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. She was presented with her award and presented the 2016 Margaret Mahy Lecture at Storylines annual Margaret Mahy Day on 3 April.
You can see the video of her lecture here or read the text here.
Pictured at the award presentation are Bridget Mahy, winner Barbara Else (Wellington) and Rosemary Tisdall representing the StorylinesTrust.
The Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal and Lecture Award was first presented in 1991 to Margaret Mahy in recognition of her contribution to the world of literature for children and young adults. Surprising Moments
, her inaugural lecture, set the standard for those given by subsequent award-winners.
These published lectures by the champions of the New Zealand children’s literature community have enriched New Zealand’s literary heritage with their insight into the experiences, ideas, issues and concerns involved in writing and/or illustrating for children, improving literacy, and ensuring access to quality literature.
The award carries a monetary prize of $2000 and is presented annually to a person for their lifetime achievement and significant contribution to the broad field of children’s literature and literacy. This includes writing, illustration, publishing and academic fields. The address is published on the Storylines website immediately after the award presentation.
Nominations close on 31 October each year. To make a nomination, fill in this form
and email it to Storylines,
or print it off and post.
Recipients of the Storylines Margaret Mahy Award are:
- 1991: Margaret Mahy: text published as Surprising Moments.
- 1992: Dorothy Butler: text published as Telling Tales.
- 1993: Joy Cowley: text published as Influences.
- 1994: Betty Gilderdale: text published as Some Cautionary Tales.
- 1995: Elsie Locke: text published as For Children You Must Do it Better.
- 1996: Tessa Duder: text published as Learning to Swim in the Deep.
- 1997: Ann Mallinson: text published as From a Trickle to a River.
- 1998: William Taylor: text published as A Strange Way for an Adult Male to be Making a Living!
- 1999: Lynley Dodd: text published as Writing the Pictures and Painting the Words.
- 2000: Gavin Bishop: text published as Kia Ora Professor Cole.
- 2001: Sherryl Jordan: text published as Journeys of the Heart.
- 2002: Maurice Gee: text published as Creeks and Kitchens.
- 2003: Jack Lasenby: text published as Changes and Origins.
- 2004: Pamela Allen: text published as My Picture Books.
- 2005: David Hill: text published as By the Book.
- 2006: Robyn Belton: text published as Gathering Images: The Stories Behind the Pictures
- 2007: Ken Catran: text published as Teen Literature: Demons Old and New.
- 2008: Wayne Mills: text published as Reading Aloud is Allowed.
- 2009: Andrew Crowe: text published as Creative Non-Fiction.
- 2010: Barbara Larson: text published as Grazing the Longacre.
- 2011: Kate De Goldi: text published as Legends of the Swamp.
- 2012: Fleur Beale: text published as Where Do Ideas Come From?
- 2013: Bill Nagelkerke: text published as The Sorcerer's Apprentice.
- 2014: David Elliot: text published as When the Bowsprit Gets Mixed with the Rudder.
- 2015: Jill Eggleton; text published as Everyone Has a Story
- 2016: Barbara Else. The text of her lecture will be published in early April, after the Award presentation. Read the news release about Barbara's Award here.