Beckett back for book talk

BY LEE-ANNE EDWARDS
Last updated 11:16 13/11/2012
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Writer in residence: Author Bernard Beckett speaks about his recent trip to Germany for the White Ravens Festival for Children's and Young Adults Authors on Tuesday, 20 November.

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Author Bernard Beckett has notched up some air miles this year, travelling twice to Germany as a guest at major book festivals.

He will be speaking about his experiences there at the Lower Hutt War Memorial Library next Tuesday.

One of New Zealand's leading writers of young adult literature, Beckett attended the White Ravens Festival in Munich in July and the Frankfurt Book Fair last month.

White Ravens showcases children's and young adult writing, while the Frankfurt Book Fair is the world's largest with 7,600 exhibitors from 110 countries attracting 300,000 visitors.

This year New Zealand was guest of honour at the fair. Beckett joined authors Patricia Grace, Witi Ihimaera and Alan Duff for the event.

A secondary school teacher, he has taught at Taita College and Hutt Valley High School. His knowledge of teenage culture shows in his credible adolescent characters.

He has published 10 titles since his first book, Lester, was released in 1999. His novels have received numerous awards and done well internationally.

This year he is the writer-in- residence at Victoria University.

- Bernard Beckett speaks to Friends of Hutt City Libraries, Tuesday, November 20, 7pm, War Memorial Library, Queens Drive, entry by gold coin, all welcome.

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