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1. Books in Homes Taking 1 Million Books to Kids

Hokey pokey published Scholastic AustraliaLove the committee meetings where we select great books for disadvantaged and indigenous kids across Western Sydney, the Outback Northern Territory.

Andrew Berhut MD of Scholastic singing Hokey Pokey in tune with a new title was hilarious. Hokey Pokey is on the list of books that children can chose for their very own. Andrew really supports his books!

Gillian Maugle represents school librarians on the committee and is fabulous.

As a Role Model I’ll be presenting at the Assembly for Books in Homes, to Curran Public School Macquarie Fields in Western Sydney on 18th June – looking forward to it.

SCBWI – Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Australia east and New Zealand is proud to support Book in Homes.


Books in Homes Kim KingstonGillian Maugle from Wiley Park for Books In HomesDaceyville Public School Nov 2013 013




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2. Gorge yourself on authors, illustrators, kids’ books industry ~ SCBWI Conference at The Hughenden

Frane Lessac, in the jaws of a crocodile SCBWIThe buzz is mega with some of Australia and New Zealand’s most loved authors and illustrators as delegates – Sarah Davis, Libby Hathon, Stephen Axelson, Corinne Fenton, Claire Saxby, Mark Greenwood, Dianne Wolfer, Sally Murphy, James Foley, Meredith Costain ….. and more ….

and then there’s Frane Lessac fighting off crocodiles to get from fremantle WA to Sydney!!!!!

Look out for the brilliant creators of  Looking for Alibrandi and Jellico Road;  Diary of a Wombat;Star Girl and Boy Versus Beast

Guess who they are?

Melina Marchetta

Bruce Whatley

Louise Park

Australian Publishers Association party Nov 2013 Sue whitingAnd there’s more – Australia’s best publishers and editors from most publishing houses

And there’s more – US Senior editor from Roaring Brook (Pan MacMillan) USA

And there’s more – some of the best of Australia and New Zealand’s illustrators in the Illustrator Showcase

And there’s more – launches, illustrator’s duel, Christmas Press limited edition prizes; and there more …. and then the SCBWI BAND – dinner party sing along with the fabulous Meredith Costain, James Foley on the guitar with Scott Chambers and Chris Cheng


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3. Remembering SCBWI author Louise Schofield


graham Hilton, author Louise Scholfield's husbane at The Hughenden, Susanne Gervayauthor Louise Schofield visiting Susanne Gervay at The Hughenden Hotel Woollahra          It  was special to see Louise Schofield’s husband Graham who flew in from Perth to catch up and stay at The Hughenden Hotel in Sydney.

We shared the joy of Louise living in the beautiful bush overlooking the dam and gardens, just outside Perth.

She loved their muscovy duck BALDRICK.

She loved writing and the Australian bush.

Author of 10 books including ‘Secrets of the Tingle Forest’ which won the WA Young Readers Book Award.

it has been a year since she lost the battle with cancer, but she’s always part of the Society of Book Writers & Illustrators Community SCBWI.

The 1st Louise Schofield for Outstanding Services to SCBWI WA was awarded to author Meg McKinlay.

Louise Scholfield writer at SCBWI Rottnest Isaland retreat WA.SCBWI Rottnest Island retreat WASunset at SCBWI retreat Rottnest Island WASCBWI Rottnest Retreat WA


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4. Stars of SCBWI Sparkle at the SCBWI Xmas party at The Hughenden

Nathan Luff, Wendy Blaxland authors at SCBWI Xmas at The Hughenden HotelSCBWI stars, stars, stars!!!!!!!

Starting with the Three Wise Writers – Nathan Luff, Deborah Abela, Wendy Blaxland – who came with ‘incense’ and song to the SCBWI Xmas Theatre sports.

It was a fabulous night of good food, good wine, good company of children’s writers and illustrators and publishers at The Hughenden Woollahra – and brilliant performances by Theatre Sports’ stars including:-

Sarah Foster publisher Walker Books

Sarah Davis illustrator

Marjorie Fairall-Crosby and more, more, more!

party at The Hughenden Woollahra, Sarah Foster Walker Books, Linsay KnightSCBWI Xmas party at the Hughenden Hotel, with Nathan Luff's Wise Writer's shoeNathan Luff, Susanne Gervay, Deborah Abela SCBWI Australia and New Zealand Xmas party at The HughendenSCBWI Xmas party , illustrator Sarah Davis, author Margaret Roc, author Mark Thomason, authorOliver Phommovanh, illustrator Marjorie Crosby-Fairall, at The Hughenden





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5. Fabulous Kids Authors & Illustrators at SCBWI NY

Susanne Kathleen Jennifer Whistler (Swiss) Chris Cheng NY SCBWILoved the SCBWI Conference – :

Brilliant Meg Rostoff who is witty and realistic and more

Shaun Tan who had the audience standing and cheering – a fabulous Australian and world illustrator!

Mo Williams who is definitely a stand up comic

Julie Andrew who had us all humming Sounds of Music

Best selling authors including Bruce Coville, Jane Yolen, Lin Oliver and Theo Baker, Ellen Hopkins …. and more.

Susanne gervay Lin Oliver Frane Lessac, SCBWIFrane Lessac, Chris Cheng and I were there representing the Aussie and New Zealand contingent.

Our fabulous international leader Kathleen Ahrens was there from Hong Kong

The speakers were wonderful, but loved the delegates even more – from all over the USA, Europe and Asia – friends through children’s books

Bruce Hale and Jane Yolen NY SCBWIA privilegeNew York SCBWI Feb 2013 017


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6. SCBWI Oz & NZ – with our loved kids authors & illustraters

The Hughenden frontGreat SCBWI night at the Hughenden in Sydney with:-

Linsay Knight entertaining SCBWI with her stories of becoming an independent publisher Pitt Street Poetry

- publishing what you want from kids’ books to the best of poetry to non fiction

- it’s about the love of it

The joy of :-

Deborah Abela – the ARA for SCBWI (NSW and ACT) – talented multi award winning author

Sarah Davis – Illustrator Coordinator SCBWI – talented multi award winning illustrator

Sharing brilliant books and news including:-

Sydney Girls' High School writers, author Deborah Abela SCBWIFelicity Pullman’s new historical novel published by HarperCollins ‘A Ring Through Time’

Nathan Luff’s ‘Bad Manners’ published Walker Books

Aleesah Darlinson and Jill Carter-Hansen (illustrator) Bearly There published by Windy Hollow

…. and so many more authors and illustrators with news.

Good food, good company, great speakers and networking.

The CBCA dropped in with a special hello to librarian Mike Botham and the girls from Sydney High School who love writing.

Next event is on Monday 17th June with guest speaker Margaret Hamilton one of Australia’s leading authorities on picture books, children’s books as well as adult books. If you visit the Blue Mountains drop into Pinerolo the children’s illustrators and writers cottage.

Jill Carter Hansen illustrator illustraotr 'Bearly There' written by Aleesah Darlison, published Windy Hollow Books





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7. Join SCBWI Australia & New Zealand Conference blog 29th June-2nd July 2012!

Logo created by Lesley Vamos,SCBWI conference 29th june to 2nd July 2012, at The Hughenden Boutique Hotel Woollahra SydneyWriters and illustrators from around Australia and New Zealand are coming together with great Australian publishers and

NSW Writers Centre

Copyright Agency Limited CAL

SCBWI leadership

to celebrate the vibrant children’s book industry  in all its delivery ways – from print, illustration, picture books, e-books ….

SCBWI Conference blogspot has been launched today – see what’s happening.



Room to Read www.roomtoread.org, SCBWI Australia and New Zealand Conference at The Hughenden Sydneysupporting Room to Read and National Year of Reading

National year of reading 2012, partner of SCBWI, NSW Writers Centre, Room to Read, Books in Homes

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8. Where’s Dr Frederick Harrison Quaife?

Greg Riley, the psychic who won THE ONE and who always stays at The Hughenden was on a mission to discover The Hughenden stories.

He found Dr Harrison Quaife who brought the first x-ray to the colony  and was a founding father of the British Medical Association and Astronomical Association in Australia.

The Morning Show on Channel 7 was filming Greg and the Australian Paranormal Phenomenon Investigator team as they investigated.

Fred (as the cheeky media personality Todd McKenny called him – Todd’s always a joker) – was much loved, like his father Barzillai Quaife – Australia’s first philosopher.

Fred and Barzillai both lived on Queen Street Woollahra in Sydney and influenced what Australia would become.

Barzillai Quaife wrote:-

‘Men may be foreigners but they are

men. They may be uncivilised but they

are yet men. They may be savages

but they still are men. One nation may

not oppress another. The natural rights

of man are universally the same ….” Barzillai Quaife 1872

Check out Channel 7 youtube to see it live:-  http://yhoo.it/IUpZT7 

The Hughenden supports Room to Read www.roomtoread.org; Books in Homes Australia www.biha.org; Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators SCBWI,The national Year of Reading 2012

Room to Read www.roomtoread.org partner of The National Year of reading 2012

Reaching each other through books, Books in Homes

SCBWI Australia and New Zealand logo created by Frane Lessac,The Hughenden home of SCBWI


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9. Illustrator Showcase at Australia & NZ SCBWI Conference – National Year of Reading Partner

SCBWI Illustrator showcase, created by illustrator Lesley Vamos, at The Hughenden Hotel, SCBWI Australia and New Zealand ConferenceSCBWI Conference Talent, talent, talent – illustrators coming out of your ears and eyes – a feast of established and new illustrators are showcasing, speaking, sharing the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators at The Hughenden in Sydney.

Showcase: Friday 29th June

Open to Industry 4.30-5.30p.m. for an exclusive viewing

14 Queen Street Woollahra

Lead by our brilliant Illustrator Coordinators:- Frane Lessac and Sarah Davis,

supported by the Illustrator committee – Lesley Vamos, Serena Geddes, Andrea Edmonds, Majorie Crosby-Fairall. Invitation created by Lesley Vamos.

Some of the brilliant illustrators showcasing and speaking:-

Nina Rycroft

Frane Lessac

Lesley Vamos

Lachlan Creagh

Majorie Crosby-Fairall

Sarah Davis

Betty Sargeant

Wendy Binks

Follow the SCBWI Conference Blog –   http://scbwiaustnzconferenceblog2012.blogspot.com.au

A National Year of Reading partnership with ambassadors for the NYR ambassadors Hazel Edwards, Frane Lessac, Deborah Abela, Christopher Cheng and Susanne Gervay are part of the SCBWI Conference.


SCBWI Illustrators, Lesley Vamos, Sarah Davis, Serena Geddes, The Hughenden

NINA Rycroft ilustrator, speaker at the SCBWI Australia and New Zealand Conference at The Hughenden

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10. Announcing at SCBWI Conference – Frane Lessac new head of SCBWI Australia West!!!

Frane Lessac illustrator, award winning children's illustrator and picture book author, RA SCBWI Australia WestThe wonderful Dianne Wolfer has headed SCBWI Western Australia and Northern territory for 6 amazing years.

She has lead growth of memberships, run conferences, enthused our West and promoted the community of children’s writers & illustrators.

Frane Lessac SCBWI Illustrator Coordinator has partnered her in this  - so many WA authors and illustrators have become published, award winning authors and illustrators and have travelled throughout the West on speaking tours, conferences and festivals.

Dianne is still very much a part of the SCBWI committee . However she’s now doing her Phd and writing more books. 

Frane Lessac, award winning picture book writer and illustrator is the new leader – the RA SCBWI Australia West – taking back her old role.

James Foley Crystal Kite winner for ‘The Last Viking’ is taking Frane’s place as Illustrator Coordinator.

Award winning novellist and picture book writer Meg McInlay is the ARA – assistant regional advisor.

What a team!!!!!!



Love you all.

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11. Brilliant Illustrators’ Showcase open SCBWI Australia & New Zealand Conference Sydney

What an opening!!!!!

The talented, gifted, amazing illustrations of Australia and New Zealand’s children’s book illustrators took publishers and agents’ hearts and minds.

View the showcase:-


Hundreds of people poured into the Hughenden to open this celebration of the community of children’s writers and illustrators.

Frane Lessac RA leader SCBWI Australia West, Dianne Wolfer former RA SCBWI Australia West, Susanne gervay RA leader Australia East and new Zealand SCBWI Conference SydneySarah Davis Fierce Little Woman by Sarah Davis, Illustrator Coordinator SCBWI Australia East and new Zealand, exhibited at The Hughenden Woollahra

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12. Children’s Book Council (NSW) welcomes SCBWI

Patron: Professor Marie Bashir, CV AVO Governor of NSWGovernor Marie Bashir, patron of the CBCA NSW at The Hughenden Hotel Woollahra

The President and Committee of The Children’s Book Council (CBCA) NSW Branch cordially invite

EVERYONE who loves Reading to

The unveiling of the exciting new look CBCA NSW, with

A SCBWI Author-Illustrator Showcase

with Serena Geddes, Nathan Luff, Susanne Gervay, Sue Whiting and Sarah Davis

followed by the AGM  & Gourmet Afternoon Tea Celebration.

Date: Saturday 22nd September 2012

Time: 2pm for 2:15pm sharp start

Where: NSW Writers’ Centre

Callan Park, Balmain Road, Rozelle NSW 2040

2  for 2.15 p.m. Saturday 12th September


Email: cbcansw@bigpond.com

please place ‘AGM’ in the subject line

National year of Reading 2012, www.love2read.org


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13. SCBWI celebrates the new look Children’s Book Council Australia NSW

Fearless by Sarah Davis, CBCA AGM NSW Writers centre, SCBWIThe CBCA NSW had the BEST AGM ever – exciting, enthused, networking with publishers, writers, authors, teachers, librarians, readers and so many organisations including Society of Women Writers, Stephen Wilson PETA,  branch Presidents from Wollongong to Northern beaches Sydney, NSW CBCA judge Jill Bruce …. and of course Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

SCBWI was thrilled to support the CBCA and our brilliant authors and illustrators who presented about the exciting projects they are doing:-

Nathan Luff – watch out for his new series published by Walker Books

Sue Whiting – fabulous author of books from her best selling picture book Firefighters to award winning YA novel Cooper Jones

Sarah Davies -   extraordinary illustrators of the fabulous FEARLESS among so many other works

Serena Geddes – so talented and who will be illustrating the joyous Gracie and Josh – our picture book. celebrating kids and endorsed by VARIETYVARIETY the children's charity, endorses 'Gracie and Josh' by Susanne Gervay and Serena Geddes Ford Street Publishing

CBCA AGM Sept 2012, Aileen Harland President Wollongong CBCA, librarian Kambala Jo larCBCA AGM Sept 2012, committee,Honor, jackie Hawkes, Denise Cramsie, Susanne gervay, Sicy Li, Toni Brisland, Ernie TuckerCBCA AGM Sept 2012, author Sue Whiting, illustrator Serena Geddes, SCBWI writers and illusrtatorsCBCA AGM Sept 2012, Ian McLean librarian and author Susanne Gervay, SCBWI supports CBCA

SCBWI, CBCA NSW, Rachel Greenwood editor of Bookbeat CBCA NSW


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14. SCBWI thanks Jenny Stubbs Story Arts Festival Ipswich;Valerie Khoo Sydney Writers Centre

Authors Ann Whitehead, Deborah Abela, Stephen Measday at SCBWI event, The Hughenden SydneyJenny Stubbs Ipswich District teacher Librarian Network, Story Arts Festival Ipswich, Dianne Bates author at SCBWI event at The Hughenden Hotel Nathan Luff author, SCBWI event at The HughendenSCBWI event at The Hughenden,Australia East and new ZealandIt was packed with SCBWI authors, illustrators and librarians as everyone shared their children’s book news.

Jenny Stubbs the Director of the Story Arts Festival Ipswich, Book Links and Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network shared  festival information and ideas from Romancing the Stars of children’s books to the brilliant CBCA Readers’ Cup for the kids of Queensland.

 Valerie Khoo Director of the Sydney Writers Centre was inspiring. Her generosity in sharing how writers reach their audiences through social media and creating a successful career was fantastic.Claire Stuckey Gosford Librarian CBCA, Susanne gervay, Nathan Luff, Jefrey Silver, SCBWI at The Hughenden Woollahra

SCBWI partner of National Year of Reading 2012, www.love2read.org




SCBWI Christmas at The Hughenden, Thursday 6th december 2012 – And we’re all waiting for the mega Christmas party on 6th December with THEATRE SPORTS organised by our mega team of Nathan Luff, Deb Abela and Wendy Blaxland.

Bookings:- reservations@thehughenden.com.au

Thursday 6th December 2012

6.30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Buffet with wine at $45 per person

Come ready to party, perform, laugh and share the Christmas spirit.


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15. Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) September Events

With over 22,000 members worldwide in over 70 regions, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is the largest children’s writing organization in the world and acts as a network for the exchange of knowledge between all those involved with literature for young people. Twice a year the SCBWI brings together top professionals to share their knowledge at the annual Summer and Winter conferences. Each month regional chapters sponsor or organize events around the globe and often times these events are open to both members and non-members. (Some of the events are included on our PaperTigers’ Calendar of Events but you can click here to see the full list.) If an event catches your eye, contact a Regional Advisor for more information. Whether you are already established in the children’s industry, just starting to enter the world of children’s book writing and illustrating, or simply have a passion for children’s literature, I’m sure you will find a warm welcome.

Here are a few highlights in Septemeber:


This past weekend SCBWI Japan hosted Storyboards and Picture Book Dummies for Good Bookmaking with author/illustrator Naomi Kojima. Holly Thompson, Regional Advisor for SCBWI Tokyo, has kindly sent me photos from the event which I will post soon.

AUSTRALIA - Sunday the 20th - Breakfast with the Visiting SPRUNG Children’s Authors

Share coffee and croissants with visiting children’s authors and illustrators then walk up the road to enjoy a range of sessions at the Albany SPRUNG Writers Festival.

PHILIPPINES - Saturday the 26th - Children’s Book Seminar at the University of the Philippines, Visayas (City Campus)

Regional Advisor Beaulah Pedregosa Taguiwalo tells me that this event will appeal to anyone published or aspiring to be a children’s book writer or illustrator.

Korea - Thursday the 24th - Sunday the 25th

The 6th Canadian Children’s Book Seminar at the Embassy of Canada located in Jeong-dong, Seoul. A few hundred children’s books from major Canadian publishing companies will be displayed. This event is not sponsored by SCBWI but Jenny Desmond-Walters, Regional Advisor for SCBWI Korea found out about it and was kind enough to forward the information. If Jenny is able to attend I’m sure she’ll send us some photos. Stay tuned. Thanks Jenny!

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16. Bologna Book Fair: What’s in a name? – Surprises at the SCBWI Booth

Bologna Book Fair 2010: SCBWI BoothThe last booth Aline, Marjorie and I visited at the 2010 Bologna Book Fair belonged to the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and what a way to end the fair!  We had an absolute blast visiting with the SCBWI members, some of whom we had corresponded with via email before but had never met in person: and we were in for a couple of surprises too.  SCBWI members not only share the same passion for children’s literature as we do at PaperTigers but in two cases share the same first name!  Here’s a special shout out about several of the SCBWI members who made us feel so welcome and took the time to share their work with us.

Bologna Children's Book Fair 2010: Marjorie (PaperTigers) and Marjorie van Heerden (SCBWI South Africa) PaperTigers’ Marjorie (in green) with Marjorie van Heerden, co-Regional Advisor SCBWI South Africa.

Marjorie van Heerden has written and/or illustrated more than 100 children’s books and has been published in 33 languages in Africa, Europe, Canada and the USA.  In 2008 Marjorie won the M.E.R Award for best South African illustrated children’s book.

Bologna Children's Book Fair 2010: Corinne (PaperTigers) and Corinne Fenton (SCBWI Australia)PaperTigers’ Corinne (in pink) with Corinne Fenton, Assistant Regional Adviser SCBWI Victoria, Australia.

Corinne Fenton’s classic award-winning picture book Queenie: One Elephant’s Story was followed in 2008 by The Dog on the Tuckerbox (shortlisted in the Younger Readers Category of the Australian Book Industry Awards and named a Notable Book in both the Picture Book and Eve Pownall Information Book categories of the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards for 2009. Her latest book Flame Stands Waiting was released in March 2010.

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17. Taking SCBWI to Demilitarized Zone DMZ North and South Korea

We’ve been ordered – no torn jeans (Frane has a hole in hers), no cameras (I didn’t hear), no pointing(a guard shouted at a pointing idiot), no kidding – Frane and I are heading for DMZ – the demilitarised Zone between North and South Korea.

Mission: Stand in North Korea and don’t get shot.

The wonderful hosts of Nami Island have organised this tour to the DMZ. We’re with Beaky and Hopper- who are holding the SCWBI, Aussie and South Korean flag. (Hint they are furry Aussie icons).


Frane of course asked a guard in dark sunglasses with a gun if she could have a photo with him – NO!!!!!!!  Good News – Frane wasn’t killed.

We stood on North Korean land in the one building that crosses both countries. It was very strained and Frane and I had to sign that we were OK if we were shot. We signed. Weren’t shot.

The story of the young woman who defected brought Frane and I to tears. She can’t contact her family – swam across the river, paid so much to eb guided to China, where the man sold her into the sex trade. She escaped after 2 years and South Korea is home now.

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18. Terrible Earthquakes in Japan, New Zealand,Floods Queensland, Fires Victoria-SCBWI Australia & NZ

The terrible loss of life, injuries to survivors, destruction of homes, wildlife, property makes us try to come to grips with the power of Mother Nature.

While I enjoy beautiful Florida and am participating in the SCBWI Conference here, the USA news blares live shots of the 150 mile long and 50 mile wide crack in the earth that has torn Japan apart.

The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators SCBWI with its 23,000  children’s writers & illustrators worldwide send their support. Organising the HOPE CARDS for the kids of the Victorian Bushfires with original illustrations and words of hope for the future was one small expression of care.

SCBWI authors and illustrators from around the world donated their works, which now hang in the newly rebuilt Marysville School in Victoria, Australia. The town including the school, was destroyed in the fires.

Currently, I am working with Norman Jorgenson award winning SCBWI author from Perth, to send $20,000 worth of new books to schools impacted by these new natural disasters.

Love to SCBWI New Zealand with special thoughts to SCBWI NZ led by literary agent Frances Plumpton and to SCBWI Japan led by author Holly Thompson.

May the books we write and illustrate bring some warmth to the kids and families of these disasters. 

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19. Snapshots of Bahamas SCBWI Retreat March 2011


The Bahamas retreat was hugely successful in connecting SCBWI leaders from around the world with each other, so we can better represent our members.

SCBWI includes 25,000 children’s writers and illustrators and is the leading children’s book organisation. A not for profit organisation it is committed to children’s and young adult books reaching kids everywhere – promoting story, literature, literacy and a better world.

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20. Congratulations to my friends/colleagues – Hazel Edwards, Shan Tan, Serena Geddes

The Lost Thing

I’ve come home from the USA after the fabulous SCBWI retreat to discover my friends have been amazing:-

Congratulations to Hazel Edwards for the prestigisous White Ravens award for  ’f2m: the boy within’ by Hazel Edwards and Ryan Kennedy published by Ford Street. www.hazeledwards.com

It’s for  outstanding international books for children and young adults, with 250 titles from more than 40 countries, selected from the thousands of books. The catalogue is available at www.ijb.de.

Congratulations to Shan Tan for the huge honour of an Academy Award for short films for ‘The Lost Thing’ based on his award winning book!

Congratulations to Serena Geddes  illustrator for her ‘Why I love my Mum’ and ‘Why I love my Grandma’  which is hitting Australian stores for Monther’s Day and will be sold throughout the UK in the huge Sainsbury’s stores.  www.reeni.com.au

 Published kids authors & illustrators are welcome to join the Sydney Writers & Illustrators Network at The Hughenden, 14 Queen Street Woollahra (Sydney) – 1st Wednesday of every month 10.30-12.30


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21. Thankyou for your Congratulations ~’Always Jack’ wins Australian Family Therapists’ Award 2011

Susanne Gervay's Always Jack, Cancer Council endorsement, National breast & Ovarian Cancer Centre, Cancer Australia, Australian Family Therapists' Award 2011, Cathy Wilcox illustrator 'Always Jack', publisher HarperCollins AustraliaThankyou for the gift of your congratulations from the writing community and friends all over the world and those who love  JACK.



The Cancer Council supports all those touched by cancer, endorses Susanne Gervay's 'Always Jack' published HarperCollins AustraliaThe Cancer Council:-

‘Susanne Gervay’s ‘Always Jack’ makes it safe for children, parents and the wider community to talk about cancer.’



Here are some of the many, many emails and facebook messages for ‘Always Jack’ and this award :-


Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators QLD

CONGRATULATIONS to Susanne Gervay, SCBWI Regional Advisor – Australia and New Zealand New South Wales & Queensland – winner of the 2011 Australian Family Therapists’ Award for Children’s Literature for her book, ‘Always Jack’.

Congrats!  Patricia K. Dean, Ph.D., Associate Professor Salisbury University Maryland USA

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22. Thankyou Australia -Prof Marie Bashir, Sir Nicholas Shehadie at Government House for my OAM

Family with Sir Nicholas Shehadie, OAM award Parliament House SydneyGovernment House Sydney, gardens, OAM for Susanne Gervay, Professor Marie BashirThe sun was shining, Government House was a gracious reminder of the past, the gardens flowering for the investiture of Australians for their contributions to Australia.

We sat in the sumptuous sitting room, as guests gathered for the ceremony. It was inspiring to hear the contribution of so many awarded decorations for courage, extraordinary services in fields as varied as medical, business, government, social justice …. and of course my very special Order of Australia (OAM) for children’s literature and professional organisations.

My wonderful children were there which made it doubly special.

Thankyou to my friends who sent me letters, emails, gifts.

Thankyou to the organisations who are part of my life that supported this award – Room to Read, The NSW Writers Centre, SCBWI, CBCA, MonkeyBaa Theatre and many others.

It was a time where I reflected on my parents’ journey as refugees to Australia. I know they were there with me. We had lunch at 21 Double Bay where my father took me as a girl to share Hungarian dishes, laugh and share stories.

I carried a private momento of my parents with me today.

Susanne Gervay OAM with Nadia at Cafe 21 Double BayProfessor Marie Bashir Governor of NSW, Government House, OAM Susanne Gervay

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23. SCBWI Australia & New Zealand Conference Coming~ 29th June Sydney ~ partnering The National Year of Reading 2012

SCBWI International Conference 17-19 Sept 2010 at Hughenden, authors Chris Cheng, Susanne Gervay, Wendy Fitzgerald, Oliver Phommavaanh, Karen RobertsonWatch out for the announcement in the next few weeks.

Check out the SCBWI Australia and new Zealand facebook pagewebsite.

It’s a first come first served basis – so when it opens you need to book quickly as it’s a small intimate conference Australia wide and new Zealand.

Some tid bits:-

Jill Corcoran literary agent from the Herman Agency New Yorkmaximum of 100 delegates.

Major Australian publishers have come on board including Lisa Berryman HarperCollins, Laura Harris Penguin, Zoe Walton Random House, Sarah Foster Walker Books …..

jan Latta SCBWI Australia and new Zealand at The HughendenThere are wonderful authors and illustrators coming including Sally Murphy, France Lessac, Pamela Rushby, Meredith Costain, Hazel Edwards …. have a great time with the children’s writing community …. more news coming soon.

National Year of Reading 2012, Ambassadors  Frane Lessac, Susanne Gervay, Hazel Edwards, Chris Cheng, Deb Abela, Libby Hathornhe National Year of reading, wwwlove2read.org


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24. Bank Street New York – Best Books of 2012~ ‘Butterflies’ and ‘Orchards’

Holly Thompson's 'Orchards' Bank Street Best Books of 2012Butterflies - USA Cover

‘Butterflies’ is along side my friend and talented author Holly Thompson’s ‘Orchards’ in Bank Street Best Books of 2012 USA.

THE CHILDREN’S BOOK COMMITTEE at the Bank Street College of Education strives to guide librarians, educators, parents, grandparents and other interested adults to the best books for children published each year.

‘In choosing books for the annual list, reviewers consider literary quality and excellence of presentation as well as the potential emotional impact of the books on young readers.’

Look up BANK STREET  to see a very special organisation – www.bankstreet.edu

SCBWI Australia and New Zealand logo created by Frane Lessac,Holly is the head of SCBWI Japan and I am co-head of SCBWI Australia & New Zealand

Butterflies is endorsed by The Children’s Hospital (Westmead) Sydney.

National Year of Reading 2012, ambassadors Deborah Abela, Hazel Edwards, Susanne Gervay




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