Storylines Children's Literature Charitable Trust

Storylines Festival Family Days

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The Storylines Festival Family Days are a breeding ground for this generation's Margaret Mahy or Joy Cowley, or indeed for the next Eleanor Catton! But more than that, they are the place where our children and their families and our authors, illustrators and storytellers share the magic of our stories, right here and now.

The project is six free Family Days from 23-31 August 2014 in Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Whangarei, South Auckland and Auckland as part of the Storylines Festival, designed to:

- celebrate NZ children's literature with children and their families across socio-economic boundaries

- spark children's imaginations and offer them the chance to meet emerging and established New Zealand authors and illustrators in the flesh

- showcase NZ children's authors and illustrators' work, along with that of international guests who join us (this year, wonderfully, we have Australian Children's Laureate Jackie French and Gary Crew!)

- nurture the authors and illustrators of tomorrow, giving them the opportunity to tell their own tales, draw their own dreams

- provide authors and illustrators with the opportunity to share their craft, develop new collaborations

- open up opportunities to increase sales of NZ literature.

The Storylines Festival has been running for 21 years, expanding in recent years to include Dunedin and South Auckland amongst its Family Days. More than a hundred-thousand children and their families have attended these days in previous years, and this is the feedback they give: 

"Absolutely fantastic, can't wait for the next one." (Alaina, Papakura)

 "I liked the Competition Zone because it was cool." (child Jeremy)

"My son is really interested to meet the authors because he also tried to write story." (Raj, Papatoetoe)

"Meeting the illustrators and writers of books that my kids have read was overwhelming for them. Seeing the illustrators draw was amazing." (parent Ng Lee, Riccarton)

"Four generations volunteering at Storylines Festival Auckland Family Day..." (volunteer coordinator Anne Coppell)

"Great for kids to learn about books behind the scenes" (parent, Clevedon)

"The best thing about the Family Day was seeing people enjoy reading" (Jackie, Wattle Downs)

Storylines' part-time staff amount to less than one whole person whose job is to seek support in the form of grants and sponsorship and coordinate with venues, printers, participating authors and illustratrors, media etc - the rest is entirely down to an incredibly committed group of volunteers.

And, of course, you - please join us and New Zealand's children for the journey and boost our Storylines Festival Family Days to keep our stories going and our children imagining up altogether new ones.

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UPDATES

  • We did it! Our child with a book parachute now has Boosted balloon and can go anywhere!

    39 MONTHS AGO

    We did it, everyone! Well, you did it - thank you all so much! 112 generous donors and everyone who shared, forwarded, tweeted and talked about this campaign have got us to our target. We've had donations from as far as Japan and the United Kingdom and many, many from around fair Aotearoa, from publishers and parents, authors and illustrators, friends and fellows - the whole gamut of the children's book-loving community.

    These funds will go straight into making the particular blend of magic which are known as Storylines Festival Family Days, starting from the first one in just ten days down in Dunedin and moving up the country over the following 10 days to finish in Auckland on 31 August. 

     

    Now, at the risk of doubling up on my sporting idioms, I'm going to use an old favourite that our national rugby team is prone to invoking interviews:

    'We gave it 110 per cent'.

    That's to say if you want to keep spreading the word, this project can be boosted even higher!

    Again, THANK YOU!

     

    Amy Mansfield, Executive Officer, Storylines Children's Literature Charitable Trust 

  • 82% and counting! Check out the Storylines Christchurch Family Day lineup

    39 MONTHS AGO

    It's hard to believe we were just at 60% less than two days ago and now we've clocked 80! We know many of you have been working hard to spread the word to your networks on top of doing the very good work of donating yourselves and we can't tell you how grateful we are for all your efforts. The last 48 hours are critical for this campaign's success so please feel free to nudge your networks one last time or, if you happen to have won Lotto since first donating, top up your donation - we certainly won't say no!

    The Upper Riccarton Library is a gorgeous venue which welcomes the Storylines Christchurch Family Day next Sunday 24 August for the first time this year. We've been very lucky to work with the Christchurch Libraries network this year and last year and our amazing regional coordinator Clare Newton and her volunteers have a fabulous lineup of New Zealand authors and illustrators to work with:

    New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2014 winner Rachel Stedman and LIANZA winners Melinda Szymanik and Fifi Colston will enchant the tamariki of Christchurch along with children’s musical play expert Julie Wylie, storyteller Nicki Wellbourn, poet Greg O’Connell, and author/illustrator Gavin Bishop, smart-but-no-sheep Mark Sommerset, and YA authors Anna MacKenzie and David Hill.

    http://www.storylines.org.nz/Events/Storylines+Festival+2014/Christchurch+Family+Day.html

    I'll be in touch tomorrow, hopefully to advise we've hit 100% and a home run. (Sometimes sports idioms can be useful!)

  • 82% and counting! Check out the Storylines Christchurch Family Day lineup

    39 MONTHS AGO

    It's hard to believe we were just at 60% less than two days ago and now we've clocked 80! We know many of you have been working hard to spread the word to your networks on top of doing the very good work of donating yourselves and we can't tell you how grateful we are for all your efforts. The last 48 hours are critical for this campaign's success so please feel free to nudge your networks one last time or, if you happen to have won Lotto since first donating, top up your donation - we certainly won't say no!

    The Upper Riccarton Library is a gorgeous venue which welcomes the Storylines Christchurch Family Day next Sunday 24 August for the first time this year. We've been very lucky to work with the Christchurch Libraries network this year and last year and our amazing regional coordinator Clare Newton and her volunteers have a fabulous lineup of New Zealand authors and illustrators to work with:

    New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2014 winner Rachel Stedman and LIANZA winners Melinda Szymanik and Fifi Colston will enchant the tamariki of Christchurch along with children’s musical play expert Julie Wylie, storyteller Nicki Wellbourn, poet Greg O’Connell, and author/illustrator Gavin Bishop, smart-but-no-sheep Mark Sommerset, and YA authors Anna MacKenzie and David Hill.

    http://www.storylines.org.nz/Events/Storylines+Festival+2014/Christchurch+Family+Day.html

    I'll be in touch tomorrow, hopefully to advise we've hit 100% and a home run. (Sometimes sports idioms can be useful!)

  • 60% and 4 days to go: Emerging to established authors get Auckland’s young readers buzzing

    39 MONTHS AGO

    The Storylines Auckland Family Day was the first and is still the largest Family Day. To make it happen, it requires more than 100 volunteers across five storeys (pun intended) of the Aotea Centre, not to mention the months of planning by the Festival Committee, regional coordinator (the wonderful Zoe Carmichael) and the Auckland Family Day committee.

    This year Storylines Auckland Family Day welcomes around 30 writers, illustrators, storytellers and performers to the event, from those well established in their careers as children’s writers and illustrators, such as David Elliot, to others, like Aimee McNaughton and Melissa Anderson-Scott, just publishing their first children’s books.


    With an incredible array of activity around these New Zealand authors’ books over five sweet hours, what is there for Auckland’s young readers not to love?!

    http://www.storylines.org.nz/Events/Storylines+Festival+2014/Auckland+Family+Day.html

  • Legendary lady at Wellington Family Day

    39 MONTHS AGO

    Okay, how cool is Joy Cowley, folks! On Monday she won the LIANZA Esther Glen Award for Junior Fiction for her novel Dunger. On Tuesday she donates her entire prize money of $1,000 it to Storylines Family Days crowd-funding campaign! Thanks, Joy! Your generosity is humbling.

    Joy will be appearing at the Wellington Family Day - lucky them! Check out the latest on their Facebook page:

    https://www.facebook.com/WellingtonStorylinesFamilyDay

    Just 7 days to go to reach our target, everyone!...

  • Glass a third full!

    39 MONTHS AGO

    32%, folks! Around here the glass is definitely a third full!

    We just wanted to share with you some of the comments that have been coming through from our wonderful donors:

    - Storylines! It has been 21 years of fun; fantasy; fantastic sparking of family joy in books and reading --- and it is not over yet! On you go! Here's to another great year of Storylines Family Days. I will have grandchildren there for the first time this year. Hooray!

    - Go Storylines! Keep putting those local authors and illustrators together with children.

    - A great way to help Storylines keep on firing children's imaginations.

    - Best $50 I ever invested!

    - A great organisation doing a lot to promote children's literature in New Zealand.

    Thanks for these kind words of encouragement, everyone. They mean a lot. 

  • The Countdown begins, plus Storylines Dunedin Family Day taster

    39 MONTHS AGO

    Wow! We are at 41 donors and counting - thank you so much to all of you who've donated already. With 10 days to go, we are now officially in countdown mode! Apparently 22% is not a bad place to be, but 100% is just going to be so much better! Your help in spreading the word is going to be critical in the next 240 hours (take out time for sleeping and that's not many) ...

    Whether it's a zine workshop with graphic illustrator Spencer Hall, dressing up bears with Diana Noonan, brainstorming a book with Gary Crew, Mark Sommerset and Gavin Bishop or writing a story from the point of view of a pet experiencing an earthquake, there is oodles of creative fun to be had at the Storylines Dunedin Family Day. For a taste of what's going down at the Dunedin Family Day, check out this page:

    http://www.storylines.org.nz/Events/Storylines+Festival+2014/Dunedin+Family+Day.html

     

  • "I like the monster's attitude."

    40 MONTHS AGO

    Bringing together our authors and illustrators and our tamariki is what the Storylines Family Days are all about. It's these encounters that put a twinkle in the eyes of people who participate in and attend the Family Days. Here is one of our upcoming Wellington Family Day authors, Paul Beavis, meeting some kids in Gisborne recently at Muirs Bookshop.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIp4niGjpTk

    We are at 12% and counting, everyone! Tell all your friends and colleagues: it's a beautiful day to donate to a beautiful day for New Zealand children ...

    "I like the monster's attitude."
  • We are on the way...

    40 MONTHS AGO

    Hey, Storylines supporters! 

    We are just a few days into our Boosted campaign and have our first runs on the board! Thanks to 12 wonderful donors, we are 7.5% of the way to reaching our target! It means a lot that you've already shown your support for our project and we hope your early donations will pave the way for others to join the Storylines Boosted ride.

    Check out this clip by children's performer and former APRA Children's Song of the Year winner Mr Roberelli, who will appear at both the South Auckland and Auckland Family Days. This is his take on history ancient and modern...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8x8JaPkVlc