International News

Monument of the Ubud Water Palace

Bali is hosting the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival

October 3rd – 7th 2012

The theme this year is This Earth of Mankind

‘The 9th Ubud Writers & Readers Festival program is here, bringing Indonesian and international writers, readers, thinkers and artists together in the unique setting of Ubud to engage in conversations and exchange ideas.’ From the Website.

This Festival is firmly on the reading and writing network in our region.

  You can follow on Youtube  Facebook  Flickr and Twitter – explore the colourful, exciting  website.

Australian singer, songwriter, composer, scriptwriter, novelist

and actor Nick Cave will be attending this year

“Nick Cave in our already stellar line-up. This program honours the diversity of writers across the globe, in keeping with our theme, This Earth Of Mankind. We are not star makers or celebrity worshippers, but everyone can share at least a shiver of anticipation knowing that Nick Cave will be in Ubud in October!” requoted from:

Chance to Win 50 Books

The Federal Government initiative Get Reading! offers opportunities in various ways to win 50 Books You Can’t Put Down. Follow on Facebook and Twitter, subscribe to email, post up a book review, or via the ABC  write the last paragraph of your great Australian novel. These a few of the ways you enter….

Launceston Author Visit

Antarctica : A Biography

Author David Day

Petrarch’ Bookshop

21st August at 6.00 pm

Explorers, the hostile Antartic climate, overcoming the odds, commercialisation and national glory

‘On a deeper level, it is the story of nations seeking to incorporate the Antarctic into their national narratives and to claim its frozen wastes as their own’

There is limited space so RSVP to reserve your space.

More CBCA Announcements

One Small Island, Alison Lester and Coral Tulloch. Macquarie Island is a remote World Heritage Site. Together they explore the island’s unique geological beginnings, discovery and degradation at the hands of humans, and the battle to restore it today. From Penguin Books Australia

Visit the Author  & Illustrator Sites,

or read some other informative links…

Kat Constable Biography, Photos and Tips of Young Writers!

Jackie French All about Jackie, her work & life – how to get your first book published writing tips…

Susan Green Publishers site, links to The Truth About Verity Sparkes

Nick Bland Get all Nicks news via Twitter

Lucia Masciulo The Whimsical World of Lucia Masciullo : painter and illustrator. Portfolio, books, blogs aand more

Elizabeth Honey An interview with Elizabeth, and details about her publications

Bob Graham Wikipedia lists for author and illustrator Bob Graham – with a link to the Portal for Children’s Literature

Ron Brooks  Artist, author & illustrator. Ron Brooks lives in the Huon Valley in Tasmania.

Margaret Wild Author of over 70 books, published worldwide.

Bruce Whatley Writer & illustrator of over 60 picture books published internationally. Read his blog & see his work, checkout his App.

Alison Lester All about the author & illustrator – bio, projects, books.

Sonya Hartnett Books, interviews, biography & resources.

Coral Tulloch Coral Tulloch – author and illustrator of over 50 books. Coral has visits The Antarctic and lives with her husband & daughter in Hobart.

Ahn and Suzanne Doh Ahn Do’s website. His wife Suzanne Do has collaborated and co-authored the books, and he has another career as a comedian and keynote speaker.

Freya Blackwood  Read all Freya’s news, find out about her life and see her on-line portfolio of beautiful illustrations.

CBCA Book of the Year Award Winners Announced Today

Aaron Rowe walks in his sleep. He has dreams he can’t explain, and memories he can’t recover. Death doesn’t scare him – his new job with a funeral director may even be his salvation. But if he doesn’t discover the truth about his hidden past soon, he may fall asleep one night and never wake up.

Scot Gardner    Also check out   Scot of the Antipodes

‘I have never read a book more gripping, nor a book more triumphantly alive. I love how it haunts me still. I swear, I will never forget The Dead I Know‘. – John Marsden


Praise for Bill Condon: ‘Condon presents readers with confronting and emotive issues … Yet he still manages to weave humour, tenderness, love and mateship into the framework of the novel.’ – Sun Herald

 Dan and his brother Eddie take off for the coast, in search of their lost mother, in search of a better life . . . but it’s a long road they face and Dan must use all his wits to get them there in one piece.

UNICEF Universal Children’s Day – Supported by Morris Gleitzman

Each year, schools around Australia celebrate UNICEF Day for Children to help make a difference to the lives of children who still miss out on their right to go to school. UNICEF Australia’s Children’s Ambassador, Morris Gleitzman, is encouraging kids across Australia to come to school dressed in blue on Universal Children’s Day (24th October 2012) to help support the work of UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund.

Find out more

CBCA Book Week Shortlisted Book Covers – Older Readers 2012

Bill Condon Website

Tristan Bancks

Ursula Drombosarsky

Scot Gardner

Andre McGahan

Robert Newton

Ishmael and the hoops of steel / Michael Gerard Bauer.


2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards

2012 winners announced!

The Prime Minister and Arts Minister Simon Crean announced the winners of the six 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards at the National Library of Australia.

Fiction – Foal’s Bread by Gillian Mears
Poetry – Intesrferon Psalm by Luke Davies
Non-fiction – An Eye for Eternity: The Life of Manning Clark by Mark McKenna
Prize for Australian History – The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia by Bill Gammage
Young adult fiction – When We Were Two by Robert Newton
Children’s fiction – Goodnight, Mice! By Frances Watts, illustrated by Judy Watson






Prize for Australian History

Young adult fiction

Children’s fiction