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Storylines Gavin Bishop Award winners

2021Storylines Gavin Bishop Award

Winner of the 2021 Storylines Gavin Bishop Award for a previously unpublished children’s book illustrator was Rose Northey of Wellington.

Shortlisted entrants were: Jessica Lawry of Ohaupo, Rose-Meri Smith of Wellington; Sarah Trollē of Upper Moutere, Nelson; Amir Vollweiler of Motueka; and Charlotte Warman of Wellington.

Rose Northey will create the illustrations for the book selected for this year’s award, The Lighthouse Princess, by Otago writer Susan Wardell.

Rose is Wellington-based Illustrator and poet. She doodled her way through an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering and spent three “comfy years" in product development engineering before realising that she wanted to self-sabotage by trying her luck at a creative career. At first she focused on performance poetry, but she  rediscovered her joy for drawing when she killed time waiting for a delayed domestic flight by sketching portraits of other waiting passengers. Portraits led to play, play led to commissions and commissions led to learning more about digital painting and gradually discovering the exciting world of illustration.
Rose began working full time as a creative in 2019. She has produced her own comedy fringe show (“Open your mouth and I will poet all over your face”), she is a Tedx Auckland alumni, the current champion of the Going West writer’s festival slam, and has fully illustrated a visual novel game for the indie studio, SkyBear Games. She brings a sense of joy and silliness into all of her art forms.
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2019 Storylines Gavin Bishop Award


Winner of the 2019 Storylines Gavin Bishop Award for a previously unpublished illustrator was Amy Haarhoff of Palmerston North. Catherine O’Loughlin from award sponsor Penguin Random House presented Amy and the other shortlisted candidates with their certificates before Gavin Bishop announced Amy as the winner and presented her with the award.

The 2019 shortlist for the Gavin Bishop Awardwas: Lara Crowther, Hamilton; Lily Emo, Nelson; Amy Haarhoff, Palmerston North; Kathleen Richens, Rangiora; Emily Walker, Auckland.

Amy is a 22-year-old illustration Masters student. She says she was raised on her dad’s macabre storytelling, her mum’s supply of art materials, and an endless supply of library books, and learned to love reading and drawing from an early age. After graduating from Palmerston North Girls High School, Amy enrolled in a BA at Massey University and graduated with majors in Social Anthropology and Psychology in May 2018. Uncertain about pursuing an academic career, she decided to postpone postgraduate study for a year and enrolled in an arts and design course at UCOL. While researching for a project in a bookshop last July, she came across a picture book that changed her life: Cicada, by Shaun Tan. Having walked in the bookshop unsure of the path she should pursue, she walked out with a determination to be an author-illustrator (and a copy of Shaun Tan’s book). She has since been building her collection of picture books, learning all she can from them, and drawing. She has recently begun an MA in Illustration with Falmouth University, and works as a receptionist at the Massey University gym to fund her tuition. Amy hopes to pursue a career in New Zealand book illustration and would like to write and illustrate her own stories one day.

Amy Haarhoff and 2019 Storylines Joy Cowley Award winner Janelle Wilkey were  interviewed on RNZ National after receiving their awards.

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Gavin Bishop, Amy Haarhoff and Penguin Random House publisher Catherine O'Loughlin after Amy's award presentation

2017 Storylines Gavin Bishop Award winner

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Lael Chisholm, an 18-year-old freelance artist and designer from Feilding, won the prestigious Storylines Gavin Bishop Award for Illustration for 2017. 

At the 2018 Storylines Margaret Mahy Awards Day, Penguin Random House publisher Harriet Allen launched Heather Haylock's Granny McFlitter the Champion Knitter, the book Lael illustrated as part of her award.

Speaking at the launch Gavin Bishop reiterated the sentiments he had expressed in announcing Lael's award win: “There is a career as a picture book artist ahead of this young woman if she wants to go in that direction.”
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