EXHIBITION: JOURNEY OF A BOOK: Celebrating books-from idea to publication

A SPECIAL EXHIBITION at the Brisbane Square Library, George St, Brisbane city Level 2 … 13th July to August 30th

Showcasing the work of many of Queensland Children’s Authors and Illustrators – organised by the SCBWI Qld team and the Brisbane City Council events organiser, Michelle Richards.

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The Exhibition launch was held on Friday 13th July 2012 and will run until the end of August. Many supporters turned up to the launch and celebrated with the authors and illustrators.

The exhibition was launched by Jenny Stubbs, organiser of the Ipswich Children’s Literary Festival, co-ordinate the Ipswich District Teacher-Librarian Network, president of Book Links Qld and passionate supporter of children’s books and their creators.

Authors’ work is displayed in individual glass cases, and illustrators’ framed images hang on large wall spaces.

Each exhibit demonstrates how authors create books – from the first glimmer of an idea to the finished product. They feature artifacts, photographs, images, first drafts, final manuscripts and the book itself.

Featured authors:

David McRobbie – Vinnie’s War

Josie Montano – Little Penguin

Judy Paulson – Baby Tawnies

Kim Michelle Toft – Recipe for Perfect Planet Pie

Nette Hilton – The Web

Tina Marie Clark – African Orphans

Peter Taylor – Calligraphy

Katherine Battersby – two Squish Rabbit books

Pam Rushby – The Horses Didn’t Come Home

Sheryl Gwyther – Secrets of Eromanga

Jennifer Poulter – Mending Lucille

Prue Mason – Camel Rider

Angela Sunde – Pond Magic

Featured Illustrator:

Peter Allert

Lynn Priestley

Anil Tortop

Ozan Tortop

Lynelle Westlake

SCBWI Queensland heads up north

Queensland’s large geographical status means that very often SCBWI members from its widespread regions miss the contacts, networking and other opportunities those of us in southeast Queensland have.

To go some way to addressing this problem, I, as Assistant Regional Advisor, and support team member and author, Prue Mason, flew to Cairns recently to hold an informal meeting with our far north Queensland SCBWI members. Several even came some distance to attend – Port Douglas and Mena Creek, near Innisfail.

 

Thanks to the efforts of our SCBWI members in the region, Trudie Trewin, Ann Harth, Katrina Germein, Jacque Duffy and Kay Crabbe who passed on the information to other children’s writers and illustrators, a number of other interested writers turned up as well.

In north Queensland, SCBWI members are involved in writing picture books, fiction, non-fiction, poetry and self-published e-books. It’s clear that, even though the tyranny of distance is real for them, all are enthusiastic about what they’re doing.

Of course, as what happens when ‘the tribe’ get together, we continued talking about writing over lunch on the tavern’s wide deck overlooking the sea.

All the best,  Sheryl Gwyther

A new chapter for SCBWI QLD

Hello, everyone, on this auspicious occasion! 

Yes, things are moving along in a very positive direction for SCBWI Australia/New Zealand members in this very big country and region.

Here in Queensland, we have at last become a separate region under a new Assistant Regional Advisor, author, Sheryl Gwyther.

(c) Lynn Priestley 2012

We will also retain our Queensland SCBWI committee and sub-committees (Prue Mason, Pam Rushby, Tina Marie Clark, Peter Taylor and Jennifer Poulter.) We look forward to working with you and for you in our wonderful, networking organisation.

Members’ input is also valued and we urge you to become involved in any way you can manage. The world of children’s writing is special, and so are the creators and those who are involved in the industry because we believe in the value of what we do for the young.

Here’s more information on the changes:

The SCBWI Australia & New Zealand Chapter will now be subdivided into the below regions, under the leadership listed below.

Australia East & New Zealand

  • Susanne Gervay (RA); Sarah Davis (IC)
  • New South Wales: Deborah Abela (ARA)
  • Victoria (incl South Australia and Tasmania): Corinne King (ARA)
  • Queensland: Sheryl Gwyther (ARA)
  • New Zealand: Francis Plumpton (ARA)

Australia West (WA and NT)

  • Dianne Wolfer (RA); Meg McKinlay (ARA); Frané Lessac (IC)

Moving on into a new post will be former Regional Advisor Chris Cheng. Chris will now be wearing a number of hats including Co-Chair of the SCBWI Board of Advisors, Regional Advisor Emeritus (RAE) and his newest title as International Publication and Awards Coordinator. 

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Our new SCBWI (QLD) blog logo

We’ve chosen our three winners.

Thank to to all our entrants! We have a wealth of talent in this state. 

1. OUR BLOG LOGO – illustrated by Anil Tortop, in collaboration with author, Jennifer Poulter.

2. OUR FACEBOOK LOGO – designed and illustrated by Jennifer Pearce.

3. OUR OUTDOOR BANNER LOGO – designed and illustrated by Lynn Priestley. 

(c) Anil Tortop and Jennifer Poulter

Jennifer Poulter:  My design symbolises the joyous spirit of creativity! The pelican represents authors and illustrators catching ideas, surfing waves of inspiration. It also symbolises Queensland with its long, long coastline and the pelican, one of our most prolific water-birds, which is found on the coast and on inland lakes.  Water symbolises growth, nourishing, renewal – a great symbol for the dissemination of knowledge and the generation of ideas, the stimulation of imagination. It also captures the joy of playing in water, which all children love whether it is in the bath on the beach, river or lakeside, in the pool or under the hose!

Anil executed the design and – a stroke of genius – incorporated the Q for Queensland in the wave!

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