On Friday, the conference officially starts at 9am with a formal Maori welcome. Registration will happen after that, with conference bags being handed out and the committee on hand to answer any questions. We will give priority to those attending Mandy's workshop which starts at 9.30am. The timetable is here, but will also be provided in printed form in your conference bags, along with your individual timetable for the workshops.
A note about the timetables: some of the workshops have proven very popular, and in those cases we’ve had to resort to your second choices. In general, we’ve used the principle of first come first served; but where workshops were designed for specific groups, priority was given to those who matched the criteria. For example, the ‘Creature Making and Drawing’ workshop was designed for illustrators, so in that case they’ve been given precedence.
Sessions before morning tea on Friday also include a catch-up for Sparks teams and portfolio critiques for illustrators. If you're not involved in any of those activities, you'll be free to start socialising, finding your way around the venue, meeting old friends and making new ones (and possibly even have time for a quick trip down to the Children's Bookshop).
If you can't make it to St Cath's by 9am, don't worry as registration will be happening all day, but your best chance of catching one of the committee members might be during a break in the programme, eg morning tea (10.30-11am) lunch (12.20-1pm) or afternoon tea (3.10-3.30pm). But try not to miss Andy Griffiths who will be speaking from 1-1.30pm.
At the end of the day, we'll be heading down to The Children's Bookshop - 5 mins walk away - for the cocktail party which starts around 6pm.
Friday night dinner is not included in the conference cost and we’ve suggested that you may like to make up a group and go out somewhere. (Alternatively, you may want to go home for an early night before a busy day on Saturday - all up to you!) There are not many dinner places in Kilbirnie itself, but Newtown (or even the city) is just a short car, bus or taxi ride away. This is also WoW (World of Wearable Arts) season in Wellington, so restaurants may be busy, especially in town, but at others you'll find you can't book but just have to wait a while for a table. We'd encourage you to look out for other conference attendees who may be on their own or don’t know many people - or if that applies to you, please don't feel shy about asking any other group if you can join them.