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International agents at hui for writers and illustrators

Two experienced international literary agents, Pippa Masson from the Curtis Brown in Sydney and Kendra Marcus from Bookstop Literacy Agency in California, will attend the Storylines National Children’s Writers and Illustrators’ Hui in Auckland from 6-8 October.
Their five-day visit to New Zealand is supported by Creative New Zealand's Te Manu Ka Tau: Flying Friends international delegates programme. Both agents are specialists supporting the careers of writers and illustrators of children’s and YA books.
Hui participants will have the opportunity to meet the two agents, learn more about the role of literary agents in the international literary scene, and how agents help to create and maintain a literary career.

October Hui registrations are still open, but only a limited number of places remain. Please register via the online registration form, which you can access from the hui event page.

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Pippa Masson is one of five agents working in Sydney with leading international literary agency Curtis Brown, the oldest and largest literary agency in Australia. Its clients include Nick Earls, Libby Gleeson, Markus Zusak, Tom Keneally, Andy Griffiths and several New Zealand authors. Pippa has worked in publishing, principally at Curtis Brown, for more than ten years. She has appeared at many writers’ festivals in Australia, talking about the role and benefits of agents in publishing.




Kendra Marcus
Kendra Marcus’s Bookstop Literacy Agency includes the very popular Megan McDonald’s ‘Judy Moody’ stories among many other successful books by prominent authors. Founded by Kendra in 1984, the agency represents authors of picture books through to young adult fiction.
 
 
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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), and hosted IBBY's 35th International Congress in Auckland in August 2016.
 
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Recent Highlights

 Books, Magic & Literary Stars

Don't miss our free event on August 18 to launch two award-winning books. Expect an intriguing evening as Joy Cowley is present for a panel discussion on what makes an award-winning book - and one of the authors also demonstrates his talents as a magician.
6.15pm, Friday 18 August at Rydges Hotel, Auckland.
RSVPs are essential for catering purposes.
More info here.
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Story Tour Updates
The Storylines National Festival Story Tour has wowed South Auckland and Waikato, and heads to Bay of Plenty in August. Authors Dawn McMillan, David Hill and Gareth Ward, and author/illustrator Nikki Slade-Robinson are taking part. Read more about the tour here. Applications are now closed for Bay of Plenty but there is still room is the Palmerston North, Nelson/Blenheim and Queenstown/Invercargill tours.
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Paula Green - 2017 Prime Minister's Award

Paula Green’s work and huge contribution to children's literature, especially poetry, has been recognised with one of three 2017 Prime Minister’s Awards for Literature.

Read her acceptance speech for The Prime Minister's Award here.

Read more about Paua here.
 
Photo: Paula Green anDd Storylines Trust ChaIr Libby Limbrick at the Prime Minister's Awards for Literature

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David Elliot wins Book of the Year Award

At the 2017 Children's Book Awards on Monday 13 August, the winner of the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year  was Snark: Being a true history of the expedition that discovered the Snark and the Jabberwock . . . and its tragic aftermath, illustrated and written (after Lewis Carroll) by David Elliot, published by Otago University Press.
The judges said the book had "Rich imagery, with compelling storytelling. The book draws readers into the tale of Lewis Carroll's poetry like never before."
Snark also won the Russell Clark Award for Illustration. You can read more about other category winners - Picture Book Award, Esther Glen Award for Junior Fiction, Copyright Licensing NZ Award for Young Adult Fiction, Elsie Locke Award for Non-Fiction,Te Kura Pounamu Award for the best book in re reo Māori and the Best First Book Award - here.

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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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