Blog

CBCA ISC Children's Literary Lunch 2017

Michelle Morgan - Monday, August 14, 2017

It was another fun Children's Literary Lunch at the Fraternity Club in Wollongong last Wednesday. This annual  event is organised by the Children's Book Council of Australia Illawarra-South Coast Sub-branch. 

I joined 15 other authors and illustrators, and an audience of nearly 200 students and teacher-librarians for a fantastic day filled with stories, books and drawing. I had the privilege of being the guest author at a table of students and their teacher-librarian from Port Kembla Public School.

The morning program consisted of three minute pitches from the authors and illustrators. I donned a woollen scarf and 1930s flying goggles to deliver my pitch about my new novel, Flying through Clouds. After lunch, we were entertained by Adam Murphy with his sketching techniques and stories from his time working on films such as The Lion King, Aladdin and The Little Mermaid.

Thanks CBCA ISC for a great day!

 

» Share this post

Another fun Children's Literary Lunch

Michelle Morgan - Friday, August 12, 2016

It was a privilege to be one of sixteen guest authors at the 2016 Children's Literary Lunch organised by CBCA Illawarra South Coast Branch. The 120 local school students and their teachers / librarians were an enthusiastic audience. I was lucky enough to be on a table with eight amazing students and their Teacher-Librarian from St Columbkille's Primary School in Corrimal.

After signing booklets and handing out bookmarks, postcards and other publicity material, the authors gave three minute presentations about their books. In my presentation I talked about Racing the Moon and billycart races, and then read an excerpt from Chapter 3, which is all about the Glebe Billycart Derby.

Tony Flowers entertained the kids after lunch with his amusing stories and simple illustrating techniques.

Many thanks to CBCA Illawarra South Coast Branch for organising and hosting this special event at the newly renovated Fraternity Club in Fairy Meadow.

» Share this post

Children's Literary Lunch 2015

Michelle Morgan - Monday, August 03, 2015

It was a very successful 2015 Literary Lunch of the Children's Book Council of Australia (Illawarra South-Coast) on 29 July. With more than 160 guests from schools around the Illawarra and South Coast and 15 guest authors, the day was all about stories and books - bringing them to life and encouraging a love of reading.

I had the privilege of sitting with students from Thirroul Public School and their Teacher-Librarian, Sonya. We chatted about books and writing, and about my novel, Racing the Moon. I brought along historical photos from the early 1930s to give them a feel for what it was like to live and go to school back then. The complimentary Racing the Moon postcards and balloons were a big hit with the students as well.

The really exciting part of the day was the three-minute pitch sessions by the authors and illustrators: Di Bates, Wai Chim, Bill Condon, Di Ellis, Wendy Fitzgerald, Tony Flowers, Sandy Fussell, Susanne Gervay, Lizabeth Klein, Oliver Pommavanh, Lisa Shannahan, Lexi Watt, Sue Whiting and myself. After lunch, Jacqueline Harvey, gave a lively presentation on her two children's series: Alice Miranda and Clementine Rose.

I was so busy chatting to students and signing their program booklets, I barely had time to eat. A big thank you to the CBCA ISC organisers and to the enthusiastic students and teacher-librarians who made the literary lunch such a special event.

» Share this post

Children's Literary Lunch

Michelle Morgan - Friday, August 08, 2014

I had such a great time on Wednesday 6 August at the 2014 Literary Lunch of the Illawarra South-Coast Children's Book Council of Australia. With more than 160 guests from schools around the Illawarra and South Coast and fifteen guest authors, the day was all about stories and books - bringing them to life and encouraging a love and enjoyment of reading and stories, whatever the genre.

I had the privilege of sitting with ten students and the Teacher-Librarian (Sharon) from Jamberoo Public School as well as Jean, a CBCA representative. The students had so many questions to ask about my novel, Racing the Moon, and their enthusiasm was infectious. The historical photos that I brought along to give them a feel for what it was like in the early 1930s (the period when my book is set) were a big hit.

The really exciting part of the day was the three-minute pitch sessions by the authors: Di Bates, Toni Brisland, Jill Bruce, Lynda Calder, WeiChim, Bill Condon, Di Ellis, Sandy Fussell, Peter Macinnis, Belinda Murrell, Lillian Rodrigues-Pang, Oliver Pommavanh, Lesley Vamos, Jodie Wells-Slowgrove and myself.

Each of the pitches were so different - some authors talked a bit about themselves and their writing, some concentrated on a particular book, story or character, and some, like Oliver, just went wild. The pitches were all timed and there wasn't a computer or Powerpoint presentation in sight. It was very entertaining and the students loved it. Lillian, a professional oral storyteller, also gave a longer and very energetic performance of one of her stories after lunch, which kept the audience captivated to the very end.

After the presentations, I was so busy chatting to students, signing their program booklets and generally having a lot of fun, that I forgot to take any photos!

A big thank you to the CBCA ISC organisers and to the enthusiastic students and teacher-librarians who made the literary lunch such a special event.

» Share this post

Literary events for August

Michelle Morgan - Monday, August 04, 2014

I've been busy preparing talks for the following events:

Monday 4 August - Guest speaker at the Australian Federation of Graduate Women (Southern Highlands Branch) annual general meeting at Bowral Golf Club.

Wednesday 6 August - one of the guest authors at the Children's Book Council of Australia Illawarra South Coast Literary Lunch in Wollongong - I'll be giving a short talk to the 160 teachers, librarians, students and other authors attending.

Sunday 31 AugustBig Book Day Out, presented by the Children's Book Council of Australia NSW Branch, at the NSW Writers' Centre at Rozelle - I'll be one of the many children's / YA authors chatting to people at this fun event. Bring a picnic, relax in the story tent, witness children's illustrators in action, participate in the Costume Parade, try your hand at craft and enjoy the sunshine. See you at the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators stand!

» Share this post

Recent Posts

Tags

Waterstones Reader's Companion Armidale Australia Day festival of golden words ubud writers & readers festival karma jackie french 19 March 1932 CBCA Children's Book Week interviews goodbye frankie australian federation of graduate women Dymocks Brisbane clancy tucker lachlan philpott spark award 2017 playwriting writing workshops good reading magazine chloe mauger Paperchain Manuka Newcastle writers' festival hans christian andersen elaine ousten romy sharp barnes&noble children's / YA literature mabo day children's book council of australia deb robins Tamworth Country Music Festival nowra library believing autumn revel Historical Novel Society national simultaneous storytime scbwi australia writers' festivals writing process blog hop southern cross kate gordon society of children's book writers and illustrators literary events 14 february 1966 ubud, bali sydney writers festival 2019 coming-of-age fiction iTunes griffin press kids' book review southern highland news gorman arts centre skylight books potts point bookshop canberra sandy fussell book fairs author talks MacLean's Booksellers playwriting festival Port Macquarie Library eBook mall allen & unwin kobo valentine's day australian reading hour sophie masson goodreads giveaway children's book council of australia illawarra south coast berkelouw book barn decimal currency Mitchell Library authors bologna children's book fair sally odgers captain tobias furneaux children's book council of australia national conference Dymock's Canberra bradman museum copyediting refugee week self-publishing Moss Vale Campus Library Sydney Harbour Bridge international children's book day 2014 CBCA book of the year awards Reading Time atyp book launch all the buzz about books dymocks indigenous literacy day Taree Library reconciliation better read than dead plays teachers' notes awards Lismore Library tom keneally centre alexander mccall smith readhowyouwant bookloons refugees sydney mechanics school of arts library fran knight shoalhaven libraries YA fiction booktopia NAIDOC week deep sky KXT middle grade fiction elizabeth gilbert jamberoo public school blog tour nook griffin theatre playwrights retreat spark award older readers 2017 read3r'zrevu literary lunch books Grafton Library Quirindi Library mETAphor QBD goodreads bookworld Tamworth City Library book tour paperback eBook holidays combined book exhibit nsw writers' centre Woollahra Library fishpond 12 curly questions heart of australia amazon southern highlands writers' festival theatre bay of fires tasmania ANZAC Day jump for jordan Bookshop Bowral berkelouw books big book day out Books + Publishing act writers centre telopea park school martin luther king, jr sharon mcguinness bookstop[ seven mile beach australian standing orders frankfurt book fair tanika gupta historical fiction Kings Cross Theatre michelle morgan teen fiction eBooks.com barbara braxton book cover design ann harth kindle Magpies historical novel society australasia WritingNSW indigenous literacy foundation festival of dangerous ideas Abbey's Bookshop illustrators sydney byron writers festival bushwalking bill condon smsa library storytellers festival di bates author videos flying through clouds sir charles kingsford smith songs buzz words just write for kids ainslie + gorman arts centre sydney opera house festivals lovereading4kids australian literature narrabundah college St Paul's Primary School Anniversary Day racing the moon indie publishing hnsa school visits lyn linning Broadbeach Library book depository smashwords Good Reading too late for love Spotlight On reviews ulladulla library arielle gamble giveaway mother's day gerringong historical society museum luke johnson highlife magazine book trailer ReadPlus bookshops libraries State Library of NSW Gordon Library scbwi Muswellbrook Library Bowral Art Gallery amazon kindle children's book council of australia NSW branch

Archive