Des Hunt has been announced as the recipient of the 2017 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal, New Zealand’s top award for children’s writers and illustrators. Des will be present the 2017 Margaret Mahy lecture and receive his award at the Storylines annual Margaret Mahy Day on 2 April.
Read the full press release announcing the 2017 award here or Des Hunt's profile and extensive bibliography here.
The video and text of his lecture will go online here immediuately after the presentation
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 are open for the 2018 Margaret Mahy Medal.
Nominations close on 31 October 2017. 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: