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Storylines Margaret Mahy Awards Day

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 an exception, in 2018 this will be Sunday 8 April, the weekend after Easter. Don't miss this 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. Mark the date in your diary:

Sunday 8 April 2018 in the Music Auditorium of the University of Auckland, Epsom Campus.

The Epsom Campus is at 74 Epsom Avenue, Epsom, Auckland.

Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern will present the 2018 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal at the event.

With the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal and Lecture presentation, a full programme of awards for original manuscripts, two book launches and the announcement of three new Storylines initiatives, it is shaping up to be a particularly exciting event.

All welcome but please note that to attend this event you MUST pre-register.

Registrations are now open, and close on 27 March 2018. NO late registrations can be accepted.
For Storylines Members and award-winners, the event is free REGISTER HERE
For non-member tickets, $15.00.
Student tickets, $10.00.

The Storylines Foundation AGM (see below) will kick off the event at 1pm followed by a tea break with a chance to chat and purchase copies of the award-winning books. At 2.45 we have the Margaret Mahy Lecture, the Joy Cowley, Tom Fitzgibbon and Tessa Duder manuscript awards, the launches of the 2017 Gavin Bishop and Tom Fitzgibbon award-winning books, and the 2018 Notable Books certificate presentations. The day will close with the launch of Storylines’ exciting new initiatives for the future growth and health of children’s literature in New Zealand.

We'll provide updates on this page as they are available. The proposed programme outline is:

  • 1.00 pm AGM of the Storylines Children’s Literature Foundation. All welcome.
  • 1.30 pm Afternoon tea
  • 2.15 pm Storylines Margaret Mahy Lecture and Medal presentation
  • 3.15 pm Presentation of Storylines manuscript and achievement awards, also the Notable Books 2018.
  • 5 00 pm Finish (approximately)
The event will also include the launches of: the winner of the 2017 Gavin Bishop award for illustration, an exciting a new Storylines membership benefit of 17 video interviews with leading authors and illustrators (including Donovan Bixley, Joy Cowley, David Hill, Stacey, Maria Gill) recorded at the 2017 Storylines Children’s Writers and Illustrators’ Hui, held in November, and a new category being added to the 2018 Storylines Notable Books awards (for books published in 2017). The afternoon also features
  • the opportunity to meet New Zealand authors and illustrators
  • The annual  Storylines Foundation AGM and presentation of the annual report of the Foundation and Storylines Trust.


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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