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2020 Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement:

TessaDuder 2107-574-870Congratulations to Storylines Trustee Tessa Duder CNZM OBE on the announcement of her receipt of the fiction award in the 2020 Prime Minister's Awards for Literary Excellence. Alongside Tessa, award recipients for 2020 were Sir Tīmoti Kāretu (non-fiction), Jenny Bornholdt (poetry).

Tessa is a long-time advocate for writers and children's literature in New Zealand, and was one of those integral to the establishment of the Storylines Children's Literature Charitable Trust Te Waituhi Tamariki o Aotearoa in 2005. She was a a New Zealand Commonwealth Games swimmer who won a silver medal for her country at the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games. After a brief career as a musician (she is an accomplished pianist) she turned to writing and was a journalist with The Auckland Star. She has  gone on to have an illustrious career as an author of novels for young people and adults, short stories, plays and non-fiction, and as an editor. Read more on her website  and Storylines profile.

Storylines congratulates Tessa on this well-deserved recognition for a lifetime of achievement and dedication to her craft and to New Zealand children's literature.

Creative New Zealand is partnering with Auckland Live and The Big Idea to invite New Zealanders from across the motu to come together for a live, online panel discussion with the 2020 recipients of the Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement, facilitated by John Campbell.

Live online panel: Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement | Tues 24 Nov, 6.30-7.30pm

Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award presentation and lecture

Lorraine Orman-588Lorraine Orman, winner of the 2020 Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award for services to New Zealand children's literature, presents her lecture and receives her award on 29th November (assuming, of course, that the country maintains current Covid levels and we can hold a large gathering).
The event will be held at the University of Auckland's Faculty of Education Music auditorium at Gate 3, 74 Epsom Ave, Auckland (entry to parking via Gate 2).
All welcome. Stroylines members free; non-members $15.
Registrations are essential for Covid tracing purposes and so we can contact you if we need to cancel or postpone the event. Book here

Read more about Lorraine here.

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Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award 2020 presentation

This scheduled to take place in December. Watch our newsletter or Facebook page for details


Marlborough Story Tour

From 16-20 November the final Storylines Story Tour for 2020 visits early childhood centres, schools and/or community venues from Blenheim to Nelson, and places in between, with presenters Michel Mulipola, Amy Haarhoff, Eirlys Hunter and Falstaff Dowling-Mitchell.

Email festival@storylines.org.nz if you wish to make a last-minute booking or have any questions.


Recent News

2020 Storylines Award presentations

Release dates for the videos of our 2020 Award winners' presentation and acceptance speeches are close. We'll release these as soon as final editing is finished.

Storylines Joy Cowley Award Released. Watch the video here

Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award Release date: Late October

Storylines Janice Marriott Mentoring Award Release Date: Late October.

Storylines Tessa Duder Award Release date: Tuesday 27 October

Storylines Gaelyn Gordon Award. Release Date: Friday 30 October.

Storylines Kids' Pick Award. Released Watch the video here.

We'll provide video link sand updates on our Facebook page, and in our next newsletter will provide links that will be accessible on individual Award pages.

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The video featuring Tania Sickling, winner of the 2020 Storylines Joy Cowley Award is available online from Friday 16 October.

New name for Storylines Children's Literature Foundation

We have recently undertaken a review of the Storylines Children's Literature Foundation Constitution and the Storylines Children's
Literature Trust Deed. The Trustees have
approved the new Trust Deed and the
Foundation Constitution is to be voted
on by Storylines Foundation members at the
AGM on 5 April 2020.
As part of these changes, there is a name
change for the Foundation, to The Friends of
Storylines, and both organisations are adopting
a Māori name as an integral part of their identity.

The full name of the Storylines Trust will be
Storylines Children's Literature Charitable Trust
of New Zealand Te Whare Waituhi Tamariki o
Once the new Constitution is adopted, its full
name will be Friends of Storylines Incorporated
Nga Pou o te Whare Waituhi o Aotearoa.

These names have been developed for us by members of the Faculty of Māori and
Indigenous Development at Auckland
University of Technology. A full explanation of
the thinking behind the new names can be
found here.

Please contact childlitnz@storylines.org.nz if
you are interested in joining Friends of Storylines
Nga Pou o te Whare Waituhi o Aotearoa or want
to know more about our organisation or structure.


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2020 Storylines Gaelyn Gordon Award winner

The winner of the 2020 Gaelyn Gordon Award for a much-loved book is The Big Block of Chocolate, written by Janet Slater and illustrated by Christine Dale




Storylines Award-winning title launched

The winners of the 2018 Storylines Joy Cowley  Award for a manuscript for a picture book, The Little Ghost who lost her Boo, was launched at a special 2019 Storylines event in August  this year ahead of teh annual Booksellers New Zealand conference.

Scholastic publisher Lynette Evans launched the book, written by Elaine Bickell of Wellington, with illustrations by Raymond McGrath. Not only was the book launched, but Lorraine revealed that the book has been picked up by a prestigious American publishing house.


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Storylines Award-winning titles launched

The winners of the 2018 Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award for a manuscript for a junior fiction novel, and the 2018 Storylines Tessa Duder Award for a manuscript for young adults were launched at the at the 2019 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal and Awards Day on 31 March this year.

Ursa, written by Tina Shaw, is published by Walker Books, and was winner of the Stroylines Tessa Duder Award. Read more about Ursa, and the Tessa Duder Award.

Bullseye Bella by James Guthrie, won the Storylines Tom Firtzgibbon Award. It is published by Scholastic NZ. Read more.

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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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Lottery Grants Board, Community Matters

We also receive generous funding from:
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Other organisations

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

New Zealand Book Council

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National Library of New Zealand

Duffy Books in Homes

Michael King Writers’ Centre

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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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