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On the Road and in the air …
Books Illustrated has been on the road, and in the air, for the last few weeks with exhibitions and projects overseas. Details can be found on our blog, but in summary -

First stop was China.
In Nanjing we were hosted for a week by the very enthusiastic and generous team working at Oriental Babies Publishing, looking at projects and possible collaborations.

Ann James working with design team at Oriental Babies Publishers. 
In Beijing, starting on Thursday March 3, we installed our ‘Hello! from Australia’ exhibition at the Capital Library and ran a planned program of workshops for children. Over the weekend workshops were attended by the general public, while during the week, they were attended by groups of school students from local and international schools.  This program was planned in conjunction with the Beijing Writer’s Week which this year had a focus on children’s books and publishing. Special guests from Australia invited to take part in the program were author illustrators Anne Spudvilas,  Ambelin Kymullina, Alison Lester and Ann James, along with Children’s Literature academic Pam Macintyre. They took part in an information night forum held at the exhibition.  Another event at the venue which was a major part of the Writer’s Week program this year, was attended by Australian and Chinese publishers. Our week in Beijing was frenetic, and we experienced extreme weather, from thick pollution and smog to an unseasonal dump of snow … which made a visit to the great wall quite special!

Beijing Capital Library workshops with Ann James and Anne Spudvilas.

The Bologna Book Fair followed during the last week of March. As well as celebrating the 50th anniversary of this important Book Fair, we were privileged to have our inaugural Australian Children’s Laureates, Alison Lester and Boori  Monty Pryor, attend this year and spend time each day at our promotional exhibition on the Australian Publishers stand. They took part in a highlight of the Fair – the Summit for Laureates, alongside two Irish Laureates and the Swedish Reading Ambassador. Following this initiative, the Book Fair Committee is keen to continue to support the encouragement of other countries to establish their own Laureates, and to include a Summit for Laureates in the Book Fair program every second year,
Following a visit to Melbourne late last year by
Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, our Laureates were invited to visit Ireland for a promotional Laureate tour to follow the Bologna Book fair. 
The Books Illustration exhibition set up team - Mandy Cooper, Justine Alltimes, Ann James and Ann Haddon.
It was once again our privilege to accompany Alison & Boori on this four day tour to Belfast, and Derry in Northern Island and then on to Dublin in Southern Ireland. The Irish organisers were truly generous and thoughtful hosts and the tour went very smoothly with Boori and Alison taking part in interviews, talks and workshops in all three cities. We left enthused by the possibilities for continuing collaborations and work towards the promotion of the Laureate position internationally. A big thank you to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for their generosity and the team at Children's Books Ireland

Siobhán Parkinson (Ireland, first Laureate), Johan Unenge (Sweden), Niamh Sharkey (Current Irish Laureate), Boori Monty Pryor and Alison Lester (Australia) and Cay Corneliuson (Arts Council Sweden.)
Books News 
Short List for the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s annual Book of the Year Awards

The announcement of the short list for the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s annual Book of the Year Awards in April is always eagerly awaited by authors & illustrators, publishers, teachers & librarians and readers. Check out the CBCA website. 

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Breaking Book News !
Our congratulations to all the creators and publishers who had books shortlisted for the 2013 Children's Book Council of Australia's Book of the Year Awards.

The announcement of the short list was on April 9. You can view and download the list from the CBCA website. 

Please Note,  our Books Illustrated session at Federation Square on Saturday April 13 has had to be cancelled.

It has been rescheduled for Saturday May 11. 

We apologise for any inconvenience but hope we'll see you in May - again with Ann James - who by then will also be celebrating another newly released picture book - Bird & Bear, published by Five Mile Press.
The Federation Square Book Market runs each Saturday from 10am to 5pm.

Limited edition printsoriginal illustrations and books (many signed) can be viewed and purchased by making an appointment to visit our showrooms.

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