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Storylines Children's Literature Charitable Trust  promotes awareness of the importance of reading and books for all children and young adults; ensures children and young adults in New Zealand have access to high quality literature; and supports the writers and illustrators of literature for children and young adults in New Zealand. Read more

Storylines also operates as the New Zealand Section of IBBY (the International Board on Books for Young People), with responsibility for hosting IBBY's 35th International Congress to be held in Auckland in August 2016.

 

What's new

  • IBBY Congress updates

  • Storylines Festival just weeks away

  • NZ Children's Book Award winners

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Coming up

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Volunteer at Storylines Festival 2016

Want to support Storylines and have fun doing so? Volunteers are critical to Family Days throughout the country at the 2016 Storylines Festival of New Zealand Writers and Illustrators. ​Read more.

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IBBY  Congress

Attending Congress 2016 and want a commemorative t-shirt? Read more  here
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2016 Storylines Awards

Announced 3 April 2016: Joy Cowley Award winner and shortlist here; Tom Fitzgibbon Award winner and shortlist here; Tessa Duder Award winner and shortlist here.
 
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2016 Storylines Festival

With only 11 weeks to go until the 2016 Festival of New Zealand Writers and Illustrators, our regional coordinators, their committees and armies of volunteers are putting the final touches to the Family Day programmes. By July you’ll be able to download your copy of the programme and start planning your day – so don’t forget to bookmark the page. There will be some hard choices to make as you  choose from the stellar line-up of guests for this year, with more than 50 national and international guests attending this year’s Festival. To see who is attending your local Family Day check your regional Family Day pages (see below). This year we launch the Festival in Auckland with the South Auckland Family Day. Here's a reminder of the dates for your diaries:
South Auckland Family Day, Saturday 20 August, Mangere Arts Centre
Auckland Family Day, Sunday 21 August, Aotea Centre
Wellington Family Day, Michael Fowler Centre, Saturday 27 August
Dunedin Family Day, Saturday 27 August, Dunedin City Library
Northland Family Day, Saturday 27 August, Te Ahu and Kaitaia Library, Kaitaia
Christchurch Family Day, Sunday 28 August, Upper Riccarton Library
Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the posters and bookmarks being sent to your schools/ libraries/ bookshops and local venues. These will be released in July so please pass onto your family and friends.
Read our media release about the Festival here.

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Very Tall Tales up for grabs

Win a very tall tale for your school library. One lucky school could win a giant picture book, created for a Storylines Family Day and written by legendary New Zealand authors, Gavin Bishop and Diana Noonan. Each page has a different brilliant illustrator: Bruce Potter, Trevor Pye, Bob Kerr, Sandra Morris, Pamela Wolfe, Zak Waipara, Linda McClelland, Theo Baynton and Helen Bacon. Best of all, these illustrations are painted onto timber panels and form a spectacular concertina display standing 2.4 metres high and 1.4 metres across.This is a unique library display piece, an engaging literacy tool and an asset for any art department. If you’re interested, let us know why your school would make the best home for this historical pieces of New Zealand children’s literature. Email the Storylines administrator at childlitnz@storylines.org.nz before the end of 31 July 2016. The books are currently stored on Auckland’s North Shore; the winning school will be responsible for picking up and transporting their prize. A trailer would be needed.
 

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Profile of the month:Joy Cowley

Joy Cowley is set for a high-flying month in August, busy by even her standards.  At the 35th  IBBY International Congress  in Auckland (August 18-21, details at ibbycongress.org) she gives the opening keynote address to an international audience of more than 500. At the closing ceremony she will narrate her own The Story of New Zealand accompanied by four children’s choirs -  and then go straight to her 80th birthday celebration, a public family event being arranged to close the Storylines Family Day.  
 
Joy’s achievements as a writer and world-wide influence in children’s literature and literacy are legendary. Since the 1980s, hundreds of her ‘school readers’ have helped children in many countries learn to read, along with multiple award-winning children’s fiction and plays. For adults: spiritual texts, novels and an acclaimed memoir. In many countries, a teacher and inspirational speaker. At 80, Joy is showing no signs of slowing down.  We salute her! 
Read more about Joy here.
Read more about the 2016 Storylines Festival here.
 

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Congratulations to 2016 Children's Book Award Winners

The winner of the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year iANZAC Heroes by Maria Gill and illustrated by Marco Ivancic, published by Scholastic New Zealand.  The judges said, "Simply stunning, with gold-standard production values. ANZAC Heroes was impossible to put down. The book brings to life the people who risked everything, left everything and lost everything as they participated in Word Wars 1 and 2 . . . The meticulous research brings these heroes to life creating the perfect book package." This book has also won the Elsie Locke Award for the best book in the Non-Fiction category. The other category winners are:
  • Best First Book Award: Allis the little tractor by Sophie Siers, illustrated by Helen Kerridge; Millwood-Heritage Productions
  • Te Kura Pounamu Award for the best book in te reo Māori: Whiti te rā! by Patricia Grace, translated by Kawata Teepa, illustrated by Andrew Burdan; Huia Publishers
  • Picture Book Award: The Little Kiwi’s Matariki written and illustrated by Nikki Slade Robinson; David Ling Publishing (Duck Creek Press)
  • Esther Glen Award for Junior Fiction: From the Cutting Room of Barney Kettle by Kate De Goldi; Penguin Random House (Longacre)
  • Young Adult Fiction Award: Battlesaurus: Rampage at Waterloo by Brian Falkner; Pan Macmillan Australia (Farrar Straus Giroux)
  • Russell Clark Award for Illustration: Much Ado About Shakespeare illustrated by Donovan Bixley; Upstart Press
The in the HELL Children's Choice Awards are:
  • Te Reo Maori: Te Hua Tuatahi a Kuwi written and illustrated by Kat Merewether, and translated by Pānia Papa; Illustrated Publishing
  • Picture Book: The House on the Hill by Kyle Mewburn, illustrated by Sarah Davis; Scholastic New Zealand
  • Junior Fiction: The Girl Who Rode the Wind by Stacy Gregg; Harper Collins
  • Non-Fiction: First to the Top by David Hill, illustrated by Phoebe Morris; Penguin Random House (Puffin)
  • Young Adult Fiction: Stray by Rachael Craw; Walker Books

IBBY International Congress updates

The full programme is now online, complete with break-out sessions. Read more here.

Many of the special events (Author Breakfasts, Library Tours) are now fully booked. But you can add your name to a waiting list in case there are cancellations.

Not attending congress but want to hear some of the keynote speakers? Four special sessions are open to the public, with tickets on sale now. Tickets $20 for Storylines members, $25 public, $15 students (with ID). There aer only a limited number of tickets available to non-delegates. Purchase your ticket now.

And in case you missed it above, Congress 2016 t-shirts are also on sale by pre-order only. Order your t-shirt here before 5 August for delivery at Congress.

Read more and watch for updates on the IBBY Congress website.


National Writers Forum

Patricia Grace, Nalini Singh, Ockham award-winner Stephen Daisley and Canadian writer Kate Pullinger are just some of the writers  announced as participants in the inaugural National Writers Forum taking place  17–18 September at the Owen G Glenn Building, University of Auckland, Symonds Street, Auckland. They will be joined by publishers, agents, editors, festival directors and a range of other industry professionals from New Zealand and overseas. In the inaugural NWF debate some of the sharpest minds in the country will battle through words and wit the proposition that New Zealand books need special treatment. Toby Manhire, Michele A’Court and Paula Morris will be moderated by Te Radar. A range of workshops, masterclasses, panel discussions, in-conversations and keynote speeches are being carefully developed to cover a wide range of subjects from publishing to copyright to craft. A highlight of the weekend will be the announcement of the new Copyright Licensing New Zealand Award, with the winner receiving $25,000 to enable them to devote time to their writing project.
The full programme will be announced by mid-July, when tickets go on sale, available from nationalwritersforum.org.nz and iTicket.
Contacts: About the programme: Claire Mabey programmeNWF@gmail.com.  About sponsoring and exhibiting: Jackie Dennis nwf@nzauthors.org.nz
Other Organisations
Storylines recommends you check out the websites for other organisations that also advocate for New Zealand writers and literature:

New Zealand Book Awards

The New Zealand Book Awards Trust champions and honours New Zealand literature. Read the latest news about the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, and the Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day here.



New Zealand Book Council

The New Zealand Book Council supports the lifelong engagement of New Zealanders in reading, and promotes and nurtures New Zealand writers, writing and books. Read more.


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