CBCA ACT Branch eNews 2023 Issue 1
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CBCA ACT Branch eNews:
2023 Issue 1  :  January 2023

Welcome to Issue 1 of the CBCA ACT Branch eNewsletter for 2023. 

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Membership for 2023 is now due

Our new portal is up and running.  To register or access your account, click here.
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President’s Report 2023

Hello everyone,

Happy New Year everyone who is reading this (and please note that I do not and will never, address you as “guys”), I hope that you have had time to indulge in lots of restorative reading and relaxing. As you will see further on in this enews, there has been planning for our annual calendar. The meeting was open to all members and it was fabulous that Lorraine and Peter came along to contribute to our deliberations. We are having a further planning session on 24 February 4pm-6pm at 7 Maxworthy Street Kambah and again all members are welcome.

We will start the year off with a celebration on Library Lover’s Day. A table has been booked at Bookplate, the café in the foyer of the National Library for 10.00am on Tuesday 14 February. Attendees are to bring a children’s picture book or novel in a brown paper bag (so that is concealed) and write a set of clues to be read out one at a time for people to try to guess the book, before a big reveal. Please let Julie know if you are coming so that she can adjust the booking if needed

The Night of the Notables will be at The Book Cow on 28th February. Drinks and nibbles will be served and bookings will soon be available on Hello Club.

Please note that we are acknowledging our sponsors at the end of our enews from now on. Our Branch is happy to have approaches from any group or company that is like minded and would be interested in forming a working, agreeable sponsor type connection.

Happy reading everyone,

Julie Long 
CBCA ACT Branch President 


Below is a list of proposed event dates for the year.  More information on events will be sent out closer to the day.

Tuesday 14th February - Library Lovers Day
Tuesday 28th February - CBCA Notables Announced 
. Thursday 9th March - Australia Reads/Reading Hour
. Monday 20th March - Indie Book Awards Announced
. Tuesday 28th March - CBCA Book of the Year Shortlist Announced
. Saturday 1st April - Possible PD Shortlist Workshop 
. Tuesday 4th April - AGM and Branch Dinner
. Monday 24th April - Shadow Judging Begins
. Wednesday 24th May - National Simultaneous Story Day - "Speedy Sloth"
. Thursday 8th June - Sunday 18th June - ACT Children's Literature Festival
. Friday 18th August - Announcement of Winners and Honour Books
Book Week:  Read Inspire Grow  August 19-25
. Wednesday 23rd August - CBCA ACT Book Week Dinner
. Thursday 7th September - Indigenous Literacy Day
. Friday 27th October - Readers Cup

For a full list of events and details, go to the CBCA ACT website Events page.

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Night of the Notables - Save the date

Come along to the Book Cow on Tuesday 28th February and join us for the announcement of the Notables.  More information coming soon.

Library Lovers Day

Come and join us for an informal celebration of Library Lovers Day.  Tuesday 14th February, 10am at the Bookplate Cafe, National Library of Australia.

For more information about Library Lovers Day 2023, click here
 The 2023 Digital Planner is available now

Go to the estore now:

Go to the estore now:
2023 Book Week Merchandise

Download the 2023 Book Week Merchandise Catalogue here.

Dates for 2023:
  • Registration Opens - Monday 17th July
  • Registration Closes - Friday 1st September
  • Lists released to students - Friday 15th September
  • Reader's Cup Event - Friday 27th October, 1-4pm

Shadow Judging is happening again!  Dates to be announced.  For more information, go to
 Kid's Corner December edition is available here.
To read the full December report, click here.
  • Report of the November Strategy meeting
  • Blue Sky Thinking
  • National Office
  • Merchandise 2023
  • Book of the Year Judges Conference
  • Children's Book Week
  • Sun Project (Shadow Judging)
  • Illuminating Australian Children's Literature Course
  • Awards Foundation
  • Vale Margaret Hamilton and John Cohen
Anthony Hill's new book

To read the background of the book and Anthony's latest newsletter, click here

Membership 2023 now due
CBCA ACT Branch has switched to a new system.
Our new member management system, Hello Club, has gone live. This has replaced our existing member registration system and forms.

Through Hello Club, you are able to:
  • Renew and pay for your membership or any other outstanding fees
  • View past transactions and download invoices and receipts
  • Sign up to events (Such as AGM/dinner above).
For any questions or comments, please contact Justine Power via .
We look forward to welcoming you all in Hello Club!
Alternatively you can go directly to the registration page and sign yourself in and update your details.
A huge thank you to our ACT Sponsors:


Supporting Australian Authors and Illustrators 

Help support the Australian Book industry - Authors, Illustrators, Publishers and Booksellers - shop local and read local!
Members Only Access!

There is a new password for the National Website.  It was sent to current members this week and will be sent to new members after they have paid.  If you have not received it within a fortnight of registering, please contact us at
ACT Instagram Account

We have a new CBCA ACT Instagram account: 
We would love you to follow us! 

CBCA Instagram Account

The Communications Subcommittee recently launched a new CBCA National Instagram account @cbcaustralia (@cbca was unavailable). This, along with our Facebook and Twitter accounts, will be used to communicate our key announcements and to share interesting and relevant content with our members and followers. Just a reminder to use the hashtag #CBCA2023 when promoting any events.

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