As I near the end of Branch visits to discuss alternative structural models for the CBCA with your committees, I have some updates to share with you regarding our Bequest Program, a new corporate partnership and a change to the National Board. I’d also like to touch on the outcomes of the Imagine if… exhibition and farewell yet another important figure in Australian children’s literature.
Recently we launched our Bequest Program with a direct mail appeal to creators, publishers and national partners asking them to consider including the CBCA in their will to help us continue our work of nurturing a literate, educated and creative society. Mem Fox and Bob Graham kindly agreed to provide some commentary to include in our Bequest Letter. Here’s what they said:
Mem Fox: “CBCA Children’s Book Week sets Australian schools alight with the love of books and reading for a magical week every year. Out of this enthusiasm and focus, literacy leaps ahead. I’m therefore deeply thankful that the CBCA exists and is such an advocate for Australian books and young Australian readers. Greater literacy and a happier population is the marvellous result.”
Bob Graham: “Children are born curious to everything surrounding them. To put a book into the hands of a young child is to give them a world without borders, a world limited only by access to the stories found between their covers. The CBCA has been doing just this for over 70 years, bringing stories to generations of children, opening their minds to and understanding of the world around them.”
Since my last newsletter I have visited Brisbane, Hobart, Adelaide, Alice Springs and Perth to discuss the work undertaken to date by the Structural Review Working Party. This face-to-face consultation with your Executive Committees and members has been most worthwhile and I have appreciated the level of engagement and feedback during these discussions. My last stop will be Sydney this Monday, November 20.
While in Hobart, I had the pleasure of seeing Nella Pickup presented with life membership for her dedication and years of work for the CBCA. We are so grateful for everything she did to make the 2017 Book of the Year Awards such a successful and memorable event.
New National Partnerships
· We recently partnered with Echelon Productions, operator of Perform! Educational Musicals - a multi award-winning producer of educational theatre for primary schools. They have been touring for 18 years, educating children about CBCA Children’s Book Week, Cyber Safety, Science and Technology, Financial Literacy, and Fitness and Health. We are pleased to be working with an organisation that brings quality educational productions into Primary Schools, exploring the CBCA Children’s Book Week themes and promoting literature and the joy of reading in an interactive, fun and engaging way. Perform! Educational Musicals will bring the 2018 CBCA Children’s Book Week theme Find Your Treasure to life in a new production titled Treasure Hunt!
· After discussing with ACT and Vic branches who are familiar with them, we recently signed a partnership agreement with Zart Art. The agreement will ensure advertising in ZA's 2018 Book Week activity book of which at least 3,000 copies will be printed and promoted via ZA’s teacher network through their email mailing list to 10,000 art teachers and librarians across Victoria and ACT and an advertising/article in Zart Extra, ZA’s in-house professional learning magazine of which at least 12,000 copies are to be printed. ZA has also offered free venue hosting for CBCA author illustrator workshops/talks/panel discussions at their Victorian workshop space, which we have passed on to the Vic branch. The Partnerships Committee felt that in addition the $500 IP rights Zart paid us, this deal delivered good promotion and operational support to CBCA.
National Partner Extends Help to VIC branch
Recently the Victorian branch organised an event for which they required decorations. Inquiries with one of our national partners, The Party People, resulted in the Branch being able to purchase the supplies at a discount. This is a wonderful example of how a partnership negotiated at a national level established a positive relationship that we were able to leverage to share benefits with one of our branches.
Imagine if… Exhibition
As you are probably aware, the CBCA recently partnered with the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature to stage the very successful Imagine if… exhibition at the University of Canberra. Over 870 people visited the exhibition, which showcased 40 original artworks by 19 illustrators from both the CBCA Children’s Book Week archives and the NCACL collection. Imagine if… provided an excellent opportunity for both organisations to share some never-before-exhibited artwork with the public. It also helped to create additional buzz around CBCA Children’s Book Week. Visitor feedback was overwhelmingly enthusiastic.
‘A thoroughly delicious insight into national treasures … may a permanent museum of such be a reality soon!’ Professor Erica Hateley, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway.
Judges Nominations Closing Soon
Nominations for Judges for the 2019 Book of the Year Awards close on 30 November. Please see the CBCA website for details.
Vale Junko Morimoto
Last month, the Australian literary community farewelled Junko Morimoto, a teacher, artist, and award-winning children's picture book creator. Born in Hiroshima in 1932, she later survived the atomic bomb attack of 1945. Junko was a graduate of the Kyoto City University of Fine Art and ran the Children’s Art Studio in Osaka before teaching at a secondary school in Katano City. She migrated to Australia in 1982 and in 1984 her first picture book The White Crane was commended by the CBCA. She went on to create many award-winning picture books including Kojuro and the Bear and The Two Bullies which both won CBCA Picture Book of the Year in 1987 and 1998. She is perhaps best known for her contemporary classic My Hiroshima, her powerful and moving account of war and survival. Junko is survived by her son.
Board Member Resignation
Kylie Rathborne has had to resign as our newest Board member. She was offered a full-time role at UQP and, while we are delighted for her, we are sorry to lose her enthusiasm and expertise.
As always, I ask you to forward this email to your members.
With best wishes to you all,