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SCBWI loves to promote the achievements and activities of its members. If you have information about:
a new book or award
please contact Charlotte Calder,
something you would like to put on the national blog
please contact your State Assistant Regional Advisor,
or an upcoming event
please contact your Regional Advisor.
SCBWI is very lucky to have many dedicated and inspirational people who work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep the wheels of each region spinning. Scroll down to find the names and contact details of the SCBWI members who are the liaisons for special areas of interest and to the organisations we support. If you have enquires for these areas of interest, please contact the liaison directly. If you have an enquiry which does not fit in any of the categories, then you can reach us via the form below.
Our official SCBWI Australia/NZ headquarters is the beautiful and historic Hughenden Hotel, 14 Queen Street, Woollahra, NSW 2025.
Below are the names and contact details of the SCBWI members who are the liaisons for special areas of interest and to the organisations we support. If you have enquires or information concerning these categories, please contact the liaison directly.
New Books & Awards
Charlotte Calder coordinates all member news relating to new book releases and awards, so if you have a book ready for release, let her know! Charlotte is the author of the 2012 junior novel The Ghost at the Point and the CBCA 2010 Notable Picture Book Stuck!, both published by Walker Books. Also YA novels Settling Storms, Cupid Painted Blind, Surviving Amber and Paper Alice, published by Pan Macmillan. She lives with her husband near Orange in the central west of NSW with Toggie the Tibetan Terrier (now the human children have left) and other assorted animals.
Booksellers & Public Librarians
Lindy Batchelor has enjoyed her variety of careers as teacher, school and public librarian, author, bookseller and passionate supporter of children's literature. She was the founding President of the Northern Sydney sub branch of the Children's Book Council of Australia and enjoys helping to bring children, books, authors and illustrators together. It is a pleasure for her to help in any way to coordinate SCBWI connections between booksellers and public librarians. Please contact her with any clever thoughts and ideas you might have to further develop these links and relationships.
Books in Homes
If you have any news relating to Books in Homes, contact Nathan and he will make sure it's shared. Nathan Luff is an author, playwright, and screenwriter. Nathan was festival director for the Wakakirri National Story Festival, and continues his love of storytelling by running school workshops in filmmaking and writing. He also works as a storyteller, running interactive sessions with young kids for the Sydney Children’s Festival and as part of the Sydney Opera House’s school holiday program. His novels for children are Chicken Stu and Bad Grammar.
Room to Read
Indigenous Literacy Foundation
Australian Publishers Association (APA)
NSW Writers Centre
Monkey Baa Theatre
If you have any news or opportunities relating to any of the above organisations, get in touch with Susanne and let her know.
Susanne Gervay loves the community of children’s writers and illustrators. One of the deeply emotional moments of her life was being awarded an Order of Australia for children’s literature. She’s launched a lot of books; spoken at many festivals and schools throughout Australia and internationally, from Beijing to New York to Bologna. She writes social realism seeking to reach young people and adults through story. Her children’s novel ‘I Am Jack’ is a rite-of-passage children’s book based on her son being bullied at school, written before the world wide recognition of the critical need to stop bullying. ‘I Am Jack’ has been adapted into an acclaimed play which has toured theatres in Australia and is touring the USA in 2014. Her JACK series is in pre production as a feature film directed by internationally acclaimed Director Nadia Tass. ‘Butterflies’ her YA novel has just been published in the USA, and listed as in the Banks Street Best YA Books. Her books are endorsed by organisations including the Cancer Council, Children’s Hospital Westmead (Sydney), Life Education, The Alannah & Madeline Foundation and she is a patron of Monkey Baa Theatre, former Chair of the NSW Writers Centre, Ambassador for Room to Read.
International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY)
Marian St Theatre for Young People
If you have any news or opportunities relating to either of the above organisations, get in touch with Wendy and let her know.
Wendy Blaxland is a writer living in a bushy Sydney suburb. She has over 100 published books which are written mostly for children. They range from early readers through fiction to non-fiction. She has also written fourteen plays for Marian Street Theatre for Young People at Marian Street Theatre, her second home, as well as adult plays and a stream of monologues.
Australian Society of Authors (ASA)
Hazel is our liaison with the Australian Society of Authors, so any news relating to ASA events or opportunities should be sent to her.
Best known for the children's literature
Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA)
Society of Women Writers
Toni is our liaison with the Children's Book Council of Australia, so any news relating to CBCA events or opportunities should be sent to her.
Toni Brisland loves animals and nature and when she’s not reading and writing
she’s travelling or taking long walks along the water. During her career as a
teacher first, then human resources manager and corporate lawyer, Toni’s hobby
was to write poetry, junior novels and picture books. After winning the CBCA
NSW Aspiring Writers’ Competition in 2005 Toni decided to focus on her writing
seriously and her first book, DemiChat and the Kent Street Mystery, was
published in 2010 and is on the 2012 NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge List. The
sequel, DemiChat and the Lost Mummy, will be published in 2013.
Serena is our liaison with the illustrators Australia, so any news relating to IA events or opportunities should be sent to her.
Serena Geddes has been illustrating picture books ranging from board books, picture books through to junior novels. Serena has illustrated 14 books, taken two holidays, bought some fish and started guitar lessons in this time, but more importantly is currently working on a book with Susanne Gervay and her very first author illustrated picture book.
Sydney Story Factory
Deb is our liaison with the Sydney Story Factory, so any news about SSF should be sent to her.
After a seven year career producing and writing Children's TV, Deborah Abela has written novels about spies, ghosts, soccer legends and characters good with swords who take on sea monsters and evil harbour lords. She is the author of the Max Remy Superspy series, Jasper Zammit (Soccer Legend) series, The Remarkable Secret Of Aurelie Bonhoffen and Grimsdon, about a flooded city, a group of lost children and flying machines. Her latest series, Ghost Club, is about two 11-year-olds who deal with pesky poltergeists and paranormal pests. Deb's won awards for her books, her latest being a USBBY Outstanding International Book Award in the USA. She is a very chuffed ambassador for the National Year of Reading and Room to Read.
Sydney Writers' Centre
New Websites or Blogs
Mark is our liaison with the Sydney Writer's Centre, so any news relating to SWC events or opportunities, new websites or blogs should be sent to him.
Mark Thomason grew up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. He believes his love of story-telling grew from listening to old-time radio programs such as ‘Creaking Door’ and ‘The Shadow’ with his sister and brothers, and the horse stories his father told about when he was a young man chasing mustangs in Montana. He is currently working on a fantasy adventure, entitled ‘The Dragonslayer Tales’. Moonrunner is his first published book.