This year marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the New England and North West sub branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia, NSW branch, and to celebrate we have a wonderful year coming, including a special day of anniversary events on Saturday May 3rd in Armidale and strong participation in the second year of the Booked In festival of children’s literature, presented by the New England Writers Centre in collaboration with us and the School of Arts, UNE, which will be held in August in Armidale and Uralla .As well, we will be participating in events around the Writers and Illustrators in Residence Program through the School of Arts, UNE. (See links on our blogroll).
Come and join in the fun on Saturday May 3 and meet our special guest, fabulous multi-award-winning author Ursula Dubosarsky.
It is an added pleasure for us to be hosting Ursula’s visit to our region, because not only is she one of Australia’s most respected children’s authors, but she was also the first of our invited speakers back at the beginning of our sub-branch! Ursula will be presenting a public talk at Armidale Dumaresq Library on the Saturday morning as well as signing books, and will be our guest speaker at the Anniversary Dinner at the Royal Hotel that evening, which will also be attended by CBCA NSW President Gail Erskine and immediate past President of CBCA NSW, Denise Cramsie . Look for more details of these events on our Activities page.
Ursula Dubosarsky wanted to be a writer from the age of six, and is now the author of over 30 books for children.She has won numerous national prizes, including the NSW, Victorian, South Australian and Queensland Premier’s literary awards. She has won five NSW Premier’s Prizes, more than any other author ever! Apart from fiction and picture books, such as “The Terrible Plop”, and ‘Too many Elephants in this House’ she has also written the non-fiction “Word Spy” books about the English language. Her latest novels for young adults are “The Red Shoe”, set during the Petrov spy crisis in 1954, and “The Golden Day”, set in a girls’ school in 1967. In 2014, Ursula’s latest picture book, Too Many Elephants, which was shortlisted for the 2013 CBC Awards, has been chosen as the National Simultaneous Storytime book.
We acknowledge the generous support of Regional Arts NSW through its Country Arts Support Program for help with the funding of our anniversary program. We also thank CBCA NSW for its great support.