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What's the Story February 2013

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ISSN 11750189: Volume 12: Issue 1: February 2013.

Christchurch writer Bill Nagelkerke wins Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal 2013.

Bill NagelkerkeChristchurch writer, librarian, reviewer and international children’s book judge Bill Nagelkerke is the 2013 winner of the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal and Lecture Award.

The award, begun in 1991, is given for a distinguished contribution to New Zealand children’s literature and literacy.

Bill Nagelkerke has been an outstanding advocate for children’s books for more than three decades, not only during 25 years as a children’s librarian in Christchurch, but as a successful writer,’ says  Storylines Trust chair Dr Libby Limbrick.

‘His body of work includes stories, poems and plays in School Journals, many more published as ‘school readers’ and written for radio and TV broadcast. He has featured in nearly 30 anthologies, and translated 13 children’s books from Dutch and Flemish. His first full-length novel Old Bones was a Storylines Notable Book, and his most recent work The Field has been published as an e-book.

‘In 2006 and 2008 he was an international Juror for the Hans Christian Andersen Award given by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), the only New Zealander to be selected. He is also a highly respected reviewer for both New Zealand and Australian media.’

Previous winners of the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal have included writers such as, Fleur Beale, Joy Cowley, Maurice Gee, Lynley Dodd, Tessa Duder and Kate De Goldi, illustrators and publishers.

The Mahy Lecture will be presented by Bill Nagelkerke at the Storylines’ annual Margaret Mahy Day on 6 April, King’s School, Remuera in Auckland.

Bill Nagelkerke is available for interview by arrangement.

To arrange interview or for more information, please contact Storylines Administrator Vicki Cunningham.



Gerri Judkins receives the Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award.


Gerri Judkins with Betty Gilderdale. The children’s literature buffs of the Waikato turned out in force to celebrate Gerri Judkins selections as Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award winner for 2012. This award is for distinguished services to New Zealand children’s literature. To quote the nomination received 'Gerri lives and breathes children’s literature and selflessly and tirelessly looks for ways to enhance not only Southwell students’ enthusiasm for reading but the wider community too.'

Gerri received the award from Betty Gilderdale at an evening function at Southwell School where she has been the librarian for 15 years. Her fascinating PowerPoint presentation ranged over books which had been significant to her at various stages of her life and was interspersed with questions for the audience, giving the opportunity to win books.

Dr Libby Limbrick, chairperson of the Storylines Trust was the MC for the evening.

Storylines is grateful to the Waikato Children’s Literature Association for hosting the evening on Gerri’s behalf.

Gerri’s talk will be printed in the 2012 Inside Story, the Storylines year book, which is free to paid up members of Storylines and will be available at Margaret Mahy Day on April 6.

Storylines Margaret Mahy Day: Notice of AGM.

Notice is hereby given the 13th Annual General Meeting of the Storylines Children’s Literature Foundation of New Zealand Inc will be held on Saturday 6 April 2013, King’s School, 258 Remuera, Auckland 1050.

Registrations are now open and payment can be made online using a credit card or by post. A registration form can be downloaded from the Storylines website.

NB: Members: remember to log on to the site to access the members' only rate, and all the documentation you need for the AGM.

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Children’s literature luminaries honoured.

Storylines was delighted to see children’s literature and literacy featuring in the New Year’s Honours this year. Our congratulations to Dame Wendy Pye and Gavin Bishop ONZM.   

Dame Wendy was honoured for services to business and education. An early pioneer of ‘school readers’ developed during the 1980s for New Zealand children by her company Sunshine Books, Wendy now travels extensively overseas as founder and managing director of the Wendy Pye Group, one of the world's most successful educational export companies publishing children's learning materials for literacy and maths in print and online. Her titles, many by New Zealand authors, have sold more than 218 million copies in more than 20 countries.

It was a particular thrill to hear that Gavin Bishop was recognised for his services to children's literature. Gavin and Storylines have a close association, with Storylines launching in 2009 the Gavin Bishop Award for Picture Book Illustration in honour of his excellence and contribution. A giant of New Zealand literature as illustrator, writer and advocate, Gavin Bishop's recognition is well-deserved. How much space his beautiful books take on library shelves is but the tip of the iceberg of his contribution, as many will know.  So thank you Gavin Bishop for all you have done for children, artists, writers, the organisations which support all of these, and those of us who devour excellent books and know what an achievement it is to create them.


Storylines Festival Dates

The 20th Annual Storylines Festival of New Zealand Children’s Writers and Illustrators  10-18 August 2013 has been confirmed. Special Events are being planned nationally to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Festival in 2013. Events planned so far are:

Family Days:
  • Dunedin Family Day, Saturday 10 August
  • Christchurch Family Day, Sunday 11 August
  • Northland Family Day, Kaitaia, Saturday 17 August
  • Wellington Family Day, Saturday 17 August
  • South Auckland Family Day, Saturday 17 August (TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre)
  • Auckland Family Day, Sunday 18 August (Aotea Centre)
Other events:
  • Storylines 20th Anniversary Gala Event, Saturday 17 August
  • Northland Story Tour 15 + 16 August
  • Auckland Story Tour 12 – 17 August
  • Workshops, Saturday 17 August (Auckland)
Applications for the 2013 Northland, Auckland and South Auckland Story Tours have opened.

Register your schools interest now! Applications close 1 June 2013.

Each year as part of the Storylines Festival, the Story Tour brings New Zealand writers and illustrators into schools and early childhood centres. The Story Tour is provided at no cost to schools and takes place as part of the Storylines Festival. This is an unique opportunity for students to meet their literary heroes and to get an insight from a writer or illustrators perspective. Now's your chance for your students to get answers to some of those burning questions: Where do their ideas come from? What was their inspiration? How did they know they wanted to become a writer or illustrator? How did they make their dream a reality?

If you would like the Auckland or Northland Story Tour to visit in 2013, schools are invited to apply to be a host school for the Story Tour. There is a high demand for the Story Tour to visit, so we rely on you to work with us to make the visit to your school a success.

In addition, the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre hosted two days of the Auckland Story Tour last year. Due to the success of this event, the 2013 South Auckland Story Tour will again be hosted at the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre over a two-day period.

So there are three Story Tour’s that you can complete an application for:

  • Northland Story Tour – Thurs 15 and Fri 16 August
  • Auckland Story Tour – Mon 12 – Wed 14 August
  • South Auckland Story Tour – Thurs 15 and Fri 16 August.

There is more information about the Storylines Festival on our website.



 Storylines Task Force Volunteers.

With so many events planned we need your help! At Storylines we have an enthusiastic and active Management Committee, and we are looking for other members interested in assisting a Task Force in an area of your choice. Your choice could be:

  • Promotions and Marketing
  • Publications: e-newsletter, booklists
  • Storylines Festival in Auckland, South Auckland, Wellington, Northland (Kaitaia in 2013) Christchurch and Dunedin
  • Book Chats
  • IBBY

Some Task Forces / committees meet regularly whilst others for only short periods according to the job in progress. You could find this a good way to learn more about Storylines and meet the people involved. No special skills are required for most of these areas, though an enthusiasm for children’s literature and the ability to work with others are necessary. Register your interest today and we can you put you in touch with right people to get you started.

Learn to write from an expert!

Writing from the heart. Here in warmly written prose, Joy Cowley distils her four decades at the top of the children’s writing pyramid for the benefit of anyone engaging in writing for young people. Topics covered in the short chapters – each illustrated by Fraser Williamson – are developing a plot, dialogue, writers’ discipline, humour, early reading, novels, picture books, plays, poetry, presentation and editing. This is essential reading for practising or intending children’s writers, full of wisdom and insights based on decades of writing at the highest level.
In the author’s words: This is not a book of instruction but rather a sharing of long experience as a writer, editor and a facilitator of writing workshops.
Joy Cowley  is an internationally recognised author of fiction for children (as well as adults). She has published more than 600 early readers along with numerous novels and short stories. In 2005 she was made a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to children’s literature. She lives in Wellington.

Writing from the Heart is available to purchase through the Storylines website for NZ$25 a copy.
Bulk purchases can be ordered through:
Publishers Distribution Limited
Attn: Customer Services
Tel: 09 828 2999  Fax: 09 828 2399
E: orders@pubdist.co.nz

You can download a copy of the flyer here.

Happenings and notices from around and about...

BookChat this month will be on Wednesday 20 February, 6.30pm at The Children’s Bookshop, 227 Blenheim Rd., Christchurch.  This month the discussion will be on fairytales, traditional and modern, and will be facilitated by Heather Orman. Everyone is most welcome. To close, a note from Heather:
Please bring along any edition/collection of fairytales that you think are examples of quality children's literature.
Alternatively you may want to share a fractured fairytale or modern interpretation of an old favourite.
I have just  thoroughly enjoyed reading, Tales from the Tower, Volume One, The Wilful Eye  and Tales from the Tower, Volume Two,The Wicked Wood gathered by Isobelle Carmody & Nan McNab.
RSVP to Mary Sangster.
Christine Cole Catley Short Story Award - Deadline Looms
Jointly sponsored by The New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc.) and Cape Catley Publishing, the purpose of the annual Christine Cole Catley Short Story Award is to provide a platform to support and promote the development of short stories within New Zealand with a focus on encouraging the development of ideas and the nurturing of talent.
Entry is open to any New Zealand citizen or permanent resident residing in NZ or overseas.
The prize for the winners is as follows:
  • Adult Entry - 1st $500 and publication in book form together with other short-listed entries. 
  • Youth Entry – 1st $250 and publication in book form together with other short-listed entries.
Runners-up may receive Certificates of Merit.  Short-listed entries may be published by Cape Catley Publishing in anthology form together with winning entries. 
Applications Close 5pm Monday 25 February 2013
Short List Announced Friday 26 April 2013
Winners Announced at NZSA National AGM in May 2013 - Dunedin
For further information and forms please visit the NZSA website or email Tom Lodge.

NZSA Youth Mentorship Programme is open.
Three lucky secondary school students are being given the opportunity to work with three of New Zealand’s best professional authors in order to hone their writing skills and develop their craft.

The NZSA Youth Mentoring Programme is offered annually to three secondary school students (15-18) nationally and the mentorships are hotly contested. 

One of the 2012 recipients was Ashlee-Ann Sneller of Kaitaia who devoted her time with poet Siobhan Harvey to a poetry collection. She says the mentorship was an amazing experience and helped her secure an English scholarship for Auckland University, not to mention a page dedicated to her writing in her school year book.
'The mentorship helped me to see myself as an 'real' writer and gave me the confidence to show my work to the public. Before the programme, I THOUGHT I was a writer. Now I know I AM a writer.'
The intent of the programme is to foster and develop emerging writing talent with the support of established authors. The NZSA has run a highly successful mentoring programme for writers since 1999 and it is sponsored by Creative New Zealand.
For further information visit the NZSA website.
University of Iowa Writing Program applications are open
Creative New Zealand is calling for applications from ‘rising stars’ and ‘established’ New Zealand writers to take part in the renowned University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) in the United States.
The result of a 20-year partnership between Creative New Zealand and the university, the three-month residency is open to applications from fiction and non-fiction writers, poets and playwrights. They need to have achieved literary distinction, demonstrated literary talent and broad appeal, and have an interest in contributing to a creative writing culture.
Each ‘Fall’ 30-35 writers from all over the world are hosted in Iowa City to work on their own projects, give readings and lectures, and take part in literary activities, field trips and excursions with other writers.
IWP writers share their literary cultures with others and establish contacts with publishers in the United States.
The program seeks candidates who are comfortable with cross-cultural dynamics and interested in close interaction with artists from diverse cultures. Participants also have unstructured time to develop their own schedule so flexibility and tolerance should be matched with independence and self-motivation.
In 2012 the residency was awarded to Christchurch-based poet Jeffrey Paparoa Holman to work on two new books of poems.
The residency includes travel costs, accommodation and a stipend. It will run from late August to mid-November, 2013 and the recipient will be expected to have completed, or substantially completed, a body of writing.
The deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 8 March 2012. To find out more about how to apply please go to the Creative New Zealand website and also check out the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program online.

Golden Yarns Hui.

This year’s gathering of children’s writers and illustrators is being held in Christchurch at Queen’s Birthday weekend. Extending the theme of the successful Spinning Tales held in Auckland in 2011, Golden Yarns offers something for everyone –– a stimulating programme of craft-based sessions, workshops and panel discussions, complemented by exhibitions of illustration art and keynote addresses by Greg O’Brien and Kate de Goldi.

The weekend is being organised by Te Tai Tamariki: New Zealand Children’s Literature Preservation Charitable Trust. Based in Christchurch, Te Tai Tamariki’s immediate goals are to preserve and display illustrations from children’s literature, including exhibitions that tour throughout the country. Taking on this year’s writers and illustrators hui is part of our effort to re-establish ourselves after losing our premises in the February 2011 earthquake. We are distributing the programme early so that you can make your bookings. Registration will open by the end of the month.

GOLDEN YARNS Queen’s Birthday weekend 2013 Christchurch

Venue: Medbury School 109 Clyde Road, Ilam, Christchurch
Hosts: Te Tai Tamariki


TE TAI TAMARIKI exhibition + attendees’ exhibition will run for length of weekend

Friday 31 May
BURNING ISSUES: hui for published authors & illustrators sponsored by kiwiwrite4kidz
4.00-4.30pm: Informal chat over drinks and nibbles
4.45pm onwards: opportunity to talk about any and all issues that concern you in the publishing industry. If you would like a particular issue raised please email this to Maria Gill for inclusion on the agenda. Cost: Free except for price of half a pizza ($7.50) delivered by local pizza company around 7pm.

Saturday 1 June
10-11.00am: WELCOME
Te Tai Tamariki – what we do and who we are
11.00-11.30am: MORNING TEA
11.30-12.30pm: KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Greg O’Brien – The life of an illustrator – Graeme Percy
12.30-1.30pm: LUNCH

  • Diving in: First draft techniques: Jane Higgins. Bring any issues you want discussed
  • Adding value: Revision techniques: Joanna Orwin. Please bring hard copy of a draft chapter with you to work on during the session
  • Less is more: the editor’s role: Anna Rogers. Bring pen and paper

3.00-3.30pm: AFTERNOON TEA

  • Non fiction: Simon Pollard
  • Picture book writing: Kyle Mewburn. Bring any manuscript being worked on, but not essential
  • Social Realism: Fleur Beale

7.00 pm-onwards: DINNER AT CHATEAU ON THE PARK with Adrian Kirk (circus performer/clown)

Sunday 2nd June
9.30-10.30am: KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Kate De Goldi – Seeking Susan; the Susan Price Collection
10.30-11.00am: MORNING TEA
11.00-12.00noon: What can we do for you? The role of professional organisations with Maggie Tarver, New Zealand Society of Authors; Sarah Forster, New Zealand Book Council; Tessa Duder, Storylines
12.00noon-12.30pm: Kyle Mewburn on YAKS – raising the profile of children’s writers and illustrators
12.30-1.30pm: LUNCH
1.30-2.30pm: PANEL DISCUSSION: Graphic novels with Ant Sang, Dylan Horricks and Chris Slane
2.30-3.30pm: Educational publications and outlets with Jill Ritchie, Learning Media; Dame Wendy Pye (or representative), and a representative from Gilt Edge Publishing
3.30-4.00pm: AFTERNOON TEA
4.00 – 5.00 pm: PANEL: E-books and self publishing. Is this our publishing future? – with Maggie Tarver, Raymond Huber, and Adele Broadbent
5.00pm: Farewell

Monday 3 June: Illustrators’ Monday
Open to all children's book illustrators, professional or aspiring. Bring along a topic you wish to discuss and a skill you can share with others. Attendance will be free of charge thanks to the Wellington Children's Book Association, BYO lunch or lunch money. Author/Illustrator Ruth Paul will organise the day and circulate details amongst participants once attendance is confirmed. There has been great interest expressed in this day so enrol early to help shape the format. Any queries can be directed to Ruth Paul.

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New Zealand Book Month: Remembering Margaret Mahy.

Storylines and New Zealand Book Month are proud to present an evening to celebrate the birthday and life of the marvellous Margaret Mahy in story and verse.

Join readers Kate De Goldi, Leonie Agnew, Tessa Duder and children as they present a programme of some of Margaret’s most loved stories and poems like 'Down The Back Of The Chair' and 'Bubble Trouble' and yes, some surprises drawn from her novels, essays and more. Suitable for children age 8 upwards.

When: Thursday 21 March 2013, 7pm for 7.15 start
Where: National Library Centre, Stanley Street, Parnell
Cost: Optional gold coin donation

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