SCBWI—New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory

SCBWI in NSW and ACT is a professional community, where we share news about children’s writing and illustration in Australia and internationally; support each other; meet at events but are always in contact with each other through SCBWI social media.
Image by SCBWI Member Marjorie Crosby-Fairall

Image by SCBWI Member Marjorie Crosby-Fairall

NSW is an amazingly creative state, with stunning beaches from Byron Bay to Bateman’s Bay; the massive Outback regions with towns from Broken Hill and its landscape artists to the black opal underground mines of Lightning Ridge;  the Riverina from the historic old Murray paddleboats and rich fields of irrigated crops to remote Wakool with its rice farms and massive sheep stations; the Blue Mountains with the stunning Great Dividing Range, Jenolan Caves, bush walks with kangaroos, breath taking waterfalls, rugged cliffs and virgin bushlands. There’s the coastline from Queensland to Victoria and so much more.

Image by SCBWI Member Lesley Vamos

Image by SCBWI Member Lesley Vamos

Then there's Sydney,  home to publishers great and small —HarperCollins, Random House, Hachette, Pan MacMillan, Scholastic, ABC Books, Walker Books, Blake Education, Koala Books, Little Hare and more.  It’s home to many newspapers and magazines including Sydney’s Child, School Magazine, and Good Reading. The headquarters of the Australian Society of Authors, the Australian Writers Guild, Fox Studios and the Australian Film & Television School are all based in Sydney.  SCBWI NSW is well positioned to engage with the key bodies and organisations in the children's publishing industry. 

Image by SCBWI Member Serena Geddes

Image by SCBWI Member Serena Geddes

Based at the lovely Hughenden Hotel in Sydney, SCBWI NSW meets at least four times a year to share information, ideas, news and to hear from industry professionals. There are also regular illustrator soirees organised by our very active Illustrator Committee. Illustrators have a real voice in SCBWI NSW.

The Australian Capital Territory is home to stunning tracks of bushlands, parklands, Mt Stromlo Observatory with its world class telescopes, Lake George with its low lying grasslands and the jewels in the crown, Lake Burley Griffin and Australia’s capital, Canberra. Canberra houses Australia’s national treasures including National Gallery of Australia, National Museum of Australia, National Library of Australia, the War Memorial, the Parliament of Australia and so much more.

It is home to arts in all its forms and promotes creativity from the stunning gardens of Floriade to the treasures of National Film and Sound Archives to literature and the growing group of SCBWI authors and illustrators in the ACT.

Susanne Gervay, Regional Advisor, Australia East & New Zealand

Susanne Gervay, Regional Advisor, Australia East & New Zealand

Sarah Davis, Illustrator Coordinator, Australia East & New Zealand

Sarah Davis, Illustrator Coordinator, Australia East & New Zealand

Deborah Abela, Assistant Regional Advisor, NSW & ACT

Deborah Abela, Assistant Regional Advisor, NSW & ACT

Tracey Hawkins, ACT Support

Tracey Hawkins, ACT Support