Thursday, 20 August 2015

Three Days to go to the Wellington Storylines Event

Only three days to go! This year the venue has changed. It is being held in Shed 6 on the Wellington wharves almost opposite the Academy of Fine Arts but if you feel lost I am sure the crowds of children will give a clue about which way to go.
I was very involved in Storylines Wellington for many years (well actually from the beginning) and the committee meetings were held at my home in Ngaio. Last year I had  carelessly broken my arm so wasn't really able to participate with much enjoyment but this year I seem to be all in one piece and intend spending the day really looking at what is happening. I have lent the group my picture book collection of abut 250 books so it will be 
 interesting to see what is popular. Often they are not the titles I think they will be. Without any responsibility for anything  I am looking forward to the day! See you there?  Barbara M.

The following information came from Storylines, Auckland.

Storylines 22nd Annual Festival brings together children and authors

New Zealand’s largest children’s book festival gets under way 22-30 August with more than 60 leading authors, illustrators and storytellers appearing at six venues around the country, from Dunedin to Kerikeri. 

The annual Storylines Festival of New Zealand Children’s Writers and Illustrators was the brainchild of author Joy Cowley, with the first held in Auckland in 1993.

Among the authors appearing at the free Family Days are Kate De Goldi and Jennifer Beck (in Dunedin), Gavin Bishop and Stacy Gregg (Christchurch), Kyle Mewburn and Mona Williams (Wellington), Tessa Duder and Ruth Paul (Kerikeri), Fifi Colston and Melinda Syzmanik (South Auckland), and Leonie Agnew, Philippa Werry, Norm Heke, Paula Green and Sandra Morris (Auckland).

During the week the Story Tours will also take four authors to primary and intermediate classrooms in Northland and a further four around the greater Auckland area.

Among the invited authors are many who have recently appeared on Storylines’ prestigious Notable Books (in 2014) List or are finalists for the Book Trust’s New Zealand Children’s and Young Adult Book Awards.  

Auckland children will be able to meet the recent winner of the LIANZA Esther Glen award, rising star Leonie Agnew, while illustrator Paul Beavis, winner of the Russell Clark Award, will be visiting schools in the Auckland area. 

A new feature of this year’s Festival week is the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal, which will be presented to internationally acclaimed literacy educationalist and author Jill Eggleton at a public function on Thursday 27 August at the University of Auckland Epsom Campus.

Festival Dates:
Dunedin at the Dunedin City Library           Saturday 22 August
Christchurch at Upper Riccarton Library     Sunday 23 August
Wellington at Shed 6                                   Sunday 23 August
South Auckland at Mangere Arts Centre     Saturday 29 August
Kerikeri at The Turner Centre                      Saturday 29 August
Auckland at the Aotea Centre                      Sunday 30 August

Auckland area                                         Monday 24 to Friday 28 August
Northland area                                        Thursday 27 and Friday 28 August

Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal and
Address, University of Auckland (Epsom)   Thursday 27 August 

For more information about the events and authors visiting your region, please contact the Festival Manager: Vicki Cunningham

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