The Story of Sir Peter Blake
The Story of Sir Peter Blake by Tessa Duder – this new biography of New Zealand's most famous long-distance sailor is being published in July by Libro International, an imprint of Oratia Media.
Targeting teens - Writing for teens
Tessa Duder was a speaker at the North Island Children’s and Young Adult’s Librarians’ Conference held in Rotorua in July. Her speech, calling for more vigorous efforts to promote New Zealand
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The Storylines Tessa Duder Award
The Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust has instituted a new award, the Storylines Tessa Duder Award for a previously unpublished young adult writer.
Two honours for The Word Witch
The Word Witch – the Magical Verse of Margaret Mahy has won two recent honours, Honour Book in the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards and nomination for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards.
Top 10 New Zealand Non-fiction Books of the Decade
Margaret Mahy – a writer’s life is voted number 6 in New Zealand Herald’s top Ten Best Non-fiction books of the decade.
Jellybean – Tessa Duder’s 1985 novella about a girl who wants to be an orchestral conductor, has been reissued in February 2010.
‘I am absolutely delighted that after more than 20 years, my second book has come back into print,’ says Tessa
Honorary Doctorate from the University of Waikato
Tessa Duder received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Waikato on 3 October 2008, in recognition of services to literature, youth and the community.
Short Story Collection
Is She Still Alive? – scintillating tales for women of a certain age, Tessa‘s first adult fiction, was published by HarperCollins in May 2008 and very quickly moved onto the New Zealand Best-seller List. It was Number 2 for many weeks, dropping to Number 3 before its final exit after a total of eleven weeks. The book is a collection of thirteen short stories, two close to novella length, about women of ‘a certain age.’