Big Book Day Out

Bring along the family!

10am to 2:30pm on Sunday 31 August 2014 at the NSW Writers Centre, Callan Park, Rozelle

Connect to reading at the Big Book Day Out, a fun event. Meet your favourite authors, relax in the story tent, witness children's illustrators in action, participate in the Costume Parade, try your hand at craft and enjoy the sunshine.

Bring a picnic rug and your camera, there will be coffee, cakes, gelato and a sausage sizzle available on the day.

Meet: Jacqueline Harvey, Tony Flowers, Libby Gleeson, Margaret Roc, Oliver Phommavanh, Sue Whiting, Aleesah Darlison, Deborah Kelly, Deborah Abela, Susanne Gervay, Lynn Jenkins, Kirrili Lonergan, Toni Brisland, Belinda Murrell, Jill Carter Hansen, Alison Jane Rice, Nathan Luff, Bill Condon, Marjorie Crosby-Fairall, Stephen Measday, Sandy Fussell, Michelle Morgan, Di Bates, Liz Anelli, Tonya Alexandra, Lesley Gibbes, Amanda Niland, Dawn Meredith, Frances Watts, Monica Lizama, Kate Forsyth and more!

SA Winter Gathering

The South Australian Chapter of SCBWI held a half day gathering at The Stirling Coventry Library on Sunday 27th July with a good number of members in attendance.

The meeting began with Katrina Germein’s presentation and summary of the recent SCBWI Conference held in Sydney earlier this month. Katrina provided some useful information on the current trends in the industry and has kindly made her power point presentation available to all SA SCBWI members.

We then had a chance to formally welcome our newest SCBWI members Kate Willson, Jacinta Rooney and Carrie Gallasch and had an opportunity to learn about their work. They are most welcome additions to our cosy group.

SCBWI member Jane Carlisle shared her gorgeous art journal with the group, while making everyone extremely jealous of her recent time in Paris.

Amanda Graham ran a fun creativity exercise, challenging members to create a story (with illustrations) based on three words, in a ten minute time span. After receiving feedback from a partner, members were given more time to refine their stories further.  Members then had an opportunity to share their stories with the group if they wished.


After a period mingling over a wonderful shared afternoon tea, peer critiquing commenced, giving members valuable feedback of their works in progress. The afternoon ended with a closing summary by Katrina and some happy snaps.

All in all, it was a most enjoyable afternoon, strengthening the SA SCBWI chapter further. Thank you to Amanda Graham who did a fabulous job organising the location and the afternoon’s events.

 Tania Ingram.

How to share your new book or other news with members

Share your good news!

Each month we'll be keeping you up to date with news of new publications by members, and also any awards and competitions our members have won. So if you're a member and want to share your exciting news, please contact us and include the following information:

  • Title of book or name of award
  • Author website
  • Publisher and format(s)
  • Publisher's website
  • ISBN (if applicable)
  • Age group range
  • 40 word synopsis of book or information about award
  • Cover image: 72 dpi, no more than 200 px wide, saved as .jpg or .gif

Each news item can only be submitted once. Please don't send news that is more than 12 months old. Unfortunately submissions that don't follow the above format can't be accepted. 

Please send all information to Charlotte Calder