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Storylines Trust

The Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust (Storylines Trust) was established in 2005 as a charitable body to operate alongside the existing Foundation (an incorporated society). It provides legal stewardship of Storylines' finances, fundraising, advocacy, strategic planning and governance of Storylines' well-established programme, including the Storylines Festival and IBBY activities.

Its Patrons are writer Joy Cowley and Dame Wendy Pye.

To provide workable liaison between the Trust and the Foundation, at least two Trustees must be members of the Storylines management committee. At present these are Dr Libby Limbrick and Tessa Duder. Dr Limbrick has held the position of chair since 2005.   
The Trust Board meets quarterly and employs two part-time officers. The Executive Officer, Gillian Wess, sits ex-officio on the Trust and is responsible for overall fund-raising, promotion and strategic planning.
A part-time Events Manager/Administrator, Vicki Cunningham, is responsible for overall administration of the Storylines Festival and general admin. There is also a part-time accounts administrator and the Trust pays  modest fees to the Festival's regional coordinators.   
There are affiliated children’s literature associations and/or individuals active on the organisation’s behalf in Northland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty (Bookrapt: The Bay of Plenty Children's Literature Association), Hawke’s Bay, New Plymouth and Dunedin.
Good working relationships are established with the Wellington Children's Book Association), Christchurch (Painted Stories, formerly Te Tai Tamariki), the New Zealand Book CouncilNew Zealand Book Month, Booksellers New Zealand, Book Publishers of New Zealand, the New Zealand Book Awards Trust, the New Zealand Society of Authors and library and educational organisations. 
For more information or to contact the Trust, email GIllian Wess, Executive Officer.
Storylines Trust Annual Report for 2014 for downloading and printing.
Current Trust members are:  
Current staff members are:


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 ...