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Welcome to Storylines

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

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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
2016

Congress delegates will enjoy Storylines Family Day highlights and special events in Auckland. ​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: Mandy Hager

Mandy Hager's book Singing Home the Whale has been selected as one of four New Zealand books to be included in the 2016 IBBY International Honour List. She will be presented with her award at the IBBY gala dinner in Auckland in August.
Mandy is a multi-award winning writer, best known for her YA fiction,though she has also written novels for adults, non-fiction resources for youth, scripts and short stories. She won an Honour Award in the 1996 Aim Children's Book Awards for her first book, Tom's Story, and LIANZA Young Adult Fiction Award for The Nature of Ash and Dear VIncent. She has been awarded Stprylines Notable Book awards for Smashed, Into the Wilderness, The Nature of Ash, Dear Vincent and Singing Home the Whale.
She was 2014 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellow and 2015 Waikato University Writer in residence. During both of these residencies she worked on a new novel about the doomed love affair between French nun and scholar Heloise d'Argeneuil and her teacher Peter Abélard.
She is one of several top-line authors and illustrators appearing in the Storylines Wellington Family Day in August this year.
Read more about Mandy here.
Read more about the 2016 Storylines Festival here.
 

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2016 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

The finalists for the 2016 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults have been announced.The judges say they were spoilt for choice with the 154 submitted entries. "Haunted houses, war stories, gritty social issues and some amazingly imaginative works were all part of the mix. It was very challenging for us all to choose these finalists," says Fiona Mackie, convenor of the judges. 
There are 28 finalists listed in six categories - Young Adult, Junior Fiction (Esther Glen Award), Non-Fiction (Elsie Locke Award), Picture Book, Illustration (Russell Clark Award) and te reo Māori (Te Kura Pounamu Award). As well, there are 15 finalists in the HELL Children's Choice Award.
Read details and the full list of finalists here.
Or vote for the Children's Choice Award here.

IBBY International Congress updates

The programme is close to completion, complete with break-out sessions. New speakers added to an already illustrious line up include:

  • Roger Mello from Brazil (Hans Christian Andersen illustrator winner 2014)
  • Zak Waipara (New Zealand illustrator of the 2008 IBBY International Children’s Book Day poster).
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.

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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The Storylines Trust and Foundation together comprise New Zealand's only national organisation working year-round specifically to promote children's and young adult literature through an annual Festival in six regions, author awards, publications, advocacy and other activities ... 

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