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What's the Story April 2013

April 2013 enews. 

Welcome to April and autumn! 
Storylines has just begun their official year, with the annual Storylines Margaret Mahy Day and Storylines Foundation AGM, held on Saturday at King’s School in Remuera. A full report of the day will be published in the May issue of What’s the Story? For now, we celebrate and acknowledge the Storylines award winners, announced and / or presented on the day:
Thanks must be given to the wonderful team at King’s School, who make the day so memorable and seamless. Not to mention the hardworking team of Storylines volunteers – and to Vicki Cunningham, the redoubtable Storylines Events Manager. 
Storylines needs your help! Volunteers needed!

The Storylines 20th Annual Festival of New Zealand Children’s Writers and Illustrators is fast approaching and added to the Festival events this year is a  new Family Day in South Auckland.

We are looking for people in the South Auckland area who would be keen to join the organising committee, share  their ideas and take on one aspect of the day. We need people who have the get up and go to create arts and crafts relevant to New Zealand Books, coordinate volunteers or liaise directly with the guests themselves. There are many different and varied roles that need filling. 

So if you have some time to attend meetings once a month, or have time to complete some preparation work, or are available on Saturday 17 August for part or all day,  then we would love to hear from you. A meeting for those interested in assisting us with this Family Day has been organised for Thursday 9th May 2013, 4pm, at The Coffee Club in Manukau. We hope to see you there.

Please contact Vicki Cunningham, Storylines Events Manager for more details about how you can help. 


Gecko Press win at Bologna Children's Book Fair
Wellington based children's publisher Gecko Press has won the 'Bologna Prize for the Best Children's Publisher of the Year in Oceania' at a ceremony last night in the 250 year-old Teatro Communale, the famous Bologna Opera House. The awards were initiated this year as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Bologna Children's Book Fair. 
The awards went to publishers in each region of Europe, Africa, Asia, central-South America, North America and Oceania, for courageous and innovative publishing in the past year.
Exhibitors at the Bologna Children's Book Fair voted for the winners. 
Publisher Julia Marshall was honoured to receive the award. ‘We are very grateful to all the originating publishers of the books we choose to translate for our list, and to all our very special Gecko Press authors, illustrators and publishing team. We are extraordinarily proud to be recognized for publishing curiously good children's books, as we enter our eighth year in publishing.’
Publisher Julia Marshall is available for interview. Please contact publicist Angela Radford

Golden Yarns Hui
Writers and Illustrators! Golden Yarns Hui over Queen’s Birthday weekend in Christchurch – book now! The programme is full and exciting.
Alex – the movie
Special screening at TheVic Theatre, Devonport, Auckland 
Saturday 20 April at 4pm
Meet star Lauren Jackson and author Tessa Duder
To celebrate 25 years since the publication of Tessa Duder’s classic young adult novel Alex, a special screening of the 1993 movie adaptation Alex has been arranged by the Michael King Writers’ Centre. 
The movie was scripted by Ken Catran, directed by Australian Megan Simpson (Dating the Enemy and many tv productions) and produced by Tom Parkinson of Isambard Pictures. The cast included Elizabeth Hawthorne and three leading Australian actors. 
Lauren Jackson, the then 15-year-old star, will attend the screening. Since 1993 she has built up a strong reputation as an actor, also as director, producer and writer for both short films and theatre. A pupil of Auckland Girls Grammar at the time of filming, she graduated with a degree in German from the University of Auckland and from Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School, and also spent some years in Germany. Now married and living in Auckland, she has a young daughter. 
Both she and Tessa Duder will speak about their experience filming Alex and answer audience questions. 
For bookings, please visit TheVic website
In-School educational musical for 2013: And The Winner Is!
AND THE WINNER IS... is an education musical that has been created to celebrate the 2013 Storylines Festival while combining a love of reading with exciting physical competition. 
Watch a selection of the following 2013 New Zealand Children’s Book Awards shortlisted books come to life, encouraging students to engage with reading in an active and energetic manner and reinforcing the idea that in all areas of endeavour participation is more important than winning.
  • Melu by Kyle Mewburn, Ali Teo & John O’Reilly
  • Mister Whistler by Margaret Mahy & Gavin Bishop
  • Remember that November by Jennifer Beck & Lindy Fisher
  • Red Rocks by Rachael King
Areas of Learning: Reading, literacy, physical education, acceptance of others, performing arts
Curriculum coverage: English, Health & PE, SOSE/HSIE, The Arts
Every child in the room was completely entranced by the story and how it all related to their own lives. Perform lived up to my expectations again! Rutherford Primary, Auckland
An engaging performance! Lovely subtle references to the stories and cleverly scripted. Wadestown School, Wellington
I’d be struggling to find a way to make the show more entertaining or educational! Great job! Southbridge School, Christchurch
For more information and touring dates in terms 2 & 3 visit the Perform website

That's all for the month! Enjoy the upcoming school holidays - with some reading. We'll be in touch next month with photos and fun from the Storylines Margaret Mahy Day.


~ Annie, Storylines editor. 


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