This year’s Shortlist Celebration was a casual get together for all those involved in the creation of the Shortlist film, mingling with the management committee of CBCA SA. The evening began with a moving Welcome to Country by Micky O’Brian. While sharing drinks and a great spread of finger food, we listened to branch president, Jane Moore, describe the many ups and downs and unexpected curveballs thrown at the crew during filming. The night concluded with a presentation of the final movie, but we were held in suspense upon learning that we would have to wait with the rest of the country to find out which books had been shortlisted.
We were delighted to be able to hold Night of the Notables this year after it was cancelled due to COVID in 2020. The event was well attended. Fortunately, we were able to safely spread out through the Burnside Ballroom to enjoy drinks and nibbles. Five wonderful presenters – Nola Uzzell,
Katrina Germein, Julia Baldwin, Eileen McCabe and Kathryn Beilby entertained the audience with their expert opinions on the best of the Notables BOYA books. Each presenter chose a different category and prepared a slideshow to accompany her talk.
Attendees were also able to access these slide presentations after the event. Night of the Notables is a terrific way to help us learn about the best of Australian Children’s books and build interest in the CBCA Shortlist and CBCA Book Week.
We are extremely grateful to the Burnside Library staff for their support.