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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.

 

Coming Up

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Volunteer at Storylines Festival 2016

We're looking for volunteers to help at Family Days throughout the country at the 2016 Storylines Festival of New Zealand Writers and Illustrators - and calling for  schools to take part in the drama zones, and self-published authors to promote their books. ​Read more.

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IBBY  Congress
2016

Congress delegates to enjoy Festival Family Day highlights in Auckland. ​Read more  here

Standard registration closes 30 June. Special rates for Storylines' members 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.

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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.
 
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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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Storylines Annual Report

 
The Storylines Trust presented its annual report at Margaret Mahy Day on 3 April. You can read this summary of 2015 events and activities here.

IBBY Congress meets Auckland Family Day

Delegates to the IBBY Congress can join visitors to the Storylines Auckland Family Day to:

  • hear Sir Richard Taylor and Martin Baynton talk about and show images of the WotWots and 'ThunderBirds are Go'
  • see  The Whale Rider - Tim Bray Productions presents Witi Ihimaera's acclaimed book
  • participate in Joy Cowley's Story about New Zealand accompanied by Auckland choirs
  • meet lots of New Zealand and international authors and illustrators for children and young adults.

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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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ABOUT US

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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Storylines welcomes support for all its activities and events. Whether as sponsors or as volunteers for Festival events or task groups, your contribution (large or small) towards helping children grow up to love books and stories will be hugely valued ...  
    
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