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Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award winners

Lorraine Orman - 2020 Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award Winner

Lorraine Orman was presented with the 2020 Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award - and presented the Storylines Spring lecture in (very) late spring - 29 November in the only "ïn-person" awards presentation Storylines was able to hold in a year disrupted by Covid-19.
Lorraine has had 10 books published and has an extensive track record of reviewing, judging, mentoring and teaching in teh area of children's literature. She has reviewed books for the Kids Books NZ blog site for ten years and also reviews for Magpies and Goodreads. Her reviews are always very thoughtful, positive, and constructive.She was one of the first people to review children’s books online, on her own website ‘Story-Go-Round’.

Lorraine has been in the same critique group for ten years. Her critiques are insightful, and supportive of beginning authors in the group. She has also been a New Zealand Society of Authors’ mentor for a couple of years, and gave ‘how to write children’s books’ workshops for technical institutes for several years. She has also given numerous author talks, workshops, and speeches for libraries and schools over her writing career.

Read Lorraine's lecture.

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Crissi Blair - 2019 Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award Winner

Crissi Blair was awarded  the 2019 Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award winner at a ceremony on 2 November 2019, at national Library in Auckland. She is the 27th recipient of the award, given since 1990 to mark an exceptional commitment to the world of children’s books.

Crissi has been a prominent national figure in the world of children’s literature for nearly 20 years. She has written for the New Zealand Book Council’s e-newsletter The School Library, and for the Australian review magazine Magpies, for which she is now New Zealand coordinator. Her own sought-after publication New Zealand Children’s Books in Print ran from 2005 to 2013.

She was a member of the 2018 judging panel for the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, and in 2019 was convenor of these awards. A long-time supporter of the Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust, she was for three years Manager of its Storylines Festival Family Days held annually in major centres.

Crissi holds a Bachelor in Design and Visual Arts, with a specialist interest in picture book illustration. She has recently finished studying for library qualifications while working as a librarian at Rangeview Intermediate School in Auckland.

Read Crissi's speech, made at the award ceremony,  here.

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Crissi Blair (second from right) with previous Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award winners (l-r) Frances Plumpton, Betty Gilderdale, Rosemary Tisdall and Jeannie Skinner.
Crissi with flowers after the presentation.

Jeannie Skinner – 2018 Betty Gilderdale Award winner

The 2018 Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award for outstanding service to children’s literature has been awarded to Northland’s passionate advocate for children’s books and literacy, Jeannie Skinner.
Both in her role as Capability Facilitator for National Library’s Service to Schools and as a volunteer for the Storylines Children’s Literature Trust and other children’s books-related organisations, Jeannie has been a leading light in promoting books and reading over three decades through Northland’s public libraries and schools. She has helped organise and promote Storylines and New Zealand Book Council author tours, developed an award for student librarians, as well as running short story awards, quizzes for young people and popular blog post. As an acknowledged expert in children’s books and related professional literature, she was appointed convenor of the judging panel for the 2018 New Zealand Children’s Book Awards.

Jeannie was presented with her award and presented the Storylines Spring lecture, entitled For the Love of Libraries, on Sunday 2 December 2018 at the National Library, The Strand, Parnell, Auckland.

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Jeannie presents her lecture National Library colleagues honour Jeannie with a waiata.
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Jeannie Skinner with Betty Gilderdale after her presentation
Betty Gilderdale (centre) with past Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award winners Frances Plumpton, Jeannie Skinner and Rosemary Tisdall

Maureen Crisp – 2017 Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award winner


The 2017 Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award for outstanding service to children's literature was presented to Maureen Crisp of Wellington at a ceremony on 27 November 2017. Maureen is a highly regarded writer, teacher, literary blogger and book awards judge. She runs her own website and monthly newsletter, Craicer News,  from which she offers "a weekly roundup of writing tips and trends from a NZ children's writer".

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Rosemary Tisdall – 2016 Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award winner


The 2016 Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award for outstanding service to children's literature was presented to Rosemary Tisdall at a ceremony in Auckland on 11 December. Storylines Trust chair Dr Libby Limbrick paid tribute to Rosemary's long service to children's literature and welcomed her to the podium to present the Spring Lecture. Betty Gilderdale then presented Rosemary with her Award.You can read the text of her Award address here.
Chair of the Storylines Children's Literature Charitable Trust Dr. Libby Limbrick, with Betty Gilderdale and Rosemary Tisdall.

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