Double sunshiney day…

Today I trained it down to Frankston for the YABBA (Young Australian Best Book Awards) announcements. There were students from about ten schools there (I think) in the Frankston Art Centre and about 16 or so authors and illustrators. Also teachers, publishers and the wonderful group of people who administer the awards.

We authors and illustrators were asked to prepare a little (90 seconds we found out as we spoke!) piece on our first publication. It was fascinating to hear the variety of responses and indeed interpretations of the request.

Awards were presented to the winners of the inaugural Write On! writing competition and then the YABBA’s were presented.

After morning tea, we all reconvened in the vibrant Frankston Library for book signings. Great fun.

Well done YABBA committee. Well done YABBA voters. Congratulations YABBA winners. Go here for details.

And in late breaking news…well late to me as I didn’t get home until late…

The Australian government has voted…Parallel Importation Restrictions are to be retained…Australian copyright holders will continue to be protected. For more info on this wonderful news go here

Book covering

Saturday, members of the Vic SCBWI gathered at our regular meeting place for our regular meeting. But instead of speakers, we invited librarians. We brought the boxes of books donated for Marysville School. We’d also brought labels and contact and ‘film’ for covering them.

And that’s what we did. In three hours, about 20 of us, under the tutelage of experts, labeled and covered more than 300 books (I think…we lost count). Four members (including moi) shared a little of our current projects, but mostly we just chatted and covered, covered and chatted.

We stopped for afternoon tea around three and Corinne and I prepared ourselves for the fact that we’d never get all the books covered in the time available to us.

After tea and treats were consumed, covering recommenced and gradually it began to seem possible that an end was in sight.

And we did it! Covered and repacked and cleaned and out of there by just after 5pm. An amazing effort. Now we wait until the school is built and ready to receive them.