Sarah Mathew: Explorer, Journalist and Auckland's 'First Lady'
Tessa Duder's latest book is the biography of one of New Zealand's founding pioneers, whose contribution to the founding of Auckland (and New Zealand) has never been fully and rightfully acknowledged.
'I am grateful to the Auckland Council, staff at Auckland Libraries and publisher David Ling for their support in making sure Sarah Mathew's fascinating and poignant story is brought back into the public record in this 175th anniversary year of the founding of New Zealand and specifically, Auckland,' says Tessa.
'Much of the information, resulting from some "lucky breaks" in my researching, tracking down Mathew family members in both UK and New Zealand, is completely new. I'm very happy to be adding a strong woman's voice to the historical record which, frankly, has traditionally side-lined or ignored the female experience.'
The book is being launched by Mayor Len Brown at the Auckland Public Library on 18 September, the anniversary of the very day Auckland was proclaimed the capital of the new British colony.
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.
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.
Storylines Tessa Duder Award now open to all YA writers
Tessa Duder is delighted that the Storylines Trust award in her name continues to be offered, thanks to the sponsorship by Walker Books Australia. The award, now biennial, is for a manuscript for a young adult novel by either a published or unpublished writer. (Previously it was for unpublished only.)
Submissions closed on 31 October 2015 and the winner will be announced at Storylines annual Margaret Mahy Day on 2 April 2016. The award carries a cash prize and assurance of publication by Walker Books.
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.
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.