A Love Letter

November 13th, 2012 · No Comments »

This is a love letter to the Children’s Book Council of Australia NSW branch.

Dear CBCA NSW,

Will you go out with me? Tick yes or no. Love, Nathan

Why the sudden love, you might ask?

Well, last night I attended the CBCA NSW Lady Cutler Dinner, where Robyn Ewing was presented with the Lady Cutler Award for distinguished service to children’s literature in Australia. It is so inspiring to hear about the wonderful things people, such as Robyn, are doing to promote the power of reading to enrich lives. Robyn is a great advocate for giving the arts in general a stronger focus in the national curriculum.

Libby Hathorn’s closing speech at the dinner was absolute evidence of this passion. When she talked about the bush poetry and stories that she grew up with, it made me think about my own childhood and the love affair I had with Banjo Patterson and Henry Lawson (Andy’s Gone with Cattle is still a favourite). When growing up I discovered a rare photo my neighbour had of a young Banjo Patterson doing a handstand outside his house, which was right near ours. Perhaps that’s why I became a champion handstander.

Top photo, taken from Toni Brisland’s blog shows CBCA NSW Committee Members Lisa White, Rachel Greenwood and Toni Brisland with Libby Gleeson at the Lady Cutler Dinner. Bottom, the wonderful Susanne Gervay with me.

But wait, there’s more …

The CBCA NSW’s program, the Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program (previously Frustrated Writer’s Mentorship Program) is BRILLIANT and if you are an aspiring and unpublished writer, you should totally enter it – those to come out of the program include myself, Jacqueline Harvey, Oliver Phommavanh, Toni Brisland, Aleesah Darlison, Kirsty Eager and others.

The CBC2U (previously ALOUD) helps schools in economically & geographically disadvantaged areas by covering the costs for author visits.  If your school would love to give the gift of an author visit to your students, but can’t afford it, apply through the CBCA NSW today.  You could have me come and talk! Wouldn’t that be fun?!!!!! The correct answer is yes.

The CBCA NSW have a revamped website that is looking good:

http://nsw.cbca.org.au/

If you live in NSW and love kids books, whether you’re a teacher, librarian, parent, student, author, illustrator, or monkey, you should join. It doesn’t cost much and you will be supporting the children’s literature community.

Do it.

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