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CBCA NSW Newcastle Sub-branch

Office Bearers for 2018

PRESIDENT           |  Jodie Carlson

VICE PRESIDENT |  Liane Morris

SECRETARY         |  Gwynne Jones

TREASURER        |  Amanda Shirley


EVENTS COORDINATOR                               |  Renee Price and Ruth Higginbottom

GENERAL COMMITTEE                                |  Katrina McKelvey, Kirrili Lonergan and Julie Swane



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Newcastle Meeting 4:
Wednesday, 20th June
Charlestown South Public School
6:30pm for a 7pm start
Event: Ed Wright with introduce and showcase his local business, 'The Creative Wordshop' and we'll discuss upcoming Book Week plans.
BOOK WEEK: FIND YOUR TREASURE ~  17-24th August   ~
Newcastle Meeting 5:
Wednesday, 12th September
Belmont Library
6:30pm for a 7pm start
Event: Lynn Jenkins, psychologist and yoga instructor from Lessons of a LAC  will share yoga techniques for people who do a lot of sitting (ie authors, illustrators, teachers, librarians).
Wear your bending and stretching gear!
Newcastle Meeting 6: Planning Meeting for 2019
Wednesday, 24th October @ 7:30pm
Committee only
Newcastle Christmas Party
Wednesday, 28th November
Further details TBA

For a copy of our full calendar or to be on our email list, please send a message to Jodie - President ( or Liane - Vice President (


New members always welcome.

Any enquiries about the Newcastle (NSW) Sub-branch can be directed to Jodie or Liane.
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:


On 4th May, Hunter Wetlands, Family Insight and Newcastle Region Library joined together to present Play Outside Day; a fun-filled morning for families to celebrate the joy of nature. There were over 200 attendees at the Wetlands Centre event, and sub-branch members Katrina McKelvey and Kirrili Lonergan shared their delightful book; Dandelions, as part of the festivities. A perfect story-time session for enjoying the outdoors!


Picture: Kirrili Lonergan @ Play Outside Day


Picture: Katrina McKelvey @ Play Outside Day

On 9th May, we held our third sub-branch meeting at the beautiful Hunter Valley Grammar School. We were inspired, educated, entertained and utterly moved by our two guest speakers; Deborah Abela and Susanne Gervay. Deb and Susanne each shared their writing journeys, their most recent publications and the stories behind stories, which had us all enthralled. They also shared information about their involvement with the Room to Read program; working to transform the lives of millions of children throughout Asia and Africa by improving literacy and gender equality in education. A big thank you to Deb and Susanne for joining us and sharing their incredible work.

 Picture: Sub-branch meeting 3 @ HVGS


Picture: Deb Abela


 Picture: Susanne Gervay


Picture: Deb Abela and Susanne Gervay

On 11th May, our sub-branch was part of the annual MANTLE (Maitland and Newcastle Teacher Librarian Event) conference trade fair. Huge thanks to our president Jodie Carlson and her daughter for setting up the display, and to members Kirrili Lonergan, Liz Anelli and Lillian Webb for volunteering their time throughout the day to chat with Teacher Librarians, booklovers and potential new members about the CBCA. More information about MANTLE here -


Picture: MANTLE table set-up

Picture: Kirrili Lonergan, Lillian Webb and Liz Anelli

Planning is in full-swing for our annual kids’ event on 8th September! This year, Newcastle sub-branch is presenting Stories After Dark: Find Your Treasure; a magical fun-filled night with treasure, craft, music, stories & stars. Big thanks to Julie Swane and Newcastle Region Library for the wonderful event location.
We don’t want to give too much away just yet, but we’re excited to share that local star, Liz Anelli will be our special guest, and our sub-branch authors and illustrators will be celebrating their stories, art, music and presentations with children and their families.
More to be revealed, soon!

Our fourth sub-branch meeting was held on 20th June at Charlestown South Public School. We were delighted to meet some new members! Welcome to you all.
We were privileged to have Ed Wright as guest speaker. Ed is the founder and director of The Creative Wordshop in Newcastle, which offers writing workshops to children and adults across varying genres. Ed spoke with us about the workshops offered to children in schools as well as school holiday programs, and how each of these operate. He also spoke of programs offered in writing for children. Congratulations to sub-branch member Jess Black, for her involvement with many of the writing for children and children’s workshops offered through The Creative Wordshop.




11th August - Love Your Bookshop Day. Special celebrations with our local indie booksellers and sub-branch members; MacLean’s Booksellers. Some sub-branch members will be sharing in story-time sessions throughout the day.

18th – 24th August – Book Week – local authors and illustrators visiting schools to share their stories, present workshops, performances for students.

17th August CBCA Book of the Year announcement/event. Good luck to all, especially our own, Liz Anelli!

8th September – CBCA Newcastle Sub-branch annual kids’ event Stories After Dark: Find Your Treasure.

12th September – fifth sub-branch meeting at Belmont Library w/- special guest Lynn Jenkins.

Recent & Upcoming book launches/releases:

(congratulations to these local members)

Finding Granny – Kate Simpson and Gwynneth Jones (EK Books)

My Storee – Paul Russell & Aska (EK Books)


2018 CBCA Shortlist: Liz Anelli - Picture Book of the Year category (Ten Pound Tom w/- Carole Wilkinson: Walker Books).

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

Happy reading and writing!

Renee Price – Publicity Officer
July 2018