CBCA ACT Branch eNews 2022 Issue 6
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CBCA ACT Branch eNews:
2022 Issue 6  :  June 2022

Welcome to Issue 6 of the CBCA ACT Branch eNewsletter for 2022. 

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President’s Report June 2022

Hello everyone,

The National Conference on 10-12 June at QT in Canberra was a success despite the vagaries of Covid which meant many last minute changes to planning and the programme.  Thank you to the members of the ACT Branch who assisted with the packing of Conference satchels on the Friday morning. The opening night was attended by 145 people and included fireside readings from ACT authors, a welcome ceremony by Wiradjuri Echoes (and a talk about Duncan Smith and Nicole Godwin's book "We Are Australians") and some clever 3 minute presentations from members of SCWIBI. The Booktopia bookstore was stocked with plenty of titles to tempt buyers and the CBCA Book Week merchandise stall was busy all the time.
The Saturday sessions ran smoothly and the food kept everyone energised. We have had positive feedback from the 25 people who attended virtually. The Conference dinner featured a presentation from the CEO of the Mint Leigh Gordon, naming "Diary of a Wombat" as the next featured book and coin to be released in August. Both Bruce Whatley and Jackie French attended. Then it was time for the two Margarets to feature - Margaret Hamilton AM being added as a Benefactor of the Awards Foundation and Margaret Wild being presented with a CBCA National Lifetime Achievement Award. The food at the dinner was awesome and the cocktails and other drinks were served generously.
On Sunday our member Maura Pierlot discussed her work "Fragments" a play that became a book and is a web series and will soon evolve into a feature length film. Maura was joined by Jade Breen who plays the role of Reena in the film. Her monologue was powerful and impressive. The Great Debate - Fact versus Fantasy was enormously entertaining and at the same time thought provoking.
Special thanks to Justine Power who worked tirelessly in Zoom meetings, on the phone and at her computer in the lead up to the Conference and to her husband Matthew who helped so much in the preparation of props as well as during the pack up. A special thanks to Heather Wilkinson who stepped up so many times over the Conference to lend a helping hand whenever it was needed.
At our last Committee meeting a motion was passed to add funds to the Awards Foundation to make our Branch a Major Donour. As such we will be added to the Donor Panel, which appears on all CBCA National media and paperwork.
Planning is underway for a Book Week dinner at Olims on 18 August and an Awards Announcement ceremony in the theatrette at the National Library 11.30am-1.00pm on Friday 19 August.
The Shadow Judging is progressing and all participating schools have been notified and are getting organised. Thank you Rachael Hind for all her work on this.
It was fun to be part of the launch of Craig Cormick's latest younger reader novel, the first in a series - :What If History of Australia - Colonial Settlement: France vs Britain". It is a fabulously entertaining and informative read for adults too.

Happy reading,

Julie Long 
CBCA ACT Branch President 


. Thursday 19th August - Book Week Dinner at Olims 
. Friday 19th August - Announcement of Winners and Honour Books at the National Library
Book Week:  Dreaming with eyes open...  August 20-26
. Sunday 21st August - Matt Ottley book launch
. Wednesday 19th October - Readers Cup

Note: Australia Reads has been moved to March 2023.

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

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At the Conference Dinner it was announced that Margaret Wild was the recipient of the CBCA Lifetime Achievement Award for 2022.

Margaret Wild has been writing Children's books for over 35 years.  Her first picture book was 'There's a sea in my bedroom' in 1984.  There have been many fantastic books with a variety of subjects such 'Mr Nick's knitting', 'Old Pig' and 'The midnight gang'.  Many of Margaret's books have been translated in other languages.  She has worked with a variety of illustrators such as Ron Brooks, Julie Vivas, Stephen Michael King, Dee Huxley and many more.

It was also announced that Margaret Hamilton has been made a Benefactor of the CBCA Awards Foundation.

Margaret Hamilton has been the driving force behind the CABCA Awards Foundation since the beginning. She inspired many individuals, Publishers and others to donate to the Foundation (See the Panel at the bottom of the newsletter). Her and June Smith's efforts have meant that the awards are funded in perpetuity. Margaret's efforts have been truly inspiring.

Congratulation to both wonderful ladies, we are truly a richer country for having you involved in Children's Literature in Australia.
Awards Foundation

Would you like to donate to the Awards Foundation?  We would like to be able to add Christobel Mattingley to the list, and would welcome donations towards being able to make that a reality.  Click on the form links below to show you how to donate.

Christobel Mattingley Donations
General Donations
Conference Helpers

A huge thank you to those who helped out at the Conference.  Friday was a big day with setting up and satchel packing all done before 3.30!

Advance Notice

Book Week Announcement

There will be an event at the National Library on Friday 19th August, 11.30am - 1pm.  Sun Project Shadow Judging teams will be presenting their responses.  The Announcement of Book Week Winners will also take place.

Book Week Dinner

Where: Olims, Ainslie
When: Thursday 18th August, 6pm for 6.30

Meals will be through the bistro, order and pay on the night. Bookings will be opening soon through Hello Club. Harry Laing will be performing and Peter from the Book Cow will have a book stall on the night. This event will be supporting our Christmas Book Drive, and participants are asked to bring a book to donate.

Story Box

As part of Book Week, Story Box are releasing several Shortlisted books. To see the full range or listen to the stories, click here.  There will also be Anew Auslan books being released mid July.  Click here to see them.
  • Stella wants to be an astronaut. There is only one problem: Stella is an elephant. But where there’s a will, there’s a way and Stella is determined to reach for the stars. Stellarphant is created by James Foley and read by Jillian Nguyen.
  • When Zimdalamashkermishkada starts at a new school, it’s not until a new friend sees him for who he truly is that Zimdalamashkermishkada finds the confidence to step proudly into his long name. Written by Sandhya Parappukkaran and illustrated by Michelle Pereira, The Boy Who Tried to Shrink His Name encourages readers to take up space and support each other with respect and kindness. Read by Leah Vandenberg.
  • Created by Leila Rudge, Winston and the Indoor Cat is about two very different cats: Winston, a free-spirited explorer; and The Indoor Cat, lover of leisure, who form a friendship and show each other how different their lives could be. Read by actor Laurence Boxhall
  • Coming Wednesday 3 August from award-winning illustrator and storyteller Freya Blackwood, enter a magical and tender wordless picture book about the world we live in and our ability to change it. The Boy and the Elephant is performed by musician Zoe Barry.

Matt Ottley Book Launch

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

Join award winning writer, illustrator, musician and composer Matt Ottley for an intimate conversation focussed on his latest ground-breaking work, The Tree of Ecstasy and Unbearable Sadness, about one boy’s journey into mental illness. It is a multimodal work, weaving together the worlds of literature, music and visual art, providing a sensory insight into the experiences of those with mental illness.This is a picture book for adults/young-adults,

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.

Other Matt Ottley books include 'How to make a bird' (with Meg McKinlay), 'Teacup' and 'Parachute'.

Shadow Judging Project

The Sun project is well under way.  If you would like to see some of the responses, go to

We have several schools in the ACT taking part in the project, some of whom will be presenting at the Book Week Announcement at the NLA.

Did you know that NCACL doesn't just hold books? The National Centre also holds a collection of items related to published books, including such items as mugs, toys, jigsaw puzzles, plates, cards, tea towels, calendars, card games, maps, anime products, drawing pads and book plates. The collective term for these objects is ephemera.
Book related toys are housed in conservation boxes.  Each toy is labelled and has its own compartment.

NCACL often has authors and illustrators visting them.  One recent visitor was Tony Flowers.

If you would like to visit the NCACL email  to arrange an appointment.

NCACL is staffed by volunteers, and as such needs funding to help them continue their work. At the moment they are seeking donations to create a database of Picture Books for Older Readers. If you would like to donate, click here. (Donations are tax deductible).

Gabi's new book, 'Zadie Ma and the Dog Who Chased the Moon' is now out.

There is a new activity - imagine you're a giant, click here to access it.  A new gallery has been created and children can send their pictures to to have them included.

The ACLF (Australian Children's Laureate Foundation) needs help to continue their work. If you are able to make a tax deductible donation, please click here.

2022–2023 Children’s Laureate Gabrielle Wang joins ‘The First Time Podcast' for a candid chat about her writing life. She discusses rejection, mentors, the ways books can help fight racism and magical experiences in life. Of course, she also shares her Laureate mission to encourage all young people in Australia to ‘Imagine A Story’. To hear the podcast, click here.


In conjunction with BorrowBox, the ACLF is providing access to a free audiobook each month.  This month is "Does my head look big in this?" by Randa Abdel-Fattah.  To find out how to access the audiobook, click here.

The Australian Children's Laureate Foundation and Children's Laureate Gabrielle Wang are proud to be taking part in an exciting FREE Literature Symposium series.

The Foundation for Learning and Literacy has brought together 13 Australian professional associations, organisations, foundations and councils, representing thousands of English and literacy educators, authors, artists and community members.

Sessions include conversations with authors, artists, educators and young learners, to short keynotes to panel discussions, highlighting how story should be incorporated into learning and development across the curriculum.

The series runs from 8 June and concludes in mid-November.  Click here to register.

The CBCA will be presenting on October 19, focusing on shadow judging results and reflections. 

ILF continues to work to publish bilingual books for children.  Two recent publications are, Jarrampa and Purlka ngamaji Kakaji (Big Fat Mummy Goanna)  - published in Walmajarri and English.

ILF has a new Ambassador, Assoc. Professor Wayne Quilliam.

Don't forget the Great Book Swap.  Click here for more information.

To celebrate UNESCO's first year of the Decade of Indigenous Languages, each month ILF wants to  encourage readers to learn a new word in either an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander language. 
This month's word is barramundi in Mangarrayi language!

Barramundi = ngurluguyi            Pronounced: ngurl-u-gu-yi

To hear the word, click here.

As a part of our Build Your Library promotion, ILF sat down with StickMob to reflect on their journey in creating three graphic novels. The young First Nations authors and illustrators talk about what inspired their stories, and how working together helped them all achieve their goals. Check out the interviews!


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.

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.

Please check your spam folders for any emails from Hello Club.
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 #CBCA2022 when promoting any events.

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