Victoria—First SCBWI Gathering for 2015

Date(s) - 14/Mar/2015
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm (all are welcome to stay on afterwards to chat and drink downstairs)

DiMattina’s Restaurant
306 Lygon Street - Carlton, VIC

SCBWI Victoria’s first gathering for 2015 will be held at DiMattina’s Restaurant in Carlton on Saturday 14 March. Our guest speaker will be bestselling author James Phelan, and our member speakers will be Anna Walker and Gabrielle Wang.

James Phelan is the bestselling author of twenty-three novels and one work of non-fiction. From his teens he wanted to be a novelist but first tried his hand at a real job, studying and working in architecture before turning to English literature, spending five years at a newspaper and obtaining an MA and PhD in writing.

James has published five thrillers in the Lachlan Fox series: Fox Hunt, Patriot Act, Blood Oil, Liquid Gold and Red Ice, as well as the Alone trilogy of young adult post-apocalyptic novels for Hachette Children's and a thirteen-book middle-grade series for Scholastic. The Spy is the first Jed Walker Thriller, and is followed by The Hunted in 2015.  

James will talk about his journey to publication, what he writes about and why, and explain his working methods.  

Anna Walker illustrates and writes stories for children. Working from a studio in Melbourne shared with printmakers and artists, Anna paints and creates the characters from her books out of felt and wool. She is currently working on a stop motion book trailer for her newest book Mr Huff, due out in July.

Her books are published around the world and one of her recent titles, Peggy, was shortlisted in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards in 2013. Starting School, written by Jane Godwin, received an honourable mention in 2014. 

Gabrielle Wang is a children’s author and illustrator with over 16 books published. She has twice won the Aurealis Award for Best Children’s Long Fiction and her novels have been named Notables in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards. Two of her works were Highly Commended in the Prime Minister’s Awards and her first book, The Garden of Empress Cassia was listed on the USBBY Outstanding International Books Honour List.

Booking Details  

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

Payment: To reserve your place, your payment must be received by Wednesday 11 March. 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, advising when payment was made.

2.   Cheque made out to SCBWI and posted to:

             Caz Goodwin,

             37 Auburn Road,

             Hawthorn East  VIC 3123.