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: