Booked In! is coming….

Our annual children’s literature festival – Booked In! – will take place this year from May 14 to May 16.  We jointly present it with the New England Writer’s Centre.  This year the school visits part of the Festival has received funding assistance from the Armidale Regional Council and the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society, Armidale.

On the Monday and Tuesday of the festival writer Tristan Bancks and illustrator Kate Durack will be visiting schools in Armidale and Uralla.  There will also be a bookshop event on Monday afternoon at 5.30 pm featuring Tristan, and a writing workshop on the Sunday.  Join us at Booked In!



March meeting – 4 March, 10 am – Armidale Memorial Library

Meeting theme:  Our Mythical Childhood: Classical Antiquity in Children’s Literature.
Liz Hale, an academic at the University of New England, will talk about her new project, the ‘Our Mythical Childhood’. This is a five-year project, funded by the European Research Council, which seeks to make an online international survey of the children’s literature that is inspired by Classical Antiquity.
What happens to Greek and Roman myths when they are retold or adapted for contemporary children?

What happens when they travel around the world?

How do retellings for young people use classical material in order to engage with key concerns (e.g. growing up, identity, family, fitting in, love, death, social justice)?
Liz is overseeing the gathering of material from Australia, New Zealand, and other areas of the global South.  She will share some of her findings, but is also very keen to hear from members about their own knowledge of children’s literature that engages with classical materials.  Please bring along any books or titles, and she will gladly incorporate them (with acknowledgement) in the project.
website:  http://www.kamar.domeczek.pl/OMC%20www/Our%20Mythical%20Childhood.html


Meeting dates for 2017

Watch our posts for meeting information in 2017.

Meeting dates and themes for 2017 are as follows:

4 March – to be advised
1 April – the picture book publishing process (Sophie)
6 May – finalise Booked In!
Members are encouraged to attend a Booked In! event in the week of    May 13-16.
3 June – ‘Five Friendly Dinosaurs’ – (Helen Evans)
no meeting July
12 August – CBCA Book of the Year Shortlist (Heather Fisher)
2 September – to be advised
no meeting October
4 November – to be advised
2 December – Working dogs, plus lunch afterwards (Sylvia & Heather A.)

Minutes of meetings for the current year are available on our Minutes of Meetings page . See also the Previous Meeting Minutes page


December meeting

Our December meeting will take place on Saturday, December 3rd at 10 am in the Armidale Dumaresq Memorial Library.  As well as setting dates for our 2017 meetings, we will be looking a picture books from the perspective of the ‘Brainpickings’ blog.

After the meeting we will have our annual lunch.  We are booked in to Bistro on Cinders.  If you want to come to the lunch, please RSVP to the secretary by December 1st:  sylvia.ransom@gmail.com so we can confirm numbers with the venue.


November 2016 meeting….

The next meeting of the New England and North West Sub-branch will be Saturday, November 5 at 10 am in the Armidale Dumaresq Memorial Library upstairs meeting room.  As well as our usual business, the theme for the meeting will be unicorns in children’s literature, presented by Heather Attrill.  Hope to see you at the meeting, and if you want to be on our mailing list, contact our secretary at:  sylvia.ransom@gmail.com

Minutes of our meetings are available from the link on the top of this page….


Booked In! report

If you looked for a May meeting, we didn’t have one, as we assumed everyone would be involved with our very successful Booked In! Festival which ran May 4 – 7.  Authors Belinda Murrell and Jan Latta visited schools, presented workshops, participated in video conference links with small schools, worked with local presenters on panel discussions, and probably went home tired.  We hope they also went home happy with our enthusiastic response.  In addition to all their hard work, and those of the people who drove, liaised and organised, everyone was able to view a display to celebrate The School Magazine‘s Centenary in the Armidale Dumaresq Library, and attend the opening at NERAM of the ACMI’s exhibition on the making of Shaun Tan’s The Lost Thing into a film.

Some pictures of these events:


The School Magazine Centenary Display at the Armidale Dumaresq Memorial Library


Belinda Murrell captivates the students at Minimbah School….and


Jan Latta talks to Walcha Central School about her books….