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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

  • 2016 Betty GiIderdale Award winner

  • Dylan Horrocks Arts Laureate 2016

  • Congratulations Gavin Bishop

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Recent Highlights

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2017 Children's Writers hui

The Storylines Children’s Literature Trust has announced that a national professional hui  (Storylines New Zealand Children’s Authors and Illustrators National Hui) will be held at King’s School, Remuera, Auckland, from 6-8 October 2017. Read more
 

Margaret MahyAward nominations final call





The deadline for nominations for Storylines' Margaret Mahy Medal 2017 close at the end of this month. Read more.
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2017 Storylines Awards

Applications are now open for two of the Storylines manuscript awards - Joy Cowley Award and Tom Fitzgibbon Award; and for the  Gavin Bishop Award for illustration. Check out details on the web pages, and make sure your entry reaches us by the deadline.
 
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2017 Children's and YA Writers' hui

Work continues on selecting speakers for next year's  Storylines New Zealand Children's Writers' and Illustrators' National Hui. The line-up will include keynote speakers plus workshops, panel discussions and seminars that cover the full gamut of writing and illustration for all ages and styles: fiction and non-fiction; picture books to junior fiction, novels and graphic novels; publishing locally and internationally. The programme will be targeted at established and mid-career writers and illustrators. A full programme will be announced early in 2017.
The three-day event  is an invaluable opportunity for writers of children's and YA material from across the country to exchange ideas, socialise, and learn from others.
This hui continues the tradition of  children’s authors’ hui which begun with a gathering held at Joy Cowley’s home in the Marlborough Sounds in 1992. Similar hui have been held in Wellington and Christchurch in rotation with Auckland; Storylines is looking forward to hasting writers and illustrators from across the country at the event next year.

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Congratulations Gavin Bishop

Children’s author, illustrator and educator Gavin Bishop, ONZM, will receive an honorary doctorate from his alma mater at the University of Canterbury’s Education, Health and Human Development graduation ceremony on Wednesday 14 December. The multiple award-winner is a graduate of the University of Canterbury’s School of Fine Arts and was recognised in the 2013 New Year honours for his contribution to Literature with the awarding of an ONZM.
University of Canterbury Chancellor Dr John Wood praises Mr Bishop’s contribution to children’s literature, which has seen him receive more than 45 national and international awards for his work:
Read the full press release from the University of Canterbury announcing his honorary doctorate here.
Read Gavin's profile and selected bibiography on the Storylines website here.

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Arts Laureate - Dylan Horrocks

Dylan Horrocks - cartoonist, graphic novelist and writer - has been announced by the Arts Foundation as one of five 2016 arts laureates, alongside writer Eleanor Catton, composer, Lyell Cresswell, artist Peter Robinson and film maker Taka Waititi.

The Laureate Award, says the Arts Foundation, is "an investment in excellence... for an artist with prominence and outstanding potential for future growth. Their work is rich but their richest work still lies ahead of them.  The award should recognise a moment in the artist’s career that will allow them to have their next great success."

Read more about Dylan's career on the Storylines website.
Read more about Dylan on the Arts Foundation website.

 

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Storylines Award Entries Open

Entries are open for the Storylines Gavin Bishop Award. Check out your eligibility, the conditions of each award, and the closing dates  and get your entry(ies) to us ahead of the deadline.
 
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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