Marion Day lives in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds. She has several published books – one of her greatest achievements being Injun Joe, The Legend of Smoking Joe Collins (The Halcyon Press 2013). Blood Brothers, a second successful biography, was also published by The Halcyon Press.
Marion has won adult and children’s story competitions, including being shortlisted in the annual Joy Cowley Awards. One of her pre-teen stories was included in the ESA’s New Zealand textbook for secondary school students. She has children’s stories published in anthologies. Another success was as winner of the New Zealand Rural Women’s/MPI short story and photographic competition, which saw her in Parliament to accept an award.
Marion also had the honour of having her poem ‘Heightened Tones’ included in Bird Words: New Zealand Writers on Birds (Random House) in October 2017.
A series of nature picture books began with Spiny Sebastian Starfish, followed by Black Shag, The Little Feijoa Tree, Kowhai Kids and Pepe &Tute. Published under the imprint of AM Publishing New Zealand, each book is supported with information pages. Along with her more humorous picture book Skiddies, these have featured on Country Calendar.
Marion’s stunning coffee table book, Passion – Living, Feasting and Writing deep in the Marlborough Sounds, was published in 2019, and Grab ya Boots! We’re Going A-Hunting followed in 2021. This anthology of adventure short stories and poetry for 10- to 12-year-olds was co-written with her son and children from throughout Kiwiland.
In November 2021, the limited edition of Injun Joe was released. Reprinted by demand, this revised edition was limited to 350 copies, each signed and numbered; the majority of copies were presold. The new, larger hardcover book has many new storiesand 200 more photographs. The book is presented in an elegant suede-feel slipcase.
2022 is going to be an exciting year! Dobby, the remarkable story of a dog who became lost for seven days in the snow-clad mountains of the Southern Alps/KāTiritiri o te Moana, is beautifully illustrated by realist artist Emma Gustafson. It will be in national bookshops in April. And Kiwi and international illustrator Richard Hoit will begin illustrating Elton, a series of four picture books. Elton is a giant, heavy-lift and firefighting helicopter crane. He has exciting adventures with his aircraft friends – Connie, a smaller helicopter, and Flaps, the aeroplane bomber. Books 1 and 2 will come out late 2022.