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The Curioseum: Collected Stories of the Odd & Marvellous

What happens when you let a group of writers loose ‘backstage’ in a museum? Te Papa invited twenty-two of New Zealand’s best children’s authors to spend a day in the Museum’s collections, and to choose one of the museum’s taonga (treasures) as a starting point for an imaginative journey.

The result is a truly original compendium of stories and poems for 8–12 year olds, with whimsical illustrations from award-winning Sarah Laing. It’s a unique collaboration between Te Papa Press and the Whitireia Creative Writing and Publishing Programmes.


Margaret Mahy
Joy Cowley
Bill Manhire
Elizabeth Knox
Jo Randerson
Barbara Else
Ant Sang
Marisa Maepu
Mandy Hager
Paora Tibble
Frances Samuel
Phillip Mann
Raymond Huber
Tusiata Avia
Kyle Mewburn
John McCrystal
Dave Armstrong
Anatonio Te Maioha
James Brown
Moira Wairama
Emily Hunter
Tusi Tamasese


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