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Gill wins 2020 Margaret Mahy Medal

Children’s author Maria Gill has won the 2020 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal, presented annually for lifetime achievement and distinguished contribution to New Zealand children’s literature.

Gill is the author of more than 60 books and is best known for her children’s nonfiction titles. She has also written fiction and educational resources, and has received numerous awards for her work, including the NZ Book Awards Margaret Mahy Book of the Year, the NZ Children’s Book Awards Children’s Choice Award, and multiple Storylines Notable Book honours.

Storylines said Gill has ‘always supported other writers, been driven to boost a love for reading and writing among children and adults and worked tirelessly in the world of children’s literature’. ‘She is highly regarded and admired among fellow writers for the worthiness of the work she produces for children, and her quiet determination to use her talents and gifts to enhance the lives of others—especially children of Aotearoa/New Zealand.’

Gill will be presented with the award at a ceremony in Auckland on 5 April.


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