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Storylines Margaret Mahy Awards Day

IMG 6080 Jacinda Adern presents the Margaret Mahy Medal to Janice Marriott-372-973-790 IMG 6140-856-640 IMG 6024 Harriet Allan-431-998

The  Storylines Margaret Mahy Awards Day is Storylines’ annual celebration of New Zealand’s authors, their books and achievements. It is held in Auckland each year on the weekend closest to International Children’s Book Day, 2 April - Hans Christian Andersen's birthday.

In 2018 this was Sunday 8 April. Nearly 200 members of the children''s literature community took the opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of writers and illustrators over the past year, receive updates from the Storylines Trust and Foundation, and to network with other children's writers, illustrators and storytellers.

Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern presented the 2018 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal to Janice Marriott at the event.

The afternoon included the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal and Lecture presentation, a full programme of awards for original manuscripts, two book launches and the announcement of  new Storylines initiatives. Enjoy the selection of photos from the afternoon:

IMG 6036 Chrissie Walker Lael Chisholm-456 IMG 6106  Bridget Mahy presents Janice Marriott with flowers-562 IMG 6111 Elsie Mahy and Libby Limbrick present books to Jacinda Adern-989
IMG 6150-372-303 IMG 6129-693-396 IMG 6010 Chrissie Walker and Scholastic's Lynette Evans-555-239


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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