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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

  • IBBY Congress

  • Storylines Festival

  • Storylines Award entries open

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Recent Highlights

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Joy Cowley's birthday at Storylines Festival

Joy Cowley celebrated her 80th birthday with hundreds of her young admirers at the end of the Auckland Family Day at the Aotea Centre on 21 August.Read more.

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IBBY  Congress

It's over (sigh). See short videos of Congress highlights here and a report on Congress highlights and feedback here.
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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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2016 Storylines Festival

The Storylines Festival reached a successful conclusion as the Christchurch Family Day wrapped up festivities on Sunday 28 August. Thanks to all our brilliant volunteers, and to all the writers, illustrators, storyteller and performers who made each day so memorable for the children and their families who attended.
Watch this space for photos and details of the events at each of the  Family Days:
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
 

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Happy Birthday Joy Cowley

An estimated gathering of 150 children and their families helped Joy Cowley celebrate her 80th birthday as the grand climax of the recent Storylines Auckland Family Day at the Aotea Centre. 
 
With VIP guests including Joy’s family, her publishers Dame Wendy Pye and Sandy Roydhouse, and Mrs Wishy-Washy illustrator Elizabeth Fuller on hand, Joy cut a huge ‘open-book’ chocolate cake featuring the iconic farmer’s wife, to hearty cheers from the crowd of about 300.  
 
Earlier, Joy and the audience were enchanted by a presentation of the first Mrs Wishy-Washy story presented by pupils of St Thomas’s School, Kohimarama, directed by teacher Mike Hudson.  The party finished with children being presented on departure with a piece of chocolate cake and a Mrs Wishy-Washy book

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Profile of the month:Maria Gill

Prolific author Maria Gill, winner of the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year at the New Zealand Book Trust awards held in Wellington, has published more than 40 books of non-fiction since 2005.  ANZAC Heroes, illustrated by Marco Ivancic and published by Scholastic, was described by the judges as ‘simply stunning, with gold-standard production values … the meticulous research brings these heroes to life creating the perfect book package’. 
 
Maria is no stranger to awards: her big hardback New Zealand Hall of Fame: 50 Remarkable Kiwis, illustrated by Bruce Potter, was an earlier New Zealand Post non-fiction winner, and she has several Storylines Notable Books as well as shortlistings for New Zealand Post and LIANZA awards among an impressive list. Other literary activities include writing workshops, judging and reviewing. For 13 years she was coordinator and editor of the Kiwi Write4Kidz nationwide writers' group. Trained and for some years working as a teacher, she now writes full-time from her lifestyle block in Matakana. 

Read more about Maria here.

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IBBY International Congress reports and photos

What a fantastic success the Congress was. Congratulations to all who helped make it happen, and especially to co-directors Libby Limbrick and Rosemary Tisdall. Read a brief report of the Congress highlights, and relive memories of the 2016 IBBY International Congress by taking a look at some of the photos on our IBBY NZ page.

Watch videos, and check out the IBBY Facebook site for more photos.


Storylines Award Entries Open

Entries are open for the Storylines Joy Cowley Award, the Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award, and the 2016 Storylines Notable Books Awards. Check out your eligibility, the conditions of each award, and the closing dates  and get your entry(ies) to us ahead of the deadline.
 

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 is available from nationalwritersforum.org.nz.
Contact: Claire Mabey programmeNWF@gmail.com

Very Tall Tales up for grabsBig Books P1190540-558

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.
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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