As I continue my Branch visits I’d like to take a moment to share some important updates with you about a change to our National Board and details of an exciting new merchandise initiative. I would also like to farewell an important figure in the field of YA literature.
New Independent Director
The National Board extends a warm welcome to Kylie Rathborne, our new Independent Director – Marketing. Kylie holds a Bachelor of Arts (Communications) and post-graduate qualifications in Writing, Editing and Publishing. Her most recent role was Marketing and Communications Manager for UPLIT, the organisation responsible for the annual Brisbane Writers Festival, INSPIRE festival, Word Play and other regional literary programs and initiatives. Kylie has 15 years marketing and communications experience across various sectors. She will attend her first Board Meeting on 16 October and we look forward to her insights and contribution.
Work is underway on the business planning for a new evergreen merchandise strategy. We have received positive responses from a number of illustrators to our approach, requesting the use of artwork they created for CBCA Children’s Book Week themes dating back to 1987. CBCA holds the original images for these themes and they are stored at the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature in Canberra. Elements of some of these artworks will be used to produce a range of promotional items (such as greeting cards and tote bags) in consultation with the creators. We believe this represents a wonderful opportunity to share these beautiful illustrations with a broader audience while also providing the CBCA with an additional income stream with which to continue our work in promoting Australian children’s literature.
I have now completed the first of eight Branch visits as part of the consultation and briefing process for the work of the Structural Review Working Party. I am so pleased to have the opportunity to speak directly with your Executive Committees and members and to hear both your feedback and questions on this important strategic matter. My next stop will be Brisbane on 17 October.
Vale Agnes Niewenhuizen
Last month we were deeply saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Agnes Niewenhuizen. Agnes was a teacher, author, and influential leader in the YA literary community. Her passion for children’s and youth literature led her to establish the Youth Literature Project in 1991, which later evolved into the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria. Her books include Right Book, Right Time: 500 Great Reads for Teenagers. In 1994 she received the Dromkeen Medal for her contribution to Australian children’s and YA literature. Agnes has left a significant legacy.
Judges Nominations Now Open
The Awards Sub-Committee is now accepting nominations for Judges for the 2019 Book of the Year Awards. Nominations close on 30 November 2017. Please see the CBCA website for details.
Harper Collins Donation
The staff of Harper Collins Children’s Books Australia made sure they didn’t miss out on the fun of CBCA Children’s Book Week 2017, dressing up for a fundraising morning tea. Funds raised by the event have been generously donated to the CBCA. HarperCollins also ran a giveaway promotion during CBCA Children’s Book Week using our logo and Freya Blackwood’s beautiful artwork. Over 90,000 parents viewed this via the ABC Kids for Parents Facebook channel, representing a significant boost for our brand exposure.
With best wishes to you all,