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Storylines Awards

2017 Awards news

Awards were presented at the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal Presnetaton and Awards day on 2 April 2017 for award winners of the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal, the Storylines Gaelyn Gordon Award, the Storylines Gavin Bishop Award, and the Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award, as well as certificates for Storylines Notable Books 2017, and for the highly commended and commended authors in the Storylines Joy Cowley Award.

MM Medal Winner 2017 Des Hunt-312-747Veteran children’s novelist Des Hunt was 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. Read more here. You can see a video of Des' lecture here.

Other Award winners also received their awards, and Notable Book winners were presented with certificates. Read more on each of the Awards pages. You can read details of all the Awards on the links below:

Storylines, in line with its general advocacy for the development of New Zealand children’s literature, offers eight awards to writers, illustrators, publishers and those working in the field of children’s literature and literacy.
These include:

These awards are nationally and internationally recognised, acknowledging achievement and service and providing opportunities for new and emerging talent.
Most awards are presented at the Storylines Margaret Mahy Day in March/April each year, at which the winner of the Margaret Mahy Medal presents a lecture on a topic of their choice. The Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award recipient delivers the Storylines Spring Lecture at an award presentation usually held in November.


The Storylines Trust and Foundation together comprise New Zealand's only national organisation working year-round specifically to promote children's and young adult literature through an annual Festival in six regions, author awards, publications, advocacy and other activities ... 



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