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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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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

Hear the 2016 Hans Christian Andersen award winners at the Gala Dinner on 20 August. ​Read more  here

Find out about special registration 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 Margaret Mahy Award winner

Award-winning Wellington writer and literary agent Barbara Else has been named the 2016 winner of the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal, New Zealand’s top award for children’s writers and illustrators. Barbara is currently in Dunedin as holder of the University of Otago’s residency for children’s writers. She has written four children’s novels, and edited nine top-selling anthologies of short stories for young and teenage readers, providing the readers with a huge variety of new stories and new writers with publishing opportunities.
Barbara will be presented with her Medal and give the annual Margaret Mahy lecture on Sunday 3 April. Read  more.
Dunedin TV interviewed Barbara about her win - view here.
Watch her lecture here, or read the full text  here.
Read Barbara's profile here.

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Storylines 2016 Notable Books


The Storylines Children’s Literature Trust has named 32 outstanding New Zealand children’s and teens’ books to make up its Notable Books listings for 2016. Winners were presented with their certificates at the Storylines Margaret Mahy Day on 3 April.
 
The 2016 Notable Books (published during 2015) include four novels for young adults, ten children’s novels, ten picture books and seven works of non-fiction. The list boasts many of New Zealand’s well-established authors and illustrators, and a significant number of new authors and self-published books.

Read the full list here.
 
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Profile of the month: Leonie Agnew

Aucklander Leonie Agnew, who joined the Storylines Management Committee in April, began writing as a child but it was winning the Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award in 2010, with her novel Super Finn, that provided the breakthrough. This book went on to multiple awards in the 2012 New Zealand Post awards: the Junior Fiction award, the Best First Book award and the Children’s Choice award. It was also a finalist for the LIANZA Esther Glen Medal that year.  
Since then she has written two more novels, The Importance of Green and Conrad Cooper’s Last Stand (winner of the 2015 Esther Glen Medal). In 2015 she was chosen as the winner of the Master of the Inkpot Competition run by prestigious UK children’s publisher David Fickling Books for her manuscript, The Impossible Boy.  A former advertising copywriter, Leonie now works as both writer and primary school teacher.

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Storylines manuscript award winners announced

 
Storylines announced its 2016 manuscript award winners at its annual Margaret Mahy Day on 3 April. Read the news release here.

Dates for 2016 Storylines Family Days

Dates have been announced for  Storylines Family Days in six centres around New Zealand . Read more.


IBBY Congress News

Places are filling fast for the Author breakfasts on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 August, and for the Library Tours on Wednesday 17 August. Book at Registration.
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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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