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2019 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal winner

Multi-award-winning Wellington-based author Mandy Hager is the winner of the 2019 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal for life-time achievement and a distinguished contribution to New Zealand’s literature for young people.

Best-known as a writer of young adult fiction, Mandy Hagar has also written fiction and non-fiction for younger children, as well as film scripts and educational programmes. In 2017 she published her first adult novel, Heloise, long-listed for New Zealand’s premier adult Ockham Book Awards.

From the publication in 1995 of Tom’s Story for Mallinson Rendel, and for nearly every work of fiction since, Mandy Hager has achieved the unusual feat of winning a major award or being shortlisted. She has also been extensively published by major US publishers.

Her awards include the LIANZA Book Awards for Young Adult fiction three times, the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards for YA fiction, USA’s Golden Wings Excellence Award and Golden Wings Award, and five Storylines Notable Book Awards. In 2015, for her novel Singing Home the Whale, she was awarded the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year award, and the Best Young Adult Fiction Award at the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. This novel was also chosen by Storylines (as the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) New Zealand section) as its 2016 IBBY Honour Book for Writing. Mandy has also featured in international awards for her film scripts.

In 2012 she was awarded the New Zealand Society of Authors’ Peter and Dianne Beatson Fellowship; in 2014 Katherine Mansfield Fellowship to Menton, France, and in 2015 she was Waikato University’s Writer in Residence.

A trained teacher, Mandy Hagar holds an Advanced Diploma in Fine Arts from Whitireia Polytechnic, an MA in Creative Writing from Victoria University, and has taught Novel Writing at the Whitireia’s Creative Writing programme. She has appeared at all New Zealand’s major writers’ festivals and is a regular visitor to schools.

The Margaret Mahy Medal will be presented to Mandy at the Storylines Trust annual Storylines Margaret Mahy National Awards Day in Auckland on Sunday 31 March, 2019.

More information regarding this event here 

Read more about the Storylines Margaret.Mahy Medal and previous winners.

Read the full news release about Mandy’s award here

Mandy is available for interview; please contact Storylines Administrator Vicki Cunningham at childlitnz@storylines.org.nz

Mandy Hager, winner of the 2019 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal
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Books presented to AUT Refugee Education Centre

A collection of books in wide range of languages was presented by Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust of New Zealand/IBBY New Zealand to the AUT Refugee Education Centre in late November 2018, in what Storylines hopes will be the first of similar future presentations.
The books - including in Farsi, Arabic, Tamil, Punjabi, Burmese, Karen, and Spanish - with images of familiar contexts, will support the refugee children’s emotional needs and adjustment to a new home after many years of trauma and homelessness.
Read more about the project.
 
 
Some of the books presented by Storylines to the AUT Refugee Education Centre..
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The 2019 Storylines Notable Book lists of the best children's books published in 2018 is out soon. Watch our newsletter and the website for news.

 

Presentation of the 2018  Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award was on 2 December 2018. Read more here.
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Give a gift of books

Storylines members (children's literature experts, including teachers, librarians and readers) have compiled lists of recent titles that they recommend if you are looking for gift suggestions for young people.
Read more here from lists that cover non-fiction, picture books, junior fiction and young adult fiction.
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Congratulations Gerri Judkins

Storylines Foundation has awarded Gerri Judkins a Storylines Life membership. Gerri is a children's literature specialist and librarian at Southwell School in the Waikato. She has been a judge of children's literature awards, and a speaker on children's literature nationally and internationally.

Gerri was the winner of the 2016 winner of the Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award for services to children's literature, and has also been recognised by the Library and Information Association and the School Librarians Association for her work as an advocate for children's books and young people's engagement with literature.
 

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Notable New Zealand Children's Books

Check out the 2018 list of Storylines Notable Books . The list is a great guide to the best new Zealand children's and YA books published in 2017. The 2019 list, for books published in 2018, will be announced in April 2019.

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Book listed for UK Award

Last year Storylines patron Dame Wendy Pye  launched the book Children’s Literature in a Multiliterate Word edited by Waikato lecturer Nicola Daly and Storylines chair Dr Libby Limbrick, with advisory editor Pam Dix. The book is a diverse collection of essays by 12 scholars in children’s literature from the very successful 35th IBBY World Congress 2016 held in Auckland.
Children's Literature in a Multililterate World has now  been shortlisted for the United Kingdom Literacy Association 2019 Academic Book Award. Children's Literature in a Multililterate World is published by Trentham Books and UCL, Institute of Education Press, University College London.
You can order it  from www.ucl-ioe-press.com and in Kindle/eBook formats.

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Member-only videos and tip sheets

Storylines members can  receive access to a series of 16 videos, filmed at the 2017 Storylines Writers and Illustrators Hui. The videos provide insights into the creative and writing processes of 16 of our top writers and illustrators.Check out a sample here. Members can access the first videos here. Others will be uploaded during may and June.
The series of "Top Ten Tips" sheets offer pithy and useful advice to aspiring writers and illustrators, andfor teachers, parents and librarians. They're written by leading practitioners such as Bruce Potter and Leonie Agnew among others. Coming: more from writers and Illustrators, plus from educators on getting your child reading and an agent on how to get published.

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Storylines would like to thank our major funders and supporters:

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Storylines is supported by the Creative New Zealand Toi Uru Kahikatea (Arts Development) Investments Programme, with funding to assist us in our mission of supporting New Zealand children's and young adult writers and illustrators, and in engaging young New Zealanders with books and reading.


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