Clayton’s Night

Last night Catriona Hoy and I joined Pam McIntyre, Susanne Thwaites and Pam Horsey (channelling her inner Bec Kavanagh) presented our Clayton’s shortlist titles to a gathering of bookpeople at the CBCA Vic Clayton’s Night. I was presenting the Early Childhood section and Catriona, the non fiction.

Knowing that it’s almost impossible to catch a closed-mouth photo of a speaker, these are two shots we prepared earlier.

And here are our shortlists:

Early Childhood Award

In the Lion, James Foley Walker Books
Peggy, Anna Walker Scholastic
Pooka, Carol Chataway and Nina Rycroft Working Title Press
Too Many Elephants in This House, Ursula Dubosarsky Penguin
Ships in the Field, Susanne Gervay and Anna Pignataro Ford Street Publishing
Lily and the Fairy Tree, Jane Tanner Penguin

Eve Pownell (Non-fiction) Award

Kevin Thinks by Gail Watts
Python by Christopher Cheng & Mark Jackson
Lone Pine by Susie Brown & Margaret Warner illus. by Sebastian Ciaffaglione
Life on the Goldfields by Doug Bradby
Sophie Scott Goes South by Alison Lester
Catriona’s own book ‘The Little Dinosaur’ is also entered in this category

Picture Book Award

Herman & Rosie by Gus Gordon
Peggy by Anna Walker
The Terrible Suitcase by Emma Allen & Freya Blackwood
Tree by Danny Parker & Matt Ottley
Unforgotten by Tohby Riddle
Lightning Jack by Glenda Millard & Patricia Mullins

Younger Readers Award

The Forgotten Pearl by Belinda Murrell
Star by Catherine Bateson
Louis Beside Himself by Anna Fienberg
Miss Understood by James Roy
The Beginner’s Guide to Revenge by Marianne Musgrove
The Horses didn’t come Home by Pamela Rushby

Older Readers Award

The Shiny Guys by Doug McLeod
Night Beach by Kirsty Eager
The interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Amberlin Kwaymullina
City by James Roy
Friday Brown by Vikki Wakefield
The Ink Bridge by Neil Grant
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New beginnings

What’s the connection between these two images?
The first is Grandma Poss from Possum Magic.
The second is Queen’s Hall, part of the original building of the State Library of Victoria.

Grandma Poss has most recently been resident in the gardens of Dromkeen, a wonderful place for immersion in children’s literature, particularly the art of children’s literature.

Sadly, Dromkeen is for sale.
Fortunately, the SLV has become the new custodian of the amazing collection of original picture book art that was housed there.
Even more fortunately, the SLV is interested in continuing the work of Dromkeen, that of bringing readers and creators together.

On Wednesday, writers, illustrators and library experts gathered to begin the discussion about just how to keep alive some of the Dromkeen programs, and how to shape and develop them in the future.

Stay posted.


ps Our meeting on Wednesday was in this glorious space, Queen’s Hall.
pps Grandma Poss is now in Melbourne .