In the past few weeks it has been my pleasure to attend two fantastic events for children’s writers and illustrators. Apart from being fantastic network opportunities, they stood out largely because of the obvious dedication and passion of those who organised them.
First, there was the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards held at The Wine Centre in Adelaide. I attended this event for the first time and came away full of admiration for the Committee Members and the Judges. Apart from their extraordinary knowledge of the world of children’s book writing, their organisational skills left far better financed organisations for dead. Most importantly, I realised for the first time just how important these awards are. Congratulations to all the winners.
The second event I attended was the Ballarat Writers Festival which specialises in children’s writing and illustrating. This event is now a must-attend for anyone interested in children’s books (or should I say ‘content’ given the enormous changes occurring in our industry). I was fortunate enough to attend the pre-festival dinner where I met some very interesting people and bumped into a few acquaintances. The panels and workshops held the following day were informative and fascinating (even the one I was on). I’ve already got next year’s Festival in my diary.