Attention teachers, librarians and schools, you have until 15 December to book me through Writers in Schools for Term 1 2018! Are you:

  • Planning a Book Week
  • Wanting to give your year 4-8 students a non-fiction writing boost
  • Keen to tie the children’s environmental studies or science to your writing programme
  • Looking for a fun and inspiring author visit for all ages

I’m an award-winning author of factual books about New Zealand nature. Before I became an author, I was a teacher, an editor and a publisher. I’m passionate about helping kids understand New Zealand’s unique biodiversity. My presentations combine enthusiasm and knowledge – about books and the writing process.

Writing workshop at Porirua Library

Here’s what Northland School in Wellington said about my “Top Tips for Writing Non-Fiction” presentation:

“Thank you so much for a fantastic visit. The children really enjoyed your time with them and I’ve had really positive feedback from all of the teachers. I was pleased that I also got to sit in on one of the sessions. Thanks again Gillian – we were very lucky to have you!” Lizzie Ryan

Northland School library display

PS: if you aren’t booking through ‘Writers in Schools’ you can contact me anytime, to book me directly for your school, library or festival. Email me at

Making kaka masks at the Dunedin Storylines festival in 2016.