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


Start off 2019!

The Sub Branch had its first meeting of 2019 on Saturday, February 2nd.  Read the meeting minutes here.  Why not join us in 2019?  We welcome anyone with an interest in children’s books.  All our meetings take place on the first Saturday of the month (except during school holidays) at 10 am in the upstairs meeting room of the Armidale Memorial Library in Rusden Street.  Here is our tentative programme for 2019:

March 2 – bring along a book to tell others about, old or new….
April 6 – Graphic novels, comics and similar
May 1 – 3 – Booked In! 2019 with Jacqueline Harvey, Fiona McDonald and Trish Donald.
Our Author/illustrators will be visiting schools in the New England region.

May 4 – YA crime and spy fiction
June 1 – Stories Connect (NEWC Yazidi project)
July (no meeting)
August 3 – CBCA shortlist – a popular annual event
September 7 –  the International Youth Library (IJB) in Munich.
October – no meeting
November 2 – Turkish children’s books
December 7 – Collective noun picture books and a Christmas lunch


November Meeting….

The New England and North West Sub Branch had a terrific meeting Saturday November 3, when Kathy and Peter Creamer of Little Pink Dog Books spoke to the meeting.

You can visit their website for more information by clicking here

Some of their titles are: 

Join us in December when Kerry White, bibliographer and children’s book enthusiast will talk to the meeting.  And, post meeting, we’ll have our Christmas lunch.  That’s December 1.  Save the date.


Booked In! 2019

Some advance news about Booked In! 2019 – Jacqueline Harvey will be our guest school visitor between May 1 & 3.  We’ll send out publicity towards the end of 2018, asking for schools to express their interest.

Jacqueline Harvey is the popular author of several series of books for young readers – Clementine Rose, Kensy and Max and Alice Miranda.

Before then, come join us in November when, Kathy Creamer, one of the founders of Little Pink Dog Books, a New England publishing house specialising in picture books – including See Monkey – will talk about this exciting venture….  On the same date as our meeting: November 3, there will be a showcasing of two New England publishers of children’s titles,  Little Pink Dog Books, and Christmas Press at our local independent book store, Reader’s Companion.  Come to the meeting, then head to the bookshop!!

And, subject to confirmation, Dr. Kerry White, bibliographer and compiler of the subject guide to children’s fiction as our guest for the December meeting.