Margaret Mahy Medal Award

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This award is presented annually 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. Members of the Children’s Literature Foundation of New Zealand are asked to nominate contenders for the award, and a panel from the NZCLF selects the recipient. A ceremony is held in March each year where the recipient delivers the Margaret Mahy Lecture and is presented with the Margaret Mahy medal.

Recipients of the Margaret Mahy Medal are:

2014

David Elliott, author and illustrator.

2013

Bill Nagelkerke, author, (former) librarian, international children’s literature judge.

2012

Fleur Beale, writer. For her outstanding contribution to New Zealand writing for children and young adults. Where do ideas come from? The 2012 Margaret Mahy Award Lecture.

Cover: The 10pm question2011

Kate De Goldi, writer, publisher and broadcaster. For her versatility, creative use of language and reputation as a fine public speaker. Legends of the swamp: The 2011 Margaret Mahy Award Lecture.

2010

Barbara Larson, publisher. For her continuing personal commitment to publishing high quality novels for teenagers. Grazing the longacre: The 2010 Margaret Mahy Award Lecture (published in The inside story: year book 2010, Storylines: Children’s Literature Foundation of New Zealand).

2009

Andrew Crowe, writer, photographer. The first non-fiction writer to win this award, Andrew Crowe is a natural history writer and photographer. Creative non-fiction: The 2009 Margaret Mahy Award Lecture (published in The inside story: year book 2009, Storylines: Children’s Literature Foundation of New Zealand).

2008

Wayne Mills, lecturer. University of Auckland education lecturer Wayne Mills, initiator of children’s literature quizzes in New Zealand and internationally. Reading aloud is allowed: The 2008 Margaret Mahy Award Lecture (published in The inside story: year book 2008, Storylines: Children’s Literature Foundation of New Zealand).

Cover: Teresa Moran Soldier2007

Ken Catran, writer. Teen literature: demons old and new. The 2007 Margaret Mahy Award Lecture (published in The inside story: year book 2007, Storylines: Children’s Literature Foundation of New Zealand).

2006.

Robyn Belton, illustrator. Gathering images: the stories behind the pictures. The 2006 Margaret Mahy Award Lecture (published in The inside story: year book 2006, Storylines: Children’s Literature Foundation of New Zealand).

2005

David Hill, writer. By the book: The 2005 Margaret Mahy Award Lecture (published in The inside story: year book 2005, Storylines: Children’s Literature Foundation of New Zealand).

2004

Pamela Allen, writer, illustrator. My picture books: The 2004 Margaret Mahy Award Lecture (published in The inside story: year book 2004, Storylines: Children’s Literature Foundation of New Zealand).

Cover: Old Drumble2003

Jack Lasenby, writer. Changes and origins: The 2003 Margaret Mahy Award Lecture (published in The inside story: year book 2003, Storylines: Children’s Literature Foundation of New Zealand).

2002

Maurice Gee, writer. Creeks and kitchens: The 2002 Margaret Mahy Award Lecture (published in The inside story: year book 2002, Children’s Literature Foundation of New Zealand).

2001

Sherryl Jordan, writer. Journeys of the heart: The 2001 Margaret Mahy Award Lecture (published in The inside story: year book 2001, Children’s Literature Foundation of New Zealand).

2000

Gavin Bishop, writer, illustrator. Kia ora, Professor Cole: Thw 2000 Margaret Mahy Award Lecture (published in The inside story: year book 2000, Children’s Literature Foundation of New Zealand).

Cover: Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack1999

Lynley Dodd - author and illustrator Writing the pictures and painting the words: The 1999 Margaret Mahy Award Lecture (published in The inside story, New Zealand Children’s Book Foundation Year Book, 1999).

1998

William Taylor, writer, reviewer. A strange way for an adult male to be making a living! The 1998 Margaret Mahy Award Lecture (published in New Zealand Children’s Book Foundation Year Book, 1998).

1997

Ann Mallinson, publisher (Mallinson Rendel). From a trickle to a river: the 1997 Margaret Mahy Award Lecture (published in New Zealand Children’s Book Foundation Year Book, 1997).

1996

Tessa Duder, writer, reviewer. Learning to swim in the deep: the 1996 Margaret Mahy Award Lecture (published in New Zealand Children’s Book Foundation Year Book, 1996).

Cover: The Runaway Settlers1995

Elsie Locke, author, ardent advocate for New Zealand children’s literature. You must do it better: the 1995 Margaret Mahy Award Lecture (published in New Zealand Children’s Book Foundation Year Book, 1996).

1994

Betty Gilderdale, author, reviewer, lecturer. Some cautionary tales: The 1994 Margaret Mahy Award Lecture (published in New Zealand Children’s Book Foundation Year Book, 1997).

1993

Joy Cowley, writer, lecturer. Influences: the 1993 Margaret Mahy Award Lecture, NZ Children’s Book Foundation, 1993.

1992

Dorothy Butler, author, bookseller, reviewer, lecturer and authority on children’s books. Telling tales: the 1992 Margaret Mahy Award Lecture, NZ Children’s Book Foundation, 1993.

1991

Margaret Mahy, writer, speaker. Surprising moments: the inaugural Margaret Mahy Award Lecture, NZ Children’s Book Foundation, 1991.