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The Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal and Lecture Award

The Margaret Mahy Medal  Award is presented to a person who has made an especially significant contribution to children's literature, publishing or literacy, and honours New Zealand's leading author for children. The inaugural lecture was presented by Margaret Mahy in 1991. Official site here>>

Insects: A Life-Sized Photo Guide to Over 200 of New Zealand's Most Common and Striking Land Invertebrates (Nature Flip Guides)2009 Winner Andrew CroweThe Dalai Lama Story: The Making of a World Leader

Natural history writer and photographer Andrew Crowe is the first non-fiction writer to win the country’s top children’s literature prize.

“Andrew Crowe’s contribution to young New Zealanders’ knowledge of their country’s natural history has been unique and of long standing,” says Storylines Trust chairman, Dr Libby Limbrick. “His many books, both in design and content, are consistently attractive, informative and accessible to young and old alike.”

2008: Wayne Mills- Reading Aloud is Allowed
University of Auckland education lecturer Wayne Mills, initiator of children’s literature quizzes in New Zealand and internationally, is the winner of the 2008 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal and Lecture Award. The award recognises Wayne Mills’ achievement in establishing the popular Kids’ Lit Quiz held annually in New Zealand and in 2003 expanding this to an international event.

‘Wayne Mills is widely regarded as one of New Zealand’s foremost authorities on children’s and young adult books,’ says Dr Libby Limbrick, chair of the Storylines Trust and Head of the School of Arts, Languages and Literacies at the Faculty of Education, University of Auckland.

"He has made an outstanding contribution to children’s literacy both in New Zealand and in countries participating in the Kids’ Lit Quiz, inspiring young readers, their parents and teachers.’

2007: Ken Catran Teen Literature: Demons Old and NewSea of Mutiny
Monsters of Blood and HonourKen Catran, writer of nearly 30 acclaimed novels for children and young adults, is the 2007 winner of the New Zealand's most prestigious award for children's writers, the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal.
'Ken Catran, known to young readers throughout New Zealand and Australia, joins a stellar list of Margaret Mahy Medal winners since 1991,' says Trust chairperson, Dr Libby Limbrick. 'We are delighted that this major award coincides with his taking up his ap: Robyn Beltonpointment as the University of Waikato's 2007 writer in residence.'

Ken Catran's literary career began more than 30 years ago as a writer of screenplays, including a number of successful television drama series, including Under the Mountain, Children of the Dog Star, Deepwater Black, Steel Riders and the 1993 movie version of Tessa Duder's Alex.

Letters from the Coffin TrenchesIn the early 90s, he switched to writing fiction, beginning a career as one of the most prolific and versatile novelists in New Zealand, with a particular interest in the impact of technology on human societies.
Among his science fiction works are the Deepwater trilogy, The Solar Colonies series and Elementary Linear AlgebraTomorrow the Dark, while historical novels have included retellings from Greek mythology and history Golden Prince, Voyage of Jason and Black Ships Ablaze.

Recently he has explored the impact of war on individuals and families in the Moran books: Jacko Moran: Sniper, Robert Moran: Private, Jimmy Moran: Regular and the upcoming Tessa Moran: Soldier.
Books for younger readers include Something Weird About Mr Foster, More Weird Stuff About Mr Foster and Artists are Crazy and Other Stories.

is awards include the 2001 New Zealand Post Book of the Year and Senior Fiction awards for Voyage with Jason and the 2004 Esther Glen Medal for Jacko Moran: Sniper. Other novels have regularly appeared in New Zealand Post and Esther Glen shortlists and on every Storylines Notable Books list since their inception in 2000.

2006: Robyn Belton Gathering Images: The Stories Behind the Pictures

Acclaimed Dunedin illustrator and tertiary lecturer Robyn Belton is the 2006 winner of New Zealand's most prestigious award for children's literature, the Margaret Mahy Medal. A graduate of the Canterbury University School of Fine Arts, Robyn Belton has been a leading New Zealand illustrator for more than 20 years. Her debut work The Duck in the Gun, an anti-war picture book published in 1984 with text by Joy Cowley, won the Russell Clark Award and was one of 10 children's books selected for the Hiroshima Peace Museum.

She has since won further major awards for David's Dad (1990) and a second anti-war book The Bantam and the Solider (1996), both with author Jennifer Beck. Her work, which includes the iconic Greedy Cat image widely recognised throughout the USA, has featured regularly in the School Journal and in ?school readers?. It has also been exhibited in New Zealand, Italy and Japan. Marta and the Manger Straw, a Polish Christmas story by leading American writer Virginia Kroll, published in 2005 in USA.

Robyn Belton is internationally admired for her mastery of watercolour and her meticulous research, as well as for her teaching work in schools and colleges throughout the country.

Robyn Belton is the 16th winner of the Margaret Mahy Medal. Robyn Belton's lecture, which is given each year as part of the acceptance of the award, was presented at the Storylines annual Margaret Mahy Day, on Saturday, March 11 at the Faculty of Education, University of Auckland.

2005: David Hill By the Book
David Hill is widely known to New Zealand children for his award-winning novels for both younger children and teenagers.

A regular visitor to schools, he also teaches creative writing, and has been a reviewer and columnist for several newspapers and magazines for more than two decades.
'As one of the country's most versatile writers,' said Dr Libby Limbrick, Storylines acting chair, 'David has helped many children develop a love of story and books, as well as tirelessly supporting teachers and librarians. His contribution to both literature and literacy in New Zealand continues to be outstanding.'

2004: Pamela Allen My Picture Books
Over a prolific 25-year career, Pamela Allen's books have become widely loved by New Zealand and Australian families and published also in Britain, America, Japan, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, France, Spain and Korea.
A New Zealander based for many years in Australia, now returned to New Zealand, Pamela Allen has won numerous awards on both sides of the Tasman for her highly original picture books, including Who Sank the Boat?, My Cat Maisie, Bertie and the Bear and more recently the Mr McGee series. Her most recent picture books are Cuthbert's Babies and Grandpa and Thomas.

Storylines chairman, Wayne Mills, says, 'For over a generation, Pamela Allen's range of literary characters and settings have given children immense intellectual delight, leaving both child and parent amused and challenged.'

2003: Jack Lasenby Changes and Origins
Jack was born in Waharoa , in the Waikato and has based several of his novels on events of his childhood. Others, such as the Uncle Trev and Harry Wakitipu books and Aunt Effie, his most recent novel, are stories within stories- tall tales such as those told to him during his childhood and when working as a deer culler. He said in Landfall in March 2000 'I love being a male, a New Zealander, who I am, and having done some of the joker things such as deer-culling, possum trapping, fishing. It's useful against the panjandrums who look down on writing for kids as childish.' As well as doing 'joker things' Jack Lasenby has been a teacher, editor for the School Journal and university lecturer. He has written more than 16 noels for children as well as many articles for the School Journal. Jack Lasenby now lives in Wellington.

2002: Maurice Gee Creeks and Kitchens

2001: Sherryl Jordan Journeys of the Heart

2000: Gavin Bishop Kia Ora Professor Cole

1999: Lynley Dodd Writing the pictures and painting the words

1998: William Taylor A strange way for an adult male to be making a living

1997: Ann Mallinson From a trickle to a river

1996: Tessa Duder Learning to swim in the deep

1995: Elsie Locke For children you must do it better

1994: Betty Gilderdale Some cautionary tales

1993: Joy Cowley Influences

1992: Dorothy Butler Telling Tales

1991: Margaret Mahy Surprising Moments

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