Topic: Lynley Stuart Dodd (nee Weeks) (1941- )

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The work of Tauranga based author and illustrator Dame Lynley Stuart Dodd (nee Weeks) is much loved by children in New Zealand as well as around the world. Her books have sold over 5 million copies worldwide. Since her first book in 1973 her talents have won her many awards and in 2002 she was made Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to children’s literature.

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Lynley Dodd at Greerton Library 2008 

Lynley Stuart Weeks was born in Rotorua on 5 July 1941 to Matthew and Elizabeth Weeks (nee Baxter) who had married in 1935.

Matthew was born in Glasgow, the son of George and Elizabeth Weeks. George was a railway clerk from Bowling on the Clyde River, his wife was from the Orkney Islands. Matthew emigrated to New Zealand in 1922 where he worked as an orchadist and in the forestry industry.

Elizabeth was born in Dunedin, the daughter of Alexander and Mary Stuart Baxter (nee MacDougall). Alexander was born in Dunedin, but travelled back to Scotland where he married Mary in Glasgow and then returned to New Zealand in 1902.

Lynley was educated at Iwitahi School amongst others but spent her secondary school years at Tauranga College. In 1959 she attended Elam, the University of Auckland's School of Fine Arts, graduating with a diploma in Fine Arts, majoring in sculpture. Elam encouraged students to draw from "life". From art school she trained as a secondary school art teacher at the Auckland Teachers' College. She taught at Queen Margaret College in Wellington for five years.

Married with two young children, Dodd turned to freelance illustrating. Included amongst her clients was the New Zealand Correspondence School. Her first book was a collaboration with her husband's cousin Eve Sutton, on My Cat Likes To Hide in Boxes (1973). A first book for both of them, Sutton wrote the text, Dodd created the illustrations, and the Dodd family cat provided the inspiration. In 1975 this book won the Esther Glen Award.

During the 1970s Dodd worked cartooning for newspapers. Dodd went on to write and illustrate her own books for children from the mid 1970s. Her first picture book was The Nickle Nackle Tree (1976). She created memorable characters like Slinky Malinki and Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy which along with wonderfully pitched rhyming text combine to make outstanding and appealing modern children's classics. From her Pyes Pa studio she continues to create new works. The books are entertaining read alouds, valued by librarians, parents and teachers. 

Lynley Dodd at Greerton Library 2008

Books:

  • 1973: My Cat Likes to Hide In Boxes (illustrations)
  • 1976: The Nickle Nackle Tree
  • 1978: Titimus Trim
  • 1982: The Apple Tree
  • 1982: The Smallest Turtle
  • 1983: Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy
  • 1984: Hairy Maclary's Bone
  • 1985: Hairy Maclary Scattercat
  • 1986: Wake Up, Bear
  • 1987: Hairy Maclary's Caterwaul Caper
  • 1988: A Dragon in a Wagon
  • 1989: Hairy Maclary's Rumpus at the Vet
  • 1990: Slinky Malinki
  • 1991: Find Me a Tiger
  • 1991: Hairy Maclary's Showbusiness
  • 1992: The Minister's Cat ABC
  • 1993: Slinky Malinki, Open the Door
  • 1994: Schnitzel von Krumm's Basketwork
  • 1995: Sniff-Snuff-Snap!
  • 1996: Schnitzel von Krumm Forget-Me-Not
  • 1997: Hairy Maclary, Sit
  • 1998: Slinky Malinki Catflaps
  • 1999: Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack
  • 2000: Hedgehog Howdedo
  • 2001: Scarface Claw
  • 2002: Schnitzel von Krumm, Dogs Never Climb Trees
  • 2004: The Other Ark
  • 2005: Zachary Quack Minimonster
  • 2006: Slinky Malinki's Christmas Crackers
  • 2007: Hairy Maclary's Hat Tricks
  • 2008: The Dungeon is Coming
  • 2009: Hairy Maclary, Shoo
  • 2012: Slinky Malinki, Early Bird

Lynley Dodd at Greerton Library 2008

Awards:

  • 1975: LIANZA Esther Glen Medal for My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes (with Eve Sutton)
  • 1978: Choysa Bursary for Children's Writers
  • 1981: New Zealand Book Awards Prize for illustrations in Drusillica (by Clarice England)
  • 1983: Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy placed second on the Top 10 of the Federation of Children's Book Groups Children's Book Awards (UK)
  • 1984: New Zealand Children's Picture Book of the Year Award  for Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy
  • 1985: New Zealand Children's Picture Book of the Year shortlist, Hairy Maclary's Bone
  • 1985: Hairy Maclary Scattercat placed fifth on the Top 10 of the Federation of Children's Book Groups Children's Book Awards (UK)
  • 1986: New Zealand Children's Picture Book of the Year Award  for Hairy Maclary Scattercat
  • 1987: New Zealand Children's Picture Book of the Year shortlist, Wake Up, Bear
  • 1988: New Zealand Children's Picture Book of the Year Award for Hairy Maclary's Caterwaul Caper
  • 1988: LIANZA Russell Clark Medal shortlist, Hairy Maclary's Caterwaul Caper
  • 1989: Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy makes the Top 10 of the Florida Reading Association Award Shortlist
  • 1990: AIM Children's Picture Book of the Year Third Place for Hairy Maclary’s Rumpus at the Vet
  • 1990: Esther Glen Medal shortlist for Hairy Maclary’s Rumpus at the Vet
  • 1990: New Zealand Commemoration Medal awarded to Lynley Dodd
  • 1991: AIM Children's Picture Book of the Year Third Place for Slinky Malinki
  • 1992: AIM Children's Picture Book of the Year Award for Hairy Maclary’s Showbusiness
  • 1993: AIM Children's Picture Book of the Year Shortlist for The Minister’s Cat ABC
  • 1994: NZLIA Russell Clark Medal shortlist for Slinky Malinki, Open the Door
  • 1995: AIM Children's Picture Book of the Year shortlist for Schnitzel von Krumm’s Basketwork
  • 1996: AIM Children's Picture Book of the Year shortlist for Sniff, Snuff, Snap!
  • 1997: New Zealand Post Children’s Picture Book of the Year shortlist for Schnitzel von Krumm Forget-Me-Not
  • 1998: New Zealand Post Children’s Picture Book of the Year shortlist for Hairy Maclary, Sit.
  • 1999: New Zealand Post Children’s Picture Book of the Year shortlist for Slinky Malinki Catflaps.
  • 1999: Margaret Mahy Award for Services to Children's Literature awarded to Lynley Dodd.
  • 2000: New Zealand Post Children’s Choice Award for Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack.
  • 2000: Book Data Asis Pacific Booksellers Choice Award shortlist for Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack.
  • 2002: Lynley made a DCNZM (Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit) for her services to children’s literature.
  • 2002: New Zealand Post Children's Picture Book of the Year shortlist for Scarface Claw
  • 2005: New Zealand Post Children’s Choice Award for The Other Ark.
  • 2006: Gaelyn Gordon Award for a Much-loved Book for The Nickle Nackle Tree.
  • 2009: Honorary Doctorate from the University of Waikato.
  • 2009: Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Auckland.

 

Sources: 

Bay of Plenty Times (8 November 2012).

New Zealand Book Council.

Penguin Books.

Tauranga Art Gallery.

The Life and Art of Lynley Dodd (2013) by Finlay Macdonald.

The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature (1998) edited by Roger Robinson and Nelson Wattie.

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Lynley Stuart Dodd (nee Weeks) (1941- )


Year:2013
First Names:Lynley Stuart
Last Name:Weeks
Date of Birth:5 July 1941
Place of Birth:Rotorua
Country of birth:New Zealand
Family Surname:Dodd
Occupation:Art Teacher, Author, and Illustrator
First settled:Tauranga
Residential address:Pyes Pa, Tauranga
Spouses name:Tony Dodd
Spouses place of birth:England
Date of marriage:1965
Fathers name:Matthew (Matt) Fotheringham Weeks
Fathers date of birth:15 January 1902
Fathers place of birth:Glasgow, Scotland
Fathers date of death:18 August 1988
Mothers name:Elizabeth (Ell) Begbie Baxter
Mothers date of birth:21 November 1910
Mothers place of birth:Dunedin
Name of the children:Matthew Dodd and Elizabeth Dodd