ABOUT THE AUTHOR
BATT, Tanya Robyn (1970 –) writes fiction and non-fiction for children. She is also a storyteller, performer and teacher.
Batt was born in Auckland, but her first home was in a caravan on the slopes of the Southern Alps, Glenorchy. When she was four, she moved with her family to Australia where she lived until she was 14. As an adult, Batt spent time in Snowdonia, Wales. She now lives in Auckland.
Batt's writing career is best seen as a part of her life as a performer. She has published four books of fiction for children – The Fabrics of Fairytale (2000), The Terrible Queue (2001), A Child’s Book of Faeries (2002) and The Faery’s Gift (2003). Of these Batt has recorded The Fabrics of Fairytale (2000). She has also recorded Faery Favourites (1999), Mermaid Tales: A Sea of Stories (2001). In her books of fairy stories Batt retells fairytales from cultures as diverse as Armenian, Swahili, Chinese, Swedish, and Jewish.
The Terrible Queue was listed as a 2002 Storylines Notable Picture Book.
Batt also writes non-fiction for children. Her programme We Can Keep Safe (1995) was done for the Auckland Sexual Abuse Help Foundation. More recently she has published Imagined World (2001), a drama resource for teachers.
Batt is a professional storyteller who uses her huge collection of costumes to visit schools, libraries and festivals worldwide, telling stories. In Auckland and as a part of her life as a performer, Batt runs a school of dance and drama called Imagined Worlds www.imagined-worlds.net.
A Child's Book Of Faeries (2002), collected and retold by Tanya Robyn Batt and illustrated by Gail Newey. Faeries and humans have long been suspicious of one another and this bewitching collection of stories, poems and snippets of faery lore will show you why.
Dance Upon a Time (Playcentre Publications, 2004) provides foundation ideas and thinking to assist teachers and other adults to work independently and creatively with children in the dance or movement medium.
The Princess and the White Bear King, retold by Tanya Batt and illustrated by Nicoletta Ceccoli (Barefoot Books), was listed as a 2005 Storylines Notable Picture Book.