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Storylines Margaret Mahy National Awards Day

2019 Storylines Margaret Mahy National Awards Day

More than 150 people attended the 2019 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal and Awards Day in Auckland on 31 March at the University of Auckland Music Auditorium, Epsom campus, Epsom Avenue, Auckland. It was an afternoon of celebrations and sharing the love of books and children’s literature as award winners were honoured. Highlight of the afternoon was the presentation by 2019 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal winner, Mandy Hager, of the 2019 Margaret Mahy lecture which she entitled ‘Channelling our greater good’.
Read more about Mandy and the presentation of the Margaret Mahy Medal. 
Read the text of Mandy's lecture.
View Mandy's lecture presentation.

Bridget Mahy speaking about A lion in the meadow relaunch IMG 3709-546-228 Second raffle prize winner IMG 3904-130-85 Bookseller Unity Books Little Unity IMG 3792-975
Bridget Mahy talks about 50 years of A Lion in the Meadow
Sandra Morris receives a raffle prize from Libby Limbrick Bookseller Little Unity was  a popular shopping point during afternoon tea

Other awards presented were the 2019 Storylines Joy Cowley Award, the Storylines Gavin Bishop Award, and the Storylines Notable Book Awards. Two award-winning books from last year, Ursa by Tina Collins and Bullseye Bella by James T. Guthrie were launched during the afternoon.

Margaret Mahy Day is also the day Storylines presents its annual report and Storylines Foundation Financial Report and elects a new management committee. It is also an opportunity to recognise members who have dedicated time to Storylines over many years. This especially applies to Dr Libby Limbrick who was chair of Storylines Trust for 13 years until stepping down at the end of 2018. Christine Young, who took over as chair, thanked Libby for her years of work and presented her with flowers and a gift in token acknowledgment of the time she has dedicated to Storylines.

Libby is far from lost to Storylines; she remains on the Trust as Immediate past Chair, and remains on the Storylines management committee.

Christine Dale, chairperson of the Storylines management committee, recently announced that work commitments mean she can no longer give the role the time it deserves. Christine Young, chair of Storylines Trust, presented Christine with a floral thank you for the extraordinary work and commitment she has made to Storylines as MC Chair over the past two and a half years.

Read more  about the election of Storylines new management committee .

Read the Storylines annual report.

Storylines Foundation 2019 financial report

Storylines Margaret Mahy National Awards Day - background

The  Storylines Margaret Mahy National 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, 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 includes the Storylines Margaret Mahy 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 2018 and 2019:

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
Large book of A Lion in the meadow at 2019 Storylines awards - Helen Villers and Bridget Mahy IMG 3703-884-668 Margaret Mahy medal winner Mandy Hager with Bridget Mahy IMG 3702 -708 IMG 6111 Elsie Mahy and Libby Limbrick present books to Jacinda Adern-989
IMG 6150-372-303-837 The Christmas Caravan - model IMG 3740-765 Bookseller Unity Books Little Unity IMG 3792-975-538


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