CBCA ACT Branch eNews 2022 Issue 7
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CBCA ACT Branch eNews:
2022 Issue 7  :  July 2022

Welcome to Issue 7 of the CBCA ACT Branch eNewsletter for 2022. 

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President’s Report July 2022

Hello everyone,

I hope everyone is staying well and if you have been unwell, that you were healthy enough to do lots of reading!!!
Planning is underway for a Book Week dinner at Olims on 18 August with Harry Laing as our guest speaker/performer. The Book Cow bookshop will attend and have Shortlisted and local creators books for sale. Bookings for the dinner will open soon. This will be followed the next day by an Awards Announcement ceremony in the theatrette at the National Library 11.30am-1.00pm on Friday 19 August. Schools participating in the Shadow Judging process have been given the opportunity to present their creative responses at this event. So far we have 4 schools which are able to present. We will incorporate the National online announcement into the programme. Bookings for this are already open.

The sale of the National Book Week merchandise has gone really well this year, so get your orders in to the estore soon to make sure you don't miss out. The Yearly Planner for 2023 is well under way and will have more features.

Happy reading

Julie Long 
CBCA ACT Branch President 


. Thursday 19th August - Dinner at Olims
. Friday 19th August - Announcement of Winners and Honour Books at the National Library
. Sunday 21st August - Matt Ottley Book Launch 
Book Week:  Dreaming with eyes open...  August 20-26
. Wednesday July 27th - Reader's Cup Registrations Open
. Wednesday 19th October - Reader's Cup

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

Book Week Announcement Event

We invite you to come and join us for the announcement of the CBCA Book of the Year. Booking is through Hello Club.

When: Friday 19th August, 11.30am - 1pm
Where: National Library
What's happening: Announcement of Book Week Winners
                               Sun Project Shadow Judging Teams Presentation
Cost: Members - Free
          Non-Members - $5
Click here to book.

More resources for Book Week!  Below are the available books.  Click here to access the books.



The Jane Austen Remedy for Too Busy Book Club

My name is Laura Shelley and I’m the events and programming for Libraries ACT. 

The planned title for Too Busy Book Club in July is The Jane Austen Remedy.  This online book club has amassed over 700 members and selects one title which is available on demand.

Normally we host an online author chat about the title however the spritely 88 year old Ruth Wilson ( is taking a break from publicity.  This means no author talk in July.

Not wanting to leave the idea (and a great title) behind, Libraries ACT would like to form a panel to talk about the novel.

We’re looking for a panel member who would be interested in joining in – Please help!

Saturday 30 July
2:00PM – 3:00PM
Woden Library

Contact:   Laura Shelley | Libraries ACT Events and Programming
                 Phone:  0413 966 162  |  Email:

Reader's Cup is on again! 

Registrations open on July 27th (an email will be sent out).

Save Wednesday 19th October. Entries close Saturday 27th August.

For more information or to register, click here
Note:  When registering, please use your institution (School) account on Hello Club.
    Book Week Dinner   

As part of CBCA Book Week celebrations we are holding a dinner. Celebrated author and poet, Harry Laing will be performing. The event is also in support of CBCA’s Annual Christmas Book Appeal. We ask that people consider donating a book for the appeal, whether from your shelves or purchased on the night. This year’s appeal focus is young adult fiction, though children’s books (in very good condition) for any age category will be gratefully received at the dinner. Peter from the Book Cow will be on hand with a range of books for purchase.

Vic CBCA member and author, Anna Battese will share news of the second story in her junior fiction series, PD McPem’s Agency for Mysterious Mysteries, to be launched at The Book Cow on 24 July. Anna’s books will be available to purchase on the night.

When: Thursday 18th August, 6pm

Where: Olims, Ainslie (Mecure Canberra)

Cost: Members and non-members dinner and drinks to be ordered at bistro (at your own expense).
          Each member entitled to one free drink.
          Click here to see the menu

RSVP:  Sunday 14th August
              Through Hello Club (Click here)
              OR send your name and contact number to:
              Maura Pierlot, email or SMS 0403 465 107 or
              Kellie Nissen, email  or SMS 0403 444 884

Information also on our website.



The FFLL Symposium (Foundation for Learning and Literacy) continues. For more information and the program, click here.

Aspiring Writers

Entries are now open for the Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program. Enter now for a chance to be professionally mentored by Cathie Tasker, a publisher and editor, now an independent creative writing consultant.

Entries open July 1 and close on September 4, 2022.  For more information, click here.

The winner f the 2022 Pixie O’Harris Award is Libby Hathorn. . This recognises publishers, editors, creators, booksellers, publicists and other industry representatives who have worked consistently in the field of children’s literature, demonstrated outstanding commitment and who have developed a reputation for their contribution to the children’s book sector. Click here to read Libby's acceptance speech.

The festival continues.  Designed as a series of micro writing workshops - each session in the Festival sees an author model a unique writing skill, while illustrator James Foley draws supporting images and writes a summary of key messages.. The aim is to build confidence and a desire to write, and for students to walk away with a personal toolkit of notes. For more information, click here.

Kids' Corner includes:
  • what's on - monthly happenings
  • ways with words - aspects of language 
  • read on and on - new books
  • write now - triggers for free writing
  • links 4 U - hyperlinks to further information 
  • bits of Book Week - information about CBCA Book Week
  • Authors & Illustrators - get the inside word 
This month: BOOKS to CARE – with and about

There are times when things just aren’t the best.
Sometimes, situations can seem troublesome or lonely or confusing.
Sometimes, we need extra time, or extra people or even a bit of magic to help out.
Sometimes, books share the same issues we find ourselves going through. They give us an extra spark of encouragement, those special words, a connection with nature, or a better understanding of our world.
KC for July features some of the right KIND of books to help us be KIND to ourselves and to others.
Watch for the special blends of concepts, images, and language in these books.
To access Kid's Corner, click here

There are new Auslan resources on the website.  Click here to access. Learn how to say Magpie using Auslan and other words too.  Visit the Auslan story library.

July's activity is 'Imagine a puppy'.   Click here to access the activity. Don't forget to add them to the gallery. Past activities are also available through the page.

Thanks to Borrowbox, the free July audio book is “The Peasant Prince” by Li Cunxin. Click here for more information.
Matt Ottley Book Launch

When:  Sunday 21 August 2022 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Where:  National Portrait Gallery
Cost: $7 

For more information go to:

This special event includes a screening of the film, which features a 50 minute work for large orchestra and choir composed by Matt, a formal Q&A session and is followed by a conversation between Matt and the audience.

Professional Learning Program for Teachers and Museum Educators

In addtion to the Book Launch, there will be a session for teachers.  For further information, click here.

When: Thursday 18th  August 2022 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Where:  National Portrait Gallery
Cost: $7
Want to see the artisan merchandise? 

Click here to see a video

Book Week Merchandise

Following a review, the CBCA has a new approach to Book Week Merchandise.  There is a whole catalogue!  To see it, click here.
There are the usual pens, bookmarks and stickers, but there is a whole lot more!  Posters, bunting, lanyards, pens, pins wall art to name a few.


Ordering is through the CBCA e-store.
Congratulations Jantiena Batt

The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund has announced Jantiena Batt, a Deputy Principal from the ACT, as this year’s Reading Australia Fellow for Teachers of English and Literacy.

To read the full media release, click here.

Click here for the latest edition.

Highlights include:
  • Conference wrap up
  • Sun Project
  • Story Box Partnership
  • 2022 FFLL Symposium
  • 2022 Merchandise

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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.
Supporting Australian Authors and Illustrators 

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

An email was sent out last week (Books Week Special 1) with a link to some files for Book Week.  This is a special for members only.  If you have not received it, please let us know. 

If you have not received the password for the National Website, 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 #CBCA2022 when promoting any events.

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