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2019 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal winner

Multi-award-winning Wellington-based author Mandy Hager is the winner of the 2019 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal for life-time achievement and a distinguished contribution to New Zealand’s literature for young people.

Best-known as a writer of young adult fiction, Mandy Hagar has also written fiction and non-fiction for younger children, as well as film scripts and educational programmes. In 2017 she published her first adult novel, Heloise, long-listed for New Zealand’s premier adult Ockham Book Awards.

 

The Margaret Mahy Medal will be presented to Mandy at the Storylines Trust annual Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal and National Awards Day in Auckland on Sunday 31 March, 2019. Mandy will then present the 2019 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal

All welcome. More information regarding this event here 

Read more about the Storylines Margaret.Mahy Medal and previous winners.

Read the full news release about Mandy’s award here

Mandy is available for interview; please contact Storylines Administrator Vicki Cunningham at childlitnz@storylines.org.nz

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Storylines Awards shortlists announced

Storylines has announced the shortlists for the 2019 Storylines Joy Cowley Award for a picture book manuscript, and for the Storylines Gavin Bishop Award for a picture book illustrator.
Read the details on the awards pages:
Storylines Joy Cowley Award
Storylines Gavin Bishop Award
 
 
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The 2019 Storylines Notable Books lists of the best New Zealand books for children and young adults published in 2018 is out. Check out our website page for details.

 

Register now for the 2019 Storylines Annual Margaret Mahy Medal and National Awards Day.
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Storylines 2019 Notable Books lists

Storylines has announced the 2019 Notable Books lists, for up to 10 titles in each of five categories.
This year for the first time, we specifically acknowledge books written and published in te reo Māori.
Read the lists here, and the news release here.
 


 

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Storylines Life Member

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Congratulations Gerri Judkins

Storylines Foundation has awarded Gerri Judkins a Storylines Life membership. Gerri is a children's literature specialist and librarian at Southwell School in the Waikato. She has been a judge of children's literature awards, and a speaker on children's literature nationally and internationally.

Gerri was the winner of the 2016 winner of the Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award for services to children's literature, and has also been recognised by the School Librarians Association for her work as an advocate for children's books and young people's engagement with literature.
 

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Storylines partners with What Now

Storylines and popular television show What Now are working together to encourage viewers to read books by New Zealand writers and illustrators with the introduction of on-air reviews by young  readers of the Storylines Junior Fiction Notable book, and an opportunity for young viewers to participate in a vote for a “Kids Pick” from the Storylines Notable Books Junior Fiction list. Read more here, and look out for announcements from What Now regarding the start of the reviews towards the end of March.

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2018 Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award book launch

Scholastic New Zealand launches Bullseye Bella by James Guthrie, at the 2019 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal and Awards Day on March 31,
Read more about Bullseye Bella.

 

Book listed for UK Award

Last year Storylines patron Dame Wendy Pye  launched the book Children’s Literature in a Multiliterate Word edited by Waikato lecturer Nicola Daly and Storylines chair Dr Libby Limbrick, with advisory editor Pam Dix. The book is a diverse collection of essays by 12 scholars in children’s literature from the very successful 35th IBBY World Congress 2016 held in Auckland.
Children's Literature in a Multililterate World has now  been shortlisted for the United Kingdom Literacy Association 2019 Academic Book Award. Children's Literature in a Multililterate World is published by Trentham Books and UCL, Institute of Education Press, University College London.
You can order it  from www.ucl-ioe-press.com and in Kindle/eBook formats.

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Member-only videos and tip sheets

Storylines members can  receive access to a series of 16 videos, filmed at the 2017 Storylines Writers and Illustrators Hui. The videos provide insights into the creative and writing processes of 16 of our top writers and illustrators.Check out a sample here. Members can access the first videos here. Others will be uploaded during may and June.
The series of "Top Ten Tips" sheets offer pithy and useful advice to aspiring writers and illustrators, andfor teachers, parents and librarians. They're written by leading practitioners such as Bruce Potter and Leonie Agnew among others. Coming: more from writers and Illustrators, plus from educators on getting your child reading and an agent on how to get published.

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Our Supporters
Storylines would like to thank our major funders and supporters:

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Storylines is supported by the Creative New Zealand Toi Uru Kahikatea (Arts Development) Investments Programme, with funding to assist us in our mission of supporting New Zealand children's and young adult writers and illustrators, and in engaging young New Zealanders with books and reading.


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Other organisations who share our objective of promoting books and reading in New Zealand include:

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National Library of New Zealand


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