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Taniwha Gods and Monsters - 2019 Picturebooks Seminar

Date Thursday 24 October 2019
Time 8:30am - 3:30pm
Where School of Education - McClaren Room TT1.12
Presenter School of Education
Contact Jeanette Clarkin-Phillips
Contact email jgcp@waikato.ac.nz
Website www.ivvy.com.au/event/TLBB8S/
Admission Cost $60.00

“Traditional literature, also known as folk literature or oral literature, is the cannon of tales, stories, and poems of a people that have been passed down by word of mouth through many generations. These stories have become the cultural heritage of groups of people all around the world re-crafted and reshaped through multiple retellings to fit the needs of the audiences of a particular place or time” (Johnson, 2012, p. 118).

Traditional tales involving taniwha, gods and monsters form an important part of the canon of children’s literature both worldwide and in New Zealand. The combination of image and text makes picturebooks a popular way of telling these tales.  
In the 2019 Waikato Picturebook Research Unit (WaiPRU) seminar, we have invited seven speakers including Illustrator and lecturer Zak Waipara, Award winning Gecko Publisher Julia Marshall, Author and Lecturer Dr Darryn Joseph, Teacher Educator Dr. Helen Villers, National Librarian Rosemary Tisdall and Melissa Spark, Early Childhood Educator Helen Aitken, and National Librarian Rosemary Tisdall, Early Childhood Educator Helen Aitken, and Australian academic and head of the International Mythical Childhood Project, Dr Liz Hale.

The seminar is open to early childhood educators, primary and secondary teachers, librarians, authors, illustrators, students and academics.

Tickets are $60 and can be purchased by clicking here.

The day will feature:

  • Keynote presentation: Capturing the Sun-God
    Zak Waipara, AUT lecturer in Digital media and illustrator of Māui-Sun Catcher (Oratia Books, 2016).

How does one depict a sun personification inside a grounded scientific universe? Using Māui-Sun Catcher (and related works) as a picturebook case study, author and academic Zak Waipara, provides his perspective on the theme 'Taniwha, Gods and Monsters.' He elaborates on the artistic and creative process undertaken to re-imagine the famous archetypal culture hero for a contemporary, urban South Auckland setting. Textual material from the book will be examined to explain the various challenges and subsequent problem-solving but also act as prompts to explore the deeper, contextual and cultural knowledge that has to sit behind such decision making.

Programme:

  • 8.30-9.00am:Mihi Whakatau and Karakia: Darryn Joseph
    Welcome: Nicola Daly – Senior Lecturer, School of Education, University of Waikato
  • 9.00am: Keynote Presentation
    ‘Capturing the Sun-God’ - Zak Waipara, Auckland University of Technology.
  • 9.50am- 10am Discussion chaired by Dr Jeanette Clarkin-Phillips – Senior Lecturer, School of Education, University of Waikato

10-10.30amMORNING TEA

Morning session:

  • 10.30am‘Young Children meet Taniwha, Gods and Monsters:  Impressions and insights from an early childhood setting ’Helen Aitken, Early Childhood Educator, Wondernauts, Hamilton
  • 10.50am‘Writing about Atua, Tipua, and Taniwha: Distant or up-close and personal?’ Darryn Joseph, Massey University
    11.10am‘How We Deal With Monsters’ Joan Gibbons, Retired Librarian
  • 11.30am‘Seshat (Egyptian Goddess of libraries) vs the National Library Goddesses’ Rosemary Tisdall and Melissa Spark, National Library of New Zealand
  • 11.50-12.10pm Discussion chaired by Jeanette Clarkin-Phillips - – Senior Lecturer, School of Education, University of Waikato

12.10-1.10pm LUNCH

Afternoon session:

  • 1.10pm‘Frisson of fear: What is the purpose of gods, taniwha and monsters in a children's book?’ Julia Marshall, Gecko Press
  • 1.30pm‘Do you dare! Taniwha, Gods and Monsters’  Gameedah Jonas and Shannon Cooper, Hamilton City Library
  • 1.50pm‘In the beginning: I te tīmatanga’ Kate Morgan, Nelson-Tasman Kindergartens
  • 2.10pm‘Monstrous metaphors and powerful pedagogy through contemporary children’s picturebooks’ Helen Villers, University of Auckland
  • 2.30-2.50pmDiscussion chaired by Jeanette Clarkin-Phillips - – Senior Lecturer, School of Education, University of Waikato
  • 2.50-3.10pmThanks: Nicola Daly – Senior Lecturer, School of Education, University of Waikato
    Mihi whakamutunga:  Darryn Joseph

For more information about the event email: Jeanette Clarkin-Phillips - jgcp@waikato.ac.nz