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2017 national writers and illustrators' hui

Details of the programme and speakers at the Storylines New Zealand Children's Writers' and Illustrators' National Hui to be held in October are now available on the hui event page.
The line-up includes keynote speakers plus workshops, panel discussions and seminars that cover the full gamut of writing and illustration for all ages and styles: fiction and non-fiction; picture books to YA fiction, novels and graphic novels; publishing locally and internationally. Although the hui programme is targeted at established and mid-career writers and illustrators, those aspiring to be published are very welcome to attend.

Please read the programme and event details, and register via the online registration form, which you can access from the hui event page.
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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

 Storylines Festival Story Tour

Two of the participants in the South Auckland and Waikato Story Tour next week were interviewed on Radio Waatea's breakfast show this week. Listen to the interviews here:
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2017 Margaret Mahy Day
Storylines' major annual Awards presentation and networking event took place on 2 April in Auckland. Read more here.
Story Tour Updates
The Storylines National Festival Story Tour heads to South Auckland and Waikato from June 19-23.
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Michel Mulipola is one of the authors taking part. Read more here and here.
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2017 Award winners

Veteran children’s novelist Des Hunt was the recipient of the 2017 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal. Des is the much-admired author of more than 20 acclaimed children’s and young adult novels, most set in New Zealand with strong environment and science themes. Read the full press release here.
Des received his award and presented the 2017 Margaret Mahy Lecture in Auckland on 2 April, at the annual Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal Presentation and Awards Day. Read more here. You can see a video of Des' lecture here.

Other Award winners also received their awards, and Notable Book winners were presented with certificates. Read more on each of the Awards pages.

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Profile of the Month: Vicki Cunningham

Vicki Cunningham joined Storylines in 2009. As manager of the national annual Storylines Festival and Storylines administrator for the past eight years, she has arranged contracts, travel and accommodation for literally hundreds of writers and illustrators, while also communicating with the regional coordinators and volunteers involved in the Festival Family Days, all on about 20 hours a week. She spends another six hours on administrative matters, in consultation with Executive Officer GIllian Wess.
Vicki brings to the position training and experience in human resources in the hospitality industry, including some years working for a large resort in Australia’s Whitsunday Islands.
The rewards of the Storylines job, she says, are seeing the happy faces of children meeting their literary heroes, perhaps getting a selfie or being able to put that one question they have always wanted to ask. The main challenge is keeping the Festival current using all modern technological formats, but she credits great support from a large team of volunteers who also share the vision, and who "roll their sleeves up" when needed.

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John McIntyre, bookseller extraordinaire

Storylines is saddened to hear of the death of John McIntyre, a true advocate for children’s books and reading.

John McIntyre and his wife Ruth’s large and wonderful children’s book shop became the hub of the children’s book scene in Wellington, the natural home of book launches and other events. He was a great friend of many writers and illustrators, supportive of the two children’s writers’ Hui held in the capital in 2009 and 2015, and of course his long-time Radio New Zealand reviews of and discussions about the latest in children’s books on Nine to Noon promoted the best new children’s and YA books to an audience of thousands. Storylines acknowledged the enthusiasm, expertise and overall contribution to New Zealand children’s books of both John and his wife Ruth in 2011, with its major service award, the Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award.

Wellington Children’s Book Association suggests that as many people as possible Buy a Book for John - to show what John meant to you and to the world of children's literature, and to give some practical support to Ruth and the bookshop over the next few weeks. If you're in Wellington, pop into the bookshop (Shop 26, Kilbirnie Plaza, Kilbirnie). If you' re not, you can shop online on their wonderful website. We'd like to think the bookshop staff will be swamped with orders and run off their feet. (They checked with them first!) https://www.thechildrensbookshop.co.nz/pages/403-Welcome
You can also read more about John here.

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Remembering Barbara Murison

It is with great regret that we farewell Barbara Murison, one of New Zealand’s strongest supporters of Storylines and of children’s literature in general. When we learned of her illness, we received a wonderful email from her, thanking us for the flowers we sent and telling us about her continued reading and discussion with all and sundry about children’s literature.

Barbara was awarded the Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award for outstanding services to children’s literature in 2002, a Certificate of Recognition for innovation and contribution over 50 years from SLANZA, and in the 2007 New Year’s Honours was named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to children’s literature. As the SLANZA award indicates, she played an active role in advocating for excellence in children’s literature for almost 60 years. She published a blog (Around the Bookshops, the final edition o0f which she wrote on 15 March this year) and its paper version which for many years updated librarians, teachers and anyone else interested in children’s literature about just about anything relevant to the world of writing and publishing for children. You can read more about Barbara on her blog site (http://barbaramurison.blogspot.co.nz/p/about-me.html), which is also a rich reference resource about New Zealand children’s books.

Members of Storylines have contributed their own memories of the wonderful work Barbara has done for so many years. Read more 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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