Category Archives: Family and Friends

Launched as a book at last – FGSSMAD

On Wednesday, 13th of December my beloved book, For God Sake Saddle Me  A Donkey, launched in written form at the Millwood Gallery, Thorndon and is available at leading book stores, such as Marsden Books and Unity in Wellington and Wheelers in Auckland or from me, send me an email please. Continue reading Launched as a book at last – FGSSMAD

Librarian, Bee Trudgeon’s view of Cassidy Abbot’s Book

This is a lovely review by Porirua librarian Bee Trudgeon:

Dinah Priestley and Cassidy Abbot with The Wicked Plum Tree

The newest published author out of Whitby is a teenager named Cassidy Abbot who is no stranger to Porirua Library. He has engaged in writing and story time initiatives with the library since he was little, and can now find his name on the library’s catalogue alongside his grandmother’s, author/artist/actor/historian Dinah Priestley, thanks to a picture book they have created together. The Wicked Plum Tree is dedicated (in part) to ‘those who love trees’, and tells the story of a naughty one. Although the book is threaded through with fantasy, it is partially based on fact.

Continue reading Librarian, Bee Trudgeon’s view of Cassidy Abbot’s Book

FOR GOD’S SAKE SADDLE ME A DONKEY

Radio New Zealand, National

Wake up with me, Dinah Priestley, travelling from Wellington to London in an accident-prone WW2 truck called Leviathan. Friends said to us “You are mad! Those toddlers of yours will be dead before you reach London.” But we were lucky.!   We survived, with help from peasants and prostitutes, missionaries and maharajahs.

For God’s Sake Saddle Me a Donkey: Radio New Zealand, weekdays 6.45 a.m. from 26th December 2016, to 19th January 2017.

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Justine Wright, Film Editor Extraordinaire

I’m so proud of my daughter Justine who has edited films such as Touching the Void, Black Sea, Locke The Iron Lady, State of Play, One Day in September. The Eagle, Last King of Scotland and won numerous awards, including Best European Film Editor.

Justine Wright
Justine Wright

I just love this picture of her…

She is multi talented with excellent artistic and technical skills. This picture includes her generosity, her zany sense of humour but also a touch of don’t mess with me buddy.

#proudmum

Twelve year old Cassidy’s Book

My grandson Cassidy has written this book called The Wicked Plum Tree.  It’s a rollicking story about Colonel Frogmorton’s quest to discipline a barren plum tree. Fortunately,  a magical young gardener arrives to save the day. I loved  it so much I  had to illustrate it for him.

Colonel Frogmorton
Colonel Frogmorton

You can buy it now for $20.00  from Anchorage Press. Call 044727257 or email me at dinah.priestley@gmail.com

Imagine My City’s Rollicking Start

Papawai Park in Mt Cook. Sunday morning early. And thirty eager children and their parents experienced a drama that involved scientists, artists, actors, gecko- and- weta- wranglers, a talking fish and a shy elusive
Moa which the children chased with enthusiasm.

All part of Nature Through the Arts efforts to help children see the connection between science and the arts and imagine the city they would like Wellington (and Mt Cook/ Brooklyn area in particular) to be.
The initiative is backed by the NZ National Commission for UNESCO.

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Nikki Wright spokesperson for Nature Through Arts

Nikki Wright the collective’s spokesperson said that the project draws on international research around children’s growing alienation from nature, now coined as “Nature Deficit disorder”.