Since then she has written two more novels, The Importance of Green and Conrad Cooper’s Last Stand (winner of the 2015 Esther Glen Medal). In 2015 she was chosen as the winner of the Master of the Inkpot Competition run by prestigious UK children’s publisher David Fickling Books for her manuscript, The Impossible Boy. A former advertising copywriter, Leonie works as both writer and primary school teacher.
Tessa Duder was a founding member of Storylines’ forerunner, the Children’s Book Foundation begun in 1989. Her 40-odd books for both adults and children include novels, non-fiction, plays and anthologies. She is a past president of the NZ Society of Authors (PEN Inc), and has served on the Board of the Spirit of Adventure Trust since 1993. Among her awards are the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal, the Meridian Energy Katherine Mansfield Fellowship 2003, the Storylines Gaelyn Gordon Award for a Much-Loved Book 2005 and the 2007 Artists in Antarctic fellowship. She holds a O.B.E. and Honorary Doctorate from the University of Waikato. Tessa has been a Storylines Trustee since the inception of the Trust Board. See also Tessa's author profile.
Vanessa was a daydreaming child whose nose was permanently stuck in a book. Now, as a keen writer of stories for children, she has been published by Learning Media, shortlisted for both the Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon and Storylines Joy Cowley awards for unpublished manuscripts, and her first picture book is scheduled for publication in November. She has been reviewing books for Booksellers New Zealand for the last two years and is a current recipient of a Society of Authors mentorship. In her day job, she is Communications Officer at a high-school where she sometimes gets to help out in her happy place – the library.
Kaaren has 25 years’ experience in school libraries and working on committees. Active as an Auckland representative on the National Executive of the School Library Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (SLANZA), she was convener of SLANZA’s Auckland regional committee for seven years and co-convener of the SLANZA national conference held in 2011 at St Cuthbert’s College. She has volunteered at Storylines Family Festival Days for the last seven years, and chairs the Storylines Festival national committee.
Dr. Libby Limbrick has worked in teacher education for the past two decades. She has recently retired as Head of the School of Arts, Languages and Literacies at the Faculty of Education, University of Auckland and the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy. Most of her teaching has been with postgraduate qualifications for teachers specialising in literacy education. Libby is a strong advocate for the place of literature in teaching children to read and write. She has been a member of Storylines and its predecessors, the Children’s Book Foundation and then Children’s Literature Foundation of New Zealand, since 1992. She is currently Co-director with Rosemary Tisdall, of NZ IBBY, hosts for the 35th International Congress of IBBY, Auckland 2016.
Bridget Mahy teaches English at Epsom Girls’ Grammar in Auckland. She grew up in libraries and as a consequence has maintained a keen interest in children’s literature. She is a Director of Mayhem Multimedia which oversees the management of the late Margaret Mahy’s body of work.
Susannah's desire to be involved in children’s education came later than most. She attended Auckland University and completed a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Primary, leading to Steiner Education). She has an undergraduate degree (B.F.A.) from Elam in photography, and Early Childhood qualifications specialising in Steiner Education from Taruna and AUT. Her passion for children’s literature grew through attending the Storylines Festivals and book awards. She is currently a Steiner Kindergarten teacher at Michael Park School in Ellerslie.
Vasanti has worked in publishing for many years as an Art Director, an Art Editor and more recently as a freelance illustrator and designer. In 2009 she completed a Masters degree in Design. Over the years, Vasanti has won several awards for her illustrations and book designs. Her writing career took off when The Boring Book (2013) was named the New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year for 2014 and won the Best Picture Book award. It also received a White Ravens Award in Germany and was named an IBBY Honour Book by the New Zealand Section of IBBY for the excellence of its illustrations.