What a busy and exciting month we’ve just had! Now that we’ve all had a chance to catch our collective breath I’d like to sincerely thank you for helping to make our two CBCA calendar highlights, the 2017 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards and the CBCA Children’s Book Week, such a success. I’d also like to share some news regarding one of our partners and a lovely little snippet about our Book Week artwork.
Book of the Year Awards
Government House Tasmania was a grand and fitting venue for our 2017 Book of the Year Awards presentation, graciously hosted by the Governor of Tasmania, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC. As our organisation’s signature event, the annual Awards ceremony is eagerly anticipated by creators, publishers and CBCA branch members across the country and requires a great deal of planning and organisation. I would like to extend a special thank you to the Tasmanian Branch for such a well-run and memorable event. It was lovely to hear the CBCA acknowledged in several of the Award acceptance speeches and I feel so privileged to be part of an organisation of dedicated volunteers who tirelessly promote the creative talents of Australia’s wonderful community of children’s book creators.
Awards Media Coverage
This year we again engaged the services of public relations company DMCPRmedia to promote our Short List and the Book of the Year Awards. The following overview of our coverage shows this was a worthwhile exercise. Major media around Australia covered the Winners, highlights included a double-page spread in the Sydney Morning Herald which was picked up by various Fairfax print and online publications, The Australian’s Stephen Romei interviewed Trace Balla, as did ABC Weekend Breakfast. News Corp’s metro Saturday newspapers picked up Francis Whiting’s story and ABC radio along with several independent stations interviewed several winning authors.
Book Week 2017
With another successful CBCA Children’s Book Week behind us I want to thank all the Branches for your herculean efforts in driving and supporting this iconic event in your local schools, libraries and communities. I have seen some marvellously engaging and creative CBCA Children’s Book Week initiatives in support of your members. Congratulations to you all on your innovative outreach and for really making the most of the opportunity the CBCA Children’s Book Week gives us to showcase the value of being a CBCA member.
Party People Wins National Retailer Award
One of our partners, The Party People, recently received the Australian Retailers Association’s 2017 Independent Retailer of the Year award in recognition of their business success. In the lead-up to CBCA Children’s Book Week they promoted our ‘Escape to Everywhere’ banner and merchandise via their online store, which will have boosted awareness of CBCA Children’s Book Week among their customer base.
A final snippet…
Proving that her delightful artwork has truly international appeal, one of Freya Blackwood’s Book Week posters is off to Turkey this week at the request of an Assistant Professor at Acibadem University, Ankara. The poster will adorn the walls of his new baby’s nursery, which I think you’ll agree is an entirely suitable spot!
With best wishes to you all,
30 August 2017