Night of the Notables
Over 100 enthusiastic authors, illustrators, publishers and readers crammed into the Children’s section of Dymocks Sydney store for the announcement of the 2019 CBCA Notables List which begins the process of announcements for the Book of the Year Awards.
Matt Cosgrove has taken the Picture Book stage by storm – well an alpaca stampede at least - with three books in the top ten Australian picture book bestsellers chart for January. There is a real spark of brilliance and naughtiness in his stories and illustrations which children and adults alike love.
‘I love doing picture books – I get to combine my passion for words and my love of images together, in one medium.’
Thank you Matt for sharing your personal story of the rocky road to success and for your books. They bring real joy to readers of all ages.
He even convinced us all that we could draw – well, draw Macca the Alpaca. Check out our interview with Matt.
All were inspired by the erudite but very succinct taste of the list by renowned reviewer Joy Lawn (judge for The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, Queensland Literary Awards, Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, IBBY Honour Books and the CBCA Book of the Year Awards). Her talk is now available to members in our Members Lounge.
This year saw a record 488 entries in the Book of the Year Awards, demonstrating the good health of Australian children’s literature.
To all authors and illustrators, thank you and congratulations for taking the risks to create stories just for us and to the publishers who show their passion for this literary form.
There are so many fine books to champion and share with readers.
Thank you to Scholastic and Dymocks Sydney for supporting this event.
Matt Cosgrove | [Biography PDF]
was born and grew up in the Western Suburbs of Sydney, Australia. As a child, his love for literature was sparked by the brilliance, and naughtiness, of Roald Dahl and Raymond Briggs. And if he didn't have a book in his hand, he had a pencil, practicing drawing. While other kids played with their Masters of the Universe figurines, Matt posed them in scenes and then sketched them.
Matt later went on and studied a Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication at university and majored in illustration. His passion for the interplay between prose and pictures has seen some slight detours in his career path—including Creative Director at Australia's number one fashion magazine marie claire, Lecturer in Comic Art at the University of Western Sydney, and a tragically short-lived stint as one of the guys who drew the animations for the television show, Burgo's CatchPhrase! Over the course of 20 years, Matt has worked in the publishing industry as an author, illustrator and designer. He has collaborated on, illustrated and written multiple books including his Epic Fail Tales series, My Dad is a Robot and his most recent picture book series, Macca the Alpaca.
Matt keeps a notebook and pen handy at all times so he can jot down anything that pops into his head. It might be words or a book title or a storyline or a character. Sometimes it ends up being nothing and sometimes it blossoms into a whole book.
Matt lives in Sydney with his wife and two children.
is a current judge of the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. She has chaired both the Patricia Wrightson (children’s literature) judging panel of the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and Queensland Literary Awards and has recently judged the Children’s Book Council of Australia Older Readers category and IBBY Honour (Australia) Awards.
Joy writes the young adult literature column for The Weekend Australian and her reviews and interviews have also appeared in Australian Book Review, SMH/The Age, Magpies magazine, ALEA publications and Books+Publishing. She writes teacher notes for National Literacy & Numeracy Week (ALEA/AATE), Reading Australia (ALEA) and other professional organisations. Joy has taught a children’s/YA literature course at the University of Southern Queensland and been a literature consultant for independent bookstores.
Formerly a teacher, Joy is an experienced presenter at state, national and international conferences advising teachers, librarians and academics on literature. She blogs about children’s and young adult literature and literary fiction at Boomerang Books and some of her favourite times of the year are spent chairing sessions at the Sydney and Brisbane Writers’ Festivals. She has an MA in Children’s Literature and Literacy.
Fascinated by ideas and images and how authors and illustrators express these with truth and originality, Joy’s vision is to see quality children’s and young adult literature further recognised in the wider community.