Joy Cowley to speak at Takaka Library

Tuesday 1 May 2018

Yet another well-known New Zealand author visits Takaka Library. We feel incredibly privileged that Joy Cowley is speaking at the library as part of our 10th Anniversary celebrations.

It is difficult to know where to start with this treasured octogenarian as she is such an honoured and prolific writer. Despite her numerous awards Joy sees herself as “wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. This is who she is; writing is what she does…”

Joy began writing with an after-school job in 1953 when she was 16, editing the children's page of The Manawatu Daily Times. Since then she has written for both adults and children. She began writing for children with stories for her son who was slow to read. From there picture books, children’s books and readers followed and have been widely published.

Joy is a writer of everyday life in all its dimensions. She has a marvellous ability to draw in children through her wonderful story telling skills and mastery of the child’s voice. Her stories are still fresh, relevant and utterly accessible to children.

Joy will speak to schoolchildren at 12.30 pm and there will be a talk for adults at Takaka Library at 2.00 pm Thursday 3 May.

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