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Newcastle Sub-branch

 Office Bearers for 2017

PRESIDENT: Kirrili Lonergan
VICE PRESIDENT: Katrina McKelvey
SECRETARY: Lillian Webb
TREASURER: Amanda Shirley
Jodie Carlson
GENERAL COMMITTEE: Ruth Higginbottom, Gwynne McGinley, Julie Swane


  • We have our very own sub-branch Facebook page.
  • Search for 'CBCA (NSW) Newcastle Sub-branch' to find us.


Meeting 5: Wednesday, 13th September at Newcastle Library. 6:30pm meet and greet for a 7pm start.
Planning Meeting: Wednesday, 25th October at 7:30pm. (executive committee members only)
Our Christmas Party is on Wednesday, 29th November. Further details TBC.
Our third annual 'Lunch with the Stars' will be Thursday, 14th September. Our guest speaker will be Oliver Phommavanh. Further details TBC.

For a copy of our full calendar or to be on our email list, please send a message to Katrina (vice president).(

New members always welcome.

Any enquiries about the Newcastle (NSW) Sub-branch can be directed to Vice President, Katrina McKelvey
Phone: 0410 650 874 or email 
If you would like to know more about the businesses, authors and illustrators who are members of our sub-branch, you can find some of them on our sub-branch 'MEMBER'S LINKS' list here
NEWCASTLE SUB-BRANCH Report, August 2017

2017 may be half over but the fun hasn't slowed down here in Newcaslte and surrouding areas.

On May 20th some of our local members Katrina McKelvey, Kirrili Lonergan and Nat Petrohelos attended the KidLitVic 2017 Conference in Melbourne. There were some fabulous panel discussions on throughout the day as well as workshops and individual critiques. A great bookish day was had by all! 

Photo: Kirrili Lonergan and Katrina McKelvey


Photo: Jaquelyn Muller, Alison Reynolds, Nicky Johnston, Coral Vass

Our fourth sub-branch meeting was held on 7th June at Belmont Library (thanks for hosting us, Rachel Mallaby and Julie Dunn). We were amazed by Anj Barnett’s demonstration of 3D printing and services available to library users. Anj presented 3D books which have been produced for students who are visually impaired.

Popular children’s books in which storylines are easily transferred into simple images are adapted and printed in 3D and then bound with a thick, plastic spine. Students are able to feel the images throughout the story or read them due to the inclusion of braille on each page. This was such an interesting experience see how accessible 3D printing is, and how much it benefits projects such as this. Amazing work!


Photo: Anj Barnett

Photo: 3D printer

Photo: 3D printed book - Goodnight Moon

Photo: Anj Barnett speaking

Event committee members are busily preparing for our major sub-branch event; Lunch With The Stars. This year’s event will see 14 local schools, 13 local ‘stars’ and special guest, Oliver Phommavanh share stories, fun and excitement on Tuesday 14th September at Beresfield Bowling Club. Our sub-branch Vice President, Katrina McKelvey will be emcee, and guests will be treated to a fabulous lunch where they will learn about our wonderful line up of authors and illustrators. They will get to participate in an illustration activity also. Books will be available for purchase on the day, with our local independent bookseller, MacLean’s.


Photo: Oliver Phommavanh

Book Week 2017 is just around the corner, and many of us are excitedly preparing for author and illustrator visits to schools. We are eager to hear the announcement of the winners on Friday the 18th and we wish our locals Liz Anelli and Leila Rudge the very best of luck. 


Recent book launches/releases: (congratulations to these local members)

The Chalk Rainbow - Deb Kelly and Gwynne Jones
Ruby Wishfingers: King of the Castle
- Deb Kelly
Ollie’s Treasure
- Lynn Jenkins and Kirrili Lonergan
Keeper of the Crystals series: Eve and the Griffin’s Gold and Eve and the Hidden Giant - Jess Black
Grandma Forgets
- Paul Russell


Special congratulations to Deb Kelly for being shortlisted in this year’s Speech Pathology Australia: Book of the Year Awards (Me and You – illus Karen Blair).

If there are any CBCA NSW members who would like to join us, please email our president, Kirrili Lonergan ( for more details.

Happy reading and writing!

Renee Price – Publicity Officer