Our class had the privilege of working on an amazing range of books this year, through which we gained experience in editing, typesetting, marketing and project managing. It was a unique and rewarding experience to learn by collaborating on live projects with real authors. We worked on ten publications in total:

All of Us, a collection of poetry and short prose by Adrienne Jansen and carina gallegos, provides insight into the refugee and immigrant experience in New Zealand.

Southern Stage, the latest in Playmarket’s New Zealand Play Series, collects four major South Island plays from New Zealand playwrights John Broughton, Gary Henderson, Carl Nixon, Oscar Kightley and Erolia Ifopo. Students also worked on forthcoming New Zealand Play Series title Badjelly the Witch, adapted for the stage by Alannah O’Sullivan from Spike Milligan’s classic story.

L. J. Ritchie’s Monsters of Virtue is a young adult novel published by Escalator Press. The novel presents an alternative history of New Zealand, exploring what could have happened in the years following the proposed eugenics law of 1928.

Second Time Lucky tells the true story of Erik Westra, an avid cyclist who cycled the Tour Aotearoa, a 3000-kilometre journey from Cape Reinga to Bluff.

4th Floor Journal is an online literary journal that features the work of students and tutors from the Whitireia Creative Writing programme. The journal this year had the theme ‘intersecting identities’ and was edited by Jackson Nieuwland.

The Whitireia Nursing & Health Journal presents new perspectives on nursing and healthcare in Aotearoa New Zealand. This year’s journal is the 25th edition.

Mental Health in Primary Care: A Resource for New Zealand Health Professionals provides information about mental health and how to respond to mental distress. This is the second edition, and it is published by Whitireia New Zealand.

The Power of Story is Joy Cowley’s 2018 New Zealand Book Council lecture. The lecture contains practical advice on how to spark a child’s interest in reading and explains how stories can inspire lifelong learning and critical thinking.

A Change of Key by Adrienne Jansen is the stand-alone sequel to The Score (2013). A Change of Key tells the story of a multicultural group of migrants living in an inner-city block of social housing flats in New Zealand.

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