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Heather Haylock
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Heather Haylock

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As a child, Heather Haylock could often be found reading a book while sitting on her horse, or perched way up high in a tree. Nowadays Heather loves the challenge of knitting words into stories of her own.

She is the author of Granny McFlitter the Champion Knitter (2018), which won a Storylines Notable Book Award 2019 and was shortlisted for the Best Picture Book category of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Its sequels, Granny McFlitter: A Country Yarn (2019) and Granny McFlitter: The Knit Before Christmas (2022) were awarded Storylines Notable Picture Book Awards. Granny McFlitter's Eggcellent Easter (2023) is the crafty character's latest adventure.

Thanks to all her research for the Granny McFlitter stories, Heather is also now able to knit yarn into jumpers and other clever shapes. If you want to find her, try looking up. She may be reading, writing or knitting way up high in a tree.

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