SA Spring Retreat

On Sunday the 11th of October, SA SCBWI hosted their Spring Retreat at The Astor Hotel in Adelaide. A group of 27 aspiring and published authors and illustrators gathered together, forming a haven of creativity and inspiration. 

We kicked of the day with fellow SA member, Mandy Foot, who shared her role in the process of illustrating children’s picture books. We were in awe of the thorough research, consideration and detail that she puts into each breathtaking spread. Many snapped up the opportunity to get their own signed copy of Mandy’s new book, ‘This Little Roo went to Market.’

Our next speaker was local YA author and new member, Rosanne Hawke, who took us on a journey into her creative mind. Rosanne’s ability to mesh history with fantasy, layer stories and create genuine characters was truly thought provoking. By this point, fingers were were beginning to twitch with renewed motivation.

Our last speaker was Adelaide picture book publisher, Jane Covernton, from Working Title Press. Jane shared some positive statistics on print sales (yay!) and some very helpful tips from Australian publishers and editors. We gained an insight into what publishing houses are currently seeking, as well as the market in other countries.

SCBWI members continued with an afternoon of invaluable sharing time- from useful resources to those burning questions. The creation of a bouquet of book-flowers for an unwell member was just another way to express what this group is really about- friendship and support for one another.

The perfect end to the day was not-a-book launch for Vikki Wakefield’s new novel,

‘Inbetween Days.’ Some champagne, some laughs, and of course, a new book to read- what more could anyone ask for?     


Amazing Success of the SCBWI Australia and New Zealand Conference

The energy, launches, pitch sessions, publisher panels, critiques, keynotes with the brilliant illustrator Bruce Whatley and Prinz award winning author Melina Marchetta, the masterclasses ... with wonderful catering by celebrity chefs from Vincent at The Hughenden Hotel ... and the best dinner dance party ever with out own SCBWI band with authors Meredith Costain, Scott Chambers, Mark Greenwood and illustrator James Foley - the Beatnickers ROCK!!!!

And so much business was done with the Illustrator Showcase having the more than 50 publishers, art directors and editors in talks for books. The authors did brilliantly too - expect books and contracts!!!!

And there was craft and friendship and networking across Australia and New Zealand and even to the USA!!!!! 

Brilliant and thankyou for the amazing support of the Illustrator Showcase committee led by Sarah Davis, Marjorie Crosby-Fairall, Andrea Edmonds, Dale Newman and Jenny Hale.

Thankyou to the invaluable admin/website work of Assistant Illustrator Coordinator Marjorie Crosby-Fairall.

Thankyou to Margaret Roc for her amazing management of the critiques and manuscripts.

Thankyou to Deb Abela for her gifted curating of the 7 launches!!!!!!!  As well as other things.

Thankyou to Tracey Hawkins and Katrina Germein for their curating of the Pitch session - I expect contracts coming from that.

Thankyou to Sheryl Gwyther for being the ROVING REPORTER coordinator and blog master.

Thankyou to Betty Sargeant for the hash twitter management - loved your signs all over the Hughenden!

Thankyou to the brilliant band - what a night!!!!!

Thankyou to so many - Penny Morrison (delegate bags), Frances Plumpton (registration), the SCBWI leaders and committees who work throughout the year supporting the wonderful world of SCBWI DOWNUNDER - check them out on our front page of our Australia East & NZ website.

THANKYOU to the fabulous staff of The Hughenden Hotel - special mention to James RUBEN Executive Director and to Jered Front Office Manager.

Thankyou to Australia West for joining us - LOVE you guys so much - yeah to Frane Lessac RA and James Foley - who were the Australia West cheer leader team.



Susanne Gervay, RA Australia East & New Zealand