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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

  • New events in 2017

  • Meet David Elliot

  • Exhibition of Illustrations

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Recent Highlights

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2017 Children's Writers hui

The Storylines Children’s Literature Trust has announced that a national professional hui  (Storylines New Zealand Children’s Authors and Illustrators National Hui) will be held at King’s School, Remuera, Auckland, from 6-8 October 2017. Read more
 

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 Children's and YA Writers' 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. A full programme will be announced in March.
The three-day event  is an invaluable opportunity for writers of children's and YA material from across the country to exchange ideas, socialise, and learn from others.
This hui continues the tradition of  children’s authors’ hui which begun with a gathering held at Joy Cowley’s home in the Marlborough Sounds in 1992. Similar hui have been held in Wellington and Christchurch in rotation with Auckland; Storylines is looking forward to hosting writers and illustrators from across the country at the event next year.

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Exhibition of award-winning illustrations

Painted Stories Trust, which promotes and celebrates the role of illustration in New Zealand children's books, presents an exhibition featuring the work of 20 New Zealand award-winning picture book artists, including Gavin Bishop, (The House that Jack Built), Robyn Belton (The Teddy Bear’s Promise), Lynley Dodd (Hairy Maclary), Phoebe Morris (First to the Top), Sandra Morris (A New Zealand Nature Journal), Vasanti Unka (Stripes! No, Spots!), Trevor Pye (Grandma McGarvey’s Christmas),  and many more.
If you didn’t catch this exhibition at IBBY congress in August 2016, come along and  enjoy viewing it in Howick’s refurbished Uxbridge Centre.
 
Opens Saturday 21 January, 2.30pm
Runs 23 January – 25 February 2017. Mon- Sat 10am-4pm, Thursday until 8pm
Uxbridge Arts  Centre, 35 Uxbridge Rd, Howick, Auckland. Ph (09) 535 6467
info@uxbridge.org.nz

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Profile of the Month - David Elliot

David Elliot is a prolific and highly regarded artist and children’s book illustrator and writer, in New Zealand and internationally. In 2014 David received the Storylines Margaret Mahy Award in recognition of his lifetime achievement in children’s writing and illustration. He was also the first recipient of the first Mallinson Rendel Illustrators Award, which is supported by the Arts Foundation, in 2011. He wrote and illustrated his most recent book, The Snark, as “a true history of the expedition that discovered the Snark and the Jabberwock …and its tragic aftermath”. It was published in October last year and has received glowing reviews, being described variously as “ a masterpiece” and a “delightfully dark… tumultuous romp” and was picked by The Listener as one of the 50 top books for children in 2016.

Read more about David and his extraordinary literary and artistic output on his own website, on the Arts Foundation site and in his Storylines profile.

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Biennial of Illustrations - call for entries

Storylines IBBY NZ has received a call for entries for  Bibiana, The International House of Art for Children, Bratislava, Slovakia 26th BIENNIAL OF ILLUSTRATIONS BRATISLAVA 2017.  The Biennial of Illustrations (BIB), Bratislava is a regular international competition of original book illustrations for children and youth, culminating in an exhibition to be held in Bratislava, Slovakia September 8 – October 29 2017.  Each country can enter a maximum of 15 participants, each participant a maximum of 10 illustrations from two books.  Each participant will need to cover their own costs of sending their material to Bratislava.

Please contact Frances Plumpton, IBBY NZ for further information (frances@francesplumpton.com).
 
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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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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