CBCA NT Shortlist Brunch

9th August 2015
Public events

The Children’s Book Council of Australia NT Branch held a fantastic Shortlist Brunch at the Novotel here in Darwin this morning. I’ve never been to anything like it before, but I thought their format was great. Each book on the shortlist was reviewed by a local; they could be a student, a teacher, a librarian or general community member.

I was nervous about hearing my own book reviewed, but luckily the St John’s High School student who reviewed it was very kind. She was a lovely, shy Aboriginal girl who braved standing up in front of the hundred or so people gathered, and said she’d enjoyed the book and recommended that other people read it. I wanted to go up to her afterwards to say thankyou, but unfortunately she had to leave slightly early so I didn’t get the chance. So, if you’re out there reading this, thankyou – I don’t think reviews get much better than that!

The key note speaker was Will Kostakis, who talked about having just spent a week up here in the NT working with school groups. He is possibly the author who does the most school visits per year – apparently he’s pretty much booked out! He also spoke about the theme of the CBCA Awards this year – “Books light up up our lives” – and how that related to him personally (Will had his first book published at the age of 19) and in his professional work (he told a great story about prompting a student to read the first book he’d read in five years).

All up, a really enjoyable morning, and a great pre-event to my trip down to chilly Melbourne for the awards announcement in a couple of weeks!

Will Kostakis giving the key note speech at the brunch about how books light up all of our lives!

Will Kostakis giving the key note speech at the brunch about how books light up all of our lives.

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