We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2017 Storylines Betty Gilderdale award for outstanding service to children’s literature is our very own Maureen Crisp!!
From the Storylines press release issued today:
STORYLINES BETTY GILDERDALE AWARD 2017
Wellington teacher, author and literary blogger Maureen Crisp has been announced as the winner
of the 2017 Storylines Betty Gilderdale award for outstanding service to children’s literature.
“Storylines is delighted to honour Maureen as one of the unsung heroes of children’s literature in
this country,” says Storylines chair Dr Libby Limbrick. “She was convenor of two national
conferences for children’s writers and illustrators, in 2009 and 2015, and also serves as president of
the Wellington Children’s Book Association.
Her weekly blog on news and views on children’s
publishing is followed by many published and
aspiring writers. She also began and continues to
contribute to the online children’s writing
competition Fabo Story, an opportunity enjoyed by
many hundreds of children around the country.”
Maureen Crisp is also a published author of junior
The Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award honours
Betty Gilderdale, a lifelong advocate and supporter of children’s literature, through her academic
research, work as a reviewer and 30 years' committee service to Auckland’s Children’s Literature
Association. Prior to 2000, the award was known as the Children’s Literature Association’s Award
for Services to Children’s Literature.
The Award is given for outstanding service to children’s literature and literacy and carries a
monetary prize of $2000.
As part of the award presentation, to be held in Wellington on Monday 27 November, Maureen
Crisp will deliver a 40 minute address known as the Storylines Spring Lecture.
Congratulations Maureen from all of us in the WCBA!!
and please put Monday 27 November in your diaries for the award ceremony.
Keep an eye on the Storylines website for more details.