Upcoming Events

March 2012- NZ Book Month
Lee and her book Battle of the Birds are taking part in the Great New Zealand Book Race. You can join in! Read a book by New Zealand writer, go to www.greatnzbookrace.weebly.com post a review and be in to win prizes. The project runs until September 2012, so there's plenty of time to post more than one review.

4 February 2012
Lee was invited to the grand finale of the Teen Mean Reads summer programme run by the Tauranga Libraries and the Friends of the Tauranga Libraries. What a fantastic night. As well as being able to talk with local authors like Susan Brocker and Anaru Bickford, a group of fifty teenagers enjoyed a Skype session with New Zealand author Brian Faulkner (now living in Australia) and American novelist Lauren Oliver. The kids asked some probing questions! Did you know that the inspiration for one of Lauren Oliver's stories came to her while she was working out on her treadmill? And that even though he's currently living in Australia, Brian Faulkner still supports the Warriors. Don't miss out on next year's event. Just sign up at any one of the Tauranga City Libraries, review the books you read over summer, and you're in to win book prizes and free icecream.

February 2012
Lee is featured writer on the website www.youngnzwiters.weebly.com If you're a keen writer and you're looking for writing tips, exercises, competitions, or just some inspiration, then check out this cool site.


Saturday, 17 September 2011, 10:00am
Book launch and pukeko hat workshop for children at the Papamoa Library. Free event. Hear Lee read from her story Battle of the Birds and learn how to make your own pukeko hat to take away.

Saturday 1 October 2011, 2:00-4:00pm
Story-telling and kite-making workshop for families at The Cargo Shed, Dive Crescent, Tauranga. Free event sponsored by Creative Tauranga, Tauranga Writers, and Taramea Publishing.
Hear Lee read excerpts from Battle of the Birds and see Local personality Jack Thatcher demonstrate how to make your own te manuhorowai (simple Māori kite) from simple materials. MP Simon Bridges will award prizes for the best kites.

September 2011
Lee will be visiting Tainui Full Primary School in Tokoroa.

15-30 October 2011 (due to RWC, now postponed until March 2012)
Lee will be writer in residence at Katikati Bird Gardens, along with artist Andria Goodliffe and a musician, an initiative sponsored by the New Zealand Society of Authors and Creative Tauranga. The theme is birds. Lee and her colleagues will be offering creative workshops for schools, and the two week residency will culminate in a final collaborative project.