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CBCA NSW Branch Inc AGM 2018

Leichhardt Public School, Norton Street Leichhardt

Sat 17 Mar 2018


On Thursday, 14th September 2017 the CBCA NSW Branch Inc. Newcastle Sub-branch hosted its third, annual Lunch With The Stars event at Beresfield Bowling Club. 
Over 100 children from 13 local schools attended and enjoyed engaging with the stars throughout the day. ‘Stars’ included a mixture of local authors and illustrators: Katrina McKelvey, Kirrili Lonergan, Paul Russell, Jess Black, Gwynne Jones, Deb Kelly, Liz Anelli, Lizzie Wilcock, Lynn Jenkins, Anthony Wood, Lillian Webb, Jenny Blackford, Karen Hughes, and Renee Price. Students decorated their tables with their stars’ books, props, images, and had the opportunity to ask their star about their creative process, inspirations, favourite books and more!
Oliver Phommavanh, Sydney based award winning children author was the guest speaker. His keynote speech was inspiring, enthralling and utterly hilarious! He added such a wonderful energy to the room. Local illustrators, Kirrili Lonergan, Liz Anelli, Lillian Webb and Gwynne Jones, led everyone through a motivating and fun-filled illustration activity, followed by everyone enjoying a delicious lunch together. All students involved got to take home a copy of one of Oliver’s books, sponsored by Newcastle Region Libraries. There were lucky door and ‘best decorated table’ book prizes too. The local independent booksellers, MacLean’s Booksellers, Hamilton (Amanda Shirley), set up a huge display of all the books so the children and their schools could stock bookshelves with books published by Oliver and all the participating authors and illustrators.
A wonderful, hard-working team organised this event – Kirrili Lonergan (chief coordinator), Jodie Carlson, Ruth Higginbottom, Julie Swane, Gwynne Jones, Amanda Shirley, Lillian Webb and Katrina McKelvey (emcee). 

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