Anne Ingram <br>-Children's Author- 621900 en-nz Anne Ingram -Children's Author- 30 Local destination bookstore Lovely to see the first two Lucy titles, Lucy Bee & the Secret Gene and Bonjour Lucy Bee on display among other wonderful titles at Books & Co in Otaki. Soon to be joined by Lucy Bee & Soline, the last in the trilogy! This beautiful little bookshop is jam packed with great books. No wonder it's a favourite destination for locals. 048, 21 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +1300 LAUNCH OF LUCY BEE & SOLINE Such a wonderful launch last night for Lucy Bee & Soline. Heartfelt thanks to the over 40 friends, fellow writers and booklovers who came along to help celebrate the new Lucy. Grateful thanks to Anna Kenna for launching the book, Vivienne Bailey for MCing, and special thanks to Paper Plus for being our bookseller - it was great to have Angela and Brioni there at hand to sell Lucy's new adventure. 047, 16 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +1300 Lucy Bee & Soline Very excited to say that Lucy Bee & Soline, the third in the Lucy Bee series is soon to be released. I couldn't be more delighted with Vida Kelly's wonderful cover illustration. She's created a tapestry incorporating both cultures in the story - New Zealand and French. 043, 17 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +1300 Celebrating our illustrators I'm full of admiration for our children's book illustrators. It's a wonderful kind of magic how they can conjure up an image - images, and then get them down on paper. Illustrations in picture books are not just decorative. They tell stories just as words do, helping to bring to life the written texts they accompany. They flesh out the characters, the settings, the actions, and the feelings the story evokes. In other words, they illustrate between the lines. To celebrate our local children' 033, 9 Aug 2021 00:00:00 +1200 Bonjour Lucy Bee now in Ebook format I'm so pleased that Bonjour Lucy Bee is now in Ebook format and so will be more freely available. You can go to for Kindle, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Angus & Robertson, etc. Also from my publisher OneTree House at 033, 9 Aug 2021 00:00:00 +1200 Calling all authors The New Zealand Society of Authors has a new look, and after 85 years is more helpful to budding and experienced writers than ever. I've been a member for well over 10 years (with a short break while I was living overseas) and have benefited from the society's advice and support in many ways. If you are serious about writing, I highly recommend a visit to their website to see all the advantages membership offers 004, 22 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +1300 Earthquakes, undersea adventures & more Earthquakes, undersea adventures, fairy stories, a spaceship emergency, a kidnapping, and so much more. Twelve exciting tales from 12 young writers who came along to the writing workshop with their own idea for a story. We built on their ideas giving their story a structure. Then, their imagination took over. Swoosh! Such a joy to see their enthusiasm and commitment. They just wanted to keep on writing and writing.... Then, as all good writers do, they sent their story out into the worl 043, 20 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +1300 Bonjour Lucy Bee reading on Youtube The New Zealand Society of Authors have launched their 'NZ Writers Read', initiative, dedicated playlists on their Youtube channel of NZ authors reading from their work. If you go to you can listen to me reading a chapter from Bonjour Lucy Bee. 016, 13 Apr 2020 00:00:00 +1200 Lockdown Activities The first chapter of Bonjour Lucy Bee is free to download from Free activity sheets to encourage young writers are also available from the same website. While we are all at home One Tree House will be providing resources to educate, entertain and amuse young readers and writers. Check them out! 015, 9 Apr 2020 00:00:00 +1200 Wonderful Michael Murpurgo Wonderful Michael Morpurgo interview with Jim Mora on National Radio just after 11am today, Sunday 5 April. If you missed it, do try to log in to listen to it. So sane and inspiring. 015, 5 Apr 2020 00:00:00 +1300 Free Teachers' Notes With families, stuck at home, parents and caregivers are looking for activities to entertain and educate! To help with this, my publisher OneTree House has put up teachers notes for many of their books as well as first chapters of some of their books in pdf form. Free teachers notes of Bonjour Lucy Bee are available at 014, 1 Apr 2020 00:00:00 +1300 Writing activities for kids Budding young writers wanting some inspiration during the lockdown? I've just put some fun writing activities on my website to keep you writing. 014, 31 Mar 2020 00:00:00 +1300 Workshop cancelled So disappointing to have to cancel the writing workshop today. Was looking forward to meeting 12 keen young writers aged 9-13 from a number of local schools in Kapiti. But everyone understood it was the wisest move. And keen young writers will write anywhere. Hope to reconvene the workshop when it is safe to do so. 013, 22 Mar 2020 00:00:00 +1300 Turning an idea into a story I'm taking a writing workshop for children in March. Please see poster below for details. 008, 18 Feb 2020 00:00:00 +1300 Kapiti Children's Writers celebrate Kapiti Children's Writers celebrated our writing year in a fun evening last night at a gathering at the Kapiti Library for our Christmas party. As part of the celebrations, members shared their writing successes, whether it was having a new book (or books) published, or getting a short story in a new publication or placed in a competition, or the satisfaction of starting or finishing a piece of work. Lots to celebrate! Including Mandy Hager's election as President of the New Zealand Society o 046, 14 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +1300 Focusing on social media It's always a pleasure to go along to the monthly Focus Group meetings where we discuss a particular skill or aspect of writing. This time it wasn't characterisation or structure or pace, but something else we all need to know how to navigate - social media, a necessity for writers these days. The youngest members among us were the most clued up, of course, and brought us all up to speed on what we needed to know, extending our vocabulary with new definitions given to established words: tags 041, 8 Oct 2019 00:00:00 +1300 Pack your bags for France Kidsbooksnz.blogspot have given Bonjour Lucy Bee a lovely review. "Fancy a quick trip to France?" they say. "All you need is a cuppa, a comfy place to read and this great book from Anne Ingram. Allons-y." After giving a synopsis, they comment that "The French phrases add a light handed authenticity, which coupled with the descriptive scene setting has you feeling like you are right there with Lucy. The plight of the refugees is handled well; there is no heavy lecturing, instead we are shown 035, 30 Aug 2019 00:00:00 +1200 Magpies Review Review of Bonjour Lucy Bee in the July Magpies Magazine, very heartening. Reviewer, Melissa Spark says that "There is nothing overly political in this book; only the truth about human relationships, identity and empathy." She describes the book as "gently tackling the topic of prejudice, tolerance and the current refugee crisis, encouraging the reader to employ sensitivity for people who are displaced." And goes on to say, "The easy way this is written genuinely asks the year 6 reader or inte 033, 12 Aug 2019 00:00:00 +1200 Kapiti Children's Writers hosted Philippa Werry Such an enjoyable afternoon on Sunday when Philippa Werry came to talk to local writers about "The Telegram', her WW1 book for young readers which has been shortlisted for the Children's Book Awards. Philippa loves New Zealand history and has written a number of appealing titles that open up our past to young New Zealanders. 031, 31 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +1200 The skinny on Children's Book Publishing The Children's Bookshop in Kilbirnie was host yesterday to a one day workshop on writing and publishing for children. Organised by the Wellington Children's Book Association, six local writers and illustrators, each with a different area of expertise, gave the captive audience of 30 their top tips. Craft, collaborative writing, graphic novels, online marketing, book award judging and presenting at an overseas festival were all covered. And Ruth, owner of the Children's Bookshop gave us her info 030, 22 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +1200 Friends of the Kapiti Libraries We're so lucky to have a very active Friends of the Libraries group in Kapiti. They not only have interesting speakers - authors, playwrights and poets usually, but last week we had editor Jane Parkin speaking. Our Kapiti Children's Writers were asked to speak recently too, and five of us talked about our work and later, sold copies of our books. 029, 15 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +1200 Booklovers review A thoughtful and considered review for Bonjour Lucy Bee, this one by Rebekah Fraser on the NZBooklovers site. To view, please see 025, 21 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +1200 Bonjour Lucy Bee sample chapter available Sapling, the brilliant online review site for children's books has a sample chapter of Bonjour Lucy Bee for you to read. It's where Lucy is introduced to the local French village and chateau, and where the first incident in the story occurs. Go to 025, 18 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +1200 My calligraphy friends have been busy How lovely of my calligraphy friends to make me cards for Bonjour Lucy Bee. 025, 17 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +1200 Bonjour Lucy Bee Review on Good Reads Such a generous review by Ann David on Good Reads. 023, 4 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +1200 On a wet and windy night Despite the weather bomb hitting Wellington last night, some dear friends and dedicated Francophiles braved the wind and the wet to come to Alliance Francaise to listen to me talk about how I came to write Bonjour Lucy Bee. We were given a warm welcome by the wonderful director, Nathalie Buckrell, and by Violette Duquesne who had organised a delicious buffet table of French cheeses, charcuterie, bread and French wine. What a lovely place to be! I almost felt I was back in France. 022, 30 May 2019 00:00:00 +1200 Alliance Francaise I'd love you to come to Alliance Francaise Wellington this Thursday evening, 30 May, at 6pm where I'll be talking about how I came to write Bonjour Lucy Bee. I'll be giving a reading, answering questions and signing books. Please come and join us and enjoy some French nibbles and drinks. 022, 27 May 2019 00:00:00 +1200 BONJOUR LUCY BEE LAUNCH Wonderful launch last night. Felt so honoured to have over 60 friends and booklovers there to help send Bonjour Lucy Bee out into the wide world. Thanks to the lovely Adrienne Bushell for launching the book and Anthony Dreaver for being a great MC. And special thanks to all who made it such a special evening. 021, 24 May 2019 00:00:00 +1200 ANNE INGRAM Bonjour Lucy Bee - First review Have just received my first review for Bonjour Lucy Bee from 9 year old Linus at Gladstone School. "Wonderful, amazing, one of the best books I've ever read." Thank you, Linus! 021, 21 May 2019 00:00:00 +1200 Just what is going on in this little French village? My publishers, OneTree House, sent me today my first advance copy of Bonjour Lucy Bee. It looks great! I'm so pleased with the cover and the nice paper. Just to be able to hold in your hand the book you've loved and laboured over gives you a feeling of immense satisfaction and pleasure. Then, it's time to think of the launch and getting the book out to its readers. 018, 29 Apr 2019 00:00:00 +1200 ANNE INGRAM For our refugees As New Zealanders were all devastated by the news of terrorist attacks in Christchurch on our people in our place! So many of our communities nationwide have rallied in support of those who have lost family and friends in this terrible tragedy. Flowers, food, love and counselling, fund-raising, rallies against religious and racial intolerance, ecumenical services, concerts, and more. Our calligraphy club also wanted to show our support. Individually, we may have donated money, but we also wa 014, 3 Apr 2019 00:00:00 +1300 Author's Conference I've just had a wonderful weekend in Auckland at the New Zealand Society of Authors' Forum. Two and a half days of masterclasses, workshops and presentations by some of our best NZ writers. Also talks by video-link from the UK - Joanne Harris and from Australia - Morris Gleitzman. The highlight for me was one of the national treasures of Australia - John Marsden (pictured). I was fortunate enough to go to three sessions where I soaked up writerly wisdom from this icon of children's writing. 039, 25 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +1200 Award-winning publisher to publish Bonjour Lucy Bee OneTree House, winner of the 2018 Children's Publisher of the Year (Oceania section) at the Bologna Book Fair, is to publish Bonjour Lucy Bee! Obviously I couldn't be more pleased. OneTree House won this year's award for their creative and publishing excellence, and for their originality, professional and intellectual skills. The award is also designed to foster a mutual exchange of knowledge and ideas among different nations and areas of the world. It seems that Bonjour Lucy Bee may fit int 030, 27 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +1200 Bonjour Lucy Bee It's been a long time coming, but the second in the Lucy Bee series is finally finished! This time, Lucy travels to France for a family reunion. Never in her wildest dreams did she expect to become responsible for a young refugee or, as her cousin Celeste would call him, 'an illegal immigrant'. But this is what happens, and it's just the first of her many challenges... Now that the writing is done, the editing, the checking of facts, and the proofreading, there just remains the big one - publ 035, 29 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +1200 Bonjour Lucy Bee It's been a long time coming, but the second in the Lucy Bee series is finally finished! This time, Lucy travels to France for a family reunion. Never in her wildest dreams did she expect to become responsible for a young refugee or, as her cousin Celeste would call him, 'an illegal immigrant'. But this is what happens, and it's just the first of her many challenges... Now that the writing is done, the editing, the checking of facts, and the proofreading, there just remains the big one - publ 035, 29 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +1200 Flying High: Stories & Poems from Kapiti Flying HIgh: Stories & Poems from Kapiti was launched this week with great excitement. Written and illustrated by the children of Kapiti, it is full of imaginative stories and poems and engaging drawings. We put out 100 chairs for the launch at our community centre and were astonished when people kept piling in. We must have had over 160 people. Fifty of those present were the talented children, aged 8-13, from our 12 local schools who had had their work published in Flying High. And most of 043, 23 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +1300 Lucy Bee goes to France I'm busy working on my next Lucy Bee novel. This time, Lucy goes to France where she meets relations she never knew she had. Everything is wonderful except for one thing. And then, something else happens. She needs to learn French to get by. Before long she is thrust into an amazing adventure. 040, 28 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +1300 Visit to Miramar North School 'What is your favourite animal?" - "What sport did you play when you were our age?" - "Did you always want to be a writer?" These were just some of the questions from the children at Miramar North School when I visited them this week as one of the writers in the Writers in School scheme run by the New Zealand Book Council. It was an exhilarating visit as the children there are so enthusiastic about reading and writing. There was absolute silence when I read to them, and then a forest of hand 036, 4 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +1200