Northern Sydney Sub-branch
Committee for 2017
President: Marian McGuinness
Vice President: Wendy Fitzgerald
Secretary: Tonya Alexandra Ward
Minutes Secretary: Jean Saxby
Treasurer: Louise Park
Lunch with the Stars Coordinator: Belinda Murrell
Other Valuable Committee Members: Lindy Batchelor, Belinda Murrell, Kirsty O’Rourke, Wendy Blaxland, Fran Jones, Jan Latta, Oliver Phommavanh, Jules Van Mills, Debra Tidball and Kristin Prescott.
Our Authors and Illustrators
We are lucky enough to count many distinguished authors and illustrators among our members. Visit their websites below to find out more, or come along to one of our meetings to speak to them in person!
Meetings and Upcoming Events
Anyone who would like to come along to our events and activities will always be made very welcome by our happy group of children’s book enthusiasts.
For further information please email our Secretary, Tonya Alexandra Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 1st April 2017
Excursion to Nutcote, the home of May Gibbs.
1pm for 1.30pm tour, 5 Wallaringa Ave, Neutral Bay.
Bookings essential - contact email@example.com ASAP to register your interest. Bookings will be finalised on 20th March.
Wednesday 17th May 2017
Event featuring guest speaker Allison Tate on creating brands and her series The Map Maker Chronicles.
St Kevin's Primary School, 57-59 Oaks Avenue, Dee Why.
Wednesday 26th July 2017
Event featuring guest speaker Yvette Poshognian talking about the Premier’s Reading Challenge.
Lindfield Learning Hub, 12-18 Tryon Rd, Lindfield.
Tuesday 12th September 2017
Lunch with the Stars with guest speaker Gus Gordon.
Event details TBC.
Christmas Party featuring guest speakers Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood.
Event details TBC.
Travelling Suitcase Project
The CBCA Northern Sydney committee have been working on a fantastic resource for local schools to borrow - called The Travelling Suitcase project.
The first two suitcases will showcase the books of intrepid adventurer and photographer Jan Latta and best-selling author Belinda Murrell. Contents and borrowing details here.
However, it must be noted that The Travelling Suitcase Project was not our sub branch’s original idea. It was actually the very clever Jenny Stubbs, Book Links and the Children’s Literature Centre in Queensland who initiated The Travelling Suitcase Project back in 2006. Read more about this interesting story here.
We farewelled our presdient Wendy Fitzgerald, treasurer Kirsty O'Rourke and committee member Alice Jones at our first AGM for 2017.
Our committee members met at the home of outgoing president Wendy Fitzgerald to plan our sub-branch's activities for 2017.
Our Vice President Lindy Batchelor took us on an enlightening tour through the NSW Art Gallery. Lindy was an inspiring guide, demonstrating the tour she gives to school children to teach them about storytelling through art.
Shelley Unwin and JC Burke were our enlightening guests speakers at our October 2015 Meeting, held at St Kevin's Primary School in Dee Why.
Members of our Sub-Branch judged the 2015 Warringah Library Young Writers’ competition as an opportunity to support and encourage local authors in the making. Our judges attended the presentation night along with the mayor, pictured below.
The 2015 Big Book Day Out was a great success and we throroughly enjoyed taking part with our own stall, giving out goody bags to eager book-loving children.
CBCA NSW Judge Cathie Tasker provided an enlightening talk on the 2015 Short List, the judging process and what makes a good books for kids and YA. Held as part of Gordon Library Literature week.
Our authors Belinda Murrell, Kate Forythe and Jan Latta enthralled the kids at Gordon Library with stories of magical, mysterious and brave adventures as part of their Winter Warmers series of events.
Our 2014 end of year celebration featured author and illustrator Peter Carnavas who entertained us not only with his words, but through pictures and song as well. We also celebrated the release of our member Wendy Blaxland's picture book, The Christmas Rose. Friend of the committee and owner of Beecroft Children's Bookshop Paul Macdonald shared his picks for summer holiday reading.
We were thrilled to welcome our very special guest speakers, 2013 Children’s Laureate Alison Lester, and award-winning illustrator Sarah Davis at our end of year celebration for 2013.
Photos courtesy of Jean Saxby.
Members got together for a fun catch-up dinner with past president, Lindy Batchelor at Harbord Diggers Club.
Our 2013 Committee Planning Meeting at the home of our outgoing secretary, Antonette Diorio.
Our fabulous authors and illustrators at the 2013 Lunch with the Stars at St Patrick's, Manly. Guest author Gabrielle Lord and guest illustrator Serena Geddes regaled an audience of children's authors, teachers, students and librarians at this gala event.