Events

From 2022 all CBCA ACT events will be scheduled in our new membership system called Hello Club. This means that to attend a CBCA ACT event both members and non-members will need to have a Hello Club account to register for events. For more information about becoming a member go to Membership Information.

CBCA Book Week Launch

– A fun, friendly get-together the evening before the ‘big announcement’

Event:


Enjoy a relaxed dinner in the company of bookish people and books, chatting about all things literary, then sit back as Harry Laing entertains us with some wildly original poetry. There will be an opportunity to purchase books from The Book Cow, and to donate to the CBCA’s annual Christmas Book Appeal. Who knows? There may be a book launch or two to celebrate as well!

We are also thrilled to have Vic CBCA member and author, Anna Battese share news of the second story in her junior fiction series, PD McPem’s Agency for Mysterious Mysteries, to be launched at The Book Cow on 24 July. Anna’s books will be available to purchase on the night.

Guest Speaker:

Harry Laing – poetry performance

When:

Thursday 18 August, 6 for 6.30pm

Where:

Olims Hotel (Mercure Canberra), Courtyard Restaurant,

Corner Ainslie and Limestone Avenues, Braddon    Map

Cost:

Members and non-members dinner and drinks to be ordered at bistro (at your own expense).

Each member entitled to one free drink.

Teachers:

Two hours of teacher identified professional development.

Register:

RSVP by Sunday 14 August, including your name and contact telephone or email to:

Maura Pierlot, email maura@maurapierlot.com or SMS 0403 465 107 or

Kellie Nissen, email kellie@justrightwords.com.au  or SMS 0403 444 884

Cancellation Policy:

CBCA ACT reserves the right to cancel this event due to insufficient numbers. 

Organisers:

Maura Pierlot and Kellie Nissen

  

CBCA Book of the Year Announcement

Announcement of Winning and Honour books by CBCA National. 

Creative performance or visual piece by local Shadow Judging primary and high school students.

Speaker:

MC Julie Long OAM, President CBCA ACT Branch

When:

Friday 19 August 2022, 11.30am to 1.00pm

Where:

National Library of Australia Theatre, Parkes Place West, Parkes

Teachers:

One and a half hours of teacher identified professional development.

Cost:

Members - Free

Non-Members - $5.00

Both members and non-members must register via their Hello Club account. You don't have to be a member to have an account so if you don't have an account yet, you can create one here

Register:

RSVP by Wednesday 17 August.

Organiser:

Julie Long OAM at Julie_h_long@hotmail.com

Cancellation Policy:

CBCA ACT reserves the right to cancel this event due to insufficient numbers. Email info@cbcaact.org.au for more information.

Readers Cup

School teams come together to challenge their knowledge of books. Teams read a set of books, and then compete with other school teams to answer quiz questions from the books. Readers Cup competitions challenge students to read widely, work collaboratively in a team and continue developing a love of reading.

Event:

Readers Cup teams have four students with one reserve who may participate in the event throughout the evening at the Team Coordinator's discretion. Schools can enter 1, 2 or 3 teams of Year 5/6 students.

One Year 4 student per team is permitted.

Book titles are provided to Team Coordinators after registration and payments are complete.

Team Coordinators provide the books to students and some time for the students to meet but you do not coach the students in anyway.

When:

27 August - Entries close. Ensure you register and pay by this date

5 September - Students start reading the 5 books

19 October - Radford College event, 5 to 8pm (please arrive 15 minutes early) 

Where:

Radford College, Junior School

Cost:

Members - Free

Non-members - $44 per team

Register:

Register and pay via Hello Club (login as an institutional member)

Both members and non-members must register via their Hello Club account. If you don't have an account yet, you can create one here.

Organiser:

Rachael Hind info@cbcaact.org.au

Past Events

National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature Showcase

in partnership with the ACT Branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia 

The  National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature Inc (NCACL) has a comprehensive collection of material about Australian children’s literature. The collection includes books, artwork, ephemera and author  and illustrator research files. 

Now valued at over ten million dollars, the collection includes over 46,000 books.  Some 4,300 of these books are in overseas translations in 66 languages.

Come along to see a showcase of its precious treasures, and learn how the NCACL volunteers manage such an important Australian cultural and literary resource.

Learn more about NCACL and its work here:  https://www.ncacl.org.au

When:

Tuesday 17 May 2022, Session 1 at 4.30-5.40pm or Session 2 at 5.10-6.30pm

Where:

The Hub, University of Canberra, Kirinari Street Bruce ACT

Cost:

Free - CBCA ACT member

$5.00 - CBCA State member

$10.00 - Non-member

Refreshments will be provided on arrival.

Register:


Register for either Session 1 at 4.30-5.40pm or Session 2 at 5.10-6.30pmRegistrations close 15 May or when session reaches capacity.

Both members and non-members must register via their Hello Club account. If you don't have an account yet, you can create one here.

Numbers in each session strictly limited due to University COVID restrictions, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

PLEASE NOTE: The University of Canberra requires that all visitors to its campus must be fully vaccinated. 

Organiser:

Kirrin Sampson

Judge's Talk - Younger Readers

Have you ever wondered about the CBCA Book of the Year judging process?

Not sure how to incorporate the CBCA Book of the Year Short List books in your classroom or library.

Log on and hear from our local Young Readers judge Colleen Caddey as she talks about this year's Younger Reader Short List. Get a behind the scenes look at the Shortlisted books.

When:

Wednesday 27 April 2022, 4.00-6.00pm

Where:

Online via Zoom. Once you have signed up you will receive the zoom meeting link for the session.

Cost:

Free - CBCA ACT member

$5.00 - Non-member

Register:

Register here.

Both members and non-members must register via their Hello Club account. If you don't have an account yet, you can create one here.

Organiser:

Colleen Caddey

AGM & Short List Celebration 

Come join us for a celebration of ACT Branch’s 2021 all while enjoying a two-course meal at the Canberra Southern Cross Yacht Club.

We’ll also hold the CBCA ACT AGM, hear from our guest speaker Sam Rutter and then chat about the 2022 CBCA Book of the Year Short List. 

AGM:

Link to Notice Meeting and Agenda

Members wishing to nominate for a position on the CBCA ACT Branch committee can complete the position and nominee details on the nomination form and submit by 22 March 2022. We can arrange for forms to be nominated and seconded.

Only current financial and life members are eligible to nominate for a position on the 2022 committee and vote at the AGM.

Guest Speaker:

We are delighted to have Sam Rutter, publishing director of Storytorch share her story and vision for 2022.

When:

Tuesday 29 March 2022, 6.00pm to 10.00pm

Where:

Canberra Southern Cross Yacht Club Mariner Place, Yarralumla

Cost:

Members $55.00       - For a two-course meal, with alternative servings of main (with bread roll and butter) and dessert.

Drinks will be available at the bar for individual purchase.

Teachers:

A certificate of attendance will be provided to all attendees for 2 hours of teacher identified PL.

Register:

By 26 March 2022, for us to confirm dinner numbers. All must register via their Hello Club account. Bookings will be confirmed by email when payments are processed. 

Please indicate dietary restrictions when you register to ensure you receive an alternative meal. Bookings are essential as spaces are limited.

Cancellation Policy:

CBCA ACT reserves the right to cancel this event due to insufficient numbers and refund full payment. Registrations cancelled up to 3 weeks prior will receive a full refund. Registrations cancelled between 1-2 weeks prior will receive a 50% refund. Registrations cancelled 1 week prior receive no refund. Registrations can be transferred to other individuals at no cost (in the same registration category). Email info@cbcaact.org.au for more information.

Organiser:

Justine Power

Sam has had a long career in books. The journey has been the real reward, but only recently did she realise that Storytorch Press was always the destination. Sam is passionate about intelligent marketing and great design - giving books a strong and long place in the market. Sam was a proud finalist in the Rubik3 Canberra Women in Business Lerida Estate Social Impact Business Woman of the Year category, for publishing Our Bush Capital. Sam is now using her marketing and publishing experience to grow Storytorch as a trade publisher that shines a light on the stories and voices that need to be found.

Night of the Notables

Share the excitement of the release of the CBCA BOTYA Notables list. Raise your glass to those on the list and discuss the chosen books.

When: Tuesday 22 February 2022, 6:30pm
Where: The Book Cow 47 Jardine Street, Kingston
Cost: Members $10.00       Non-members $25.00
Teachers: 
A certificate of attendance will be provided to all attendees for 2 hours of teacher identified PL.
Register: By 18 February 2022. All attendees must register via their Hello Club account. Members will have an account. Non-members who don't have an acccount will need to create one. 
Organiser: Julie Long OAM
 
Bookings will be confirmed by email when payments are processed. Cancellation Policy: CBCA ACT reserves the right to cancel this event due to insufficient numbers and refund full payment. Registrations cancelled up to 3 weeks prior will receive a full refund. Registrations cancelled between 1-2 weeks prior will receive a 50% refund. Registrations cancelled 1 week prior receive no refund. Registrations can be transferred to other individuals at no cost (in the same registration category). Email info@cbcaact.org.au for more information.