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Janice Marriott wins Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal

Janice Marriott 2018 5 MB-676-638Highly-regarded children’s author, screenwriter, mentor, audio producer, editor and teacher, Janice Marriott, has been awarded the 2018 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal for lifetime achievement and her distinguished contribution to New Zealand’s children’s literature.

In announcing the award, Storylines Trust chair Dr Libby Limbrick said, “Storylines is pleased to honour Janice Mariott’s career and contribution over nearly three decades. The range of her writing, editing and mentoring skills across children’s fiction and non-fiction is truly exceptional. She is also widely known in New Zealand schools for Kiwi Kidsongs, the former Learning Media’s acclaimed teachers’ resource of hundreds of original children’s songs chosen and produced by her as audio books.”
Read more about the Margaret Mahy Award here.
Read more about Janice's career and achievements here.


 
 
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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).
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Recent News

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In the 2018 New Year's Honours list, Joy Cowley, Storylines' founding patron, was awarded the Order of New Zealand, New Zealand's highest honour, and becomes one of just 20 people holding this title.
The award is well deserved recognition for Joy's achievements in children's literature  in New Zealand and internationally over many decades.

Joy was also recently named as one of the shortlisted  authors
for the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Award – the world's most prestigious international children's book award. The winner will be announced in late March.
Read more about Joy here.

 

 
Books for refugee children

Refugee Picture1-790-910-140Storylines recently received a USD 5000 (NZ$6,633.23) grant to provide books for refugee children in their own languages. We have books arriving from Iran, Singapore, Myanmar, and Palestine in the following languages to meet the needs of refugee children arriving this year: Farsi, Arabic, Tamil, Punjabi, Burmese, Karen, Chin, and hopefully Rohingyan. Books will be delivered directly to the AUT Refugee Education Centre at Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre.
 

 
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Donovan Bixley

At the Arts Foundation's 2017 New Zealand Arts Awards, Children's book illustrator and author Donovan Bixley was named as the recipient of the Mallinson Rendel Illustrators Award. The Award is presented every two years to a children's book illustrator with published work of a high standard and includes a no-strings cash gift of $15,000 and a certificate designed by Sarah Maxey.
Donovan was interviewed on Radio New Zealand's This Way Up on Sunday 22 October 2017. Listen to the interview here.
Read more about Donovan here.
 
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White Ravens

Not only did David Elliot's Snark: Being a true history of the expedition that discovered the Snark and the Jabberwock . . . and its tragic aftermath win the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year at the 2017 Children's Book Awards in August; he has also now been honoured as the sole New Zealand listing in the International Youth Library's White Ravens 2017 catalogue – an annual annual book catalogue of book recommendations in the field of international children’s and young adults literature. "Snark" was illustrated and written (after Lewis Carroll) by David and published by Otago University Press.

Melinda Szymanik’s picture book Fuzzy Doodle, illustrated by Donovan Bixley (published by Scholastic) has also been selected as a 2017 White Raven. You can read a review of Fuzzy Doodle here.

This year’s White Ravens catalogue contains 200 titles in 38 languages from 56 countries. The 200 short reviews are available in the White RavensDatabase on the IYLwebsite (www.ijb.de). The print catalogue is launched at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2017, held from 11-15 October.

The 200 short reviews are available in the White RavensDatabase on the IYLwebsite (www.ijb.de).
 

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Other Organisations
Storylines recommends you check out the websites of other organisations that also advocate for New Zealand writers and literature:

New Zealand Society of Authors

The New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa is a professional organisation that represents writers in New Zealand. We support writers through advocacy and representation, an advisory service, professional development: mentorships, assessments and a biennial National Writers Forum. We supply information on the publishing industry and collate opportunities and administer prizes and awards. Read more.


Michael King Writers’ Centre

The Michael King Writers Centre provides an annual programme of residencies, with support from Creative New Zealand, at the historic Signalman’s Cottage on Takarunga Mt Victoria in Devonport, Auckland. Residents receive accommodation, the use of a studio and a generous stipend.
A 20 week residency, offered in partnership with the University of Auckland, is for an established author who will benefit from the academic environment. Shorter residencies are open to emerging, mid-career or established writers. In 2018 a Pasifika residenecy has been added, to support the development of Pacific writing.

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.
 

National Library

National Library has valuable information about the Public Lending Right and how it can potentially benefit authors.
Strategic directions of reading is also a priority for National Library and Services to Schools. The Services to Schools website has a wealth of information for school staff on reading engagement and children’s and YA literature and services such as National Library's lending service for schools


 
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