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Brooking wins Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award

Dunedin academic Trish Brooking has won the 2015 Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award in New Zealand.

Brooking has worked at the University of Otago for more than two decades, where she has advocated for the university’s College of Education-Creative New Zealand Children’s Writer in Residence fellowshipthe only fellowship in New Zealand available to children’s book authors.

Storylines chair Libby Limbrick said Brooking’s work at the university ‘has had a far-reaching influence on children’s writing in this country’. ‘Storylines is pleased that this award honours not only Trish herself, but the University of Otago, and before that the Dunedin College of Education’s commitment, along with Creative New Zealand, to maintaining the fellowship over two decades,’ said Limbrick.

Brooking has also had a ‘long-standing active involvement in the New Zealand Reading Association’ and has published a number of international journal articles on children’s books.

The Betty Gilderdale Award is presented annually by the Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust in recognition of distinguished service to children’s literature in New Zealand. Brooking will receive the award on 6 November at a ceremony at the Dunedin Public Library.

For more information about the award, click here.


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