Behind the Scenes: Meet the Faculty Margaret Roc

When it comes to landscaping with success, a team of energetic, enthusiastic but unsupervised gardeners is likely to result in some questionable companion planting and mismatched colour schemes. So who coordinators this vi de spiritu? Why the remarkable, Margaret Roc of course.

Margaret is an author, co-author and editor of over 50 books for children and teachers including fiction, non-fiction and picture books. She was born in Scotland and lives in Sydney, Australia with her husband, John. She is a mother of two and has worked as a teacher, special needs teacher and teacher-librarian.

So raise your iced-teas to Margaret and get to know this quiet achiever better...

Welcome, Margaret!

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Briefly state your conference role and conference responsibilities

Coordinating all the face to face and International critiques.

Coordinating volunteers.

Describe your most notable achievement or proudest moment in Kids’ Lit to date

Apart from my books, I am pleased and proud to have been instrumental, under Susanne’s vision and encouragement, in establishing the SCBWI Online Critique groups.

There are now 24 Online Critique groups with about 120 participants. Many members with wonderful success stories have acknowledged the important contribution their critique group has been to their publishing deals.

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What is the most memorable (SCBWI) Conference experience you’ve had to date, or hope to have?

I get the thrill each conference when I hear that some of our members have received contracts through their Critique submissions. I feel somehow that in a teeny weeny way I have helped in their success and that gives me a great deal of pleasure.

Name one thing you can’t live without

So difficult to answer - there are so many things I couldn’t live without: my family, friends, yoga, books and perhaps coffee and ….. chocolate!!!!!!

Provide at least one Fun Fact from a SCBWI Conference you’ve attended or organised

After all the amazing input from speakers, master classes, critiques and pitches it is fun to watch the illustrators duel and then relax, eating, chatting and dancing the night away at the Dinner Dance Party.

Discover all of Margaret’s beautiful work at

The fun is only just starting so strap on your gardening aprons or best dress and visit again before the 2019 Sydney SCBWI Conference shoots into life. Till then,

Rove ya’ later!

Dimity (Head Gardener)