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What's the Story May 2011


ISSN 11750189: Volume 10: Issue 2: May 2011

Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are ~ Mason Cooley.


Big news in the Storylines world this issue:

EO Christine Young moves on.

Christines_last_Trust_meeting_1.JPGSadly we have to announce that Storylines is losing its superb Executive Officer to a marketing position with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. 
Christine was appointed Executive Officer in 2005, around the time that the Trust Board was established. During the past six years she has helped to raise the profile of Storylines through tirelessly networking with other agencies in the arts, especially the literature sector,  thus ensuring the Storylines name and aims  are well known in the community, in both Auckland and nationally.
Although only officially part-time, Christine put in many extra hours working closely with the Trust, the Management Committee, the Administrator, Vicki Cunningham and financial controller Lynette Roycroft to develop Storylines’ key programmes and ensure Storylines meets its objectives.
Her skills and experience in budgeting, strategic planning, fund-raising and networking ensured Storylines’ activities have achieved a whole new level of professionalism.  Thanks to her fund-raising expertise, the Storylines Festival of Children’s Writers and Illustrators has continued to grow, and she has given invaluable guidance to other Storylines’ events such as the recent Spinning Tales Hui for writers and illustrators, new awards and other initiatives. 
Christine is going to be greatly missed. We wish her well in her new role with the APO. Our loss is certainly their gain.
The process of selecting and appointing a new Executive Officer is underway. Watch for an announcement on the Storylines website.
Dr Libby Limbrick.
Chair, Storylines Trust.
The photo: Christine's last Trust meeting. L to R: Tim Tipene, Tessa Duder, Tony Butler, Frances Plumpton, Rosemary Tisdall, Peter Dowling, Tony Sissons; seated Christine Young, Libby Limbrick (absent: Joy Cowley).


2016 IBBY World Congress Coming to Auckland.

Storylines/New Zealand IBBY wins Congress.
It’s official! The World Congress of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) is coming to Auckland in 2016. Although Storylines has organised its large and wonderful Storylines Festival of New Zealand Writers and Illustrators for the past 18 years, the World Congress will be in a whole different league.
About 500-700 participants from more than 70 member countries usually attend the biennial congresses. The conference is determinedly multi-lingual, with translations facilities required. Our submission, which was approved at the March Book Fair in Bologna to beat off bids from four other countries, was put together by Trustee Rosemary Tisdall and EO Christine Young, and involved input from tourism interests and professional convention organisers.  
We thought that as Storylines members it would be useful for you to know the background of Storylines’ involvement with IBBY since joining in 2001. Being able to join (meaning finding the hefty annual fee of around $NZ3500) was made possible only with the help of a consortium of supporters and we are enormously grateful to these publishers – HarperCollins, Penguin, Random House and Scholastic, plus the New Zealand Book Council – for their generous and on-going support of our membership. 
Storylines is the New Zealand National Section of IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People), a non-profit organisation based in Switzerland. As the world’s only international body devoted to children’s literature, it comprises a network of more than 70 member countries committed to bringing books and children together. The New Zealand Section consists of a small independent committee working within the Storylines framework. The current chair of the IBBY committee is Ann Cooper, with Rosemary Tisdall as deputy.
With the welcome assistance of its IBBY Consortium, Storylines was able to join IBBY in 2001, principally (but not only) to enable the New Zealand Section to nominate Margaret Mahy for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal.
This award, judged by an International Jury of children’s literature specialists, all bi- or multi-lingual, is regarded as the world’s most prestigious for children’s writers; it is often known as the ‘Little Nobel.’ After two unsuccessful nominations in 2002 and 2004, Margaret was finally awarded the Medal at the IBBY World Congress in Macau in September 2006.
Other activities carried out by the New Zealand Section include:

International Children’s Book Day:

This is held internationally every year on Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, 2 April. In 2007 New Zealand was chosen to host this event, entailing the production of the official IBBY ICBD poster, designed by Auckland illustrator Zac Waipara, and the accompanying booklet featuring a contribution from Margaret Mahy. These A1-sized posters were distributed to all member countries world-wide by the New Zealand Section. Primary and intermediate schools were also involved to organise local activities. The annual Storylines Margaret Mahy Day is also held on the closest Saturday to 2 April each year, normally the last weekend in March.  

Honour Books:

Since 2002 the New Zealand Section has selected books for inclusion in the biennial IBBY Honour Book list. This list showcases outstanding books from member countries, with a major presentation at each World Congress and the publication of a colour booklet detailing the selected authors, illustrators and translators. The collected books, initially displayed at each World Congress, are also sent on tour to member countries.   
The New Zealand recipients of these Honour awards have been:
  • Illustration: Clubs: a Lolly Leopold Story, by Kate De Goldi, illustrations by Jacqui Colley (Trapeze).
  • Writing: Genesis by Bernard Beckett (Longacre Press).
  • Translation: Ng? Rongo? a Koro (Koro’s Medicine) by Melanie Drewerey, translation by Kararaina Uatuku (Huia).
  • Writing: The 10 PM Question by Kate De Goldi (Longacre).
  • Illustration: The Three Fishing Brothers Gruff by Ben Galbraith (Hodder Children’s Books).
  • Translation: Ko Maraea Me Nga Toroa (Maraea and the Albatrosses) by Patricia Grace, translation by Waiariki Grace (Penguin).


Since joining IBBY, the New Zealand Section has endeavoured to have individuals present at various IBBY functions. Then Storylines chairman Wayne Mills attended the World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa (2002) and Basel, Switzerland (2004). Storylines Trustee Tessa Duder attended the Congress in Macau in 2006, along with Trust chairperson Dr Libby Limbrick, and again in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2008.
The New Zealand Section also nominated Christchurch librarian and writer Bill Nagelkerke for the International Jury for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and he served on the Jury which assembles in Bologna, at the time of the annual book fair there, for two awards, in 2006 and 2008.
Christchurch writer V.M. (Vicky) Jones, with the assistance of her publisher HarperCollins, attended the World Congress in Macau to receive her Honour Award certificate.   
Storylines Trustee Rosemary Tisdall has represented Storylines at three book festivals held on Nami Island, in South Korea, in 2007 and 2009. The third, in 2010, featured the launch of a beautiful picture book Peace Book, with contributions from IBBY member countries of illustrated stories on the theme of peace. Auckland writer Jennifer Beck was the selected writer following a general call for submissions, judged blind by the IBBY committee, and her story ‘Remember that November’ was illustrated for the book by Auckland artist Lindy Fisher.  There are plans for the story, together with an expanded number of illustrations, to be published as a stand-alone picture book.


Occasional book reviews and news pieces are submitted for inclusion in the IBBY quarterly newsletter Bookbird, distributed to all member countries. 

Other activities:

The IBBY committee takes every opportunity to promote IBBY and its activities within the framework of Storylines, such as displays at Storylines functions.

Special thanks:

The New Zealand IBBY committee warmly thanks the publishers named above and New Zealand Book Council for their on-going support of the IBBY Consortium. The annual membership of IBBY is around $NZ3500 a year, so New Zealand’s continued commitment and raising the international profile of New Zealand writers and illustrators would not be possible without this help.
For more information please contact us.
~ Tessa Duder.

Spinning Tales Hui for New Zealand Children’s Writers and Illustrators.

About 125 children’s writers and illustrators from all over New Zealand attended the biennial Spinning Tales Hui held at King’s School in Auckland recently. 
They represented full-time professional authors and aspiring writers across all the genres of fiction, non-fiction, illustration and screenwriting for the very young to young adult.
The full two-day programme of sessions was supplemented by a sneak preview of new and forthcoming books at the new National Library building in Parnell. This was attended by 150 people. Hui participants also attended the Storylines Margaret Mahy Lecture given by Kate De Goldi, as part of the Storylines Margaret Mahy Day and Awards presentation, and published writers and illustrators discussed professional ‘burning Issues in a pre-hui Friday afternoon session. 
Among the open sessions was a publishers’ panel, and subsequently, the chance for 60-odd authors to pitch an idea for a book to publishers. Other sessions covered social networking, screen-writing, novel writing, the business of writing, publishing offshore, illustration, developing a viable career, promotion and presenting. The major social event was a literary feast with entertainment drawn from the writers and illustrators present. 
Spinning Tales was organised by a team drawn from the Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust in association with Kiwi Write4Kidz. It is anticipated that following the successful conferences in Wellington in 2009, and this one in Auckland, a third will take place in 2013.
Photos from the weekend have been added to the Spinning Tales website.  

Kids Lit Quiz™ update.

The heats of the New Zealand Kids’ Lit Quiz™ are underway with the New Zealand Final this year being held mid-week in Parliament. Politicians asked if the Final could be held when the house was sitting so that more of parliamentarians could view it. Wednesday afternoon the 15 June has been set aside for the event.
The winners to date have been:
  • Southland: Blue Mountain College.
  • Otago: Tahuna Intermediate.
  • Nelson/Marlborough/Westland: Nelson College Prep.
  • Wellington: Evan’s Bay Intermediate.
  • Taranaki/New Plymouth: Devon Intermediate.
  • Northland: Whangarei Intermediate.
  • Bay of Plenty: Awakeri Primary School .
The Waikato Children’s Literature Association invites you to the 20th Anniversary Kids Lit Quiz™ International Final being held on Tuesday 19 July, 2.00pm at Southwell School Auditorium,
200 Peachgrove Road, Hamilton.  (Tickets are not required for entry but a koha would be appreciated.)

The Gala Dinner will follow at 6.30pm in the Southwell Flat Floor Theatre and will feature authors Brian Falkner, David Hill, Tessa Duder and Jenny Hessell.  Other NZ children’s authors will also be seen on the big screen and many books will be given away during the evening. 

Tickets for the dinner are $70 for adults and $35 for children 14 and under.  Places are limited so be in quick.
For more information and to order Gala Dinner tickets email Gerri Judkins.
Six teams will compete in the international final. They are from England, the UK champions, NZ, Southwell School (as hosts), Canada and South Africa. (The UK champion team from Cockermouth won the UK Final. The second placed team was invited also to compete and hence Bristol Grammar will represent England).
If ever you wanted to see kids who live to read and enjoy a literary challenge then please feel invited to attend either the NZ Final the International Final or both.

Events and happenings out and about.

Writers – apply now!

There are only days until applications close for next year’s University of Otago College of Education/Creative New Zealand Children's Writer in Residence. Find out more on the Otago University site


Wondering about publishing overseas? 

Now is your chance to find out more by attending an event feature Sarah Forster, Walker Books. 
Pertinent deatils:
Where: National Library, 8 Stanley Street Parnell.
When: Thursday 19 May, 5.30-7.30pm.
RSVP: Maria Gill.

Download the PDF here.  

For members only.
The booklist this time is all about survival. Log on to our website using your existing membership number, or your newly reset password if you have already visited our new website, to view out booklists. This is only accessible to members. If you wish to become a member, contact our Membership Secretary.

Storylines sponsored spot.

Children and Young Adult Fiction Writing Course with Tessa Duder, 29 June, 7–9pm, 10 weeks.

The Creative Hub is a writing centre in downtown Auckland offering courses that feature workshops by Auckland's leading writers. This 10-week intensive course is tutored by leading children’s and young adult fiction writer Tessa Duder, and is the only such course offered in Auckland. It covers everything from basic principles, to helping participants with work on a full-length novel, including sessions covering short fiction and picture books, long fiction, plot, dialogue, the feedback process, and the intricacies of the children’s publishing world.
For more information please visit www.thecreativehub.net.nz or email The Creative Hub.
If you would like to feature in an upcoming sponsored spot, please contact Storylines for details.

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