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2020 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal Award winner

Maria Gill 2015 217-191Congratulations to Maria Gill, winner of the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal 2020, the country’s top award recognising achievement in and contribution to New Zealand children’s literature. Maria’s body of work (more than 60 books) is impressive and her impressive list of awards highlights the exceptional quality of the work she produces. In addition, her support for other writers, her drive to boost a love for reading and writing (among children and adults) and her tireless efforts in the world of children's literature make her a superbly worthy recipient of the award. Maria is recognised here and in Australia for her publications and teaching; she has been regarded for the past decade and a half as one who “puts words into action, pushes up the shirt sleeves and gets into the work” kind of person for the writing, reading, and children’s education communities. She is highly regarded and admired among fellow writers for the worthiness of the work she produces for children, and her quiet determination to use her talents and gifts to enhance the lives of others – especially children of Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Maria will present the 2020 Margaret Mahy Lecture at the Storylines Margaret Mahy National Awards Day on the afternoon of 5 April.

Read more about Maria.

Read more about the award.

Read the news release.
 

Storylines IBBY announces 2020 Honour Books

Storylines IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) NZ is delighted to announce the titles selected as New Zealand’s nominations for the 2020 IBBY Honour List.

The lst is a biennial publication of outstanding recently published books honouring writers, illustrators and translators nominated by the 81 IBBY National Sections.
Read more about the author, illustrator and translator who have been selected.
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Storylines Janice Marriott Mentoring Award

Please note: entries for this award closed on 31 October. We will advise the successful candidate as soon as possible.
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Recent News

Storylines Gavin Bishop Award 2019

Christchurch Libraries are displaying a digital slideshow of the 2019 finalists and winner of the Gavin Bishop awards.
This is currently being displayed at Tūranga and at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre until January 31st. After that it will be displayed at various libraries as part of our rotating schedule of digital exhibitions. If you’re not in Christchurch, you can see the slideshow here

 

GBA 2019 Amy Haarhoff-570-163-393Amy Harhoff was winner of the 2019 Storylines Gavin Bishop Award. Her portfolio is featured alongside finalists' in the Christchurch Libraries slideshow.

Volunteer with Storylines

Storylines' strength lies  in the support it receives from Storylines members and friends. There are        a number of ways you can help Storylines        support the development of New Zealand      children's literature, and engage young New Zealanders in reading books, especially those        that reflect their experiences as New Zealanders:

  • join Storylines as a member; your    membership fee helps support our events     and awards programmes
  • join the Storylines' management committee
  • help with Storylines events and activities
  • assist with the Storylines Story Tours, as        the Storylines rep or as a volunteer driver

Please contact childlitnz@storylines.org.nz if         you are interested in helping in any way or want        to know more.

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2019 Storylines Award winners

In late March, Storylines announced the winners of the 2019 Storylines Joy Cowley Award for a picture book manuscript, and for the Storylines Gavin Bishop Award for a picture book illustrator.

Read  details on the awards pages:
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Storylines Gavin Bishop Award
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Janelle Wilkey of Blenheim, winner of the Storylines Joy Cowley Award.

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Amy Haarhoff of Palmerston North, winner of the Storylines Gavin Bishop Award

Storylines Award-winning title launched

The winners of the 2018 Storylines Joy Cowley  Award for a manuscript for a picture book, The Little Ghost who lost her Boo, was launched at a special 2019 Storylines event in August  this year ahead of teh annual Booksellers New Zealand conference.

Scholastic publisher Lynette Evans launched the book, written by Elaine Bickell of Wellington, with illustrations by Raymond McGrath. Not only was the book launched, but Lorraine revealed that the book has been picked up by a prestigious American publishing house.


 

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Storylines Award-winning titles launched

The winners of the 2018 Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award for a manuscript for a junior fiction novel, and the 2018 Storylines Tessa Duder Award for a manuscript for young adults were launched at the at the 2019 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal and Awards Day on 31 March this year.

Ursa, written by Tina Shaw, is published by Walker Books, and was winner of the Stroylines Tessa Duder Award. Read more about Ursa, and the Tessa Duder Award.

Bullseye Bella by James Guthrie, won the Storylines Tom Firtzgibbon Award. It is published by Scholastic NZ. Read more.
 

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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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Our Supporters
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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We also receive generous funding from:
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Other organisations

Other organisations who share our objective of promoting books and reading in New Zealand include:

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National Library of New Zealand


Duffy Books in Homes


Michael King Writers’ Centre


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