Sunday 8 August 2021 at 3pm
Carterton Events Centre
Holloway Street 

Wai Word is thrilled to be co-hosting the launch of a book celebrating local legend, Helen Dew, written by local writers!

Ali Foster is passionate about writing picture books. Her first picture book, Elwyn’s Dream, illustrated by Viv Walker (Random House 2018) won the Mitre 10/ Conservation Foundation takahe picture book competition. She is also the author of The Eels of ANZAC BridgeA Beam of Bright LightTrompet and Trumbone and Sam’s Bath. Much of Ali’s writing is inspired by nature and the environment and she has a strong interest in preserving the planet for future generations.

Catherine Cooper is a Wairarapa-based author and writing coach. She has published two books for adults (The Western Home, 2014, and White Elephant, 2017), and her first co-authored children’s book is forthcoming from Duck Creek Press. Catherine is passionate about the power of creativity to heal and inspire, and she supports other writers through personalised writing coaching and by delivering workshops and writing programmes in libraries and schools. 

Helen Dew has lived in the small rural township of Carterton for over seventy years, and during that time she has been a pioneer in the Time Banking, Green Dollar, and urban gardening movements. In 2018, Helen won the Charles Rooking Carter Civic Award for Services to the Community, and in 2019 she was nominated for the New Zealand Women of Influence Awards. Helen leads by example knowing that her choices can have a big impact on the world around her. In this sense, Helen stands in for anyone who knows that knowing isn’t enough: you have to do.

A free and friendly afternoon since 2012 – talks with authors, writing workshops, 
panel discussions, performances, book fairs, book launches, open mics, 
competitions and more…

For information, or to volunteer, contact
Steve Laurence at Almo’s Books: 06 379 7103.