Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal 2017 Awarded
Veteran Coromandel author wins
Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal 2017
Veteran children’s novelist Des Hunt has been announced as the
recipient of the 2017 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal.
The Margaret Mahy Medal has been given since 1991 for an outstanding
contribution and lifetime achievement in the field of New Zealand
children’s literature and literacy.
“Des Hunt’s greatest contribution is his ability to ‘ hook’ young
people into reading through his riveting stories situated in familiar
contexts, with characters similar to their friends and families. His
school presentations make children feel that books are pivotal
to their lives,” says Storylines Chair, Dr Libby Limbrick.
Des Hunt is the author of more than 20 acclaimed
children’s and young adult novels, most set in New Zealand with strong
environment and science themes.
Since his first novel for children in 2001, A Friend in
Paradise, he has produced one or two novels nearly every
year, winning places on Storylines Notable Books and New Zealand Post
book awards short lists. Cry
of the Taniwha won the 2016 Storylines Gaelyn
Gordon Award for a Much-loved Book, and his latest Sunken Forest is
a 2017 Storylines Notable Book.
teacher for 40 years in physics, computing and electronics, Des has
also won the Woolf Fisher Memorial Award for Services to Education, and
a New Zealand Institute of Physics Award. He has helped to develop
science curricula in New Zealand, the Pacific and Scotland, and
published two text books on science education.
from teaching in 2007 to concentrate on writing fiction for children,
Des has become a popular visitor to schools and libraries throughout
New Zealand, combining his love of storytelling, the environment and
Previous winners of the Margaret Mahy Medal have included Joy Cowley,
David Hill, Kate De Goldi, Fleur Beale, illustrators Lynley Dodd, Gavin
Bishop and David Elliot.
The Margaret Mahy Medal and Des Hunt’s lecture, entitled "Stories
Out Loud", will be presented at the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal
and National Awards Day on Sunday 2 April 2017 at the Epsom Campus of
the University of Auckland.