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2017 national writers and illustrators' hui

Details of the programme and speakers at the Storylines New Zealand Children's Writers' and Illustrators' National Hui to be held in October are now available on the hui event page.
The line-up includes 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 YA 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.

Please read the programme and event details, and register via the online registration form, which you can access from the hui event page.
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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), and hosted IBBY's 35th International Congress in Auckland in August 2016.
 
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Recent Highlights

2017 Storylines Awards

The Storylines manuscript awards, Storylines Joy Cowley Award and Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award, the  Storylines Gavin Bishop Award for illustration and the Storylines Gaelyn Gordon Award for a Much-loved Book were presented on 2 April 2017.
 



 
2017 Margaret Mahy Day
Storylines' major annual Awards presentation and networking event took place on 2 April in Auckland. Read more here.
New events in 2017
In 2017, Storylines extends its national and regional reach with the introduction of the Storylines National Festival Story Tour.
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2017 Award winners

Veteran children’s novelist Des Hunt was 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.
Des received his award and presented the 2017 Margaret Mahy Lecture in Auckland on 2 April, at the annual Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal Presentation and Awards Day. Read more here. You can see a video of Des' lecture here.

Other Award winners also received their awards, and Notable Book winners were presented with certificates. Read more on each of the Awards pages.

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Profile of the Month: Kyle Mewburn

After four years as President of New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN Inc), Kyle Mewburn has stepped down and a new President, Siobahn Harvey, will be ratified at the NZSA AGM in May. In the 20 years since he started writing, Kyle has not only taken on this major leadership role but has also achieved a string of local and international accolades and awards for his writing. He's also a great advocate for the establishment of a Children's Laureate in New Zealand.
Oh, and he's one of the presenters in the Storylines National Writers and Illustrators' Hui later this year.

Read more about Kyle  on his own website and in his Storylines profile. Or read his opinion piece about the need for a Children's Laureate on The Sapling.

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Remembering Barbara Murison

It is with great regret that we farewell Barbara Murison, one of New Zealand’s strongest supporters of Storylines and of children’s literature in general. When we learned of her illness, we received a wonderful email from her, thanking us for the flowers we sent and telling us about her continued reading and discussion with all and sundry about children’s literature.

Barbara was awarded the Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award for outstanding services to children’s literature in 2002, a Certificate of Recognition for innovation and contribution over 50 years from SLANZA, and in the 2007 New Year’s Honours was named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to children’s literature. As the SLANZA award indicates, she played an active role in advocating for excellence in children’s literature for almost 60 years. She published a blog (Around the Bookshops, the final edition o0f which she wrote on 15 March this year) and its paper version which for many years updated librarians, teachers and anyone else interested in children’s literature about just about anything relevant to the world of writing and publishing for children. You can read more about Barbara on her blog site (http://barbaramurison.blogspot.co.nz/p/about-me.html), which is also a rich reference resource about New Zealand children’s books.

Members of Storylines have contributed their own memories of the wonderful work Barbara has done for so many years. Read more here.

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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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