Christchurch writer, librarian, reviewer and international children’s book judge Bill Nagelkerke is the 2013 winner of the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal and Lecture Award.
The award, begun in 1991, is given for a distinguished contribution to New Zealand children’s literature and literacy.
Bill Nagelkerke has been an outstanding advocate for children’s books for more than three decades, not only during 25 years as a children’s librarian in Christchurch, but as a successful writer,’ says Storylines Trust chair Dr Libby Limbrick.
‘His body of work includes stories, poems and plays in School Journals, many more published as ‘school readers’ and written for radio and TV broadcast. He has featured in nearly 30 anthologies, and translated 13 children’s books from Dutch and Flemish. His first full-length novel Old Bones was a Storylines Notable Book, and his most recent work The Field has been published as an e-book.
‘In 2006 and 2008 he was an international Juror for the Hans Christian Andersen Award given by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), the only New Zealander to be selected. He is also a highly respected reviewer for both New Zealand and Australian media.’
Previous winners of the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal have included writers such as, Fleur Beale, Joy Cowley, Maurice Gee, Lynley Dodd, Tessa Duder and Kate De Goldi, illustrators and publishers.
The Mahy Lecture will be presented by Bill Nagelkerke at the Storylines’ annual Margaret Mahy Day on 6 April, King’s School, Remuera in Auckland.
Bill Nagelkerke is available for interview by arrangement.
To arrange interview or for more information, please contact Storylines Administrator Vicki Cunningham.
The children’s literature buffs of the Waikato turned out in force to celebrate Gerri Judkins selections as Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award winner for 2012. This award is for distinguished services to New Zealand children’s literature. To quote the nomination received 'Gerri lives and breathes children’s literature and selflessly and tirelessly looks for ways to enhance not only Southwell students’ enthusiasm for reading but the wider community too.'
Gerri received the award from Betty Gilderdale at an evening function at Southwell School where she has been the librarian for 15 years. Her fascinating PowerPoint presentation ranged over books which had been significant to her at various stages of her life and was interspersed with questions for the audience, giving the opportunity to win books.
Dr Libby Limbrick, chairperson of the Storylines Trust was the MC for the evening.
Storylines is grateful to the Waikato Children’s Literature Association for hosting the evening on Gerri’s behalf.
Gerri’s talk will be printed in the 2012 Inside Story, the Storylines year book, which is free to paid up members of Storylines and will be available at Margaret Mahy Day on April 6.
Notice is hereby given the 13th Annual General Meeting of the Storylines Children’s Literature Foundation of New Zealand Inc will be held on Saturday 6 April 2013, King’s School, 258 Remuera, Auckland 1050.
Registrations are now open and payment can be made online using a credit card or by post. A registration form can be downloaded from the Storylines website.
NB: Members: remember to log on to the site to access the members' only rate, and all the documentation you need for the AGM.
Storylines was delighted to see children’s literature and literacy featuring in the New Year’s Honours this year. Our congratulations to Dame Wendy Pye and Gavin Bishop ONZM.
Dame Wendy was honoured for services to business and education. An early pioneer of ‘school readers’ developed during the 1980s for New Zealand children by her company Sunshine Books, Wendy now travels extensively overseas as founder and managing director of the Wendy Pye Group, one of the world's most successful educational export companies publishing children's learning materials for literacy and maths in print and online. Her titles, many by New Zealand authors, have sold more than 218 million copies in more than 20 countries.
It was a particular thrill to hear that Gavin Bishop was recognised for his services to children's literature. Gavin and Storylines have a close association, with Storylines launching in 2009 the Gavin Bishop Award for Picture Book Illustration in honour of his excellence and contribution. A giant of New Zealand literature as illustrator, writer and advocate, Gavin Bishop's recognition is well-deserved. How much space his beautiful books take on library shelves is but the tip of the iceberg of his contribution, as many will know. So thank you Gavin Bishop for all you have done for children, artists, writers, the organisations which support all of these, and those of us who devour excellent books and know what an achievement it is to create them.
The 20th Annual Storylines Festival of New Zealand Children’s Writers and Illustrators 10-18 August 2013 has been confirmed. Special Events are being planned nationally to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Festival in 2013. Events planned so far are:
Register your schools interest now! Applications close 1 June 2013.
Each year as part of the Storylines Festival, the Story Tour brings New Zealand writers and illustrators into schools and early childhood centres. The Story Tour is provided at no cost to schools and takes place as part of the Storylines Festival. This is an unique opportunity for students to meet their literary heroes and to get an insight from a writer or illustrators perspective. Now's your chance for your students to get answers to some of those burning questions: Where do their ideas come from? What was their inspiration? How did they know they wanted to become a writer or illustrator? How did they make their dream a reality?
If you would like the Auckland or Northland Story Tour to visit in 2013, schools are invited to apply to be a host school for the Story Tour. There is a high demand for the Story Tour to visit, so we rely on you to work with us to make the visit to your school a success.
In addition, the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre hosted two days of the Auckland Story Tour last year. Due to the success of this event, the 2013 South Auckland Story Tour will again be hosted at the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre over a two-day period.
So there are three Story Tour’s that you can complete an application for:
There is more information about the Storylines Festival on our website.
With so many events planned we need your help! At Storylines we have an enthusiastic and active Management Committee, and we are looking for other members interested in assisting a Task Force in an area of your choice. Your choice could be:
Some Task Forces / committees meet regularly whilst others for only short periods according to the job in progress. You could find this a good way to learn more about Storylines and meet the people involved. No special skills are required for most of these areas, though an enthusiasm for children’s literature and the ability to work with others are necessary. Register your interest today and we can you put you in touch with right people to get you started.
Here in warmly written prose, Joy Cowley distils her four decades at the top of the children’s writing pyramid for the benefit of anyone engaging in writing for young people. Topics covered in the short chapters – each illustrated by Fraser Williamson – are developing a plot, dialogue, writers’ discipline, humour, early reading, novels, picture books, plays, poetry, presentation and editing. This is essential reading for practising or intending children’s writers, full of wisdom and insights based on decades of writing at the highest level.
In the author’s words: This is not a book of instruction but rather a sharing of long experience as a writer, editor and a facilitator of writing workshops.
Joy Cowley is an internationally recognised author of fiction for children (as well as adults). She has published more than 600 early readers along with numerous novels and short stories. In 2005 she was made a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to children’s literature. She lives in Wellington.
Writing from the Heart is available to purchase through the Storylines website for NZ$25 a copy.
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This year’s gathering of children’s writers and illustrators is being held in Christchurch at Queen’s Birthday weekend. Extending the theme of the successful Spinning Tales held in Auckland in 2011, Golden Yarns offers something for everyone –– a stimulating programme of craft-based sessions, workshops and panel discussions, complemented by exhibitions of illustration art and keynote addresses by Greg O’Brien and Kate de Goldi.
The weekend is being organised by Te Tai Tamariki: New Zealand Children’s Literature Preservation Charitable Trust. Based in Christchurch, Te Tai Tamariki’s immediate goals are to preserve and display illustrations from children’s literature, including exhibitions that tour throughout the country. Taking on this year’s writers and illustrators hui is part of our effort to re-establish ourselves after losing our premises in the February 2011 earthquake. We are distributing the programme early so that you can make your bookings. Registration will open by the end of the month.
Venue: Medbury School 109 Clyde Road, Ilam, Christchurch
Hosts: Te Tai Tamariki
TE TAI TAMARIKI exhibition + attendees’ exhibition will run for length of weekend
Friday 31 May
BURNING ISSUES: hui for published authors & illustrators sponsored by kiwiwrite4kidz
4.00-4.30pm: Informal chat over drinks and nibbles
4.45pm onwards: opportunity to talk about any and all issues that concern you in the publishing industry. If you would like a particular issue raised please email this to Maria Gill for inclusion on the agenda. Cost: Free except for price of half a pizza ($7.50) delivered by local pizza company around 7pm.
Saturday 1 June
Te Tai Tamariki – what we do and who we are
11.00-11.30am: MORNING TEA
11.30-12.30pm: KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Greg O’Brien – The life of an illustrator – Graeme Percy
1.30-3.00pm: THREE PROCESS WORKSHOPS:
3.00-3.30pm: AFTERNOON TEA
3.30-5.00pm: THREE GENRE WORKSHOPS:
7.00 pm-onwards: DINNER AT CHATEAU ON THE PARK with Adrian Kirk (circus performer/clown)
Sunday 2nd June
9.30-10.30am: KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Kate De Goldi – Seeking Susan; the Susan Price Collection
10.30-11.00am: MORNING TEA
11.00-12.00noon: What can we do for you? The role of professional organisations with Maggie Tarver, New Zealand Society of Authors; Sarah Forster, New Zealand Book Council; Tessa Duder, Storylines
12.00noon-12.30pm: Kyle Mewburn on YAKS – raising the profile of children’s writers and illustrators
1.30-2.30pm: PANEL DISCUSSION: Graphic novels with Ant Sang, Dylan Horricks and Chris Slane
2.30-3.30pm: Educational publications and outlets with Jill Ritchie, Learning Media; Dame Wendy Pye (or representative), and a representative from Gilt Edge Publishing
3.30-4.00pm: AFTERNOON TEA
4.00 – 5.00 pm: PANEL: E-books and self publishing. Is this our publishing future? – with Maggie Tarver, Raymond Huber, and Adele Broadbent
Monday 3 June: Illustrators’ Monday
Open to all children's book illustrators, professional or aspiring. Bring along a topic you wish to discuss and a skill you can share with others. Attendance will be free of charge thanks to the Wellington Children's Book Association, BYO lunch or lunch money. Author/Illustrator Ruth Paul will organise the day and circulate details amongst participants once attendance is confirmed. There has been great interest expressed in this day so enrol early to help shape the format. Any queries can be directed to Ruth Paul.
Storylines and New Zealand Book Month are proud to present an evening to celebrate the birthday and life of the marvellous Margaret Mahy in story and verse.
Join readers Kate De Goldi, Leonie Agnew, Tessa Duder and children as they present a programme of some of Margaret’s most loved stories and poems like 'Down The Back Of The Chair' and 'Bubble Trouble' and yes, some surprises drawn from her novels, essays and more. Suitable for children age 8 upwards.
When: Thursday 21 March 2013, 7pm for 7.15 start
Where: National Library Centre, Stanley Street, Parnell
Cost: Optional gold coin donation
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