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Des Hunt presents his Margaret Mahy lecture,
entitled 'Stories Out Loud'.
 

2017 major award winner

Veteran children’s novelist Des Hunt is 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.
Other Award winners also received their awards, and Notable Book winners were presented with certificates. Read more on each of the Awards pages.

 

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.

Below: Lael Chisholm, winner of the 2017 Stroylines Gavin Bishop Award

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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.
Read more.
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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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2017 national writers' and illustrators' hui

Expect an announcement after Easter on details of the programme and speakers at the Storylines New Zealand Children's Writers' and Illustrators' National Hui to be held in October. 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.
Registrations will open once programme details and speakers are announced.
 

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2017 Notable Book Award winners

The 2017  Storylines Notable Book Awards winners have been announced and acknowledged at the 2017 Storylines Margaret Mahy Deal Presentation and Awards Day. Congratulations to all authors and illustrators. Read the media announcement here, and the  full list of Notable Books here.

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Maurice Gee publishes a new YA title

Maurice Gee announced in 2009 that he had retired from writing, but has unexpectedly delighted his many long-time followers with the publication of a new Young Adult book, The Severed Land (Penguin Random House).
The 85-year-old author of 14 award-winning children’s and YA novels since 1979 (among them the classics Under the Mountain, the O Trilogy, Champion, The Fat Man) is, according to early reviews, back in fine form. "As fine a fantasy novel as he has produced," writes Anna Mackenzie in New Zealand Books. During his stellar career, Maurice has won multiple awards in New Zealand and overseas, for both his adult and children’s novels, and has seen Under the Mountain and Champion adapted for the screen. His life and works were also examined in a major biography by Rachael Barrowman.

Read more about Maurice and his extraordinary literary and artistic output on the Arts Foundation site and in his Storylines profile.

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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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