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.
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Joy Cowley one of five authors shortlisted for world's most prestigious children's literature award
Joy Cowley one of five authors shortlisted for
world's most prestigious children's literature award - the
Hans Christian Andersen - announced
1.30am Tuesday 27 March NZ time
New Zealand is
gearing up to hear if beloved children’s author Joy Cowley (81) will
win the world’s leading children’s literature award, the Hans Christian
Andersen Medal, given by the global children’s literature organisation
IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People).
Joy Cowley joins four other nominees, Marie-Aude Murail
(France), Farhad Hassanzadeh (Iran),Ulf Stark (Sweden)
and Eiko Kadano (Japan), selected from authors from 33 countries.
Presented for an
outstanding and lasting contribution to world children’s literature, the
award will be announced at the Bologna International Children’s Book Fair
on Monday 26 March 14:30 CET - (NZ time 1.30am Tuesday 27 March).
To view the presentation via LIVE STREAMING click on LINK
which is the New Zealand Section of IBBY, is delighted that its Patron
Joy Cowley, so recently acknowledged with the Order of New Zealand, has
now been acknowledged internationally with this shortlisting for the 2018
Hans Christian Andersen Award”, says Storylines chair
Dr Libby Limbrick.
“No writer has done more to promote children’s reading and love of books
with both her tireless advocacy and literally hundreds of published
stories so appealing to two generations of young readers.”
The Andersen award is judged by an international jury on each author’s
entire body of work, its aesthetic and literary quality, freshness,
innovation, the ability to see the child's point of view and to stretch
their curiosity, and the continuing relevance of the books to children
and young people.
In a lifetime of writing for children, Joy Cowley, recently awarded New
Zealand’s top honour, the Order of New Zealand, has published around 800
‘school readers,’ more than 40 picture books, some 20 novels for children
and young adults, plays and poetry. Her books, especially the
educational texts, have been translated into multiple languages, and she
is regarded in many countries, particularly USA, as a leading advocate
for children’s literacy.
Over more than two decades, she has travelled extensively, conducting
workshops as well as consultancy work on writing for emergent readers in
many countries including Korea, Singapore, Brunei and Hong Kong.
She is the second New Zealander to be acknowledged by IBBY. The
Hans Christian Andersen Medal for writing was won by Margaret Mahy in
The 2018 award will be presented at the 36th IBBY Congress in Athens,
Greece on Friday, 31 August. The organisation, the oldest and most
prestigious body working for children’s books, has a membership of 75
For more information, please contact:
Dr Libby Limbrick, DipTch,PhD,MNZM
021 358 413 or 09 358 4431 firstname.lastname@example.org