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Gecko Press Events

Come and see Gecko Press authors and books on stage in March


Wellington Writers Week


Joy Cowley: A Joyful Life

Joy Cowley’s books are loved by children and adults throughout the world. This Writers Week appearance is a celebration of her 80th year.

For Joy, writing is “about what needs to be read and what children want to read”. Join her and New Zealand Festival Trustee John Allen for a session likely to span cooking, the Marlborough Sounds, coincidence, woodturning, knitting and other joy-filled subjects.

Sunday 13 March, 5pm

To buy tickets:


The Road to Ratenburg is Cowley's new novel, perfect for adventurers and travellers who enjoy a funny and character-filled tale.

To find out more or to purchase a copy, click here.


Paul Beavis: Crunch! Munch! Chew!

Bring along your young ones for a live storytelling as Paul Beavis’ session promises to be fun for all the family. Paul will lead a gloriously action-packed reading of the story that brings out the monster in us all. Dressing up is encouraged – with prizes for Best Monster, Best Mrs. Mo and Best Mr. Mo up for grabs!

Sunday 13 March, 9.30am

To buy tickets:


"Everybody should buy this book: forget thinly anthropomorphised bunnies and teddies, and get yourself the monster with the Mo-st." Booksellers NZ

To find out more or to purchase a copy, click here.


Auckland Arts Festival


Duck, Death and the Tulip

If you love Duck, Death and the Tulip, the puppet show adaptation at this years Auckland Arts Festival shouldn't be missed.

Duck, Death and the Tulip is a strangely heart-warming story where Duck strikes up an unlikely friendship with Death.

The award-winning show is simple, unusual, warm and witty. With an original score by much-loved New Zealand composer Gareth Farr, Nina Nawalowalo's direction and sensitive performances by Little Dog Barking's Peter Wilson and Kenneth King, the story and its telling will intrigue and enchant adults and children alike.

Tuesday 8th March, 10.30am & 1pm

Thursday 10th March, 10.30am      

Friday 11th March, 1pm

To buy tickets:


Win a copy of Hello World! by Paul Beavis

Mr. and Mrs. Mo are busy painting the house, and the monster is bored ... until he gets a grand idea: he’s off to see the world! But his adventure becomes bigger than he expected, and the monster wishes Mrs. Mo had come after all—with some sandwiches.

To go in the draw, simply email your name and address to, subject line "Hello World". 

One winner will be drawn on 11 March, just in time to bring your copy along to Beavis's Wellington session.

Congratulations to last month's winner: Ruth Jasmat!



Thanks for supporting Gecko Press!


With best wishes,

Julia, Rachel, Frances and Petra.