CBCA has announced that the theme for Book Week 2020 will be Curious Creatures, Wild Minds and the artwork around this theme will be created by Gwyn Perkins (Winner of 2018 CBCA Picture Book of the Year for 'A Walk in the Bush'). Gwyn's first series of illustrations is titled "I get the job"
If you would like one of our wonderful speakers to visit your school or library for Book Week, or any other special event, please be sure to contact our office via a website enquiry, email or phone call (all contact details are on our website).
Voices on the Move
Taryn Bashford will be in Adelaide on the 5th December for the 25 year anniversary event of the volunteer-run Friend's of Libraries Book Feasts and would be available for school visits around that date. The Book Feasts events run nationally and are endorsed by the Australian Library and Information Association.
Jackie Frenchwill be visiting Brisbane and is available for one day only on Thursday October 17. Jackie is a former Children's Laureate, Australian of the Year, and National Treasure, so this is a great opportunity to secure a visit from one of Australia's best-loved children's authors.
Brian Falkner will be in the Toowoomba area again the week commencing Monday, 21st October. He is currently booked on Wednesday, 23rd October but is open to bookings on the other days.
Of course, we have a number of inspiring speakers visiting to Brisbane and elsewhere over the coming months - check out all the up-to-date details on our Touring Speakers page.
The Spotlight is on Hazel Edwards
Blackburn authorHazel EdwardsOAM still lives in the house where the cake-eating hippo from ‘There’s a Hippopotamus on our Roof Eating Cake’ was created almost 40 years ago. This historic children’s book character has been selected as one of The National Library of Australia’s ‘Story Time; Australian Children’s Literature’, exhibition in August and an accompanying book is to be released nationally on the 1st September 2019. The ‘Storytime Stars’ book will be available from the National Library Bookshop in Canberra from August to accompany the exhibition which runs until February 2020.
Hazel's co-written YA novel ‘’f2m;the boy within’ (Ford Street Publishing, 2010) the first Australian YA novel co-written by a trans female to male (ftm) author, family friend Ryan Kennedy, will be included as a significant young adult novel in the same exhibition. Currently it has inspired a comic graphic novel ‘The Boy Within’ by NZ based, Australian transguys Ryan Kennedy and Sam Orchard.
Story Time: Australian Children’s Literature (22 August 2019 – 09 February 2020) is presented in association with the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature. It features books, manuscripts, illustrations and ephemera from the collection, complemented by loans from NCACL and others.
School Holiday Writing Camps
Brian Falkner has advised that he will be running a "fun camp for serious writers" on the Sunshine Coast from Tuesday 24 September to Thurday 26 September. Participants create a story from scratch, with guidance and one-on-one mentoring from a published author. It's not all work, there are games, exercises and fun activities, all designed to get the creative juices flowing and to produce a story to the very best of the student's abilities. Full details on this and other camp opportunities are availablehere.