Talk : “Reality vs fantasy in children’s fiction”

A public talk on Reality vs fantasy in children’s fiction is being hosted by Friends of the Dorothy Neal White Collection and National Library of New Zealand. The following is the info from their FB page.

“When Eirlys Hunter finished her first Junior fiction manuscript in 1997, a publisher rejected it on the grounds that ‘children don’t want fantasy, there’s no demand for it.’ JK Rowling soon proved that publisher wrong, and since then there’s been an explosion in fiction for children that is set in worlds that diverge from the reality of their lived experience. Why is this?

In this informal talk Eirlys Hunter will discuss what fantasy is, and speculate on what fantasy can offer readers (and writers) that realism cannot.

About the speaker:
Eirlys Hunter has published seven books for children, and her most recent book The Mapmaker’s Race was a finalist in the 2019 NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults. She teaches Writing for Children at the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington

Where: Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon, Wellington
When: Tuesday, 22 October, 2019
5:30pm for drinks and nibbles, 6:00pm talk
A gold coin donation from non-members is appreciated.”

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