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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

  • Notable Book Awards

  • Shortlists announced

  • Meet Maurice Gee

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Recent Highlights

2017 major award winner
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Veteran children’s novelist Des Hunt has been announced as 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. Register your attendance at the Margaret Mahy Day here.
 
2017 Margaret Mahy Day
Storylines' major annual Awards presentation and networking event take place on 2 April in Auckland. Please register your attendance in advance. Read more here.
New events in 2017

In 2017, Storylines takes an exciting new approach to its long-established Storylines Festival as it extends its national and regional reach with the introduction of the Storylines National Festival Story Tour.
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2017 Storylines Awards

Watch this space for announcement of the shortlists for two of the Storylines manuscript awards - Joy Cowley Award and Tom Fitzgibbon Award; and for the  Gavin Bishop Award for illustration.
 
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2017 national hui

Work continues on selecting speakers for next year's  Storylines New Zealand Children's Writers' and Illustrators' National Hui. The line-up will include 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 junior 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.
Storylines  looks forward to hosting writers and illustrators from across the country at the event.
Read more here.

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2017 Notable Book Award winners

The 2017  Storylines Notable Book Awards winners Have been announced. Congratulations to all authors and illustrators. Read the media announcement here, and the  full list of Notable Books here.

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Profile of the Month - Maurice Gee

Maurice Gee announced in 2009 that he had retired from writing, but has unexpectedly delighted his many long-time followers with the publication of a new Young Adult book, The Severed Land (Penguin Random House).
The 85-year-old author of 14 award-winning children’s and YA novels since 1979 (among them the classics Under the Mountain, the O Trilogy, Champion, The Fat Man) is, according to early reviews, back in fine form. "As fine a fantasy novel as he has produced," writes Anna Mackenzie in New Zealand Books. During his stellar career, Maurice has won multiple awards in New Zealand and overseas, for both his adult and children’s novels, and has seen Under the Mountain and Champion adapted for the screen. His life and works were also examined in a major biography by Rachael Barrowman.

Read more about Maurice and his extraordinary literary and artistic output on the Arts Foundation site and in his Storylines profile.

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The shortlists for the 2017 Storylines Joy Cowley Award, and the Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award have been announced.

The winners of 2017 Storylines award winners, including the winner of the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal, will be announced at the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal Presentation and National Awards Day on Sunday 2 April 2017, to be held at the University of Auckland Epsom Campus. All welcome but please register your attendance. Storylines members can find details here, or non-members can email to register.

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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ABOUT US

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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