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Robert Sullivan

Robert Sullivan.

Weaving Earth And Sky: Myths and Legends of Aotearoa written by Robert Sullivan and illustrated by Gavin Bishop won the the New Zealand Post Children’s Book of the Year award in the non-fiction section for 2003.

What do you like about your books?

When I was younger I absolutely adored the whole Narnia series, starting with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing for more than half my life, eighteen years.

What do you like about your books?

I like the fact that our children can read them and enjoy them.

What’s your favourite book that you have written?

I write poetry as well as children’s books. I think my favourite poetry book is Star Waka which talks about the amazing achievement of the Polynesian peoples to travel across a hugh expanse of ocean thousands of years ago to settle the islands of the Pacific. My favourite children’s book is Weaving Earth and Sky because it draws on the Māori culture and all the wonderful stories that we Māori have.

Do your children like books?

They love books. My son has read all the Harry Potter books twice. The latest one he read in four days from when it was first launched in Auckland. He also helped make a poster for the Whitcoulls bookshop in Queen St with some classmates for the launch.

How long did it take you to write Weaving Earth and Sky: Myths and Legends of Aotearoa?

It took me about a year to write that book. I used the library quite a bit to do research for it first, and then wrote.

Why did you change from writing poetry to children’s books?

I still write both. I enjoy writing for children because of the honesty of children. I really like the keen interest of children.

Are you going to write poems or more children’s stories now?

So yes, I’m going to continue to do both.

What country were you born in?

I was born in New Zealand. Yay!

Do you own any pets?

Yes – two cats called Sticky and Dusty, although we have left them behind in Auckland with a kind family while we’ve moved to Hawaii. Our family lives in Honolulu at the moment. All the best, and I hope in you are interested in becoming writers that you make time to do it!
Aloha, Robert Sullivan

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