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CBCA National Conference 2019

The other week I attended my first national CBCA conference. Not only was it attended by some of the children's literary world royalty such as Leigh Hobbs, Morris Gleitzman, Susanne Gervay, Bruce Pascoe and so many more but there were librarians, teachers, authors,...

Mothers’ Day – A Gift

This Mother’s Day I was in Canberra. It was a perfect autumnal weekend. The trees changing colour and the chameleon array of their canopies add a special beauty to the capital city. Being the capital there’s always a lot to do my priorities were watching an ANU med...

Sydney Writer Festival 2019

Wow! What a week! From lectures to conversations, to fire alarms and deluges of rain and much much more. This year’s theme ‘Lie to Me’ brought fascinating angles to light and raised as many questions as it answered. By last night I found myself agreeing with a fellow...

A Celebratory Star-Studded Afternoon with the CBCA

As its website states: ‘The Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) is a not for profit, volunteer-run organisation which aims to engage the community with literature for young Australians. The CBCA presents annual awards to books of literary merit, for...

SCWBI Bi-Annual Conference

The other week I attended the bi-annual SCWBI conference here in Sydney. It was an action-packed few days of pre-conference launches, master classes, plenary sessions and networking with other creators. I heard famous authors speak, watched talented illustrators...

Writing about the Unthinkable

I was in New Zealand at the weekend when tragedy struck Christchurch on such a scale that the world is still reeling. No amount of words or flower tributes or tears can reflect the sorrow and pain that the victims, the families and the wider communities are...

Writing The Forever Kid

The Forever Kid is an important picture book narrative that deals with the issues of grief and remembrance. I got the idea for this book when I was thinking about my uncle who I never met. He died when he was a teenager before I was born. My father often spoke about...

Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2018

Che Bella! As an new independent publisher I am always looking to develop my knowledge in the industry and to engage with others in the publishing to share and exchange ideas. So having my  application to be part of the Australian Publishers Collectives at the 2018...

Bullying

Research by Guest Blogger Daniel MacDonald In the last few months Johanna Roberts and I have embarked on a new and challenging project investigating bullying, the acceptance of the individual and self acceptance. With Johanna travelling in the Americas and me...

Getting Boys to Read

Guest Blog by Daniel McDonald It is wonderful to have our first ever guest blog and it comes from local Sydney reader and writer; Daniel McDonald. Daniel is a recent graduate from The University of Sydney and he currently works as an author's assistant and editor here...

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