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CBCA ISC Children's Literary Lunch 2017

Michelle Morgan - Monday, August 14, 2017

It was another fun Children's Literary Lunch at the Fraternity Club in Wollongong last Wednesday. This annual  event is organised by the Children's Book Council of Australia Illawarra-South Coast Sub-branch. 

I joined 15 other authors and illustrators, and an audience of nearly 200 students and teacher-librarians for a fantastic day filled with stories, books and drawing. I had the privilege of being the guest author at a table of students and their teacher-librarian from Port Kembla Public School.

The morning program consisted of three minute pitches from the authors and illustrators. I donned a woollen scarf and 1930s flying goggles to deliver my pitch about my new novel, Flying through Clouds. After lunch, we were entertained by Adam Murphy with his sketching techniques and stories from his time working on films such as The Lion King, Aladdin and The Little Mermaid.

Thanks CBCA ISC for a great day!

 

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SCBWI Bologna Regional Showcase & Digital Catalogue

Michelle Morgan - Sunday, April 24, 2016

I was in good company in the recent SCBWI Bologna Showcase at the Bologna Children's Book Fair held 4 to 7 April 2016.

Racing the Moon was also included in the SCBWI Bologna Digital Catalogue that was produced to support the Showcase.

The Showcase and Catalogue promote Australian and New Zealand authors who are members of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators who had PAL books published between 2014 and 2016.

Thanks SCBWI !!

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A fun Big Book Day Out 2015

Michelle Morgan - Monday, September 14, 2015

It was such fun at Big Book Day Out yesterday. The NSW Writers' Centre was buzzing with kids, parents, authors and illustrators, all celebrating Australian children's / YA books and literature.

I was on the CBCA Illawarra-South Coast stand with authors, Di Bates and Sandy Fussell, as well as Catherine and her daughters, Erica and Freya, who helped Sandy make amazing balloon animals. Jacqueline Harvey, Lisa Stewart, Tristan Bancks, Ted Prior, Yvette Poshoglian and R. A. Spratt entertained the children on the outdoor stage while the younger children enjoyed stories and craft activities inside the story tent. I loved chatting to kids and their parents about books, in particular my YA novel, Racing the Moon. The kids loved the Racing the Moon balloons and were amazed at the large historical photos I brought along to show what it was like living in Sydney and going to school back in the early 1930s.

Thank you CBCA NSW and NSW Writers' Centre for hosting such a fabulous event!

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Big Book Day Out 2015

Michelle Morgan - Monday, September 07, 2015

BIG BOOK DAY OUT, hosted by the Children's Book Council of Australia NSW Branch, is being held at the NSW Writers' Centre in Rozelle on Sunday 13 September 2015 from 10am to 2.30pm.

I'll be one of the many children's / YA authors at this fun event. Bring a picnic, relax in the story tent, enjoy presentations by authors and illustrators or try your hand at one of the many craft activities. There is a book shop where you can purchase books on the day, including my debut novel, Racing the Moon.

See you at the CBCA Illawarra South Coast table between 10am and 12.30pm! Free face painting, craft activities and Racing the Moon balloons.

 

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Children's Literary Lunch 2015

Michelle Morgan - Monday, August 03, 2015

It was a very successful 2015 Literary Lunch of the Children's Book Council of Australia (Illawarra South-Coast) on 29 July. With more than 160 guests from schools around the Illawarra and South Coast and 15 guest authors, the day was all about stories and books - bringing them to life and encouraging a love of reading.

I had the privilege of sitting with students from Thirroul Public School and their Teacher-Librarian, Sonya. We chatted about books and writing, and about my novel, Racing the Moon. I brought along historical photos from the early 1930s to give them a feel for what it was like to live and go to school back then. The complimentary Racing the Moon postcards and balloons were a big hit with the students as well.

The really exciting part of the day was the three-minute pitch sessions by the authors and illustrators: Di Bates, Wai Chim, Bill Condon, Di Ellis, Wendy Fitzgerald, Tony Flowers, Sandy Fussell, Susanne Gervay, Lizabeth Klein, Oliver Pommavanh, Lisa Shannahan, Lexi Watt, Sue Whiting and myself. After lunch, Jacqueline Harvey, gave a lively presentation on her two children's series: Alice Miranda and Clementine Rose.

I was so busy chatting to students and signing their program booklets, I barely had time to eat. A big thank you to the CBCA ISC organisers and to the enthusiastic students and teacher-librarians who made the literary lunch such a special event.

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What a buzz at Big Book Day Out!

Michelle Morgan - Monday, September 01, 2014

It was such fun at Big Book Day Out 2014 at the beautiful NSW Writers' Centre in Rozelle. There was a real fairground atmosphere with so much happening - the variety of activities and talks was truly amazing. 

The sun was shining as authors and illustrators entertained children and their families at stalls, under trees, on rugs, anywhere there was room, and the audiences were enthusiastic and appreciative. The event was a kaleidoscope of books, talks, art and craft, readings, stories, signings, jokes, showbags, posters, postcards, bookmarks and balloons.

In my session, "The moon, balloons and books", the corny moon jokes were a big hit, as were the four copies of Racing the Moon that I gave away as prizes to the young people who answered my jokes correctly. Before and after the session, my husband and I couldn't blow up Racing the Moon balloons fast enough.

 

Who would have thought that a children's literary event like Big Book Day Out could generate such a buzz and excitement? Many thanks to the organisers - the Children's Book Council of Australia (NSW Branch) and Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Well done!

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Only 2 days until Big Book Day Out

Michelle Morgan - Friday, August 29, 2014

I'm looking forward to Big Book Day Out on Sunday 31 August at the NSW Writers' Centre in Rozelle. I'll be one of the many children's / YA authors taking part. My session, called "The moon, balloons & books" is at 1pm at the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators stand.

Bring a picnic, relax in the story tent, enjoy presentations by authors, witness illustrators in action, participate in the costume parade, try your hand at craft and enjoy the sunshine.

Big Book Day Out is an annual event presented by the Children's Book Council of Australia NSW Branch.

 

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Big Book Day Out on 31 August

Michelle Morgan - Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Big Book Day Out, presented by the Children's Book Council of Australia NSW Branch, is being held at the NSW Writers' Centre in Rozelle on Sunday 31 August from 10am to 2.30pm.

I'll be one of the many children's / YA authors presenting at this fun event. Bring a picnic, relax in the story tent, enjoy presentations by authors, witness illustrators in action, participate in the costume parade, try your hand at craft and enjoy the sunshine. See you at the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators stand at 1pm!

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Children's Book of the Year Awards 2014

Michelle Morgan - Friday, August 15, 2014

The winners of the Children's Book of the Year Awards 2014 have been announced:

Early Childhood - Jan Ormerod & Andrew Joyner - The Swap
Eve Pownall - Christopher Faille & Danny Snell - Jeremy
Younger Reader - Catherine Jinks - City of Orphans: a very unusual pursuit
Older Reader -  Fiona Wood - Wildlife
Picture Book -
Shaun Tan - Rules of Summer
Crichton Award - Graham Byrne (text: Claire Saxby) - Big Red Kangaroo

Children's Book Week has now officially commenced and continues until Friday 22 August with events and activities held in schools, libraries and book shops all across Australia. Connect to Reading - Reading to Connect is this year's theme, highlighting how books and reading help children connect with to each other. Through reading books, children enjoy the experience of exploring story, travelling to other worlds and connecting through a variety of media.

 

The awards celebrate the recently published books of many talented Australian authors and illustrators who write for children and young adults. Congratulations to all of the award winners, honour books and notables!

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Children's Literary Lunch

Michelle Morgan - Friday, August 08, 2014

I had such a great time on Wednesday 6 August at the 2014 Literary Lunch of the Illawarra South-Coast Children's Book Council of Australia. With more than 160 guests from schools around the Illawarra and South Coast and fifteen guest authors, the day was all about stories and books - bringing them to life and encouraging a love and enjoyment of reading and stories, whatever the genre.

I had the privilege of sitting with ten students and the Teacher-Librarian (Sharon) from Jamberoo Public School as well as Jean, a CBCA representative. The students had so many questions to ask about my novel, Racing the Moon, and their enthusiasm was infectious. The historical photos that I brought along to give them a feel for what it was like in the early 1930s (the period when my book is set) were a big hit.

The really exciting part of the day was the three-minute pitch sessions by the authors: Di Bates, Toni Brisland, Jill Bruce, Lynda Calder, WeiChim, Bill Condon, Di Ellis, Sandy Fussell, Peter Macinnis, Belinda Murrell, Lillian Rodrigues-Pang, Oliver Pommavanh, Lesley Vamos, Jodie Wells-Slowgrove and myself.

Each of the pitches were so different - some authors talked a bit about themselves and their writing, some concentrated on a particular book, story or character, and some, like Oliver, just went wild. The pitches were all timed and there wasn't a computer or Powerpoint presentation in sight. It was very entertaining and the students loved it. Lillian, a professional oral storyteller, also gave a longer and very energetic performance of one of her stories after lunch, which kept the audience captivated to the very end.

After the presentations, I was so busy chatting to students, signing their program booklets and generally having a lot of fun, that I forgot to take any photos!

A big thank you to the CBCA ISC organisers and to the enthusiastic students and teacher-librarians who made the literary lunch such a special event.

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