WA Branch Newsletter
November Issue 2021
President's Piece
Dear Members,

It is that time of year when I see the Christmas decorations appear in stores and books featuring Santa, elves and reindeer. A wonderful time of year and a time to reflect on the success of our annual CBCA WA Branch events, especially the most recent functions – the CBCA Book Week Dinner and the Make Your Own Story Book awards. 
As this is the last newsletter for the year, I’d like to take this opportunity to remind you we are a not-for-profit group run entirely by volunteers. At our heart we aim to engage the community with literature for young Australians and to do this we rely on your support.  We run on a January – December calendar year so please check your inboxes and renew your CBCA WA Branch membership in January 2022 especially if you wish to take advantage of discount member pricing for A Night With Our Stars. Bookings will open on 2 February 2022.
We are seeking a new WA representative on the CBCA National Board and have advertised the position on
SEEK. This is an extremely important role and I ask that you direct any suitably qualified and interested people in to the SEEK website. Applications close at 5pm on 6th December 2021.
With all the talk about supply chain disruptions and a potential shortage of Christmas presents, this is the ideal time to support our local bookstores by purchasing books from local authors and illustrators as gifts and I wish you happy Christmas shopping.
Finally, I would like to thank the CBCA WA Committee. What a year we have had! I am fortunate to lead a dynamic, generous and diverse team. On behalf of everyone at CBCA WA, Seasons Greetings and Happy New Year.
Secretly, I can’t wait to see the books released in 2022 and the celebration of books from 2021 that we will showcase at ANWOS.
Happy reading!

Natalya Hawrylak
CBCA WA Branch President

2022 CBCA Book Week
We are so excited to announce the theme for 2022 CBCA Book Week with the help of children's picture book creator and Darug woman Jasmine Seymour, who won the CBCA Award for New Illustrator in 2020 for her beautiful book Baby Business (published by Magabala Books).

Please see the
special video announcing the 2022 CBCA Book Week theme on the CBCA Facebook page.

The 2022 CBCA Book Week theme is...

Dreaming with eyes open...
CBCA WA Membership Renewal
Thank you to all our 2021 supporters. We look forward to your continued support and seeing you at all our 2022 events.

Remember that members are eligible for a substantial discount at events such as A Night With Our Stars, special Book Discussion Group meetings and the CBCA Book Week Dinner as well as a discount on official CBCA Book Week merchandise.

Membership renewal invoices will be sent on the first Monday of January 2022. 

Please check your inboxes around that date and renew promptly. 

As it is the end of the year, please advise on any changes to contact details such as email addresses and staff. Please send any updated information to Sharon Coppin, Membership Officer at

Sharon Coppin
ANWOS 2022 Save the Date!
A Night with Our Stars – our 19th event!
Date: Friday 18 March 2022
Cost: $30 CBCA Members $40 Non-Members
Bookings will open on Tuesday 1 February 2022
Make Your Own Story Book 2021
Start planning early!
Get your children and students talking about their 2022 Make Your Own Story Book entry ideas. 
The competition is open to all students from Pre-primary to Year 8 in Western Australia.
It is an opportunity for students to showcase their narrative writing and illustrative talents through the creation of a hardcopy picture or story book. Students can enter through their school or send individual entries from their home address.
Competition closing date:
Friday June 3 2022
Prizes include book vouchers, Healthway Go for 2 & 5 bags and CBCA Book Week merchandise.
Please go to the
website for tips pages and other information.

Please use 2021 entry form as a reference until 2022 form is available.

Denise Robins
CBCA Book Week - an author's perspective
Maybe because it was deferred due to COVID in 2020, but I’m so grateful that one school decided to celebrate CBCA Book Week in October this year rather than the traditional week in August. Typically, in the days on either side of Book Week, I have presented so many talks, end to end, that I am exhausted, my brain will have turned to jelly and my voice will have been reduced to thick-grained sandpaper.  This time though, I had so much fun talking to the students as it was a couple of months later and I had recovered, was relaxed and could take time to share stories and actually listen to the kids without sounding like a broken record.

Their costumes for the book character Dress Up Parade were inspired and although there were no prizes, this one above was the winner in my eyes. It was such a clever change from the hundreds of Harry Potter and Co and Wallys I have seen over the years.

I think I can safely say on behalf of all authors and illustrators in WA that we are happy to visit your schools and libraries at any time of the year, not just for that one important week in August. Book an author for your school while they are at their entertaining peak and not tired, wrung-out remnants of overworked performers from August. It will be well worth it.  

Norman Jorgensen
Book Discussion Group
Meetings will continue to be held at Oasis Lotteries House, Hampden Rd Nedlands at 7.00pm on the fourth Wednesday of the month until further notice.

Everyone is welcome to join us at Oasis House at 7.00pm and/or beforehand at the restaurant next door for a tasty meal and chat at 5.45pm.

If you would like to join our group, please email:
Book Discussion Group members Gay Tierney, Karen Goddard, Anette Ainsworth, Cathy Scott, Gail Spiers and Sue Stopher enjoyed a lively discussion at the October meeting. Thanks to Sue Wyche for taking the photo.
One of our members, Bianca Breen, sat down for a Q & A session with Danielle Binks, author of The Monster of Her Age, published by Hachette Australia, on The YA Room on Instagram.
24 November

Girls in Boys' Cars
by Felicity Castagna

Pan Macmillan

Felicity Castagna has won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Yung Adult Literature and was a Miles Franklin finalist.
26 January 2022

If Not Us
by Mark Smith

Text Publishing

If Not Us has it all: gutsy characters, a good fight, bone-shaking loss, love and hope.’ Scot Gardner
Recent News from Wendy Rapee, CBCA Chair
2021 Fremantle Press Great Big Book Launch
The 2021 Great Big Book Launch was presented under an ancient sky at the Fremantle Art Centre to dignitaries and champions of literature and celebrated 45 years of publishing by Fremantle Press. The Welcome to Country by Jayden Boundry and Shaun Nannup was beautiful and set the tone for the evening where human stories were celebrated in the characters of the launched books.
There were stories that have been written for readers to feel heard and seen, perhaps for the first time in print. Stories that show accessibility does not always equate with visibility. Stories that offer us a different way of seeing, of releasing us, stories of land and culture and spirit. These stories connect us to the old and the new, mystify us, thrill and tantalise us, or focus on the here and now, the past and the present. Stories that can break our hearts but are a message of hope as we build the future of a new world. Our stories.
Hosted by Deb Fitzpatrick and Yuot A. Alaak, the night featured talented local authors and artists Alex Forrest, Aśka, Cristy Burne, David Allan-Petale, Emily Sun, Hassan Al Nawwab, Helen Milroy, James Foley, Jessica Walton, Julia Lawrinson, Karen Herbert, Katie Stewart, Leigh Straw, Lisa Ellery, Maria Papas, Meg McKinlay, Mel Hall, Patsy Millett, Sally Scott and Ruth de Vos.
Looking for Christmas presents? Buy a book by a local creative. There is something for every taste.

Rebecca J Palmer
2021 Celebrate Reading
National Conference
Photo Gallery
Everyone was welcomed by Elizabeth Spencer, the new Director of The Literature Centre, with the Welcome to Country presented by Vaughn McGuire. 

Delegates were seated in the main gallery and the mix of live presenters with those on Zoom worked successfully. Katie McAllister, an ABC producer working with stories every day, chaired the introductory panel, which was a lovely way to start the day.

Here are a few snippets we learned about the authors.

Meg Caddy loves YA fantasy and historical reads. She has three cats and loves chili. She wears her heart on her sleeve and was wearing a haunted necklace. Meg works part time in a book shop and is doing her PhD in Creative Writing while writing a new historical fiction. 

Michael Gerard Bauer spoke from his study in Melbourne. He originally wanted to become a samurai but settled for being an English/Economics teacher. He loves writing about other worlds and the YA genre. Michael think that teenage readers are more adult that the readers of adults books. When reading his love poem from Ishmael and the Return of the Dugongs, he shared this quote: Writing poetry is like trying to catch a butterfly with a bear trap.’

Ellie Marney, Aurealis winner and author of None Shall Sleep presented from her home in Victoria where she is a high school teacher. While Ellie writes horror, she cannot watch horror movies; she just watches the trailers. Ellie loves being absorbed by her characters and helping girls become the heroes of their own stories. She believes that scary books are cathartic and help readers to be less scared of reality. 'They teach us how to live with being afraid and how to deal with the real world.'

Barry Jonsberg from Darwin, loves writing YA and books for children. He has written 22 books and always has time for a glass of wine. He likes to be healthy and walks past the gym five times a week! For him, story is essential and he feels YA are the most discriminating audience. His book, My Life as an Alphabet, is now a feature film H is for Happiness. The movie was filmed in Albany and Barry had a cameo role so now he’s billed as an actor and writer. 

Holden Sheppard describes himself as an author, punk, bogan, geek, misfit, country boy at heart, full time writer, gym junkie, footy player and Pokémon nerd. He was one of six kids growing up in Geraldton with a contractor dad and his mum doing the books. Holden is Deputy Chair of Writing WA and an Ambassador of Lifeline. He wanted to be a writer from the age of 7 and he follows the philosophy of writing about what hurts (Hemingway)… having no sacred cows (Morrissette)… and believes there’s always permission to write badly (Stephen King). 

Karen Foxlee is from Queensland. She has a daughter, two cats and two wicked parrots. She’s also a registered nurse. Karen writes a range of books including picture books and YA. She likes her books to feel magic and believes in the power of love and friendship and never giving up, even though life can be pretty tricky. 

Tristan Bancks is the author of the Ginger Meggs book written to celebrate 100 years of this Aussie character. His great, great uncle Jimmy Bancks, was the original creator and he grew up with the stories about Ginger. Tristan writes stories to encourage children to enjoy reading and likes inspiring them to write inspiring stories. He promotes his work with book trailers presented by his newsreader sister. Tristan has been involved in building school libraries in third world countries with Room to Read World Change Challenge.

Michael J Pryor presented from his study wearing his austere suit. He once crossed the English Channel in a hovercraft. He’s published 39 books and won many awards. Fantasy and science fiction are his main genres. He feels that imagination is important and reading increases your imagination. His most recent book is always his favourite. When writing, Michael feels that sometimes books are dangerous and you don’t always know what you’re going to get. When writing about the future, he takes today's problems and uses his predictive powers to imagine how the future will look.

Alice Pung lives in the western suburbs of Melbourne, is the mother of three children under six and is a workplace relations lawyer. 
Her father survived the killing fields of Cambodia and she finds it hard to share his stories outside the family because they are so different to western culture.  She feels that racism makes you racist against yourself.  She spoke about owning voices and cultural appropriation… it’s not about authors writing about other voices but who is best to handle them.

It was a fabulous time, made more enjoyable and relaxed by authors interacting with each other.

Sue Stopher
Photos provided by Gail Spiers
Meg McKinlay's novel Catch a Falling Star has made the shortlist of the Book Links Award For Children's Historical Fiction. The winners will be announced this month at the Book Links StoryArts Festival.
Josh Langley is a finalist in the Lived Experience Impact and Inspiration Award category of the 2021 WA Mental Health Awards. The winners will be announced on 25 November. He is also one of three Westfield Booragoon Local Heroes to be awarded $10,000 for the Children's Tumour Foundation.
Bren MacDibble, whose novel Across the Risen Sea was shortlisted for the Wright Family Foundation Esther Glen Award for Junior as part of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adults.
Meg McKinlay and Kelly Canby have been shortlisted in the children's literature category of the 2021 Prime Minister's Literary Awards for How to Make a Bird (illustrated by Matt Ottley) and The Stolen Prince of Cloudburst (written by Jaclyn Moriarty) respectively.
Kelly Canby has been shortlisted for The 2021 Children's Peace Literature Award for her book Littlelight, published by Fremantle Press.
Fiona Burrows has also been shortlisted for The Friendly Games (written by Kaye Baillie) and Twelve Days of Kindness (written by Cori Brooke).
Sadly, ABC Perth presenter and advocate for literacy, Russell Woolf passed away suddenly on 26 October. The CBCA WA Branch appreciated his efforts in the Brekky Book Bank campaign in August and he will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his family and everyone at ABC Radio. Please read further here.
Perform! Education
Recent Book Launches from WA Authors and Illustrators
YA Double Book Launch at Paper Bird!
Photo Gallery
Can the Real JR Stand Up, Please
by Nadia L. King
Dixi Books

Evacuation Road
by HM Waugh
Rhiza Edge

Two new YA books, Can the Real JR Stand Up, Please by Nadia L. King and Evacuation Road by HM Waugh, were launched by Bianca Breen of YA for WA during the afternoon of the 24 October in the courtyard of Paper Bird. A panel of YA readers asked insightful questions of both authors including how they deal with writing about such difficult subjects and experiences. Heather used her own experience of travelling through South America to write Evacuation Road about a road trip gone wrong. Nadia’s book tackles the difficult subject of when things go wrong within a family with a bit of magic realism thrown in. Congratulations to you both.

Kris Williams
Little Book Bites
If you have a picture of a child, family member, pet or any other interesting reader you'd like to feature in our electronic newsletter, we'd love to see it! Please email it to
New Releases from WA Authors, Illustrators and Publishers
Nadia L. King
Can the Real JR Stand Up, Please
Dixi Books
July 2021
Sally Morgan
Illustrated by
Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr

The River
Magabala Books
August 2021
Claire Saxby
Illustrated by
Cindy Lane

Great White Shark
Walker Books
August 2021
Steve Heron
Illustrated by Matty Mitchell

Where Ya Goin'?
Wild Eyed Press
August 2021
Briony Stewart
Where Are You, Magoo?
August 2021
HM Waugh
Evacuation Road
Rhiza Edge
August 2021
Julia Lawrinson
Mel and Shell
Fremantle Press
September 2021
Gabriel Evans
Norton and the Borrowing Bear
September 2021
Jessica Walton
Illustrated by
Stars in their Eyes
Fremantle Press
September 2021
Lorraine Horsley
You've Got This:
Tips for the Uncertain Student

Dixi Books
October 2021
Nadia L. King
Illustrated by Alisa Knatko

Claire Malone Makes a Friend
Dixi Books
October 2021
James Foley
Fremantle Press
November 2021
Dates for Your Diary
Please check our social media - Facebook and Instagram - for the most up-to-date information about book launches and current events.
WA Branch Supporting Bookstores
Buy your books from the experts at these stores and receive the discount offered to all CBCA members. 
Beaufort Street Books
567 Beaufort Street Mt Lawley WA 6050
T: (08) 6142 7996
Child Education Services
96 Royal Street, East Perth WA 6004
T: (08) 9225 6516 
Dymocks Busselton
48 Prince Street, Busselton WA 6280
T: (08) 9754 4410
Millpoint Caffe Bookshop
254 Mill Point Road South Perth WA 6151
T: (08) 6117 5603 
Paper Bird, Children’s Books & Arts
42 Henry St Fremantle WA 6160
T: (08) 9430 7038
Rabble Books & Games
2/46 Eighth Avenue
T: (08) 6244 1841
Typeface Books
37 Ardross Street, Applecross WA 6153
T: (08) 9316 9822
152 Burswood Road, Burswood WA 6100
T: (08) 9361 4211
CBCA Awards Foundation
CBCA WA Branch Information
CBCA WA Branch Committee Members
President - Natalya Hawrylak, Vice President - Kris Williams,
Liz Allen, Nola Allen, Beck Borona, Sharon Coppin, Mary Gimondo,
Felicia Harris, Lorraine Horsley, Sarah Klass, Tania Longman,
Sheena Matthews, Chloe Mauger, Tyshana McEwen, Jen McKay,
Trish Montgomery, Jan Nicholls, Denise Robins, Gail Spiers, Jane Stanton,
Sue Stopher, Tracey Willis, Sally Woffenden.

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Newsletter Editor: Beck Borona
Website Manager: Sarah Klass
WA Book of the Year Judge: Claire Kierath
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