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What's the Story August 2011


ISSN 11750189: Volume 10: Issue 3: August 2011

Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled “This could change your life.” ~ Helen Exley.


Storylines Festival update...
The 18th Annual Storylines Festival of New Zealand Children’s Writers and Illustrators is only weeks away and this year we have a fantastic line-up of guest authors, illustrators, perfomers and storytellers, including international guest author, Chris Morphew. Programmes are available from your local library, bookshop or through your school, so keep an eye out for them. Don’t forget to tell you friends or email them an ecard.
Want to start planning your day out now? Programmes are also available online so you can see the exciting activities/ events we have planned at each of the Free Family Days in:
You’ll also find a full list of the guest authors/ illustrators, performers and storytellers who’ll be there too.

So what do we have planned for this year?

Free Performances:

Auckland has some great free performances by the APO and Tim Bray Productions.

Heritage Hotels Seminar Series: 

From Zac Powers to The Phoenix Files: Hooking the Reluctant Reader.

Chris Morphew wrote the first four titles in the smash-hit Zac Powers Mega Missions series, published under the Zac Power author pseudonym H.I. Larry. These were followed by his debut six-part young adult fiction series The Phoenix Files. We are excited this year to be able to offer the Heritage Hotels Seminar Series where Chris will be in conversation with some of New Zealand’s favourites.
The Seminar Series will begin in Dunedin on Friday 19 August. Dunedin City Library and Chris will be in conversation with local author Tania Roxborogh. On Tuesday 23 August, at St Andrews on the Terrace, the Seminar Series moves to Wellington, where the conversation will be continued with Fleur Beale. Rosemary Tisdall will be in conversation with Chris on Thursday 25 August at King’s School, Remuera. The conversation will revolve around the reluctant reader and what hooks them to read.
It should be a lively and interesting conversation in all centres. We hope to see you there!.
Click here to book your tickets and for more information. 


Children’s Workshops:
This year we have some exciting workshops available for children in both Auckland and Dunedin.

Writing and Illustration workshops are being lead this year by Anna Mackenzie, Jennifer Beck, Stu Duval and Ross Kinnaird in Auckland on Saturday 27 August at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. While in Dunedin, Tania Roxborogh will be holding a writing workshop on Saturday 20 August at the Dunedin City Library. Tickets are available to be booked and all materials are included in the cost.
But hurry, spaces are limited to each workshop.
Click here to book your tickets and for more information.


Puffin Short Story Awards:

Join us in Auckland on Sunday 28 August at 12.30pm at the Aotea Centre for the Awards Ceremony with guest judges Joy Cowley, David Hair and Dawn McMillan.



Don’t forget to get your entries in for this year’s competitions.  Details about the competitions themes and requirements are available on each of the Family Day pages. There’s still time to complete your entry and then bring it along on the day. All you need to do is let your imagination run wild!



Without our volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to make these days as successful as they are. We are always looking for volunteers who are prepared to give up their early morning sleep in to join us or if you aren’t available to attend on the day, we could always use a helping hand in the lead up to the Festival. If you would like to lend us a helping hand, don’t forget to email us your details and we’ll let you know how you can help.

Call for nominations:
Storylines invites nominations for the Storylines Margaret Mahy Award, presented annually to a person who has made a significant contribution to the broad field of children’s literature and literacy, and for the Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award, presented annually to a person for their lifetime support of, and work in, services for children’s literature.
Nominations for both awards close on 31 August and a nomination form is available on the award pages.
We welcome re-submissions from previous years. Refer to the awards section of the website for a list of previous recipients.

Library events around and about:
Dunedin City Library has an exhibition celebrating Eleanor Farjeon and her family – Morning Has Broken. Visit it while in town for the Storylines Festival Family Day – or until it closes 23 October. Find out more here. Lauren Kate is on a worldwide tour, promoting her book, Passion. She will be at Dunedin City Library on 9 August, 5.30-8pm. Find out more here.

Spend an evening with Lauren Kate at Auckland Central Library on Thursday 11 August, 5.30-6.30pm. Find out more here. Spend an afternoon at Auckland Central Library with John Marsden on Sunday 14 August, 1.30-3pm. Find out more here.
Takapuna Library is hosting an evening with picture books on Tuesday 16 August, 6-8pm. Find out more here.
Libraries – do you have an event you’d like to share? Drop us a note with details.

Gym trades books for membership to help Sylvia Park Primary:
Club Physical are trading one donated children’s book for one day’s free membership – all to help grow Sylvia Park Primary School’s library. Find out more here.  

For members only:
The booklist this time is all about enterprise. Log on to our website using your existing membership number, or your newly reset password if you have already visited our new website, to view out booklists. This is only accessible to members. If you wish to become a member, contact our Membership Secretary.

Storylines sponsored spot:
The 2010-2011 edition of New Zealand Children's Books in Print is now available. For just $20 you can have this invaluable resource delivered to your door. This is a must-have for anyone interested in children's books - be they librarians, teachers, parents, grandparents, or fans. Order your copy - or copies! - now via the Silvertone site.
If you would like to feature in an upcoming sponsored spot, please contact Elizabeth O’Halloran, the Storylines Executive Officer for details.

Storylines thanks Zeald for their ongoing support of our website, membership database and email newsletters.


Storylines Trust Te Whare Waituhi Tamariki and Friends of Storylines Te Pou o Te Whare Waituhi Tamariki together form New Zealand’s only national organisation working year-round to promote New Zealand children’s and young adult literature through activities that include a major national Story Tour to schools, early childhood centres and communities, and awards for writers, illustrators and those who work in the area of New Zealand children’s literature



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