Sandy Flett visits September CBCA NSW NENW meeting


Our guest speaker for the September meeting was Sandy Flett, illustrator of the Juno Jones and Evie’s Experiments series.  An engaging presenter, she showed us how she worked, brought her portfolio, copies of her books and some drawings.  Here are a few of Sandy’s drawings….


Booked In! 2020

Unfortunately, as with so many things at the moment, we have had to postpone Booked In!  At the time of this post, we have moved Ursula and Margrete’s visits to October.  This will include all school, library and bookshop visits, as well as the workshop organised by the New England Writer’s Centre.

Ursula Dubosarsky, one of our Booked In! guests has been announced as Children’s Laureate for 2020-2021, so we are very pleased to have booked her visit before her diary completely filled.  Our other visitor is Margrete Lamonde of Dirt Lane Press.

The workshop to be held at the New England Regional Art Museum  organised by NEWC, a visit by Ursula to the Armidale Regional Public Library, and an event at Reader’s Companion Bookshop with both Margrete and Ursula have all been postponed until October.  Check the library and bookshop websites for more information.

In the meantime, check out the Children’s Laureate website for activity ideas from Ursula, and a terrific article by Margrete about Endpapers in children’s books, mentioned in our April meeting minutes.

The Sub branch is continuing to meet – virtually.  We had our first meeting via Zoom on April 4, and it worked very well.

Our next meeting will be May 2.  Join us!  If you aren’t on our regular email list, contact the Honorary Secretary to be included.


Planned for March 2020….and beyond

February 1 was the date of our AGM, as well as our planning meeting for 2020 themed presentations.  What we have planned for 2020 are the following:

7 March:  the Beach;

4 April: Endpapers in children’s books;

9 May  (postponed by a week from our usual meeting time to permit CBC members to attend Booked In! work shops if desired) – Young adult crime and spy fiction;

6 June – may be postponed – Watch this space – Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

1 August – CBC Shortlist;

5 September – Sandy Flett, Sub Branch member and book illustrator;

7 November – Michelle Wheatley from Reader’s Companion bookshop;

5 December – Refugees in children’s literature and Christmas lunch.  Theme to be decided.

Do join us at any or all of these meetings:  10 am, Upstairs Meeting Room, Armidale Memorial Public Library.

Booked In! 2020, our children’s literature festival, which we co-present with the New England Writer’s Centre is in the planning stages and will happen April 29 – May 2.  You can read about it in the minutes of our meeting.


2020 Planning under way!

At our December Sub Branch meeting the dates were set for 2020 meetings.  The first meeting of the year will be Saturday, February 1, at 10 am which will also be our AGM, and programme planning meeting to be held in the Armidale War Memorial Library upstairs meeting room.  Join us and participate in our planning process.  Other meeting dates for your diary as follows:

1 February (AGM and programming meeting for the year’s activities)

7 March                                                                       1 August: CBCA Shortlist

4 April                                                                          5 September

9 May: post-Booked In! activities                                7 November

6 June                                                                          5 December

Note that meetings are generally the first Saturday of the month except during school holidays, and that the May meeting has been moved to accommodate our Booked In! Festival to take place April 30, and May 1 and 2, in association with the New England Writers’ Centre.


December 2019

Join CBCA NSW New England and North West Sub Branch for our December meeting, on Saturday December 7 at 10 am in the Armidale War Memorial Public Library, upstairs meeting room.

Ever wondered about some of those collective nouns like ‘a murder of crows’?  Vivienne Gregg will present a discussion on books featuring collective nouns.  Afterwards, we will head out for lunch to celebrate the end of 2019.  We need numbers to notify the restaurant, so look out for a notice the last week of November.


Planned for the June meeting….

The 2019 Booked In! children’s literature festival was a success, with author Jacquie Harvey a popular presenter at eight local schools over three days, and Fiona Mcdonald and Trish Donald presenting at schools in Tamworth and Glen Innes. Next, we return to our regular meeting schedule in June.

Sophie Masson will speak to the June meeting about the Ezidi Project – Stories Connect, which is an initiative of the New England Writers’ Centre, working with Ezidi refugee children, newly settled in Armidale.  It should be both interesting and informative.  Do join us – Saturday, June 1, at 10 am in the Armidale Memorial Library’s upstairs meeting room.

Enquiries:  Sylvia Ransom phone:  02 6772 8938.


Not long now until Booked In!

The Sub Branch’s annual children’s literature festival commences May 1.  This year we have three authors/illustrators visiting schools in the New England region over the three day festival.  Jacquie Harvey will visit schools in Armidale, Guyra, Walcha and Uralla.  Local writer/illustrator Trish Donald will visit schools in Glen Innes.  And Fiona Mcdonald will head to Tamworth.

Children’s writer, and presenter at Booked In!, Jacquie Harvey


What’s Happening in the Sub Branch….

Only just over two months now until Booked In!, our annual children’s literature festival – May 1-3.

This year we are offering school visits by Jacquie Harvey to Armidale region schools on these three days, and local authors Trish Donald and Fiona McDonald will be visiting Glen Innes and Tamworth schools, respectively.  Your school should have received an email or phone call from us, but if not, get in touch with Heather Fisher, our schools liaison officer, on hfisher2@bigpond.net.au .  We’d love your school to be part of Booked In!

Also, our programme for 2019 has been updated, consider attending a meeting….
April 6 – Turkish children’s book
May 1-3 – Booked In! 2019 with Jacqueline Harvey, Fiona McDonald and Trish Donald.
May 4 – YA crime and spy fiction (tbc)
June 1 – Stories Connect (NEWC Yazidi project)
July – no meeting
August 3 – CBCA shortlist
September 7 – Liz Hale on the International Youth Library (IJB) in Munich
October – no meeting
November 2 – Graphic novels, comics and similar
December 7 – Lunch and Collective noun picture books