SCBWI VICTORIA November 2015 Meeting Details

We are looking forward to catching up with you for our final gathering of the year on
21 November.

Our three wonderful speakers on the day will be:
Suzanne Gervay: SCBWI Craft and the Business of Being an Author  
Meredith Costain: Doggerel and Catterel – Turning a Life-Long Love of Words (and Animals) into a Full-Time Job
Tony Palmer from Penguin Publishing: Inside a Publishing house. What goes on Behind the Scenes?

Meredith Costain: Doggerel and Catterel. Turning a life-long love of words (& animals) into a full-time job

Meredith Costain's writing ranges from picture books through to poetry, novels and narrative non-fiction. Her books include CBCA Honour Book Doodledum Dancing, Musical Harriet (adapted for TV), A Year in Girl Hell, and novelisations of the TV shows Dance Academy and Heartbreak High. She has been commissioning editor for several literacy series and has edited and written for children’s magazines. Her latest series is the quirky Ella Diaries, (illustrations by Danielle McDonald). Visit her at



Suzanne Gervay: SCBWI, Craft and the Business of Being an Author

Suzanne Gervay has received the International Literacy Association Life Time Award for her body of work on social justice and the Order of Australia for children’s literature. Suzanne is published in Australia and internationally.

Her books cross all ages from picture books to young adult novels. Her rite-of-passage anti school-bullying I Am Jack series has been adapted into an acclaimed play, currently touring US theatre. Susanne will talk about SCBWI, craft and the business of being an author.

Tony Palmer: Inside a publishing house. What goes on behind the scenes?

Since graduating from Monash University in 1985 with an honours degree in Graphic Communication, Tony Palmer has worked as a book designer for various publishers. He has also been a part-time design teacher at Victoria University, RMIT University and Monash University where he is currently undertaking a PhD in Art and Design.

As a long-time enthusiast of Australian history, Tony wrote his first novel for teenagers, Break of Day, published in 2007. Following this he wrote The Valley of Blood and Gold and Simon Field’s Thoughts on Love and War. His latest book The Soldier’s Gift, was published by Penguin Random House in 2014.




As usual, we will have a brief Show and Tell segment, so if you have a recent publication to show us or news of a recent success to share (such as an award or grant) we’d love to hear from you.


Date: Saturday 21 November 2015
Place: DiMattina's Restaurant (upstairs room), 306 Lygon St, Carlton
Time: 2pm—5pm (all are welcome to stay on afterwards to chat and drink downstairs)
Cost: $25 members, $30 non-members (includes afternoon tea)

Payment: To reserve your place, your payment must be received by Wednesday 18 November. You can pay in one of the following ways:
1. Direct Deposit to:
    National Australia Bank
    Account Name: Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
    BSB: 082 187
    Account Number: 82 863 8450

Please be sure your name appears with the deposit amount on your payment statement. Please also send a follow-up email to me, advising when payment was made.


2.  Cheque made out to SCBWI and posted to:
     Caz Goodwin,
     37 Auburn Road,
     Hawthorn East,
     VIC 3123.

Caz Goodwin: Assistant Regional Adviser, Victoria
Chris Bell: Assistant Coordinatorand CBCA Liaison
Serena Geddes: Illustrator Coordinator
Betty Sargeant: Technology and Social Media
Jo Burnell: Membership Coordinator