May 18th

August 2019 – NZCYA

Category: Awards, NZCYA, The Rift
NZCYA 2019 Te Papa

I am making up for lost time and updating my news page with the bookish events of 2019. It’s such a delight to look back at these experiences and it fills me with tremendous gratitude to be a part of New Zealand’s Children and Young Adult Books community. It was an incredible honour to be shortlisted in the NZCYA awards and to be numbered amongst these incredible authors.

Steve Spargo – Walker Books Australia

A big part of the fun with this occasion was getting to catch up with bookish friends, like Steve Spargo who came over from Walker Books in Sydney to support me at NZCYA! On the day of the awards, I joined Ant Sang and Philippa Werry at the National Library for an author talk with local students.

Author Talk @ The National Library
The amazing Philippa Werry & Ant Sang

The evening of the award ceremony was so much fun, catching up with writing friends, like beautiful Steph Matuku, author of Flight of the Fantail.

Fav: Steph Matuku
Waiting to hear our names called.
Legends: Barbara Else & Chris Else
Official Snap

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Rachael is a member of the New Zealand Society of Authors and you can visit the NZSA at and the Top of the South branch Her publisher is Walker Books Australia