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

They say time flies when you're having fun and the past five years have indeed gone in a flash. This is my final President's Piece as my term of office ends with the CBCA WA Branch AGM in April when a new leader will be appointed. It has been a pleasure and a privilege being Branch President and working with such a dynamic team to ensure the very best of Australian children's literature is joyfully celebrated in WA through our CBCA events and activities.

As you will see in this newsletter we hosted another sparkling A Night With Our Stars in March where a galaxy of new and emerging WA talent dazzled the capacity crowd. How exciting for Mel Pearce to present at her first ANWOS and then follow up by being shortlisted in the 2021 Book of the Year Awards Early Childhood and New Illustrator categories! Congratulations to all the authors, illustrators and publishers shortlisted. It is wonderful to see WA so well represented in 2021 with Kelly Canby, Sally Murphy, Mel Pearce, Briony Stewart, Gabriel Evans, Meg McKinlay and Magabala Books all featured.

An interstate bidder, Justine Power is now the proud owner of the Silent Auction art work generously donated by Karen Blair at ANWOS 2020 and 2021 presenter Wendy Binks has very kindly donated an original piece from The BOO-book for auction at the CBCA Book Week Dinner in August.

Although Shaun Tan now resides in Victoria he is still regarded as a favourite son in WA and I hope you'll agree that his designs for the official CBCA Book Week 2021 merchandise on the theme of Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds are truly superb. Please support the WA Branch and utilise your member discount by placing your merchandise order with us direct.

You are all most welcome to attend the WA Branch AGM and indeed, to nominate for positions on the committee.

Thank you to everyone for terrific support during my second term as Branch President. Enjoy reading this newsletter which is crammed full of interesting and useful information and we hope to see you at a CBCA WA Branch event soon.

Best wishes

Jan Nicholls
CBCA WA Branch President
Tyshana McEwen, Jan Nicholls, Norman Jorgensen and Gail Spiers at ANWOS.
CBCA WA New Website
We have a new website!

When you visit the WA Branch website using the address that you have always used, you might notice a few differences. We have freshened things up a bit with a similar look and feel, a bit of streamlining and some updating in terms of content and imagery. We are looking forward to keeping you updated and informed on all things CBCA from our updated spot on the world wide web!

Authors and Illustrators please note that we have removed the old page which had become quite out of date and are working on a dynamic new way of listing our ever-growing crop of WA creatives. Thank you for your patience whilst this page is under construction.

Sarah Klass
Website Manager
CBCA Book of the Year
2021 Shortlist
The CBCA 2021 Shortlist was announced 9am AWST via a wonderful Youtube presentation on the National Website.

Please see the video and the full list of shortlisted titles

Congratulations to all the amazing authours, illustrators and publishers included. We are proud to see so many WA creators on the list!
2021 A Night With Our Stars
Photo Gallery

“If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later.”
Richard Branson

That is exactly what I did when asked by CBCA WA to present at ANWOS. First I said 'yes' then I worked out what I was going to do. I am so glad that I did. What a spectacular night. So lucky to shine with other WA stars.
Sharon Giltrow
It was a truly magical occasion and the joy, fun and sheer pleasure of being there was palpable.  It must have been very difficult to choose the presenters and it was a good mix of brand new presenters, emerging creators and established creators. The list of WA  book titles, creators and publishers was an excellent way of honouring the personal and diverse links with so many in the children's lit world. Thank you for the enthusiastic support and teamwork to ensure the show goes ahead. 
Jenni Woodroffe
What a wonderful evening we had last Friday night listening to the authors showcase their new books, their inspiring stories, as well as sampling that amazing and delicious food. We had a ball!
We would love to showcase this fantastic evening in our first edition of our iC3.

Helen Tomazin 
WASLA Treasurer and iC3 Coordinator
Not quite the Oscars, but the next best thing. The CBCA WA's A Night With Our Stars was a stellar event. Well organised, precisely run and fun.
Sharing the stage with a massive line-up of brilliant West Australian Children's Authors and Illustrators was an absolute privilege.
Cant wait till the next one.
Steve Heron
It was wonderful to be back on the list of presenters for the 2021 A Night With Our Stars. This has always been a prestigious event in the CBCA WA calendar.
I was one of the speakers at the very first ANWOS held at the West Books premises in Victoria Park, 18 years ago. There is a lot more competition for places on the list of presenters now so I am very proud to have a new book published and to be chosen to tell my story.

Elaine Forrestal
I can't tell you what this year's ANWOS meant to me as an emerging writer. I have been attending these events for many years, never thinking for a moment that I would be involved in any other way than as part of an admiring audience. I was so very nervous, but everybody was so professional, they knew exactly what to say and do to make a newbie comfortable. Looking out at a large audience for the first time, I saw only smiles and understanding. I was so happy to be included with these stellar speakers and creatives. Thank you all for a beautiful memory.
Rebecca J Palmer
I have attended quite a few ANWOS’s over the years as a school library officer, but to be one of the Stars this year was incredible. My very first book was released during the height of the first COVID lockdown in April last year (meaning no fanfare or meeting people face to face!), so to be able to have a chance to talk about it and sign books at ANWOS meant so much! I am so grateful to Jan and the rest of the CBCA WA Branch; thank you for making me a Star and making me feel so special.
Mel Pearce
I received such a warm welcome at my first ANWOS despite the beautifully caped Jan being a little terrifying with a skill saw (a kill saw?). I loved hearing about all the new books and Cristy kicked off the night with so much energy! Thanks to organisers and volunteers, and everyone who stopped by the signing tables for a chat.
Bren MacDibble
It was my first time at ANWOS and I can’t speak more highly of what an enjoyable, valuable night it was. I got to pitch myself and my book in such a welcoming environment. I had so many people saying, “I didn’t even know about your book!” Yet my books sold out at the event! Thank you to the CBCA WA for helping to get me and my book out there!
Rebecca Higgie
Such a thrill to be sharing my own creative work in the company of so many talented authors and illustrators. A wonderful celebration of children’s literature - thank you CBCA WA team!
Ruth de Vos
What a magnificent evening ANWOS was! All made possible by the great organisation from passionate CBCA WA members, awesome presenters and enthusiastic educators eager to support our pool of local writing/illustrating talent. I couldn't be prouder of our little children's literary community.
Sean E Avery
A huge THANK YOOOOOU to the entire CBCA WA team, and especially to Jan, who is always magnificent as MC and Queen Wrangler of Writers and Illustrators.
It was a terrific night! So glorious to all be together, celebrating creativity and children's literacy and being part of the CBCA tribe.  
Cristy Burne
After spending a year in NSW it was a pleasure to return to a WA event and see so many familiar faces. I had a pleasant evening sharing my three latest picture books and chatting with old and new acquaintances. ANWOS is a great event and such a wonderful opportunity for authors to mix with other book industry workers.
Gabriel Evans
WA is bursting at the seams with talent in the field of children's literature with new creators emerging every year. Selecting presenters for A Night With Our Stars from the galaxy of eligible contenders is no easy task. For the full list of recent titles from WA authors, illustrators and publishers distributed at ANWOS, please click here.
CBCA Book Week 2021 Merchandise Order Form
Please click here for the CBCA Book Week 2021 Merchandise Order Form and place your order with the WA Branch rather than the national e-store. Members are eligible for discount on purchases when ordering this way and are directly supporting the WA Branch in its work.

We hope you are looking forward to CBCA Book Week and encourage you to use the hashtags #CBCA2021 and #OWNWOW in all your social media posts in the lead-up to this exciting time in the literary calendar.

Here are the 2021 login details for the CBCA National Website. Please store these details securely. Please note that at present there is only archived material from previous years and no 2021 content has been uploaded.
Username: mycbca
Password: &cbca21*
CBCA WA BOTY Judges Talks 2021
Book Here
Make Your Own Story Book 2021
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 picture or story book. Students can enter through their school or send individual entries from their home address.

Our 2021 CBCA WA Book Week artist, Shaun Tan, won second place in 1983 for his story The Land Beneath the Sea in the Story Book Category Years 4-5!

Competition closing date: Friday June 11th
Prizes include book vouchers, Healthway Go for 2 & 5 bags and CBCA Book Week merchandise.
Please click
here to find the 2021 Make Your Own Story Book Competition flyer as well as hints pages and guiding videos made by WA author and illustrator Sean E Avery.
For enquiries please email Denise Robins at

Denise Robins
CBCA Book of the Year Collection

Welcome Donations from Publishers and Authors

WA Branch Secretary, Kris Williams, has been hugely successful in obtaining donations of books for our collection of CBCA Book of the Year Award winners from authors and publishers. 

Our special thanks go to authors Elaine Forrestal, Scot Gardner and Jackie French.

Elaine Forrestal donates her copy of the 2002 winner of the Eve Pownall Award, Papunya School Book of Country and History by Papunya School, to Gail Spiers for the WA Collection.
Scot Gardner’s inscription in The Dead I Know, the 2012 winner of the Book of the Year: Older Readers.
Inscription from Jackie French and Bryan Sullivan in To the Moon and Back: The Amazing Australians at the Forefront of Space Travel, winner of the 2005 Eve Pownall Award.

The following publishers have been generous and enthusiastic in donating books and we thank them sincerely: 

Text, Affirm Press, Black Inc, Ford Street Publishing, Hardie Grant Publishing, Penguin Random House, Hachette, National Library of Australia Publishing, Margaret Hamilton Press, Scribble Kids’ Books, Allen & Unwin, Magabala, HarperCollins, University of Queensland Press, Windy Hollow Books.

This list of books needed to complete our WA Collection is dwindling. If you have any of the titles listed below and would like to donate them please contact me at

CBCA Picture Book of the Year Award Winners needed for WA Collection



Text: Peggy Barnard

Wish and the Magic Nut  

John Sands


HOLE, Quentin

Text: A.B. Paterson  

The Man from Ironbark 




The Quinkins  




Adapted by Helen Smith

Kojuro and the Bears 




Text: Allan Baillie

Drac and the Gremlin 

Viking Kestral


BAKER, Jeannie  


Julia MacRae



Rose Meets Mr Wintergarten  



HONEY, Elizabeth

Not a Nibble  

Allen & Unwin



Text: Margaret Wild

Jenny Angel 




Text: Margaret Wild


Allen & Unwin



Text: Libby Gleeson

An Ordinary Day 




Text: Joan Grant

Cat and Fish 



TAN, Shaun

The Arrival   




Collecting Colour  





Allen & Unwin


TAN, Shaun



We were fortunate to have three WA authors who have won the CBCA Book of the Year Award at the recent ANWOS event. Here they are proudly posing with their books in front of the display of the WA winners.
WA winners of the Book of the Year Award, Norman Jorgensen, Elaine Forrestal and Bren MacDibble
Gail Spiers
Book Discussion Group
Meetings will continue to be held at Oasis Lotteries House, Hampden Rd Nedlands at 7.00pm on the 4th Wednesday of the month until further notice.

If you would like to join our group, please email:

28 April      

The 2021 CBCA Book of the Year Shortlist Discussion

Members of the group will be given 3 minutes to review each of the books on the 2021 Shortlist. This event will begin at 6.30 at Oasis Lotteries House, 37 Hampden Rd Nedlands. A light supper will be served. $5 for CBCA Members and $15 for Non-members. Please book via Trybooking as soon as possible as numbers are limited. 
Book Here
26 May

The Boy from Mish
by Gary Lonesborough

Allen & Unwin

'A deftly woven tale that is both a raw, unflinching look at the experience of growing up gay and Aboriginal, and a sweet, truly endearing love story you just can't turn away from. This is Own Voices storytelling at its best.' - Holden Sheppard
23 June

The Gaps
by Leanne Hall

Text Publishing

'A powerful, compelling read about the fragility, resilience and fierceness of girlhood. Unputdownable.’ - Lili Wilkinson
National News from Wendy Rapee, Board Chair
Congratulations to Christine Begovich on her retirement after more than 30 years’ service to the WA Young Readers Book Award.

Chris is a passionate and dedicated supporter of children’s literature and her commitment to WAYRBA was invaluable. Volunteers like Chris are thin on the ground and she deserves credit for such consistent service. All of us at the CBCA WA Branch wish her well in retirement as she finds time to share wonderful books and adventures with her grandchildren.
Writing WA has appointed Heather Blakey to the position of communications manager.
Writing WA has appointed Heather Blakey to the position of communications manager. The WA Branch extends a warm welcome to Heather.
Illustrator Victor Ambrus passed away 10 February at the age of 85. Please see an obituary here.
Children's author, Beverley Cleary, passed away at age 104. Please see an obituary here.
Nan Chauncy Award
Named after the noted Tasmanian author of children’s books including Tiger in the Bush, Devil’s Hill, Tangara and They Found a Cave, this award was created to honour individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the field of Australian children’s literature. 

Since 2000 the Nan Chauncy Award has been awarded biennially with the most recent recipient being James Moloney (pictured above with Kate, his wife). WA recipients are Muriel Barwell (2006) and Lesley Reece (2010).

The recipient must be an Australian citizen (or a person who has been resident in Australia for the past five years) and living at the time of nomination.
Nominations close on 30 April 2021. Further details and the official nomination form can be found on the CBCA national website here.
Perform Education
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
Amy Adeney
Illustrated by Amy Calautti

Turning Cartwheels
February 2021
Sally Morgan
Welcome, child!
Magabala Books
March 2021
Helen Milroy
Backyard Bugs
Fremantle Press
March 2021
Danny Parker
Illustrated by Ruth de Vos

Fremantle Press
March 2021
Sonya Hartnett
Illustrated by Gabriel Evans

Blue Flower
Penguin Books
March 2021
Sean E Avery
Happy As a Hog Out of Mud
Larrikin House
March 2021
Kylie Howarth
Fish Kid and the Turtle Torpedo
Walker Books
March 2021
Cristy Burne & Denis Knight
Wednesday Weeks and the
Tower of Shadows

April 2021
Helen Milroy
The Emu Who Ran Through the Sky
Magabala Books
April 2021
Katie Stewart
Where do the Stars Go?
Fremantle Press
May 2021
Dates for Your Diary
Please check our social media - Facebook and Instagram - for the most current information about these events.
Gabriel Evans - Children's Illustration Workshop
12 April
Busselton Library
Please see the
Facebook event for more information and tickets.
Book Here

CBCA WA and AISWA Sundowner

Meet Australian Children Laureate

Ursula Dubosarsky

Thursday 2 September 2021
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 - Jan Nicholls, Vice President - Natalya Hawrylak,
Liz Allen, Nola Allen, Beck Borona, Sharon Coppin, Mary Gimondo,
Felicia Harris, Lorraine Horsley, Sarah Klass, Tania Longman,
Sheena Matthews, Chloe Mauger, Tyshana McEwen, Trish Montgomery, Denise Robins, Gail Spiers, Jane Stanton, Sue Stopher, Kris Williams,
Tracey Willis, Sally Woffenden.
National Board Director: Tania Longman
Newsletter Editor: Beck Borona
Website Manager: Sarah Klass
WA Book of the Year Judges: Sandi Parsons, Jan Pocock
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