and there will be a post-show Q&A with the filmmaker on Sunday 15th May, 3pm at The Vic, and Thursday 26th May, 6pm at Rialto Newmarket. I will also be participating in the Q&A at the Rialto, alongside Sarah – so come along, check out the film and ask us stuff!