Exciting news – here are all the details of the shenanigans planned for the launch of Gareth/The Great Wardini’s young adult novel, ‘The Traitor and the Thief.’ We really hope you are able to join us. It’s been a hugely exciting journey for the whole team and we’d love to share the celebrations with you.

Friday 28th July

6pm – the book launch at Havelock North Function Centre. Wardini will tell you a bit about the book, read some exciting extracts and sign your very own personal copy.

7pm – The Traitor’s Ball!

We are SO excited about this. We’re having a Steampunk Ball to really get the book going with a bang! Dress as a Steampunk hero or as an adventurer or anything you like - the bar will be open, food available and our favourite ukulele Punk band, The Pukes, will be rocking the stage. If you need a hand sorting ideas for a costume just get in touch. Op shops are invaluable and really, anything goes!

Tickets are $25 each and a copy of ‘The Traitor and the Thief,’ is included in the price (children under 16 are free) – how good a deal is that?

Tickets are soon to be available from Wardini Books Havelock North and Wardini Books Napier and from our website,

Saturday 29th July

If you didn’t manage to get along to the Ball,come along to Wardini Books Napier at 4pm to hear Wardini talk about the book, read his favourite bits aloud, and do a bit of magic for you.

The events are all loaded onto our Facebook page should you wish to join in the conversation or, we hope, click the ‘going’ button! Please spread the word as far and wide as you can so we can make ‘The Traitor and the Thief’ events an epically awesome and they can possibly be.

Thank you sooooooo much!

Lou, Wardini and the Team


National Poetry day - woohoo!

National Poetry Day is on Friday 25th August and here’s what we’re planning:

  • a poetry writing competition for all ages 5 – adult. Year 1 – 6 entries will be judged by Alexandra Tylee, children’s author and owner of Pipi Café. All other entries will be judged by Duncan Hope, performance poet, headliner at the capital’s Poetry in Motion and member of touring poetry troupe, The Wellington Pub Poets Society. Winners and high commended will receive a certificate, a book prize and the winners will have their poem published in the local newspaper.


  • Poems to be submitted to Wardini Books Havelock North or Napier no later than 3pm on Monday 21st August

Event dates and times:

Wardini Books Havelock North on Friday 25th August at 6pm

Children’s poetry reading event in which we’ll hear children’s poetry and some of the winners of the competition will read their winning poems. Alexandra Tylee will be there to tell us about her new book and Wardini will do some magic too just because…

Wardini Books Napier on Saturday 26th August at 4.30pm

A very similar event to the one described above, but for our lovely Napier children and families.

Wardini Books Napier on Saturday 26th August at 6.00pm

A young adult/adult Open Mic night at 7pm featuring a performance from Duncan Hope and the winners of our poetry competition, plus anyone who would like to perform their own or their favourite poetry.
What to do now:
Get in touch to express interest in the competition and to request an application form. Pop in and see us or email

If you can think of anyone else to pass this on to, please do – that would be fab!


Drama and Literacy in Hawke's Bay - Workshops for Teachers in association with The Drama Workshop

We’re excited to be teaming up with The Drama Workshop to offer these workshops for teachers. Please spread the word – it’ll be lots of fun and you’ll come away with truly useful stuff!


Find out how Drama can:


·                     provide purposeful opportunities for writing

·                     delve deeply into text for meaning

·                     create a playful space in your classroom

·                     enhance performance skills

·                     develop ideas for devising


Come away with:

·                     a toolbox of ideas to try straight away

·                     a list of texts and resources that are excellent pretexts for Drama

·                     a new network of like-minded teacher


 How it works: Attend a workshop with Juliet and Daniel then take a stroll down to Wardinis’ for some light refreshments, a book chat with Lou and a browse of some specially selected resources.


Where: Napier: ‘The Studio’ 6 Hastings St - stairs entrance next to Viva Gallery.

Havelock North: Havelock North Function Centre - Te Mata Rd.


Wed 2 August, 2017: Yrs 1-4 Napier 3.30 - 5.45 Playful spaces and Literacy.

Mon 21 August, 2017: Yrs 5 - 8 Havelock North 3.30 - 5.45 Using artefacts to stimulate drama activities and explore a story from the Gold Fields.

Wed 20 September, 2017: Yrs 1-8 Napier 3.30 - 5.45 Drama strategies for engaging with text.


Cost: $25 per workshop

Book here: