Fantasy writer captivates young readers

Last updated 05:00 29/08/2014
Laini Taylor
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WORDSMITH: Young adult fantasy writer Laini Taylor with Rangi Ruru Girls’ School pupils Holly Evans, left, and Lily Barnett.

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A pink-haired American fantasy writer has enthralled Christchurch students at a literary festival event.

Laini Taylor read from her young adult smash-hit Daughter of Smoke and Bone in the Charles Luney Auditorium at St Margaret's College yesterday.

The session was part of the WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival's read aloud schools' programme.

Taylor's novel is the first in a trilogy, followed by Days of Blood and Starlight and Dreams of Gods and Monsters.

The read aloud schools' programme is a festival institution that celebrates writing for children and young adults by bringing together international and New Zealand authors.

Taylor spoke to secondary school pupils along with International World Cup Poetry Slam winner Anis Mojgani and Dylan Horrocks.

Horrocks' graphic novel Hicksville was voted 12th in Rolling Stone's 50 Best Non-Superhero Graphic Novels.

Three other writers spoke during two sessions for primary-aged students.

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