Rachael King

Rachael King is an award-winning author and reviewer. Her latest book, The Grimmelings, was published to wide acclaim in February. Her earlier children’s book, Red Rocks, is in development for television. Her adult novels are The Sound of Butterflies and Magpie Hall. Rachael was the programme director of the WORD Christchurch Festival for eight years and won best reviewer at the 2023 Voyager Media Awards. In recent years she has been revisiting books she read as a child and writing about them for The Spinoff.

2024 festival sessions

The Grimmelings

Rachael King in conversation with Jane Forrest Waghorn

4pm-5pm, Sat 27 July, ASB Theatre Marlborough, $25

What magic lies behind the crafting of spellbinding adventure stories with enduring appeal? Rachael’s new book is infused with her love of horses and long-lost words, with ancient Scottish myths, and Te Waipounamu landscapes. Join Rachael as she discusses The Grimmelings and reflects on other children's stories that are still great reads in adulthood. This session has been planned with an adult audience in mind, but young readers are welcome, accompanied by an adult. 

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