My first day as Children’s Writer in Residence

Swapna Haddow Children's Writer in Residence Leave a Comment

It’s 2022 and I’m starting the year as University of Otago College of Education Creative New Zealand Children’s Writer in Residence.

As I took a stroll across the beautiful campus towards my office, it was hard not to feel overwhelmed. The roll call of previous Fellows reads like a list of Aotearoa New Zealand literary royalty.

But when I met with Dr Jane Tilson, all my worries faded instantly. She put me at ease with the warmest welcome and took me on a tour of the offices.

Here’s me a bit teary-eyed seeing my name on a university door for the first time. What an incredible honour!

Jane insisted I make my office home so I’m taking my first few days to decorate the office with my son, my very own in-house interior designer. Take a tour of my office here.

I’ll be hitting the ground running on my new project from Tuesday next week and I can’t wait.

My Children’s Book of the Month is: Julia and the Shark by Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Tom de Freston.

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