Book Week Illustration Competition - August 2009

Over 150 entries were received from seven primary schools and home schools in the Illawarra. Professional artists Judy Bourke and Simon Thomas judged the entries in three categories.
Category 1:
  • 1st Tiarna (homeschooler)
  • 2nd Kasanni (Thirroul PS)
  • 3rd Nicholas (Berkeley PS)

Category 2:
  • 1st Aaron (Lindsay Park PS)
  • 2nd Irene (Lindsay Park PS)
  • 3rd Eden (Thirroul PS)

Category 3:
  • 1st Jacob (Berkeley PS)
  • 2nd Rhys (Figtree Heights PS)
  • 3rd Tim (Thirroul PS)

Literary Luncheon - 31 July 2009

On Wednesday 31st July 2009 120 local school children and their teachers participated in the 2nd South Coast Illawarra CBCA Literary Luncheon at the Fraternity Club in Fairy Meadow. Guests were entertained by cartoonist 'Cartoon Dave' (Dave Hackett) who taught everyone to draw 'ELVIS'. It's hard to draw when you're laughing out loud!
Authors who shared lunch with us were - Bill Condon (Give Me Truth), Sarah Davis (Mending Lucille), Kate Forsyth (The Puzzle Ring), Sandy Fussell (Samurai Kids series), Richard Harland (World Shaker), Mo Johnson (Boofheads), William Kostakis (Loathing Lola), David Legge (Parsley Rabbit's Book about Books), Felicity Pulman (Willows for Weeping), Emma Quay (Cheeky Monkey), Lisa Shanahan (My Big Birkett), Moya Simons (Walk Right In Detective Agency series), Bruce Whatley (Diary of a Wombat) and Sue Whiting (Freaky).

Southside Festival

On the Southside Festival the Illawarra South Coast CBCA presented Fiction and Fun with authors Richard Harland, Sue Whiting, Di Bates and Bill Condon.

A star attraction was the readings including verse recitation by Grace, Meg and Maryanne, who are members of our branch Book Buddies Reading Club.

Deb Abela and Jobi Murphy Visit - 11 March 2009

On Wednesday 11 March a lucky group of adults and children gathered in Wollongong library to hear the author and illustrator of the best-selling Max Remy Super Spy series. The event was sponsored by the Wollongong City Council Library and funded by the CBCA ALOUD Program

This feedback sums it up best:

Thank you to Di Bates and her local CBCA group for organising Deb's talk at Woll Library yesterday afternoon.

I know we heard her speak at ISLA conference about 2 years ago.

With children in the audience, she was spectacular!!!! She worked to the students but not did not leave out the adults. The students lapped up her happy, animated, dramatic performance. Very inspiring.

I know she visited Flinders yesterday, I have no doubt she had every student wanting to read her books!!

A great author to have

Joan Hornig
Teacher Librarian
Berkeley Public

Creating Picture Books with Margaret Hamilton and Dee Huxley - 28 February 2009

On Saturday 28th February I attended Creating Picture Books and listened to Margaret Hamilton and Dee Huxley talk and present for five wonderful hours. Did I learn something? Lots. Did I enjoy it? Heaps. Would I recommend this course? YES.

Dee is passionate about her work and all those students in her art classes are very lucky indeed. As I watched Dee display and talk about her portfolio, I desperately wished for just a smidgen of artistic talent.

Margaret is a wealth of information on every aspect of picture book publication and presentation. Listening to her stories is both informative and encouraging. Not that she said it was easy but seeing a publisher's love for a book they 'just had to publish' - well, it doesn't get more inspiring than that.

So often I attend courses - and no matter how interested I am in the subject matter - I find myself bored part way through. Not this time. This course is entertaining and Margaret and Dee make a great tag team. The hardest thing for me was letting go of the original Stephen Michael King sketches from Janeen Brian's Where Does Thursday Go? It's one of my favourite picture books and it was exciting to hold those drawings in my hands.

If anyone is interested Creating Picture Books course information can be downloaded here. - Sandy Fussell

Feedback from attendees:

I really enjoyed learning about the technical aspect of picture book production: colour printing, page lay-out and design, and so on. I also found the presenters obvious preference for much shorter picture book texts enlightening. I have several picture book texts which are far fewer than 450 words; I now feel more confident to run with these rather than feeling the pressure to flesh them out. - Kathryn

It was particularly interesting to learn about the illustrators experience and to see the samples of books in various production stages that Margaret offered - Lili

It was encouraging to see both Marg and Dee being so enthusiastic and passionate about such a treasured part of the publishing industry - that of picture books - Anke