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Here you will find information and all the latest news about this New Zealand writer and her books.

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November 2014

Out on the Water Twelve Tales of the Sea

For her first children's fiction in ten years, Out on the Water Twelve Tales of the Sea, Tessa Duder takes readers on a variety of exciting (and sometimes scary) experiences out on the waters around New Zealand's coasts. This brand-new collection of original sea stories, illustrated by leading illustrator Bruce Potter and published by Peter Dowling of Libro International (an imprint of Oratia Press), is on sale nationwide from November 7.

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A Treasury of New Zealand Poems for Children, edited by Paula Green, illustrated by Jenny Cooper

Noted Auckland poet Paula Green has edited a marvellous new Treasury for Random House New Zealand, A Treasury of New Zealand Poems for Children and it includes Tessa Duder's narrative verse ‘The Cat who's Known as Flea’, about a cat who feels unwanted by his family.

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Storylines Tessa Duder Award for a Young Adult Ms again offered

Tessa Duder is delighted that the Storylines award in her name is being offered, thanks to a generous new sponsorship by Walker Books Australia. The award, now biennial, is for a manuscript for a young adult novel by a previously unpublished writer. Submissions closed on 31 October 2014.

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November 2013

Across the Tasman in a tall ship Spirit of New Zealand

In October 2013 Tessa Duder sailed across the Tasman Sea in the tall ship Spirit of New Zealand, taking part in the very first Tall Ships Race from Sydney to Opua.

For an account of her voyage - four days' battling through a 40 knot gale, ghosting around North Cape and enjoying socialising with ships from other nations (Australia, UK, Holland etc) go to the Resource pages.

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June 2012

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.

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July 2010

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 Literature in high school classrooms, can be found on the Resources Pages »

The Word Witch

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.

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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.

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October 2009

Jellybean reissued

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

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October 2008

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.

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August 2008

Is She Still Alive?

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.’

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