Activities–events

2015
Coming Up!
Ann james 2Booked In: August 12–15
Now in its third fabulous year, the region’s children’s literature festival, jointly presented by our sub-branch, the New England
Writers’ Centre and the New England Regional Art Museum, features the wonderful illustrator Ann James, who will be visiting
schools in Armidale, giving a video-based presentation to schools all over the region, and participating in a day of fantastic community events on Saturday August 15. That day, she will also run a workshop for adults and teenagers. for more information on Saturday’s events and to book, visit the New England Writers’ Centre website.
Thank you to the Country Arts Support program for again supporting our part in Booked In!
2014
WP_20140815_001Report on Booked In

In August 2014 our sub-branch collaborated with the New England Writers’ Centre and the School of Arts, UNE, to present the Booked In festival of children’s and YA literature at venues in Armidale and Uralla.

Featured visiting author for the week was Duncan Ball, popular author of the much-loved Selby the talking dog series, Emily Eyefinger series and many others, who visited several schools in our region–in person in Armidale and Uralla, and through video link to Tamworth–as well as talking at Armidale and Dumaresq Library and participating in several activities on Saturday in Uralla, including a workshop, panel discussion, book signing and book launch. Duncan was a great hit everywhere he went, inspiring audiences of children and adults equally! He is pictured above giving his talk at Armidale library.

Other authors and illustrators also taking part in Saturday’s events included writer Ian Irvine, illustrator Anne Spudvilas, writer Sophie Masson, illustrator David Allan, writer/illustrator Fiona McDonald and graphic novelist Danny Stanley. Danny and Anne were in the New England region as the UNE’s Illustrators in Residence.

Thank you to the Country Arts Support Program for helping to fund Duncan’s visit!

Ursula_Dubosarsky_publicity smaller20th Anniversary Celebrations
You can also read a full report on these events here.
In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the New England and North West sub-branch of the Children’s Book Council of NSW was proud to present
MEET THE AUTHOR: A talk by URSULA DUBOSARSKY
Saturday May 3 2014, 11 am–12 pm, Armidale Dumaresq Memorial Library
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.
Don’t miss this fabulous event! Gold coin donation at door.
EVENING: CBC 20th Anniversary Dinner, Royal Hotel, 6 for 6.30, by invitation. Guest speaker is Ursula Dubosarsky. Other speakers include CBCA NSW President Gail Erskine, immediate past President of CBCA NSW Denise Cramsie, and CBC New England  North West President Sophie Masson.
We acknowledge the generous support of Regional Arts NSW through its Country Arts Support Program, for help with the funding of these events.
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