Inside Story at Fullers Bookshop, Hobart

‘Inside Story’ at Fullers Bookshop in Hobart (October 30th) kicked off with a dramatic double de-wigging.  Heather Rose and Danielle Wood, the two halves of author Angelica Banks, impersonated their character Serendipity Smith and peeled off glamorous disguises to reveal hardworking mothers underneath.  Next, Captain Blueberry – sometimes mistaken for author/illustrator Rachel Tribout – took us on a voyage of discovery with the Monsters of Tasmania.  I talked about an African campfire where you can always go to meet a little Girl in Sudan.  And everyone felt renewed hope as Coral Tulloch produced the 30-year-old dummy that became her recent book, The Journey.  That's a book dummy, not the other sort! 

Lindsey Little was expected to say a few words about her first novel James Munkers: Super Freak, but instead two eerily similar Guardians from another dimension materialized to tell the caustic truth about James.  Anne Morgan told us how to fight climate change by listening to chickens and marrying the princess with the Smallest Carbon Footprint in the Land.  And as if all that wasn’t enough, we were graced by North Island of Australia escapee Alison Lester.  Alison revealed where she got the idea for Kissed by the Moon, leaving the audience in no doubt that inspiration can be found in the humblest of places.  The happy crowd ate food inspired by the books, won lucky door prizes and bought books, and so did we.  The authors and illustrators had a love-in and we all went home wrapped in the glow that is SCBWI.  Many thanks to Fullers Bookshop for hosting Inside Story in Hobart – we can’t wait for next time!

Gay McKinnon

SCBWI Victorian Gathering 29 November 2014

Dear SCBWI VIC members
Our final gathering for 2014 will be on 29 November in Carlton (2-5pm).  Paul Collins will be our guest speaker and promises to offer up some of his best survival tips as both a publisher at Ford Street Publishing and as an author. Illustrator Kim Fleming will speak about Building a Career in Publishing and author Alison Lloyd will speak about Beginnings: How to get your story off to a good start.  Full details can be found in the attachment. I hope you can join us for this special get-together.  

Date: Saturday 29 November, 2014

Where: DiMattina’s Restaurant (upstairs room), 306 Lygon Street, Carlton

Time: 2pm – 5pm (then stay on for drinks afterwards)

Cost: $25 members, $30 non-members (includes afternoon tea)

Payment: To reserve your place, please pay by Wednesday 26 November in one of two ways:  

  1. Direct deposit to:

National Australia Bank

Account Name: Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

BSB: 082-187            Account no: 82-863-8450

Would you please be sure your name appears with the deposit amount on the statement as well as sending a follow-up email to me, advising when payment was made, by Wednesday 26 November.

  1. Cheque made out to SCBWI and posted to Caz Goodwin, 37 Auburn Road, Hawthorn East, VIC 3123.  (Cheques must be received by Wednesday 26 November).

Christmas Drinks
As it will be our final gathering for the year, everyone is invited to stay on for Christmas drinks after our gathering on the 29th November. At 5pm, DiMattina’s will open the bar upstairs. I hope you can stay (or join us) for a drink and some Christmas cheer. (Drinks will be available for purchase at the upstairs bar).
I hope to see you all on 29th November, if not before.
Caz Goodwin