Darts, Farts & Missing Parts

Rimu Block, Island Bay School

6 Thames Street, Island Bay, Wellington 6023, New Zealand

POSTPONED - New date to be advised


You couldn’t make this up! Three Island Bay writers have won the coveted Tom Fitzgibbon Award - a national prize awarded annually for a work of fiction for children between 7 and 13 years of age. What are the chances of three Island Bay residents winning this award? 

  • Brigid Feehan won in 2004 with Stella Star - a book about Stella, an aspiring writer whose murder-mystery play is ready for its one-off performance when best friend and key actor Jonathan goes missing. 

  • Suzanne Main was the 2014 winner with her comedy adventure, How I Alienated My Grandmother, about a kid whose grandmother turns into an alien, or rather: a grandma who he turns into an alien. 

  • James Guthrie is the Bay’s most recent winner, in 2018 with Bullseye Bella - about a 12 year old darts-playing prodigy who sets out to win the prize money from the local pub competition to pay for the school fees for her pirate-obsessed (and special-needs) younger brother. 

Even more freaky, all three writers had children at Island Bay School at the same time! 

Bring your questions and curiosity to this panel with all three award-winning writers. You can ask anything you like - about their books, their writing, and how they fire up their imagination. The panel will be hosted by Ruth McIntyre (former owner of the Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie). This event is for young readers (aged 7-12) and their whanau, for anyone interested in writing stories themselves or for anyone who just wants to hang out in a lively fun session that celebrates the magic of imagination. 

Books will be on sale, courtesy of Children’s Bookshop. And if you’ve already got a copy of the book, please bring your book along to have it signed.